Articles: dog bites

Decoding Your Dog for Christmas

Just a couple of years ago, most people didn’t know veterinary behaviorists even exists as a specialty in veterinary medicine. Veterinary behaviorists are specialists just as veterinary cardiologists or veterinary oncologists are – but I argue they may save more lives, though there are fewer than 85 boarded behaviorists in the U.S. far less than…

Roller Coaster Life of Cesar Millan: Petcube Chooses Him as a Spokesperson

I almost feel sorry for the famed Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan after watching this video: And this video only offers the highlights – both good and not so good. While all our lives are a bit of a roller coaster, his has been a particularly wild ride. I am writing about Millan again because Petcube, a…

Pet Cube Partners with Cesar Millan: What Message Are They Sending Now?

The Petcube is a wi-fi camera and treat dispenser that allows family members to keep an eye on their dog using a phone app when not home, and even offer treats remotely as well as to talk to your best friend from far away. This product supports the human-animal bond, and better understanding our dogs…

Alderman Lopez, Are You Kidding? Lopez Statement on Susan Russell’s Dismissal

Susan Russell, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) for just over two years was asked to resign Friday (June 29). When she refused to do so, she was fired by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. I’ve described the background and offered my view of the city’s explanation, an explanation yes. A valid one, not…

Aldermen Face-Off on Animal Control

People didn’t believe me when I said Alderman Ray Lopez (15th Ward) said this on Chicago Tonight on Ch. 11. I know, it’s outrageous but watch and listen for yourself. It’s hard to believe that the Alderman, who since Executive Director Susan Russell began has been targeting her, offers this solution: “I think as we…

Dog Bite Prevention Week

No one knows how many dog bites there are a year. Some suggest that number is rising, even calling the situation an epidemic.  The American Veterinary Medical Association and U.S. Postal Service with State Farm Insurance created Dog Bite Prevention Week, now through April 14. I am all for preventing bites – of course –…

Halloween Fears and Scares for Pets

Dr. Mark Russak, past president of the American Animal Hospital Association, on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show HERE offers tips on helping pets to feel not so afraid on Halloween. He says his number one concern includes candy, which can be fatal in large enough amounts. Of course, dark chocolate is at…

Fatal Dog Attack by Pit Bulls, Is BSL Next?

How do you report on the death of a little boy caused by two family dogs? There can be few greater family tragedies. I’ve known about this for some time, but I was waiting. I was waiting for the inevitable, because the dogs involved in the attack were identified as pit bulls. I suspected the…

Pit Bull Hero Stops Attacker

“If you’re good to your dog, your dog is good to you,” said Maya Fairweather, an 18-year old who luckily wasn’t alone when walking in the park. She was with a five-month old puppy. But the pup went from play mode to serious mode in an instant to stop a rape. Fairweather was walking her…

Dog Bite Prevention

Some say there is an epidemic of dog bites. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association: Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs. Almost one in five people bitten by dogs require medical attention. Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least…

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