Declaw the Cat or Not?

Declaw the Cat or Not?
Q: I want to have my 6-year-old male cat declawed. I’ve purchased scratching posts, but he ignores them. What else can I do? — D.P., via cyberspace A: Keep in mind that all cats need to scratch; even declawed cats go through the motions. Of course, without claws, they can no longer harm furniture. However,... Read more »

White House Security Breach; Secret Service is Outfoxed

White House Security Breach; Secret Service is Outfoxed
President Obama’s life is likely not endangered, and the issues are more related to squirrels and gardening than national security. But the secret service has, so far, be stymied by the White House intruder. This uninvited guest with a bushy tail has gone about his business unimpeded despite the best efforts of the Secret Service.... Read more »

Pet Food Trends, Merrick Pet Foods on Steve Dale's Pet World

Pet Food Trends, Merrick Pet Foods on Steve Dale's Pet World
Merrick Pet Foods Pete Brace, VP of Communications and Pet Parent Relations offers Easter Brunch, and talks about pet food trends, particularly, buzz words like all-natural, grain fee, locally sourced on Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio. Listen HERE to find out if these are merely marketing terms or do they matter? Pete also makes... Read more »
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BlogPaws, Pet Bloggers are a Game Changer

BlogPaws, Pet Bloggers are a Game Changer
BlogPaws Co-Founder Tom Collins talks about how people interested in the latest pet info might keep up to date with BlogPaws member bloggers, and about the upcoming BlogPaws conference. Listen HERE as Collins offers tips on Steve Dale’s Pet World on how to determine if a blogger is credible, or perhaps not so much. One... Read more »

Yoga for Horses

Yoga for Horses
Horses can do yoga too? Really?         Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Scoop Your Poop! On Steve Dale's Pet World, Picking Up After Dogs

Scoop Your Poop! On Steve Dale's Pet World, Picking Up After Dogs
Picking up after dogs is the right thing to do, but people aren’t doing that….And this year is the worst. Dog owners need to scoop the poop! Listen HERE to Steve Dale’s Pet World guests Linda Zager & Brett Burde of the River North Residents Association Pet Owners’ Committee on WGN Radio. Linda and Brett and... Read more »
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Rabbits and Easter - the Truth Doesn't Favor Rabbits

Rabbits and Easter - the Truth Doesn't Favor Rabbits
Rabbits have nothing to do with Easter – at least not the real religious sense; it’s a cultural screw up. Let’s start with Easter eggs. Show me a rabbit, just one, that lays eggs, and I’ll show you a a pig that can fly. Of course, rabbits are mammals and don’t lay eggs.  According to... Read more »

Oh Rats for Rodents: Cats Are the New Sheriff in Town

Tree House Humane Society offers a solution to deal with the exploding rat problem in Chicago…..it’s feral cats! Chicago has dramatically cut down on their rat abatement program, which combined with other factors, has encouraged the city surge in rat numbers. Rats aren’t easy to eradicate, they can slip into crevices as wide as their... Read more »

Overweight, Obese Pets it's an Epidemic

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At least half of America’s dogs and cats are overweight or obese. Now, is the time to get out and walk more with your dog (a backyard typically doesn’t do the trick – unless dogs play with one another, or you interact in the yard with the dog with a ball or Frisbee disc, for... Read more »
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Assistance Dogs ARE Happy, Guest Column by Toni Eames

Assistance Dogs ARE Happy, Guest Column by Toni Eames
“Assistance Dogs May be Well Cared For But Are They Happy” was the title of a controversial column featuring Jennifer Arnold, founder of a service dog school called Canine Assistants and author of ”Though A Dog’s Eyes”  (Spiegal & Grau, New York, NY, 2010; $25). Many disagreed vehemently with Arnold, including the author of this guest blog, Toni... Read more »