Articles: veterinary technician

New Human-Animal Bond Certificaton

The human-animal bond feels good, but it’s also about science. And, now, that is being recognized. Listen HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio show to Steve Feldman, executive director of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), as he describes how HABRI, the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have…

Kittens Going to School?

Kittens going to school? Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Kersti Seksel, who initiated Kittie Kindies in Australia, explains the concept HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. I love this idea, and I’ve taught kitten classes myself. Seksel explains the many benefits, including getting cats accustomed to their carriers, the car ride to the…

Animal Welfare League Community Meeting

Animal Welfare League (AWL) executive director and board member Linda Estrada told me (and also Channel 5 in the report below) that she wants to hear from the community. Now, she and other board members will have that chance. Tuesday, February 6, there will be a public forum held at The Village of Chicago Ridge, 10455 Ridgeland…

Dog Flu Explanation from Dr. Natalie Marks

Dog flu is in the Chicago area, and there are outbreaks around the nation, which Dr. Natalie Marks and myself discuss on my national radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, on WGN radio. Listen HERE as Marks talks dog flu. The dog flu that arrived in Chicago in 2015 (the H3N2 strain) has now hit 46 states,…

Dog Flu Spreading in California and Across the Country: 2018 Year of the Dog Flu

Surveillance for dog flu or canine influenza virus (CIV) is a tricky thing. While there is no CDC for pets, there are 12 agencies cooperating to positively identify CIV and note which strain it happens to be, although H3N2 is the most common. We do know there is an outbreak currently in San Jose and…

Doing Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return in Mexico; Spay/Neuter Rebate in Cook County

Cook County veterinarian Dr. Donna Alexander on WGN Radio says the county actually has something for us regarding spay/neuter. Listen HERE as we begin our wide-ranging conversation talking about Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR), and how a resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya region, El Dorado Royale and El Dorado Royal Casitas (working with a local cat rescue), is doing it…

Cats: Inside or Outside?

If we love our cats, then why in the world do we expect them to cope with the harsh realities of life outside? Defenders maintain there’s a tradeoff. Multiple studies support that cats living only indoors live several years longer than cats who sometimes navigate life outside. Still, there’s a surprising medical revelation about a…

A Third of Pets Are Overweight or Obese

Our pets are growing sideways, as I discuss on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show HERE with Dr. Kirk Brueninger, lead researcher at Banfield for the current state of pet health. According to Banfield, about a third of our cats and dogs are overweight or obese, and the numbers are increasing at alarming…

Feliscratch to Solve or Prevent a Cat-Scratching Problem; Better Than Declaw

After a unanimous vote in Denver, they now have banned declawing cats. And, Denver follows the entire state of California. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Theresa DePorter explains what declawing is. This isn’t just a matter of clipping a cat’s claws like cutting your nails, it’s truly an amputation, and that’s what we continue to do to…

DuPage and Will Counties May Ban Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores: Politics Tonight

Illinois state legislature hopes to ban sales of dogs and cats at pet stores in Will and DuPage counties. I speak with Suzanne Hart, Will County Board Chairperson, with Paul Lisnek, host of Politics Tonight on CLTV. I have no issue with responsible breeders. I point out that the American Kennel Club (AKC) is out in…

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