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Dog Training Techniques Matter When Saving Rescue and Shelter Dogs on WGN Radio

The latest in a parade of Chicago Mayoral candidates to appear on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World was supposed to be Susana Mendoza. However, it turned out she had her phone on mute (from an earlier appearance) and forgot to turn the volume back on. I understand – as I’ve done the same.…

Resolutions for Pets from the President

As we slide into February, in January I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. John de Jong ,president of the American Veterinary Medical Association about his resolutions for pets in 2019 on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. Resolution #1: Pets to get annual or best bi-annal check-ups. We now know, as…

At What Cost Is Saving Dogs Acceptable?

At what cost do you save a life? Or is that not even the right question to ask? What motivates this piece is a local dog trainer, near where I live, who was recently “outed” for alleged use of aversive methods to save lives. That in itself sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it? When animal…

Science Diet Recall of Select Canned Dog Foods

Hill’s Pet Nutrition (Science Diet) is voluntarily recalling, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and…

Keeping Pets Safe in Very Frigid Weather

How cold is too cold for a dog to be outside for more than a couple of minutes? Even the hardiest Huskies, Malamutes and Saint Bernards aren’t bred for below zero weather – that’s even with a coat on over the one they’re born with. Also consider that despite what some Internet sites maintain, dogs…

Explaining the Tragic Fire which Killed 30 Dogs on WGN Radio

Thirty dogs died in a tragic fire on January 14 at Bully Life Animal Services (formerly D and D Kennels),  2N442 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Listen to the kennel operator Garrett Mercado on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio.  Garrett describes what happened: He took his car to help a friend.  When he arrived back…

Dogs Outside in Cold May be Animal Cruelty

It’s illegal in Illinois and other states to maintain pets outdoors in the cold, particularly the extreme cold much of the nation is facing . I talked to Patti Vazquez about this on WGN Radio. One of her listeners was insistant that it’s “okay.” It’s NOT “okay,” unless the dog has water (unfrozen) and comfortable shelter.…

Blum Animal Hospital Supports Pets of Furloughed Federal Employees

Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago wrote this post: ❤️ Our hearts go out to all of our clients and their families (including furry family members!) who are affected by the government shutdown. Because accidents and emergencies seem to arise at the worst possible time, we will be offering complimentary exams for any furloughed Federal employees.* Please…

Importance of Dental Care in Pets

Dr. Ed Koronowsk, veterinary services manager at CEVA Animal Health suggests dental care is as important for dogs and cats as it is for people on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show  If you let the teeth go, the gums suffer and that’s painful but also as bacterial builds so does the animal.…

Keeping Pets Safe in Blizzards

In blizzards….what do you do to protect your dogs? I talk in this video about some basic tips, and also how pet-friendly ice melters, like Safe Step Sure Paws is way better for our pets – and also for the environment. Here are more tips on keeping our best friends safe in cold, snowy and…

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