Pet Potpourri with Steve Dale on WGN Radio


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Pet Potpourri on WGN Radio; listen HERE to Steve Dale’s Pet World, on WGN Radio:

New CAN DO Attitude:  I visited the Chicago Animal Care & Control Open House with Alderman Ray Lopez, and yes – was impressed with a new pavilion – but far more important, impressed with the new attitude, more optimistic and goal directed than ever.

Alderman Ray Lopez and a Chicago dog named Velvet

Alderman Ray Lopez and a Chicago dog named Velvet

And the new executive director Susan Russell, who I recently interviewed is a team player. Indeed it will take a team to achieve what Ald. Lopez wants, and what we ALL want,

FIREWORKS:

Pet expert Steve Dale talks about pet behavior on WGN RadioCall it the Big Bang Theory – many dogs are afraid of fireworks. We know that, and we know fireworks are inevitable soon. What you might not not know is what to do about it. I offer tips on helping dogs who are absolutely inconsolable, and also tips on helping dogs mildly distressed but still clearly worried.  I talk about products like:

  • Thundershirt: A vest that applies gentle, constant pressure, similar to swaddling an infant – the original product created to lower anxiety, originally created for dogs fearful of storms.
  • *SILEO (dexmedetomidine oromucosal gel): A new oromucosal gel formulation, rubbed on the dog’s gums – it’s calming (specifically for noise-associated anxiety) without sedating.
  • Adaptil: A copy of the natural comforting pheromone released by mother dogs to reassure puppies. Adaptil is available as a plug-in diffuser, or collar to go wherever your dog goes.

Many more products, and a description of how to desensitize and counter condition are listed here.

Pet expert Steve Dale talks about pet behavior on WGN RadioTexts include:

  • What about taking dogs to neighborhood festivals.
  • Dogs in hot cars
  • “Dog barks at the door, and I don’t know why
  • What flea and tick products do I buy at the store – I say “NONE.” Instead only choose a product with advice a veterinary professional.

I take this opportunity to talk about STOP LYME, a national campaign I’m leading with the American Veterinary Medical Association and Global Lyme Alliance.