Pets Dealing with Change; Most Photographed Dog from Ground Zero on 9/11


Dr. Chris Pachel

Kids are back to school, you may be going back to the office – so are your pets stressed out? Listen HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio to Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Chris Pachel talks about how a change of routine can be disarming for many pets. Sometimes it’s hard to even tell that the pet is anxious, and Dr. Pachel offers lots of tips about how to figure that out. And that opens the door to pet intervention products, and we talk about a few of these, from Purina’s Calming Care probiotic to Zylkene, a hydrolyzed milk protein. And there are many others, from pheromones to simply distracting the pet with toys and food puzzles.

Everything we’re talking about here is short of separation anxiety, which is another thing all together – and in this instance the pet is potentially having a panic attack. Here’s more info on separation anxiety.

Petcast on separation anxiety with veterinary behaviorist Dr. Lisa Rodasta. 

I talk about separation anxiety on Good Morning America.

Gus was another of the many search and rescue dogs

Most Photographed Dog at Ground Zero


Riley is the name of the dog that was in the Stokes Basket at Ground Zero, one of the most iconic photographs of 9/11.  Chris Selfridge, Riley’s handler, describes it all, from the moment he was called in to New York from Pennsylvania to experiencing the horror of Ground Zero. While Riley didn’t find anyone alive, he did help families with closure. Selfridge explains how his health after being at Ground Zero continues to be monitored.

Though Riley was a FEMA search and rescue dog, Selfridge explains how Riley and other dogs were also unofficial emotional support dogs for first responders who needed to pet a dog.

Of course, being the 20th Anniversary of the attack all the dogs have passed away – but they and their handlers should be remembered as heroes.

Ivermectin for Animals is Not for Human Use to Replace a COVID-19 Vaccine

It would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad and frankly ignorant. Some people who won’t take the vaccine to protect against the Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome 2 causing COVID-19 are instead ingesting ivermectin, an anti parasitic used in animals. In fact, taking ivermectin may be fatal in large doses meant for cattle or horses. The United States Food and Drug Administration has issued this statement: