Articles: veterinary health

Mirataz Stimulates Cat’s Appetite: No Pilling Required

Mirtazapine is an antidepressant when used in people, and it turns out that this drug also possesses appetite-stimulating properties. And someone, somewhere then had an “Ah Ha moment” wondering if the drug would work as an appetite stimulant in cats, and to be delivered as a transdermal rather than a pill. Brilliant! Cats can be famously finicky…

Cold Enough for You? Keeping Pets Safe in Winter

Keeping pets safe in the cold. I offer several general tips. Short-haired dogs need a coat or sweater, it’s the right thing to do. When it’s TOO cold, even Malamutes, Huskies, Newfoundlands, Samoyeds and other dogs who relish the cold can actually get too cold. It’s possible. Use a de-icer or salt that is pet-friendly,…
Additional service dog rules from Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines Adds Additional Flight Restrictions for Comfort/Service Dogs

Flying with comfort animals/service animals has become very complicated in recent years. In part, because some abuse the system. However, in my view, the airlines themselves are also responsible as are ignorant pet caretakers. Delta Airlines said Monday that it will ban all emotional support animals on flights longer than eight hours and will ban…
Pet safety in cold weather with pet expert Steve Dale

Pets Safe in Winter

Keeping pets safe in winter can be a challenge. Some dogs delight romping in the snow and appear as impervious to frigid temperatures as snow is to polar bears. Malamutes, Great Pyrenees, Huskies and many other large dogs seem friskier in weather that chills us to the bone. On the other paw, Toy Poodles and…
Steve Dale talks with Dr. Sue Cancer Vet

Canine Lymphoma, It’s Treatable: Dr. Sue Cancer Vet

Veterinary oncologist Dr. Sue Ettinger talks about canine lymphoma on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio show. Here are two interesting bullet points which she offers far more detail on: At least half the dogs diagnosed with canine lymphoma are asymptomatic. We want to ideally treat fast. Without treatment, most dogs succumb at about…
Pet expert Steve Dale and Paul Cstro Jr. about Aeris a movie about a kitten with FIP

Aeris the Movie About a Kitten with FIP Now Available

Filmmaker/actor Paul Castro Jr. with actress Aly Miller produced a movie called “Aeris.”  The short award-winning short film is about a very unusual topic for a movie: a kitten with a presumed fatal disease called feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). We talk a bit about what FIP. Paul says he made the movie because he and…
Llamas may fight the flu

Future of Canine or Human Flu Vaccines Could be the Llama

Worried about the dog flu or even ourselves getting the flu? Certainly, a vaccine can help to prevent the flu in both species. Now, there’s a new idea Get yourself a llama. Llamas have been used to produce a new antibody therapy that has the potential to work against all types of flu, including new…
Debbie Martin talks with Steve Dale about Fear Free

Superstar Technician/Nurse Debbie Martin on Fear Free

Debbie Martin is five stars. The nearly all perfect reviews are for veterinary nurse Debbie Martin and her husband veterinary behaviorist Dr. Ken Martin’s book “Puppy Start Right.” Overwhelming positive reviews is unprecedented, albeit appropriate for this book. Debbie is one of very few veterinary nurses (or technicians) board certified in behavior. I talk with…
AVMA pet demographics

New AVMA Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook

From the American Veterinary Medical Association Pet Ownership Sourcebook: Pet ownership is on the rise in the United States, with dogs leading the way and large increases in the number of less traditional pets like poultry and lizards, according to recently released data from the AVMA. The 2017-2018 edition of the AVMA Pet Ownership and Demographics…
Winter weather tips, pet expert Steve Dale

Winter is Coming: Time to Protect Your Pets

I hesitate to write about this – but it really is that time of year. The temperatures have fallen, the snow is falling, and people and dogs in winter are slipping on the ice. For small dogs, sight hounds, and very elderly dogs a sweater or coat is a good idea. It’s funny how this…

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