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Stories Behind the Fire Killing 30 Dogs in West Chicago

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. Lots of lessons, even those with national impact. A gofundme page popped instantly, as Garrett Mercado, caretaker of the kennel did tragically lose his personal dogs and all his processions in the…

More Communities Ban Pet Store Sales of Dogs/Cats

Village of Vernon Hills – Government (just outside Chicago) is now the 7th municipality in Illinois to band dogs/cats from being sold at pet stores. Over 200 additional cities around the country (and Canada), and the entire states of California and Maryland have followed with additional states waiting in the wings. Here’s a list of those…

Meet Your Match: Chicago Animal Care and Control

How romantic is this? Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is hosting a big-hearted event,  a Valentine’s Meet Your Match for adopters looking for love in all the right places and ready to meet a lifelong pet partner (or two). The special event February 10 and February 11 features waived adoption fees at CACC. The hope…

Woody’s Pet Food Deli Recall

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) – according to this advisory – is notifying consumers of a recall of raw turkey pet food from Woody’s Pet Food Deli due to Salmonella contamination. This recall is being issued after product samples collected by the MDA tested positive for Salmonella. Sampling was begun after the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)…

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…

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…

Tragic Fire Could Inspire Change

This tragedy is unfathomable, but perhaps good can come from it.  According to media reports 30 dogs were killed in the fire on January 14 at Bully Life Animal Services (formerly D and D Kennels), on county Farm Road in West Chicago.  Garrett Mercado wasn’t at home at the time of the fire, as he…

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