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Campylobacter Outbreak in Pet Store Puppies

So, why wouldn’t you buy a puppy at a pet store? Can you say puppy mills? These horrific places and commercial mass production is where all dogs or cats from pet stores are sourced (unless from a reputable shelter or rescue who happen to adopt via a pet store). Now, the Centers for Disease Control…

Minimizing Holiday Anxiety in Pets

Some pets are like the Grinch; they just don’t appreciate the Christmas spirit. Everything in their lives can be upside down at this time of year. The family is busily trying to attend to last minute shopping, and frazzled attempting to keep up with the kids’ Christmas parties. Meanwhile, you’re running to catch sales at…

Pet Resolutions from the AVMA

On Steve Dale Pet’s World from WGN radio, listen HERE to Dr. Doug Kratt, president elect American Veterinary Medical Association offers pet resolutions for 2020. Included among pet resolutions is taking our dogs for more walks, it’s good for them and good for us. And we share feelings from one end of the leash to the…

Questioning Ethics of Declaw, Not to Mention Deleterious Impact on Behavior

Dr. Robin Downing is Boarded animal rehabilitation, and is a renown expert on pain/pain management of companion animals. She and I are speaking together about declaw in cats at the FETCH veterinary conference on Friday December 13 in San Diego, CA. Downing can look at videos of cats and identify lameness that is so subtle…

Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner Pate Recall

The J. M. Smucker Company announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of Special Kitty® wet, canned cat food due to health concerns potentially associated with ingredients believed to not meet the Company’s quality and safety standards, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The specific product is Special Kitty® Mixed Grill Dinner Pate. In addition to…

Dr. Mary Gardner Helps Out Animals in the Bahamas

Dr. Mary Gardner is doing something to help following the devastation in the Bahamas as a result of Hurricane Dorian this past September. Lots of pets remain missing (and presumed dead), and many street dogs and cats no doubt didn’t survive. Gardner says the shelter she knows best, Humane Society of Grand Bahama Island lost…

Giving Tuesday: Winn Feline Foundation Ricky Fund

If you have a cat – thank the Winn Feline Foundation. Nearly all we know about cat health, physical and even mental well-being, was once funded by the Winn Feline Foundation. Back in 2002 our then famous piano playing cat, named Ricky, died of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This heart disease, which is often (though…

Lil Bub Passes Away

Lil Bub was only 8-years old when she died unexpectedly Sunday. She and Grumpy Cat, who died in May, define the new stars of the Internet, felines. Imagine, getting your obituary in the New York Times. Most people don’t. Here’s Lil Bub’s obit. According to Lil Bub’s website, she was born with a multitude of…

WSAVA One Health Certification

One Health is an increasingly important topic especially as our world shrinks. One Health refers to more than illnesses we can potentially get from animals (from wildlife to companion animals; one of many examples is monkeypox). That is the most common impression of One Health but there’s so more to One Health than getting sick…

A Lot of Pet Stories to be Thankful For

I am thankful to all of you who read my blogs, hear me on the radio and/or see me on TV and in videos….And thankful if my work has made a difference, both legislatively and to individual pet owners. It really is the reason I do what I do….Here’s a snapshot of how I have…

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