PetAirapy, Cleaning the Air for Pets and No Declaw on WGN Radio


Just when i thought I’ve talked about every pet topic possible in my 23 years at WGN radio, along comes Annette Uda, president and founder of PetAirapy teaching me about how an ultraviolet germicidal system can clobber bacteria, viruses and mold. Listen HERE to our conversation on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN radio.

Infectious disease has a huge role regarding our pets in our homes, and far more so when we kennel or board them.

I didn’t have any idea what human hospitals do in this regard to prevent infectious disease, and veterinary arguably should be next.

She sys, this system can even assist very, very itchy dogs with allergies to environmental allergies.

Uda describes what’s really in the air – even in our own homes. She says, “sick building syndrome” is real. And pets are susceptible too. And, she says, there’s science behind PetAirapy.

House Training in the Cold

Answer to a listener question about house training a puppy in the cold.

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Moving to No Declaw

I answer an email question regarding how many scratching posts you need in the house multiple cats.

Read the American Veterinary Medical Association and Banfield the Pet Hospital new position statements on declaw. And I explain in detail why I am SO supportive of these statements in opposition of declaw.

I’ve been adamantly opposed to declaw for many years. Yesterday, I was talking with a cat behavior consultant colleague who edited Think Twice Before You Declaw a handout, which we co-authored with several others back in 2006. Since then, we know much more:

  • Not declawing doesn’t mean more cats will be given up to shelters (which is a long-held but inaccurate supposition).
  • No declaw doesn’t mean more immunosuppressed or elderly people will land in the hospital as a result of cat scratches.
  • Declawing cats isn’t a skill most veterinary students want to learn, and rarely do learn. Even more experienced veterinarians don’t always do it correctly, sometimes leaving a part of the nail inside the cat.
  • Of course, pain meds are appropriate after about any surgery, and certainly after an amputation (which is exactly what a declaw is). However, many (arguably most) declawed cats suffer a lifetime of chronic pain, particularly as they age.
  • If phantom pain occurs in humans following amputation, the same is very likely true for cats (as their nuero-chemistry is wired the same as ours).
  • Simple behavior modification combined with a pheromone product called Feliscratch is usually effective at encouraging cats to scratch on posts (if you have enough posts and they’re proper, sturdy posts).
  • From an ethics perspective – would cats vote to have their paws amputated?

In 2019, New York State became the first state in America to ban declaw. And seven (of the 10) Canadian provinces have chosen to ban declaw, not to mention many countries around the world, from Australia to Switzerland to German to the UK and the list goes on and on.