Archive for July 2012

WGN Radio Petcast: Preparing for Emergencies, Pet Insurance, Cat Genetics, Parrots and Ferrets

WGN Radio Petcast: Preparing for Emergencies, Pet Insurance, Cat Genetics, Parrots and Ferrets
This WGN Radio Petcast wins the Gold Medal for being the most jam packed ever! (May take a moment to load): Tracy Reis, national director of Red Star Emergency Services at the American Humane Association talks about preparing for your pets’ survival in emergencies. Everything from carrier training for cats to the importance of microchipping.... Read more »

Roxy the Cat Blogs

Roxy the Cat Blogs
ChicagoNow.com may have a hundred bloggers, responsible between all of us for thousands of blogs….this one is a first! As I was working on a serious blog post about why consumers might actually boycott chicken jerky treats, our Devon Rex cat Roxy took over my keyboard – Roxy, added her own message which I cut... Read more »

Just Say 'No' To Chicken Jerky Treats

Just Say 'No' To Chicken Jerky Treats
I will begin with the take home sentence first: Don’t buy chicken jerky treats. Call it a boycott – if you like. I just don’t understand how it’s worth the risk when the only benefit of chicken jerky treats is that dogs like them. There is no compelling nutrtional benefit. And the risk – though... Read more »
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Harmony House, A New House for Cats

Harmony House for cats, 2914 N Elston Avenue, opened at this new facility on July 8....one of Chicago's lesser known shining lights. This new bright facility, housing 130 cats and kittens, is astounding. Even if you're not in the market for adopting - just a cat lover....it's a great way to spend a few hours.
Cageless and no kill, Harmony House for Cats has an all-new location, 2914 N. Elston Aveue. This Net-Zero Energy facility means that the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable energy sources over the course of one year is equal or greater than the amount of energy used by the building. Anyway, join me –... Read more »

Banfield's Take on the State of Pet Health

Banfield's Take on the State of Pet Health
“The health of America’s pets is deteriorating; pets are getting sicker than they need to,” says Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, medical director for Banfield the Pet Hospital. The “Banfield Pet Hospital State of Pet Health 2012 Report” offers the only meaningful available data to examine and sum up overall pet health across the country. Unlike human... Read more »

Dog gives birth to Kitten? I Don't Think So

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There are he birds and the bees….and there are cats and dogs. End of story. I just don’t believe this story about a dog giving birth to a cat, anymore than I believe that pigs fly.
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Bloodhound Sniffs Out Bank Robber

Bloodhound Sniffs Out Bank Robber
Bloodhounds are the underdogs of the dog the dog world, finding hundreds of lost and confused people, and trekking bad guys but rarely receiving public acclaim. This time around, a 4-year old Bloodhound made the news, even being dubbed a “rock star,” said Frank Bilecki, spokesperson for he Cook Country Sheriff Tom Dart, according to... Read more »

Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs

Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs
Some dogs may be better at forecasting the weather than the national weather service. They know a storm is approaching before we do, and they tell us they’re not happy about it. Sometimes it’s clear why dogs become fearful of storms. For example, if a lightening strike is nearby or a dog gets caught outside... Read more »

Wine, Dine and Mine at Anti Cruelty Society

Nadine Wamsley, Anti Cruelty Society with a dog who has one less leg but lots of heart, Judy Baar Topinka - at this point in her career legendary for what she's done for tax payers and for pets, Dr. Robyn Barbiers, president of the Anti Cruelty Society and myself. Topinka's commitment to animal welfare transcends to how much she cares about taxpayers in all ways. Because she says what's on her mind - and I've known her for many years - I can assure you she is sincere, walking the walk to save animals.
Images from the Anti Cruelty Society Wine, Dine and Mine Party, hosted by Dr. Robyn Barbiers, president of the Anti Cruelty Society with Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who celebrated her celebrated Comptroller’s Critters program. In fact, there was an adoption that night! Donors were also offered a tasting from some of Chicago’s most talented... Read more »
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Tour Rocks, Helping Pets with Behavior Issues

Tour Rocks, Helping Pets with Behavior Issues
Coldplay, Aerosmith and Justin Bieber are touring this summer — and so are pet experts on the Keep L.O.V.E. Alive Behavior Express Tour 2012. The L.O.V.E. (Leaning On Veterinary Expertise) Tour kicks off at the San Diego Zoo on Thursday, Aug. 2, during the Conference of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The big bus —... Read more »
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