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Dogs detecting ovarian cancer, Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness

Cancer Detecting Dogs: Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness

Vallie Szymanski, co-founder Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness joins me on my WGN Radio show. Listen HERE as Szymanski explains how really and truly dogs are now learning how to sniff out odors in ovarian cancer and these dogs really are cancer detecting dogs. Dr. Cynthia Otto at Penn Vet Working Dog Center is succeeding at training, so…
Pet expert Steve Dale and veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden on tick disease in the fall

Tick Disease is Ecological Havoc

Tick disease remains rampant especially in dogs.  This is the time of year, when you might think as the weather begins to cool that the ticks begin to go away. Actually, fall is when Lyme disease is the most considerable threat for dogs, according to Dr. Michael Dryden, veterinary parasitologist and distinguished professor Kansas State…

Remembering Dr. Donna Alexander on WGN Radio

On May 20, Dr. Donna Alexander, then Administrator of the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control was on my WGN radio show. I spoke to her privately the very next day, about several topics, including the need to update the trap/neuter/return ordinance and the continuing sad saga at the Animal Welfare League in…

Longhorned Ticks: An Unwanted Import from Asia

If the tick inundation isn’t bad enough, the self-cloning East Asian tick is now multiplying in the U.S., and does transmit disease to people in it’s native Asian countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand The Lyme Disease Association reports that according to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick (otherwise…

Babies May be Healthier with a Pet

Have a baby? What you need next is a pet and a good pediatrician. And with the pet you may not need that pediatrician quite as often. Increasingly, studies support the theory that a dog or cat in the home improves the human microbiome, particularly babies, and therefore improve their immune systems. According to the…

Red-Eared Sliders Regaining Popularity: That Might Not Be So Great

I can’t believe it’s still “a thing,” spontaneously buying red-eared slider turtles. Back in the day, in the 1950’s and ‘60 into the early 70’s, these turtles were commonly kept as pets. Typically, though, they suffered from poor care. Their habitats were plastic containers with a plastic tropical looking palm and a small place to…

Cook County Veterinarian Dr. Donna Alexander, a Dedicated Professional

Dedicated to her job and to help pets, that was Dr. Donna Alexander. Upon landing in New York City, I learned several hours ago that my friend, and Administrator of the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control was found dead. She had been battling some health problems, but appeared to be doing well when…

Cats with FIV May Help People with HIV

When we think comparative medicine, how animals can be used to study medical issues that impact people, we typically think about dogs. Indeed, increasingly, dogs are being used to study cancers.  In general, dogs are far better models than lab rats.   In the 1980’s the fear about HIV-AIDS was so extreme that cats with FIV…

Flu 101

On New Year’s Day, a 68-year-old woman was hospitalized for flu in southern China. Here’s the newsworthy part: It turns out she was diagnosed with H7N4, a new type of avian or bird flu. To experts studying the flu, this isn’t a surprise. The bird flu has been spreading and killing birds throughout China, and…

Not Just Another Sheep in the Flock

Counting sheep to help your sleep? Odds are you don’t recognize one sheep from another. Sheep, however, can recognize us and, of course, one another. Do sheep even excel at facial recognition? In a study performed by University of Cambridge researchers, sheep were shown black-and-white photos of four celebrities: Barack Obama, Emma Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal,…

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