About Steve Dale, CABC

Steve Dale, CABC (certified animal behavior consultant) over the past few decades has reached pet owners than any other pet journalist in America. He is the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute. He’s also a special contributor at WGN Radio, Chicago and program host of Steve Dale’s Pet World.

COVID-19 and Pets: What to Know

COVID-19 and Pets: What to Know

Health

So far, with more than 446,000 identified cases worldwide of COVID-19 (a figure that’s rapidly rising)– and an unknown number who have been infected but have not had any symptoms or minimal symptoms – only one companion animal has been found to have the virus, and even that incident is unclear. On February 28 a […]

FIP News: Is a Cure at Hand?

FIP News: Is a Cure at Hand?

Health, Kittens & Puppies, Shelter Animals

A diagnosis of FIP used to be a death sentence, but that’s changing. Like the disease itself, the story is complicated. Here’s what we know now. First, and most exciting, attending researchers agreed that FIP should now be called “treatable,” at least potentially, and perhaps “curable.” A conference about FIP took place last November, drawing […]

Play: It’s Not Just for Kittens

Play: It’s Not Just for Kittens

Exercise & Enrichment

Kittens are born with an amazing ability to seek and pounce—but not right out of the womb. That aptitude develops in partnership with physiological changes as they grow. At first, they are helpless, fully dependent on their mother. Their only focus is staying warm, finding their mother’s teats, and sleeping. Their mother’s licking not only […]

Experts, Cat Lovers Gather for FIP Symposium

Experts, Cat Lovers Gather for FIP Symposium

Health

The 2019 FIP Symposium: PURRsuing FIP and WINNing might be the most significant event in feline health ever! That’s a mighty powerful statement to make, but it’s likely true. Here’s why that’s so, for me and for many other cat lovers. A Devastating Day I recall the exact moment when Dr. Sheldon Rubin called to tell […]

Leptospirosis Threatens Dog, Human Health

Leptospirosis Threatens Dog, Human Health

Health

One of the lesser known and hidden dangers of hurricanes and tropical storms is a waterborne bacterial infection called leptospirosis, which can be deadly to humans, dogs, and other animals. It’s likely that following Hurricane Dorian, the incidence of leptospirosis will increase in the Bahamas. It’s not the only place at risk. Rising ocean temperatures […]

Adopt a Cat, Save Two Lives

Adopt a Cat, Save Two Lives

Shelter Animals

When you adopt a cat from a shelter, you not only save that cat’s life, you also free up space for another cat to have a chance for adoption. Adopting and rescuing cats is a trend, and in the process lives are being saved. According to the ASPCA, over 1.6 million cats and kittens are […]

Illinois Passes Kennel Fire Safety Bill

Illinois Passes Kennel Fire Safety Bill

Travel & Safety

After 31 dogs died in a kennel fire at Bully Life Animal Services in in suburban West Chicago, Illinois, I thought to myself, ‘This can’t ever happen again.’ The facility had fire alarms, but as smart as dogs are, they can’t phone the fire department. The kennel trainer/caretaker had left to run an errand. The […]

Adopting a Shelter Cat? Here’s How to Prepare

Adopting a Shelter Cat? Here’s How to Prepare

Shelter Animals

June is both the ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and the American Humane Association’s Adopt a Cat Month. Either way, it’s a very special month for cats. Cats definitely need adopting. According to the ASPCA, about 3.2 million cats enter shelters annually. However, only about half are adopted. While some are euthanized for medical […]

Fear Free Talks to Dr. Jane Goodall

Fear Free Talks to Dr. Jane Goodall

Relationships

Dr. Jane Goodall hadn’t heard about Fear Free, but the idea resonates with her. Considering animal emotions is something she once fought for. It’s hard to think of Goodall as a controversial figure, but when she first began her observational notes on chimpanzee behavior at Gombe National Park in Tanzania in the early 1960s, she […]