Category Archives: Steve Dale

Heartworm Prevention Being Served at a Veterinarian Near You

Heartworm prevention time is quickly approaching, don’t let the cold temperatures lull you into a false sense of safety! I know some people heartworm preventionkeep dogs on heartworm prevention meds year-round — and many veterinarians recommend this.  Because climate change is warming winter, and mosquitoes season starts earlier and stays later each year, timing is getting too difficult to predict. A week or more of warm weather in the middle of winter can create the right conditions for a few to hatch. It only takes one to bite.

If you’d like to take a look at a graphic that shows the life cycle of heartworm, check the American Heartworm Society page for more in-depth information. Continue reading

Killer Virus in Kittens, New Hope for FIP?

A killer virus is attacking kittens and cats, feline infectious peritonitis, and it’s difficult to diagnose. There are really no signs you can lookiller virusk for that might warn you of a serious problem at the onset. The virus occurs when a cat is infected with the virulent form of feline coronavirus and it mutates in the body developing quickly to an always fatal end. Cats catch this virus through personal contact or exposure to feces. Food, water, bedding, dishes and clothing may also be sources of transmission. Kittens with poorly developed immune systems and older cats are most susceptible.

Happy Cats Play – Cat Games for Life Enrichment!

cat gamesCat games and playing with cats might be one answer to getting more cats adopted. It was more than a decade ago when I first heard Steve Dale say “maybe if people treated cats like they treat dogs…” the implication being we’d have more in homes and not so many in shelters. I was so impressed — the concept at the time was jarring in its departure from the norm, radical and deeply caring of the quality of life of cats and our connection to them.

I had cats growing up, and we played with them with catnip toys and balls — not really like you would play with a dog, although I would not learn of all the differences until I found my first dog as an adult. Steve’s assertion rang true, that if people would engage with cats the way they do with dogs how many more would be in homes because of that change in mindset? Continue reading

Canine Heart Health, There’s An App for That!

March marks Canine Heart Health Month, a great awareness campaign complete with tools that will help you detectcanine heart health possible heart disease in your dog.  And there’s an app for that!

The Resting Respiratory Rate (RRR) app measures your dog’s respiration rate over time and uploads the information directly to your vet. If your dog has a heart problem, this test will detect it early. You will need to work with your vet before setting up the app. Continue reading

Dominance Dog Training – Is It Worth Discussing Anymore?

Dominance dog training may seem like a “been there, done that” issue, but while the science has moved beyond that concept, many dominance dog trainingpeople haven’t.  Physical punishment may provide an immediate response, but does it teach a dog anything, really, except to avoid the punishment? Just as with the practice of hanging dogs up by their leashes was once used as a corrective “training” tool, we now must deal with the legacy of dominance training, its array of bad ideas for dog training and how they impact development of the bond of trust we should have with our dogs. That’s really a major talking point in the video below: what kind of relationship do you want with your dog? Continue reading

Pet Custody, When Families Don’t Stay Together

Pet custody is a relatively new field in law, law in all 50 States which sees pets as just another asset to be divided. We know that couples can fight about the smallest of things, and who gets to keep Charlie can become a major battleground. Since case law in this area is thin, many judges have used child custody laws as a guide, yet are still constrained by property laws.

Pets place in our lives has change significantly since one of the first cases of pet custody in 1944: Continue reading