Annual Celebration of Life with a Veterinarian Who’s Done It All


Now, a Steve Dale’s Pet World tradition talking with the inspirational Dr. Mark Goldstein. Listen HERE To Dr. Goldstein on WGN Radio.

How us human beings actually might begin to talk with one another?

Goldstein is the author of Lions and Tigers and Hamsters: What Animals Large and Small Taught Me About Life, Love, and HumanityDr. Goldstein has done it all and more in veterinary medicine, and has a unique perspective as a result of his wide-ranging vast experiences.

New Ideas in Veterinary Medicine Taking Hold

More people understand with every passing day what the human animal bond gives us. The truth is that we are and the world is also dependent on animals. As for our pets, they mean more to us than ever before and in the U.S. we have far more pets than ever before.  Dr. Goldstein explains why he thinks during the pandemic the number of pets skyrocketed.

New therapies in the pet world, such as monoclonal antibodies in dogs and cats are now possible to treat osteoarthritis, and also to treat canine distemper. AI (artificial intelligence), in general, Dr. Goldstein says it offers good and bad – the reality is that AI is here. Also, so is telehealth or telemedicine, which has is upsides; there are limitations what a camera can provide.  Like any other tool, you learn how to use it rather than abuse it. Another issue, today more pets and simultaneously not as many veterinary professionals.

Dr. Mark’s book About His Vast Career

Dr. Goldstein has done it all in veterinary medicine – including removing a tumor from a goldfish. Why to do that with a mere goldfish? Also, from Harold to Hamster to a tiger who almost ate him.

Dr. Goldstein is Still Here – He Wasn’t Supposed to Be

Dr. Goldstein offers his personal story – he’s 71-years old, and a veterinarian for over 40 years in various wide-ranging positions. “The more your work is your passion, the fewer days you work,” he says.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – and his last chapter is still to be written. Despite the cancer which was supposed to take him in 10 months or less, and other medical conditions, he’s thriving. He explains, aside from good luck, why he thinks that is so.

He says, “Don’t let adversity kidnap you.”

A Pet’s Night Before Christmas

And Steve’s dramatic reading A Pet’s Night Before Christmas.