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November 2 2017

Now is the Time to Vaccinate for Dog Flu

The dog flu outbreak in Ohio continues, but the influenza virus doesn’t pay attention to state lines. As recently as 10 days ago, the bug began to creep into Michigan. Now, it’s settled into the Saginaw County Animal Control facility to such an extent that they’re being forced to temporarily shut their doors. In various…

October 27 2017

Treating Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Older dogs have older brains, and as our dogs are generally living longer, there’s an increased risk of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome, which is nearly identical to Alzheimer’s in people. In fact, as veterinary behaviorist Dr. Valarie Tynes points out, cognitive decline in dogs is so similar to cognitive decline in people, researchers are using…

September 26 2017

Steve Dale and Bill and Wendy Go Wild for Gorillas, and Learn About Leptospirosis

I love being on the radio with Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder on WGN radio. I always have much to talk about, often commenting on my own blog posts. And that is just what I did here. Listen HERE as I kick off with World Gorilla Day, which was September 24. I recall my experiences…

August 25 2017

Teaching "Sit"

With help from my eager and poised assistant Anna, we demonstrate how to teach a dog the “sit” command. The pupil is Hazel (of course, she already knows how to sit but was happy to play along to get cookies).

April 3 2017

Cats Win with NoBowl Enrichment

I began talking about environmental enrichment at veterinary and animal welfare conferences about 15 years ago, and now those two words are on trend. Environmental enrichment is providing suitable outlets to meet a specific species’ environmental needs. Those needs vary, depending on the species. A meerkat will have different needs than a lowland gorilla, which will…

March 5 2017

Don't Insult the King's Dog

Don’t know how I missed this story, which broke about a year ago. Thailand has strict laws making it an actual crime to insult the monarchy. In December 2015, a factory worker was charged with disparaging the king’s dog. In a case brought in a Thai military court, the worker, Thanakorn Siripaiboon, was charged with…

February 8 2017

Dog Flu Halts Adoptions at Anti Cruetly

Dog adoptions have come to a halt at The Anti-Cruelty Society due to another outbreak of canine influenza. Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) or dog flu strain (H2N2) first appeared in the Chicago area in the spring of 2015, somehow arriving from southeast Asia. Since then, it has been considered an endemic disease in the area,…

January 19 2017

A Dogs Purpose: Is This Purposeful Animal Abuse?

When I saw a trailer (movie pre-view) for the upcoming film, “A Dog’s Purpose,” I got a little weepy. I continue to be excited about the final product. Having said that TMZ released a behind-the-scenes video of a German Shepherd dog being forced into fast-moving water, and then apparently having great difficulty – maybe going…

November 22 2016

Declaw May be Banned in New Jersey

New Jersey is on its way to becoming the first state to ban declaw in cats. A bill that cleared an Assembly committee would add Onychetomy — the medical term for declawing — to the list of criminal animal cruelty offenses. There would be exceptions for medical purposes.  In short, declaw would be criminal in New…

June 22 2016

Hands-On Behavior Learning at AVMA

Pets are afraid of the veterinary clinic. When the cat carrier appears, the cat relocates to the next county, or dogs hit the brakes and begin to tremble when they realize where that car ride has taken them, pet owners aren’t as likely to come back. When pets are anxious, their people are too. The…

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