Archive for October 2012

Help to Find Lost Pets, List of Shelters Accepting Pets After Hurricane Sandy

Help to Find Lost Pets, List of Shelters Accepting Pets After Hurricane Sandy
It seems in the urban areas which the hurricane hit, pets are generally being accepted at shelters. Of course, there are many pets unaccounted for. Here are some resources, even some for animal shelters affected – please share. From petfinder.com: Here’s an Infographic on lost pets Here’s a petfnder.com update on area shelters in the Northeast affected by Hurricane... Read more »

American Animal Hospital Association: Keep Pets Safe on Halloween

American Animal Hospital Association: Keep Pets Safe on Halloween
Halloween can be a very scary time for pets or people…Listen to Dr. Kate Knutson, president elect of the American Animal Hospital Association on Steve Dale’s Pet World talking about pets and Halloween precautions. Can you believe we spend $370 million on pets and pet accessories for Halloween? Cats and dogs may bolt out of open... Read more »

Tips for Giving Senior Pets a Boost

Tips for Giving Senior Pets a Boost
Aging gracefully isn’t limited to people….and some pets can suffer a cognitive decline as they age. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Debrah Horwitz is on Steve Dale’s Pet World, describing how pets can age, and what canine and feline cognitive syndromes are. The good news is that there are some things you can do to help, which... Read more »
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Trupanion Fire Drill at Work Place Where Dogs Go to Work

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At Trupanion (a pet insurance company), there are over 60 dogs at their workplace. I know – I want to work there too! But it occurred to those folks, they don’t have en emergency plan, a fire drill, for example. So see how they prepared. Odds are you don’t have 60 dogs in your home – but... Read more »

A Howl of a Good Time, Judging a Costume Contest for Dogs

Robin and Ethel, perennial festive dog lover Janie Goldberg with Hazel
A Howl of a Good Time is an annual pet costume contest sponsored by Barker & Meowsky: A Paw Firm. Miss Meowsky herself awarded the first, second and third place prize. And what a prestigious group of judges which I was honored to be a part of: Aldermen Michele Smith and Scott Waguespack, and the bagel... Read more »

Daniel's Law Passes in Pennsylvania to Ban Gassing Animals in Shelters

Daniel's Law Passes in Pennsylvania to Ban Gassing Animals in Shelters
I’m not sure that most people are aware of how animals in some shelters in some states are killed (euthanized is too kind a word) – they go into gas chambers and where carbon monoxide is used. Most of the time, animals with their expiration date are just brought in, cats with dogs, large dogs... Read more »
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Bill Leff WGN Podcast: Obama and Service Dogs; Pets on Halloween; Fixing Werewolves and More

Bill Leff WGN Podcast: Obama and Service Dogs; Pets on Halloween; Fixing Werewolves and More
I talk about a wide variety of topics with Bill Leff of WGN Radio. LISTEN HERE Bill Leff  was a problem for me….I couldn’t stop laughing….Always enjoy appearing on Bill’s show – but my stomach hurt by the time this guest shot was over. I seriously did speak about the VA’s sudden suspension of support of service... Read more »

WGN PETCAST: Halloween and Pets with Miss Meowsky; Raining Cats & Dogs; Uggie's Biography

WGN PETCAST: Halloween and Pets with Miss Meowsky; Raining Cats & Dogs; Uggie's Biography
Check it out – listen here to my latest WGN Radio PETCAST. (May take a moment to load) It’s scary, it’s gonna make you hungry, will feature an Acadamy winner – nearly an Oscar winner, anyway. When it comes to costumes for pets, few know more than the amazingly cheery and Miss Meowsky of Barker... Read more »

Questions Answered: Catnip on a Plane; New Drug Can Help FIP Cats; Lyme is a Huge Threat

Questions Answered: Catnip on a Plane; New Drug Can Help FIP Cats;  Lyme is a Huge Threat
Q: We’ll be traveling to the Miami area by plane to see relatives for Thanksgiving. My daughters are both cat crazy, so we bought some really potent catnip at a local cat show and would like to take it to them. We’ve been storing it in the freezer. What happens when we go through airport... Read more »
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Reader Questions Answered: Very Itchy Dog; Desperate Cat Owner; Cat Unrolls Toilet Paper

Reader Questions Answered: Very Itchy Dog; Desperate Cat Owner; Cat Unrolls Toilet Paper
Q: When we purchased our 8-week-old German Shepherd, we were told he was very healthy. However, he’s suffered from an unbelievable skin condition, constantly scratching his stomach, genitals and ears. We’ve taken him to a dermatologist and to our veterinarian many times, but all they say is he should undergo “scratch tests” that would cost... Read more »
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