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 potentially deadly heart disease). Generally, dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs has been considered breed specific, but now veterinarians are seeing the illness in other dogs who only very rarely get this disease. It seems at least what many of these dogs have in common is a grain free diet.
I explain that grain free diets began as a marketing effort more than a real and proven health benefit. To my knowledge, there’s no peer reviewed published study to indicate grain free is beneficial to canine health. Veterinary researchers and veterinary nutritionists are working hard to navigate the mysteries.
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe has been adopting cats from the City’s municipal shelter, Chicago Animal Care and Control. Now, the goal is to save kittens – but to do that there’s must be a facility, a kitten nursery. Windy Kitty has begun to build out the nursery. But Windy Kitty needs your help to finish off the project. Truly, Windy Kitty can save more lives with your help. If you can’t financially help, you can share.
We banter (we like bantering) about what do to about owned outdoor cats. How do you keep those cats off your property? I suggest wolf urine (nothing to do with Wolf Bitzer) and a product called a Scarecrow, a motion detector sprinkler.
I spoke about my concerns regarding the Animal Welfare League, and understanding of some of their issues. I discuss the importance of their facility in Chicago and the significant role they’ve played for decades. I only hint at some of their problems, humane issues. Today, I have images and videos – do I publish them? Why won’t they accept help when so many want to help? Instead of becoming more transparent, it’s appears as if they’re doing the opposite. This all falls on their Board of Directors.
Now, the good news: October 20 is Cures4Cats Day! I discuss how the Winn Feline Foundation is celebrating cats. And how up to $50,000 Winn Feline will match funds to support understanding and studying kidney disease in cats.