Posts in category "health"

The Problem of Overweight Pets, Loving Our Pets to Death

The Problem of Overweight Pets, Loving Our Pets to Death
For reasons I can’t explain, I can’t locate William Hageman’s excellent story in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune , from November 6 , “The Incredibly Growing Pet” on the Trib’s website. It’s true,  about half of the pets in America are overweight. According to a new survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, approximately 53%... Read more »

Return of the Plague?

The bubonic plague is an illness dating back to the Middle Ages. As proof that diseases don’t just disappear – it seems the plague is back in several states including Oregon, where a case was confirmed Tuesday (June 7) in a cat in Prineville, OR. Rats and other rodents can carry the fleas which are... Read more »

Friend Comments on the Passing of Bo Obama's Trainer

Following the untimely death of Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, first dog Bo’s trainer, I heard from several of her friends. Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz Sylvia-Stasiewicz was only 52 when she died January 12. She became the Portuguese Water Dog’s trainer at the suggestion of Vicki Kennedy, wife of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. Dawn had previously trained three Kennedy... Read more »
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Sleeping with the Enemy: Your Pets

A myriad of stories recently in newspapers and on blogs maintaining that sleeping with your pets might kill you, including this piece on AOL News. Most U.S. households have pets, and more than half of those cats and dogs are allowed to sleep in their owner’s beds, Drs. Bruno Chomel, a professor at the University... Read more »

A Dog's Nose Can Sniff Out Prostate Cancer

Dogs never cease to amaze me concerning what they can do. According to a printed report from Web MD, dogs may be able to detect prostate cancer by sniffing out the smell of chemicals released into urine by prostate tumors. In early tests, the approach produced fewer false positives than would be expected with the... Read more »

Recall on Hartz Natural Real Beef

SECAUCUS, N.J., Sept. 3 — The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs due to concerns that one or more bags within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary... Read more »
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Scoop At the American Humane Association

Since a part of the American Humane Association mission is animal welfare – it’s just perfect that I have a scoop. And this is a scoop which I am incredibly proud and excited to announce. Dr. Robin Ganzert Robin Ganzert Ph.D., has been named the American Humane Association Chief Executive Officer and President, effective October... Read more »

Hold Your Horses, It's Betty White! You Can See Her In Chicago and Hear Betty on my WLS Podcast

I love hosting the 890-AM WLS On Demand Radio shows….This On Demand show features two legends, both are proud to say they’re 88 1/2-years old, Betty White and Dr. R.K. Anderson.  Listen by clicking here Meet Betty White, and support animal therapy Let’s begin with Betty White. This animal advocate and longtime friend is coming... Read more »

Hail to the Chief Veterinarian

I now know what all the commotion was about in Atlanta at the AVMA Convention. Streets were closed, secret service was everywhere. I thought it was for this guy: But instead could it have been for this guy? On July 30,, Dr. Larry Kornegay was installed at the new President of the American Veterinary Medical... Read more »
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Canine Heroes Come In All Sizes, All Breeds

I’ve noticed this trend…If there’s a dog bite involving a Golden Retriever (and believe it or not, that does happen) we never hear about it in the media. If it involves a Pit Bull (or dog that generally looks like a Pit Bull), Huge Headlines! Similarly, if a Golden Retriever is a hero dog –... Read more »