New Test for New Dog Flu Strain, Steve Dale's Pet World


Exciting news about the dog flu with Dr. Roberta Relford, chief medical officer at IDEXX Laboratories – She reveals new information – she announces HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio, there’s a new test available specific for the strain of flu affecting the dogs in the Chicago area, H3N2. That’s the strain that’s come here from Asia.

FYI: I mentioned a new sensitive test to uncover early kidney disease, called SDMA, helpful in dogs, and a particular game-changer in cats:  here’s the info:

Symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) is a new renal biomarker that should be run alongside creatinine, BUN and a urinalysis to help diagnose kidney disease earlier and with more confidence.

I also talk about the Puppy Mill Project Mother in the Mills which I attended, and I mention a few of the more well known attendees, including the emcee from CLTV and WGN-TV news Paul Lisnek. Andy Avalos of WMAQ-TV and myself were astounded that Paul managed to mostly stay awake as he emceed. We drove him back home to the Sunrise Home, took out his uppers, and put him to sleep. Thursday, next week, he’ll wake up.

Most important, a great event. Do check out our Facebook page, Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills...Hope you go here, and like the page.

How about hopping on board Mercury Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline to help homeless cats? These are the same folks who do the Canine Cruise and also the famous Chicago Architecture Foundation rides, and all to benefit Tree House Humane Society.

Puss and Boats is on May 16, Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. (SE Corner). 8:45AM boarding, 9 AM the cruise. Both the docents at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and also Mercury Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline are donating the proceeds to benefit Tree House Human Society. But make no mistake, this is a real architecture ride! I will serve as the honorary ships captain.While the ride benefits cats, it’s not suggested that passengers bring their cats form home aboard. Tickets are $35, $10 for ages 5 to 15 years, and under 5 free. Click HERE for tickets.