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Positively Expert: Steve Dale

Steve is a certified dog and cat behavior consultant who has written several books, writes several syndicated newspaper columns, hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows, and has appeared on numerous TV shows including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "National Geographic Explorer," and "Pets Part of the Family."


California VS AKC

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

Why Not Vaccinate For Dog Flu

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

Montana Mystery

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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

Raymond Parke Coppinger 2/7/1937 to 8/14/2017

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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

Wolf In A Dog

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

The Fireworks Have Begun

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

California May Ban Pet Store Dog and Cat Sales

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

Lyme is Spreading in America

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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

CIV At Dog Shows

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

Lyme Disease: A Very Real Threat to People & Their Pets

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.

Raising Awareness About FIP in Cats

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.”

What You Need to Know About Toxoplasmosis

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.

How We Can Make the Vet Office a Less Scary Place for Pets

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.

What You Can Do to Prevent Compassion Fatigue

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.

Creating a Kinder Future for Elephants

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.

Understanding Diabetes in Pets

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.

8 Pet Safety Tips for Christmas Day

Posted on: December 23, 2016 - No Comments

Some quick & easy tips to make Christmas a safe, fun day for you and your pets.

Humane Solutions for Controlling Feral Cat Populations

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.

These Three New Dog Breeds Will Make Their Debut This Week

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.”

Why Montreal’s Pit Bull Ban Won’t Reduce Dog Bites

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.

Raising Awareness for Lyme Disease in People & Pets

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.

Q&A: How Do I Stop My Dog’s Fixation on Our Guinea Pigs?

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

Choosing a Veterinarian: The Certification to Look For

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.

How to Stop Dogs From Eating Their Own Poop & the Cat’s, Too

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?

Making the Case for Keeping Cats Indoors

Posted on: May 28, 2016 - 2 Comments

The bottom line is that kept indoors only cats do live longer, healthier lives – as the laundry list of dangers simply don’t occur to cats inside only.

What You Need to Know About E-Cigarettes and Your Pets

Posted on: May 4, 2016 - No Comments

While the flames of controversy are fanned regarding the potential danger of e-cigarettes to people, it’s clear e-cigarettes may be lethal to dogs.

Understanding Heartworm Disease in Cats

Posted on: April 25, 2016 - No Comments

Many decades ago, veterinarians didn’t really know the significance of heartworm disease in cats. It turns out that cats are about as likely to be affected by the disease as dogs - though the disease is totally different in cats.