Articles: veterinary health

Cat Takes a Spin in Washing Machine and Survives

Here’s a word of warning you might not have thought about, particularly with front-loading washing machines. Make sure you cat doesn’t hop inside it. Ridiculous? Well, Stefani Carroll-Kirchoff had actually thought about this. And the one time she didn’t check, wouldn’t you know it – Felix the cat of Maplewood, MN jumps inside and takes…

3 Actions Dogs Should NEVER Experience on July 4th

The Fourth of July is a scary time for many dogs. Here are three acts of cruelty which should never occur – each is downright cruel. NEVER tie up the dog outside on a tether, or even keep a dog in a yard around July Fourth without adult supervision. Fearful or terrified, a dog may…

Leptospirosis in the Big City, Tick Disease in Dogs Occurs in People Too

I speak HERE on my WGN Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show with Amanda Smith, lead author of a recent paper on leptospirosis,  “The Descriptive and Spatio-Temporal Analyses of 45 Canine Leptospirosis Cases from Chicago, 2015-2018” We’re talking about leptospirosis here for two primary reasons: The bacterial disease may infect our dogs and potentially cause…

Fearful Pets? Now is the Time to Plan for July 4th

It’s not that dogs aren’t patriotic, but many dogs, and also some cats, are terrified of the loud and sudden bangs we call fireworks on July 4th. It’s actually adaptive to be hard-wired to be afraid of sudden loud sounds. We too may jump at such sounds, and we might also run the other way…

Dog Flu Outbreak Hits Oakland Animal Services

Ignoring the dog flu or canine influenza virus can lead to consequences. And right now Oakland Animal Services is paying the price with occurrences of the fu. To be clear this is a factor of not enough individuals vaccinating in the community; the shelter did nothing wrong. If on intake they accept a dog harboring…

Lyme Disease and Other Tick Diseases Continue to Spread

In the early 1970s people in and around Lyme, CT were suffering from puzzling and debilitating health issues. Eventually, their illnesses were connected to a tick disease, now called Lyme. Historically, Lyme disease centered around the New England area, and was primarily only a problem in rural places. However, that’s changed dramatically, most especially in…

Why is this Old Dog Spraying?

Q: I am a senior who adopted a senior dog almost two years ago. Auggie insists on marking one of my couches. I have sprayed it with a mark no more product to no avail. I take him for walks regularly and he always goes. I am at my wits end as to what to…

Screening for Tick Disease

Dr. Wade Burton, medical affairs director IDEXX on ticks and tick disease, and more important and that is screening for tick disease. People seem to understand that ticks carry disease, but may not realize a single tick bite may carry a pathogen cocktail – passing along several tick diseases with one bite. We chat on…

Dog Scared to Death of Fireworks? What Happened in Toledo?

Can a dog be scared to death, literally? On May 31 during a dog-friendly event called “Paws and Pints”at Firth Third Field in Toledo, fireworks followed the minor league baseball game. On the spot, an 18-month-old Samoyed, named Stella, dropped dead. According to a report in the Blade, the dog’s owner said “We don’t blame…

WINNING Cats Feline Educational Cat Seminars and Cat Show

The Winn Feline Foundation, Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) and The International Cat Association are partnering with Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat to host The Cat Show and simultaneous educational cat seminars in conjunction with their cat show on June 22-23 in the Exhibition Hall at the Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD. Winn Feline Foundation is hosting seminars…

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