Articles: veterinary health

FDA warning about certain flea/tick products

FDA Alerts Pet Owners and Veterinarians About Potential Neurologic Effects Associated with Certain Flea and Tick Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (and this is from the FDA website) is alerting pet owners and veterinarians to be aware of the potential for neurologic adverse events in dogs and cats when treated with drugs that are in the isoxazoline class. Since these products have obtained their respective FDA approvals, data received by the…
Pet expert Steve Dale talks about how to encourage cats to scratch in all the right places

Encouraging Cat Scratching In All the Right Places

I’ve always hated the notion declaw; it is an amputation – period.  Cat scratching is a common complaint, even explanation for people giving up cats or to declaw. Now there still another reason to minimize the perceived need to declaw – a product called Feliscratch, which encourages cats to scratch on posts.  I talk in…
Pet expert Steve Dale joins Bill and Wendy on WGN

Pet Talk with Steve Dale with Bill and Wendy on WGN Radio

I love being on WGN radio with Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder (listen to here), first talking about the grain free diets. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine has issued a vague warning about dogs eating grain free diets, and for some dogs their odds increase of suffering dilated cardiomyopathy (a…
Opioid shortage in veterinary medicine could impact pets

Opioid Restrictions and Use Regarding Pets

Opioid restrictions for pets? According to a new  nationwide survey veterinary medicine may suffer unintended and unconsidered consequences caused the new directive issues by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to address the opioid crisis. To my knowledge pets are not abusing opioids, and should therefore not be targeted by the DEA. Few pets land in…
Stop Lyme with Dr. Michael Dryden on WGN radio

Tick Disease Happens in the Fall; Supporting Older Cats

Guests on my WGN Radio show HERE: Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden on how the fall is the most common time of year ticks may give Lyme to dogs, and Dr. Kurt Venator, chief medical officer at Purina. I talked about the East Asian or long-horned tick which entered the country somehow via Asia. And…
Animal Welfare League report

Warning Regarding Animal Welfare League

Following  a story (on September 7) about theAnimal Welfare League (AWL), which only offered the truth, I was shocked to receive not one or two, but several emails and Facebook Instant messages meant as a warning. While these individuals thanked me for the story, they indicating the shelter’s public relations firm will now come after myself (presumably…
Dog flu continues in the US

Dog Flu Continues to be Relentless

The dog flu is unrelenting. Likely because there’s simply so much other news, from politics to hurricanes, you haven’t heard about it. But the dog flu (canine influenza virus) doesn’t care. Numbers only indicate a small part of the story. Most pet caretakers with coughing dogs do visit the veterinarian.  Knowing what other dogs in…

Pet Food Recall: Steve’s Real Food

Steve’s Real Food of Salt Lake City, Utah is voluntarily issued a pet food recall. One lot of 5lb Turducken Recipe, one lot of 2lb Quest Emu Diet, and one lot of 2lb Quest Beef Diet, due to their possible Salmonella and/or L. mono contamination. Salmonella and L. mono can affect animals eating the products and there is…
pet expert Steve Dale on Cures4Cats Day

Cures4Cats Day: Supporting Kidney Disease Studies

Cures4Cats should be a national holiday. For 50 years the non-profit Winn Feline Foundation has been supporting cat health studies. October 20 is Cures4Cats Day and a celebration and culmination of these efforts. To celebrate, the Winn Feline Foundation is announcing the launch of a new campaign to find answers for feline kidney disease (FKD),…
Dr. Heiblum and Steve Dale at AVMA

Speaking to Honor Dr. Moises Heiblum

Dr. Moises Heiblum was THE teacher of animal behavior medicine in Mexico. He passed away suddenly in August. We were friends, and had personal and professional plans for next year. We were both scheduled to present at the Congresio Veterinario de Leon. I last saw Dr. Heibum at the Convention of the American Veterinary Medical…

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