Pet Resolutions from the AVMA


Dr. Doug Kratt

On Steve Dale Pet’s World from WGN radio, listen HERE to Dr. Doug Kratt, president elect American Veterinary Medical Association offers pet resolutions for 2020.

Included among pet resolutions is taking our dogs for more walks, it’s good for them and good for us. And we share feelings from one end of the leash to the other, and that’s not to mention it helps to keep our dogs more physically fit. And we agree too many pets are overweight or obese. And the same diseases occur more often with our pets as they do with humans as a result of overweight and obesity. When it comes to our pets’ nutrition, we often get information about our pets’ nutrition from the wrong sources.

For example, when it comes to nutrition there’s the Petfoodlogy site from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and there’s Sally Sue’s site. Some pet caretakers actually, for some reason, may trust Sally Sue more than the boarded veterinary experts at Tufts, and that’s unfortunate and truly not beneficial to pets.

Dr. Kratt says the failure and challenge with resolutions, including pet resolutions, is that we follow them for days, weeks or months but not really long-term.

Half the people with dogs and nearly as many with cats will buy a “howliday” gift for their pet(s), on average spending $36, though one in 20 pet caretakers spend $100 or more. For sports fanatics with you can buy a jersey, sweater or toy with about any pro or college logo, at, including at MLB, NHL, NFL and NBA teams.  I tell the story of how our dog, Ethel, has a Chicago Blackhawk jersey which is signed by the Golden Jet, Bobby Hull.

An easy and online and FREE book that I recently authored is called, My New Puppy, and it’s a coloring book! I explain that it didn’t take me long to write this book.

I offer pet safety tips for Christmas.

Decoding Your Cat is Next!

is a book I was proud to co-edit with Dr. John Ciribassi and Dr. Debra Horwitz, authored by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. This book is written for dog caretakers, from experienced to first timers. Tips are offered in this easy to read book, from puppy house training to recognizing canine cognitive dysfunction (which is like Alzheimer’s in dogs). Note all the amazing reviews on Amazon, I’m kind of proud of that.

I announce HERE that you can now pre-order Decoding Your Cat, also authored by members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, which I also wrote the introduction for. I’ll be discussing this book much more throughout 2020.