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Emotional Health of Shelter Dogs

At the Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, I met Dr. Erica Feuerbacher, assistant professor of Companion Animal Welfare and Behavior in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at Virginia Tech. Her talk at the conference was great, and I was thrilled when I heard she’d come on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet…

Million Cat Challenge and Dr. Kate Hurley

It’s called the Million Cat Challenge, and Dr. Kare Hurley, director of Koret Shelter Medicine Program University of California Davis explains on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. They exceeded their expectations – by FAR! Dr.Hurley is talks about paying attention in a new way to the cats’ environments, and meeting their needs…

Changes in Veterinary Medicne

Certified veterinary technician Mary Ann Minnick and I talk HERE on WGN Radio about how veterinary medicine is changing. Beginning with talking about all pets’ wellness, how integrative medicine is more important than ever. We mean integrating modalities like physical therapy or acupuncture – as just two examples – combined with traditional medicine. We discuss…

Steve Dale Purrs on Part Two of the Purr Podcast

On the Purr Podcast, Dr Jolle Kirpensteijn and Dr. Susan Little ask me many questions in part two of our conversation. Listen HERE, as we begin by talking about the Winn Feline Foundation. I offer a few examples of the difference Winn Feline has made for cats, and one easy and dramatic story is how…

Beware of Lyme Disease in City Parks

Dogs are a sentinel for various tick diseases, most notably Lyme disease. You think Lyme, you likely think either New England – where Lyme is endemic – or you think about tick disease when walking through the woods. It’s true you should think those things. But also think urban parks, like Central Park in New…

Don’t Burn Out Dogs in Hot Weather

The message is “take it easy,” as the weather heats up again. As people need to acclimate to heath, so do our dogs, according Dr. Kurt Venator, chief veterinary officer at Purina. Is there a link between how much exercise your dog gets and nutrition? Seems like an easy thing to know, but studies demonstrate…

Leptospirosis Problem Is Worsening; the Entire Family May Be At Risk

On HouseSmarts TV I talk about the increasing zoonotic threat of leptospirosis with Dr. Natalie Marks. We’ve talked about leptospirosis before, but it seems to be worsening. City rats, weather and who knows what other contributing factors. But it’s really an increasingly serious problem in major metro areas, according at least one study. Of course,…

Cat Allergies May Soon Become a Problem of the Past

Allergies to cats are incredibly common (about one in five adults), and now Purina scientists have found a way to abate the allergies and along with it lots of the uncomfortable symptoms people have. This means most people allergic to cats will soon be able to live with them in the first place, and do…

Service Dogs Change Lives

Ryan DeRoche tells me what a service dog means to him following his mountain bike accident several years ago. Through the non-profit National Education for Assistance Dog Services or NEADS World Class Service Dogs, he was partnered with a new best friend named Oliver. He says on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show,…

New York Now First State to Ban Declaw

New York State is now the first U.S. state to ban declawing cats. In June, state lawmakers passed Assembly person Linda Rosenthal (D)Manhattan bill to ban the procedure, which truly amputates cat’s claws. Governor Cuomo not only signed the bill, but he called the declaw procedure “archaic, inhumane and unnecessary.” “Declawing is a cruel and…

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