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April 1 2020

COVID-19 Steals Rock Star Veterinarian

A fan of rock ‘n roll, one of the great rock stars of veterinary medicine, Dr. Peter Sakas of Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center succumbed to COVID-19.  Prior to attending vet school, at Auburn University in Alabama and pursued his MS (Master of Science) degree in Zoology-Entomology in 1979. While at Auburn, he…

March 31 2020

COVID-19 Drug Trial Launches at Northwestern Medicine

Remdesivir, the drug touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19, was nearly used to treat cats with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) which results from the feline corona virus.  It turned out that Gilead Sciences (the pharma company) didn’t want to let go of Remdesivir, and offered a less expensive but nearly identical compound to trial…

March 31 2020

Dogs Trained to Detect COVID-19

We know dogs can detect cancers and be trained to find explosives, and now scientists n the UK are training dogs to sniff out COVID-19.  Dogs can detect malaria and diabetic crashes. Dogs naturally detect some of these changes. An obstetrician can tell you that dogs (sometimes cats too) might even preempt those pregnancy tests…

March 30 2020

Human Animal Bond and Stay at Home Orders

Here’s one definition of the human animal bond from the Human Animal Bond Association, “The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and other animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical…

March 30 2020

Purina Institute and WSAVA Search for Future Leaders

I certainly appreciative of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, and their undeniable global leadership role in veterinary medicine, particularly regarding the One Health initiative and taking a responsible course of recommendations regarding COVID-19. I’ve been fortunate enough to many times visit the living and breathing Purina Institute. This is place is more than a…

March 30 2020

AVMA President on COVID-19 and Pets; State of Chicago Animal Shelters on WGN Radio

The most authoritative source at this time when we are so desperate for information regarding COVID-19 and pets is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). On Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio, listen HERE as I began this show speaking  with Dr. John Howe, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. My first question…

March 30 2020

Rats and COVID-19

Few are talking about the rat crisis resulting from COVID-19, which is making it a difficult time to be a rat.  In big cities like Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Detroit, etc. as restaurants and fast food places are operating on a limited basis or not operating at all there’s not nearly as much trash.…

March 28 2020

Dogs Doing Yoga

Yoga is supposed to help you relax right? Apparently, the same may be true for dogs doing yoga. But their downward dog isn’t always the same as ours.

March 27 2020

Cat Identified with COVID-19?

A Belgian woman from the Liège province has perhaps infected her cat with the coronavirus, as reported the FPS Public Health during the daily update COVID-19 press conference, according to the Brussels Times. The veterinary medicine faculty in Liège reported that a coronavirus infection has been determined in a cat.  The cat’s signs were vomiting, diarrhea,…

March 27 2020

PetAirapy Offers Free Mobile Sanitizing Units to First Responders in Chicago Area

I can’t say I had any idea my conversation on WGN Radio with Annette Uda, president and founder of PetAirapy would soon be so relevant. Uda taught me about how an ultraviolet germicidal system can clobber  viruses – including the corona virus – as well as bacteria and mold. It turns out that PetAirapy’s ultraviolet sanitizing…

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