Petco Stops the Shock; Halloween Pet Safety; New Test for Kidney Disease in Cats


In the midst of a pandemic when competition for sales has never been higher, Petco stood up and stood out and declared they are no longer selling e-collars or shock collars.

Darris Cooper of Petco

Listen HERE to my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio show, as I interview Fear Free Certified National Training Manager at Petco Darris Cooper. We chat about why banning e-collars collars is both humane, and actually allows for more efficient learning utilizing only positive reinforcement techniques. We talk about and explain how #stoptheshock allows for both Fear Free and LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) learning principles and training techniques. I mention one (of many studies) to demonstrate how positive reinforcement works so much better to keep dogs in homes. And how on this very show, I spoke only a few weeks ago with dog trainer Stephen Frost and veterinary behaviorist Dr Fia Jokela on my WGN radio show about how so much of their business is from dogs who have been damaged by use of e-collars.

Cooper talks about what the relationship with dogs – our best friends – should be.

Boo! Keeping Pets Safe Over Halloween

Listen HERE  to Critical Care specialist Dr. Justine Lee, veterinary expert Pumpkin Pet Insurance explains that the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center sees a 400 percent increase of pets eating candy, including chocolate and even the candy wrappers. We talk about Xylitol (a sugar substitute) and raisins, and why they are so dangerous.

And please, no masks on dogs – on you and your children, absolutely. No on your pet.

We chat about how pet parrots can even die as a result of scented candles or Potpourri.

We also discuss the value of pet insurance.

News on Early Identification of Kidney Disease in Cats 

Feline veterinarian and former President of the Winn Feline Foundation Dr. Susan Little and I discuss HERE one of the most common problems in cats, chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dr. Little, who is the also the lead editor of the veterinary textbook, The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management (which I was honored to contribute) explains how incredibly common CKD may be in older cats, and we know occurs well before  – literally years before – cats show any signs or symptoms. So why does this happen to so many cats? Could it have something to do with phosphorus in cat foods? Experts are beginning to investigate this possibility.

We discuss why early diagnosis is really helpful, and newer diagnostic tools which will help to identify disease early, like RenalTech and other called SDMA. Both these simple blood test are game changers.

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