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Tips from American Animal Hospital Association Veterinarian, Keeping Pets Safe in the Cold

American Animal Hospital Association senior veterinary officer Dr. Heather Loenser is all about keeping our pets safe in the cold. Here’s something not talked about a lot, but Loenser talks about it on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, that’s dehydration. Outside dogs’ water bowls can freeze, and water is otherwise impossible to…

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…

USPS Honoring Military Working Dogs

The United States Postal service just released their 2019 Special Stamp Program.  Included will be military working dogs. The Postal Service honors the nation’s brave and loyal military working dogs with this new booklet of 20 stamps. Each block of four stamps features one stamp of each of the following breeds — German shepherd, Labrador…

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…

Jane Goodall: Nobel Prize for Peace

Jane Goodall is the most inspirational person I’ve ever met. I’ve had the distinct honor to interview her on several occasions, though it has been several years. Of course, she’s a famed primatologist – but she is so much more than the person who taught us a bit more about ourselves but better understanding chimpanzees.…

Dog Training Techniques Matter When Saving Rescue and Shelter Dogs on WGN Radio

The latest in a parade of Chicago Mayoral candidates to appear on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World was supposed to be Susana Mendoza. However, it turned out she had her phone on mute (from an earlier appearance) and forgot to turn the volume back on. I understand – as I’ve done the same.…

Resolutions for Pets from the President

As we slide into February, in January I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. John de Jong ,president of the American Veterinary Medical Association about his resolutions for pets in 2019 on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. Resolution #1: Pets to get annual or best bi-annal check-ups. We now know, as…

At What Cost Is Saving Dogs Acceptable?

At what cost do you save a life? Or is that not even the right question to ask? What motivates this piece is a local dog trainer, near where I live, who was recently “outed” for alleged use of aversive methods to save lives. That in itself sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it? When animal…

Science Diet Recall of Select Canned Dog Foods

Hill’s Pet Nutrition (Science Diet) is voluntarily recalling, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and…

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