Articles: veterinary health

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Attack of the Killer Parasites!

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, our pets – and potentially all of us – may be susceptible to a new laundry list of illnesses spread by parasites. Most of these parasites were previously solely associated with the developing world, but are now cropping up in the U.S. Some of the infections…

Heartworm Disease: It's Preventable

You don’t need to treat heartworm disease, if you prevent it in the first place simply by offering your dog the medication….In cats, bigger issue, there is no treatment; the only answer is prevention. Dr. Sheldon Rubin, past president of the American Heartworm Society:

Talking Hockey, Cat Care and Saluting Dr. Rubin: Steve Dale's Pet World

Certified as a Cat Behavior Consultant by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, author of “Every Cat’s Survival Guide to Living with a Neurotic Owner,” and New York Post cat columnist – Beth Adelman knows cat behavior….but she is – get this – also a hockey expert! She just authored (with her husband, music…

Dog Bite Prevention Tips from American Humane and the American Veterinary Medical Association

As Dog Bite Prevention Week comes to a close (though May 22). Here some tips from the American Humane Association:To prevent dog bites, adults should teach children: •    Never approach an unknown dog or a dog that is alone without an owner, and always ask the owner’s permission before petting the dog.•    Never approach an…

National Dog Bite Prevention Week, American Humane KIDS Program

No one knows how many dog bites happen because so many bites happen within families and go unreported. Even those bites that are reported might not be ‘counted’ because medical facilities and other authorities don’t always report bites as they should. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 3.5 million children are…

Rescuing A Dog: Astounding Photos

These pictures speak for themselves….There aren’t many instances on the planet of two species who routinely risk their lives for one another (though I’m not sure the hero here actually risked his life; he truly was a hero). I don’t know who this was, or where it happened (perhaps someone reading this does). Thanks to…

Steve Dale's Pet World Saturday on WLS, Ask the Vet: Dr. David Gonsky

Please turn, cough and ask your veterinary questions – phone in or text – Steve Dale’s Pet World, Saturday afternoon (May 15) at 2 pm CST on 890-AM WLS. The guest is Dr. David Gonsky – who just opened a new veterinary clinic – and it’s a green clinic (does that mean he’s jealous of…

The Nose Knows Fear

This has actually happened to us…You’re walking down the street with your dog, and some guy walks by apparently minding his own business. Your dog then begins to uncharacteristically act out of sorts, and instantly the guy jumps out of his skin – really triggering your dog now. Clearly, your dog knew from the start…

What Does A Shelter Do? Euthanizing All Animals Was An Option

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stopped their plan to euthanize over 300 animals, mostly cats, as a result of a ringworm outbreak. When word got out locally in the media – some animal lovers protested by picketing, and a few animals were even stolen from the shelter – assumed to…

Sitting Down with Betty White

Betty White, hosting Saturday Night Live tonight (May 8), I’ve known Betty for many years because of her passion for animals, including pets of all kinds. Here’s my most recent print piece; I interviewed Betty White at the Western Veterinary Conference, where she was honored for her many decades at a Board member of the…

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