Posts tagged "dogs"

Some Pet Microchip Companies Acting Irresponsibly

Some Pet Microchip Companies Acting Irresponsibly
Microchipping saves lives. This is an accepted fact among those in the veterinary and animal welfare community. However, some microchip companies may now be compromising a system that’s reunited countless numbers of pets and their owners. A small chip (approximately the size of a grain of rice) is injected into the pet. If a pet... Read more »

Dear Doctor: Thank You

Dear Doctor: Thank You
Dear Doctor, In the Chicago area well over a thousand dogs sickened, at least five dogs dead because of this new Asian strain of the canine flu. All those involved agree the numbers are very likely higher. Many emergency rooms filled most each and every evening.  At Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center, there was... Read more »

New Ordinance to Ban Dogs, Cats, Rabbits to be Sold at Pet Stores is Challenged

New Ordinance to Ban Dogs, Cats, Rabbits to be Sold at Pet Stores is Challenged
I talk about the new challenge to Chicago’s ban on dogs, cats and rabbits sold at pet stores. And, I address some of the issues brought up by those wanting to fight the city’s ban on pet sales.                   I explain HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World,... Read more »
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Breed Specific Diets Matter

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While all dogs are individuals – and it’s true – a dog is a dog is a dog – Labrador Retrievers and Beagles and West Highland White Terriers, for example, are all different too. All breeds were developed for different purposes, and have some very specific needs. Royal Canin nutritionist Dr. Jill Cline agrees, and... Read more »

Bob Fioretti: Discusses Issues with Pet Owners

Several spoke about their concerns regarding Chicago Animal Care & Control. Alderman Fioretti listened patiently, and was surprised to hear some of what goes on there (as would be other Aldermen). Additional resources will go toward Chicago Animal & Control when he is Mayor. He will create an independent panel of experts (outside politics) to offer recommendations to increase professionalism within city departments, including this one. And work in the direction of a no kill city, which he believes may be accomplished. The more humanely we treat animals in the city, the more humanely we treat one another. The fewer animals euthanized, the more money saved, and of course, the more animals saved.
Alderman Bob Fioretti, clearly a pet lover, greeted dogs and the people attending the first ever city-wide discussion of companion animal issues. I was honored to moderate the event. Here’s an overview:   Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can... Read more »

Bob Fioretti Meets Pet Owners To Talk Dog & Cat Issues

Bob Fioretti Meets Pet Owners To Talk Dog & Cat Issues
Pets are family – and Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward) understands that. He’s is about to prove it as no other candidate for Chicago Mayor has ever done. Fioretti is hosting a round table discussion on companion animal issues- the first ever of its kind, Saturday February 7, 9:30 AM 1043 W. Madison Ave., third floor.... Read more »
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Victoria Stilwell on Shock Collars

Victoria Stilwell on Shock Collars
Victoria Stilwell speaks her mind, one of the reasons why I love her. of course, you know her from “Its Me or the Dog” on Animal Planet. Stilwell offers her take on Schaumburg’s program of loaning ‘bark collars,’ to dog owners who have a dog that barks in the backyard. She calls this idea ‘the stupidest thing... Read more »

Dog Runs Amuck On-Leash, Flunked Out of Puppy School

Dog Runs Amuck On-Leash, Flunked Out of Puppy School
Q: My dog is running amuck on the leash. I know she’s young at five months but she flunked out of puppy school. Do you have any advice? B. H., Macon, GA A:  “Keep working at it,” encourages Portland, OR trainer Casey Elizabeth Newton. Begin with getting appropriate instructor. Puppies should all be having a... Read more »

National Pet Obesity Day

National Pet Obesity Day
There are more overweight pets than ever (and the problem is growing, sort of speak). Today (October 8) is National Pet Obesity Day, according to the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention.  Currently (in America) nearly 60 percent of cats are overweight and just over half of all dogs. Routine check-ups are vital to promoting a long and... Read more »
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Breed Specific Legislation Position Statement: BSL is Ineffective

Breed Specific Legislation Position Statement: BSL is Ineffective
At the Animal Behavior Symposium on July 25, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) announced a new position statement on breed-specific legislation (BSL). This is when communities, ironically including Denver, where the Symposium was held, ban specific dog breeds. Pit bull-type dogs are always at the top of the list – sometimes the... Read more »