AVMA on COVID-19 and Pets; Keeping Your Dog Busy When You’re Busy ; A Chicago Relief Net


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When it comes to pets and COVID-19, the most up to date and real information is found through the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Once again, on my WGN Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, listen here to Dr. John Howe, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Howe begins answering whether or not dogs, cats or livestock can get COVID-19 or give it to us.

Dr. Howe explains how this SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus is actually an example of one health, and so is the search for an effective treatment – which veterinary medicine is involved with.

Dr. Howe and I discuss the researchers in Australia looking at whether or not Ivermectin may demonstrate antiviral activity to treat COVID-19.  However, if human right now take this compound meant for dogs or cats, people would likely land in the emergency room.

I explain how being on the Board of Directors of the Winn Feline Foundation, I know about an antiviral drug called Remdesivir. It turns out a compound just like it can cure cats of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), caused by the feline corona virus.

We discuss how veterinarians are on the front lines regarding COVID-19. On the network TV show One World: Together at Home, former first ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama thanked many of the heroes working on the front lines, and Laura Bush specifically mentioned veterinarians.

Updates found on the American Veterinary Medical Association website.

Bark in the Park to Bark from the Heart

HEAR Tracy Elliott, president of the Anti Cruelty Society explains that with Chicago Animal Care and Control and South Suburban Humane Society they’re created a county-wide plan for individuals hospitalized or quarantined as a result of COVID-19.  “We’ve provided an emergency option – you need not worry,” Elliott says.

No Bark in the Park this year – traditionally – for many years – by far, the most significant fundraiser for the Anti Cruelty Society. Instead of the beautiful walk along the lake and fun in the park, fun will be virtual only. Learn more about it HERE.

Keeping Dogs Entertained When You’re Busy

Dr. Lisa Radosta

Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Lisa Rodasta has timely ideas – HEAR things for your dog to do to stay occupied, a free ebook, The ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE to keeping your dog happy when you’re stuck at home: 27 Cook Ways to Keep your Dogs Entertained (and you sane). This FREE book is available here, https://therealdognerds.com/site/dog-enrichment/.

This sounds crazy but it’s not – remove the food bowl, and use Kong toys, snuffle mats, or something else.

Radosta and I discuss how we may see more separation anxiety in dogs when life returns to normal.

We talk about how important socialization is for puppies – and how to potentially overcome that challenge now.