Tick Disease Happens in the Fall; Supporting Older Cats

Stop Lyme with Dr. Michael Dryden on WGN radio


Guests on my WGN Radio show HERE: Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden on how the fall is the most common time of year ticks may give Lyme to dogs, and Dr. Kurt Venator, chief medical officer at Purina.

I talked about the East Asian or long-horned tick which entered the country somehow via Asia. And this tick is populating well because it can clone itself!

Dr. Michael Dryden and pet expert Steve Dale on ticks on WGN radio

Dr. Dryden shocks me

Dryden, who is Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Parasitology, in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University, talks about how common ticks and disease is. Only 10 percent of human Lyme is reported, he suggests. The truth is, in people, there may be 400,000 individuals annually diagnosed with Lyme, and perhaps as many who (at least at first) go undiagnosed. He adds, “You’re foolish not to protect your dog.” And the only way to protect your dog is an effective tick product,” he says. And now isn’t too late since ticks especially like dogs in the fall.

Ticks are not only out in the country, they’re in urban centers also. Dryden explains why this is so.

Pro Plan Prime Plus, Based on Science Helps Support Older Cats

I talk with Venator about feline obesity, and how nutrition and also enrichment play a role. Of course, cats do need to eat. He talks about the protein and calories ratio.

Pet expert Steve Dale and Dr. Kurt Venator of Purina on WGN Radio

Indoor Hunting Feeder

Cats – even indoors – still need to hunt and to pounce; one example to encourage this behavior is the Indoor Hunting Feeder.  (If you purchase, use the code Cats Win or Cats Winn to support the Winn Feline Foundation, non-profit funder of cat health studies).

Venator offers some tips which can help cats to feed any type of food for contentedly.

Purina Pro Plan Prime Plus is for cats over 7 – extending lie and quality of life.

Girls Gets in Trouble for Walking a Dog?

What happened when a nearly 9-year old girl merely walks her dog, Marshmallow, around the block? And why a neighbor first complained to police and then Department of Children and Family Services.