Posted on: November 17, 2017 - No Comments
Saving cats claws may also save their lives. There’s increasing data to demonstrate that once declawed, cats wind up at animal shelters due to behavioral problems. Or they may wind up in animal shelters because they do have their claws and are scratching in all the wrong places. To declaw remains an emotional issue, and Read More
Posted on: October 24, 2017 - No Comments
California has become the first state to ban the sales of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores. Pet stores will be able to adopt dogs, cats, and rabbits from reputable shelters or rescues, however. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 485 on Friday, October 13. The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act was authored by Assembly member Read More
Posted on: October 22, 2017 - No Comments
“Are the conditions in Puerto Rico as bad as we’ve heard and seen? Terrie Hayward, certified dog behavior consultant and dog trainer in Rincon doesn’t hesitate for a half a second. “Yes, it is – desperate.” Prior to Hurricanes Maria and Irma impacted pummeling the island, life wasn’t easy, as residents were dealing with serious Read More
Posted on: September 25, 2017 - No Comments
California appears set to ban sales of dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores, just as hundreds of communities and some counties have done around the country. The California bill is aimed at changing how cats, dogs and rabbits become family pets, and has cleared the California Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee with Read More
Posted on: August 25, 2017 - No Comments
Veterinarians have long been supportive of vaccinating social dogs against the general term we call “kennel cough,” associated more specifically with canine infectious hepatitis and respiratory disease/adenovirus type 2; canine parainfluenza virus (Not be confused with dog flu with is canine influenza virus) and Bordetella bronchiseptica. In fact, veterinarians have been vaccinating social dogs to protect Read More
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Veterinarians assumed, based on symptoms, it was the dog flu that is still spreading through Bozeman, MT. And it’s happening in epidemic proportions. Imagine over 200 sick dogs in a community of 40,000 people. Dr. Jarrod Moss in Bozeman estimates that that 20 percent of community’s dogs became ill, and some died. Moss says, “I Read More
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Raymond Coppinger, 80, professor emeritus of biology and author of various books on dogs and about 50 published scientific papers passed away Monday, August 14, His Ph. D. thesis in biology at the University of Massachusetts is on the effect of experience and novelty on avian feeding behavior. He joined the founding faculty at Hampshire Read More
Posted on: July 25, 2017 - No Comments
I am sick of seeing commercials, print ads and even suggestions made on pet food packaging itself, about caring for the wolf in your dog. There isn’t as much of the wolf in your dog, at least advertised. In fact, there is very little grey wolf in any domestic dog! Several studies, including one from PLOS Read More
Posted on: July 2, 2017 - No Comments
The fireworks have begun, now what? Yes, I know you realize that by thinking in advance more might have been done to help your scared dog or cat. At this point, obviously anti-anxiety medication taking weeks to kick in won’t help. And it’s exceedingly unlikely that a gradual counter conditioning and desensitization program to the Read More
Posted on: June 20, 2017 - No Comments
California may be the first state to ban the sales of dogs and cats from pet stores. Lawmakers voted 44-6 to send the measure to the California state Senate. The bill from Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach), notes that he is aware of that no responsible breeder ever sells to a pet store, and that Read More
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Lyme disease is spreading in America. In fact, veterinary parasitologists refer to Lyme and other tick diseases as an epidemic. FACT: In most places where Lyme has been, it’s more abundant. FACT: In geographic regions with minimal Lyme; they are now seeing the illness far more often as it continues to spread. And it gets Read More
Posted on: June 8, 2017 - No Comments
It’s nothing to sneeze at, an outbreak of dog flu affecting at least 11 states. After inundating Chicago with flu and bouncing around the country in 2015 into 2016, the H3N2 virus, which arrived from Southeast Asia, took a lower profile. Last month, the virus appeared on radar, and in a big way. The epicenter Read More
Posted on: May 1, 2017 - No Comments
Veterinarians have known about the increasing instances of many tick diseases, including Lyme, for years. In fact, many veterinary parasitologists call the situation at epidemic or near epidemic proportions.
Posted on: April 5, 2017 - No Comments
“The time is now because we’re at a turning point, with an excellent understanding of the disease process,” says Gingrich. “So much has been discovered over the past couple of years. We’re so close. But still so far.”
Posted on: March 21, 2017 - No Comments
Should you be concerned about toxoplasmosis in your cat? Steve Dale debunks common myths about the disease and where the real concerns lie.
Posted on: March 4, 2017 - No Comments
Imagine being hung half way out a window by your suspenders 30 stories up, or being held up at gunpoint. That’s actually how I believe many of our pets feel at the vet office, or even before they arrive, as they realize that’s where they’re headed and fear begins to ramp up.
Posted on: February 22, 2017 - No Comments
Following the suicide of my friend Dr. Sophia Yin (in 2014), and several higher profile veterinarians – the profession, in unison, said we need to do something about this. It’s out of the closet and I believe that is a good thing.
Posted on: January 31, 2017 - No Comments
Is it possible that that today’s elephant species – long persecuted by man – will one day go the way of the mastodon? Sadly, the answer is yes.
Posted on: January 9, 2017 - No Comments
The bad news is that diabetes is way up in dogs and cats. The good news is that diabetes is considered treatable (as mentioned, cats may even go into remission). However, in order to treat, appropriate diagnosis is necessary.
Posted on: December 23, 2016 - No Comments
Some quick & easy tips to make Christmas a safe, fun day for you and your pets.
Posted on: November 29, 2016 - 1 Comment
Feral cats aren’t a new issue; they existed for thousands of years – likely since the domestication of cats somewhere between 5,300 to 9,000 years ago.
Posted on: November 22, 2016 - 2 Comments
“The winner is always that dog sitting on the couch with you while you’re watching the dog show. Your dog is always Best in Show.”
Posted on: September 30, 2016 - No Comments
Breed bans do nothing to enhance public safety; they ignore the real reasons why dogs of any breed attack. So where there are breed restrictions and bans – bites happen anyway.
Posted on: September 14, 2016 - No Comments
Increasingly, human and veterinary medicine are working in tandem. This year, I began a one health campaign called Stop Lyme in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the non-profit Global Lyme Alliance.
Posted on: August 26, 2016 - No Comments
Q: I accidentally caught your radio show and enjoyed it thoroughly. As a psychologist, I am interested in behavior issues, and have an interesting question for you. Molly, our 13-year old Golden Retriever, is infatuated with the two Guinea pigs, who my son recently purchased. She’s so obsessed; we need to distract her to get her to eat. What’s this behavior about? Does she want to mother them? J. F., Chattanooga, TN
Posted on: July 19, 2016 - No Comments
Steve Dale gives his thoughts on the AAHA certification for veterinary practices, and what the certification means for patients.
Posted on: June 29, 2016 - No Comments
Question: Venus, our almost 2-year old German Shepherd dog enjoys eating her poop, or eats from the cat box. That doesn’t seem right. What can we do to stop this desire?