Stop Lyme and Stop Cancer in People and Pets
Rats don’t eat dog poop in the second place, and in the first place the proposed ordinance to fine people for not picking up poop in their own yards (when the city doesn’t even enforce the long-standing ordinance about not picking up poo in public places) makes little sense.
On WGN Radio, listen HERE to my conversation with Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder, I talk poop and why I am glad the proposed ordinance has been stalled.
Also, how much poop is too much, or too smelly; who should be fined?
I turns out that if you live in or around Chicago, you still need to worry about Lyme disease and other tick diseases. There are more tick diseases in more places than ever before….and dogs are sentinel for Lyme (and other tick diseases). If dogs are getting tick disease, it’s a good bet people may too. I am working with the American Veterinary Medical Association and Global Lyme Alliance on an educational initiative.
And we can do more to protect our pets against Lyme (and other tick diseases) than we can ourselves….there are no chewable products for people (like Bravecto) or any of the other veterinary products; there’s no vaccine against Lyme for people either. So, at least what I intent to do is to create public awareness. Learn more at StopLyme.com or HERE.
I talk about this exciting announcement: The Blue Buffalo Company gifted $6 million for the Clinical Trials Office at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. This gift will help researchers understand cancer in people and in dogs. For starters, they are tackling a trial of a drug for osteosarcoma (bone cancer), which affects larger breed dogs and children. This One Health commitment to benefit dogs and people, which I believe is transformational. Learn more from the Clinical Trials Office. It’s all appropriate since May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month.
Since 2003, when Blue Buffalo was founded, Blue has supported pet oncology studies to the tune of $12 million, sometimes supporting studies and sometimes helping pet parents.
I also talk about the Anti Cruelty Society Bark in the Park event.