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The Steve Dale Pet World Petcast from 720 WGN.

The Steve Dale Pet World Petcast from 720 WGN.


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The Steve Dale Pet World Petcast from 720 WGN.




Steve Dale’s Pet World 8/1/2021 | Heat stroke in dogs, animals dealing with thunderstorms, and more

Baby it’s been hot out, and veterinarians are reporting too many cases of heat stroke in dogs, which can be fatal. Dr. Kathleen Heneghan is one of the many Chicago veterinarians who has dealt with the issue. She talks about how heat stroke in dogs can mostly be avoided, and describes what the signs of heat […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 7/25/2021 | Human Animal Bond Association, why shelters are now crowded again with dogs and cats, and more

Emily Klehm is CEO of the South Suburban Humane Society, and she dispels this myth all over national media: People are giving up their pandemic puppies because they’re bored with their pets, or they’re going back to work. She explains what is true, and why shelters are now crowded again with dogs and cats. South Suburban will […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 7/18/2021 | How dog-friendly Chicago is, MonDog Dog Beach, and more

Dog Friendly Chicago: A segment begins with my pal Roz Varon from WLS-TV (Ch. 7) and her report on what she found regarding just how dog-friendly Chicago is, including some hidden bones. Guests include Grace Fuller, general manager at City Cruises Chicago. She explains your dog can ride on the appropriately named Sea Dog (found on the […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 7/11/2021 | Frida Kahlo Timeless, The EveryCat Health Foundation, and more

Who knew, artist Frida Kahlo was an animal lover and even hung out with her pet spider monkeys. I talk with curator Justin Witte about the famed artist and her absolute adoration and fascination with animals. We discuss Frida Kahlo Timeless at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and McCaninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage, […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 7/4/2021 | The challenges of finding pet-friendly housing, tips to help your pets get through the fireworks, and more

Tom Van Winkle is the CEO of Hinsdale Humane Society, and he says there’s a great deal of good news. Following the mass adoptions of pets at the start of the pandemic, many predicted shelters would be overwhelmed with returns. In Hinsdale (and every other shelter I’ve spoken with) that’s not been the case. The primary […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 6/27/2021 | Human Animal Association Conference, Canine Cruise, and more

Dr. Dana Varble, chief veterinary officer at VMX talks about the conference we both attended in Orlando, FL. We spoke together on the Human Animal Association track about the bond we have with exotic pets, and about how it seems everyone got a gecko during the pandemic. Even ownership of pet snakes is on the rise. The architecture cruise for […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 6/20/2021 | 4th of July and your pets

So many dogs are terrorized by fireworks. And what if you don’t even know because you adopted a dog after July 4th 2020? The good news is described by Dr. Fiia Jokela, owner of Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants and a Resident of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. If you start very soon, behavior modification can help, as […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 6/13/2021 | Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy and the impact they have in the Chicagoland area

Susan Burrows, board member of Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy explains how their organization works with dogs to help people (especially children at Rainbow) to heal at hospitals, mental health facilities, schools, and much more than that. Rainbow is by the “busiest” organization of its kind in Chicago and the suburbs. Rainbow is seeking special people with special […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 6/6/2021 | Pending animal welfare bills, re-opening of MonDog Dog Beach, and more!

Marc Ayers, Illinois Director of the Humane Society of the United States. And he discusses many of the pending animal welfare bills. This show was taped beforethe decision was made by the Illinois Senate to ban sales of dogs and cats being sold at pet stores and is now merely requiring the Governor J.B. Pritzker’s expected […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 5/30/2021 | Fear Free initiative, a new pet product website, and more

Dr. Natalie Marks on Fear Free, an initiative to focus on emotional well-being of our pets. She explains what veterinary Fear Free clinics are about, and what it means when technicians or nurses and veterinarians are Fear Free certified. Learn more at One element of this are vaccines, and she enthusiastically explains for cats – […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 5/23/2021 | Big Cat Safety Act, Tree House Human Society celebrates 50 years, and more

In Houston, TX a tiger walks around a residential community and more recently 68 cats were confiscated by the U.S. Department of Justice from the from Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe’s Tiger King Park in OK. These are two examples illustrates why it’s so timely that Steve talks with Congressman Mike Quigley about his Big Cat Safety Act. A […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 5/16/2021 | A lesson on what punishment is and isn’t when training your dog or cat

Ken Rameriz is a world-renowned legend in the world of dog training, chief training officer/executive vice president Karen Pryor Training offers a lesson, as we chat about what punishment is and what punishment isn’t. And I dared to disagree (to some extent). And is there ever a situation which you should and can effectively punish a dog […]

Steve Dale’s Pet World 5/2/2021 | The good and bad news about leptospirosis, pairing up for protection against dog flu and Bordetella, and more

Tis the season to talk about Dr. Natalie Marks favorite topic, leptospirosis. She explains the bad news: This may be fatal to your dog and also is zoonotic, or at least potentially, which mean this bacterial infection can make people sick. The good news is that we can vaccinate our dogs against it. We also discuss pairing […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 4/25/2021 | Anti-Cruelty Society’s new Pet Deposit Subsidy Program and much more

Jennifer Goodsmith, vice president mission advancement at Anti-Cruelty Society Chicago about the new Pet Deposit Subsidy Program. Pet friendly housing is more in need than ever, but that deposit required may be beyond people’s means, so Anti-Cruelty is offering a one-time subsidy (so people don’t need to relinquish pets) for those who fit the criteria. Learn more, […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 4/18/2021 | Increase in dog thefts, Pocha Shop, and more

Sandy DeLisle is an animal welfare professional, pet writer and now movie producer of a film called Your Out. We talk about the movie and the goal of the film which is to debunk myths people have about pit bull-type dogs. When you rescue dogs, they sometimes turn out to rescue us. Cynthia Soto has opened […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 4/11/2021 Full Show | April 11 to 17 is American Veterinary Medical Association’s Dog Bite Prevention Week

Steve talks with Dr. Douglas Kratt, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Heather Paul, spokesperson for State Farm Insurance. In 2020, have dog bites gone up or down? We begin with detailing ways which most nearly all dog bites can be prevented. And about “reading” what dogs are telling us. Most homeowner’s insurance offerings […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 4/4/2021 Full Show | Large incidence of suicides among veterinary professionals, most common dog breeds in Chicago, and more

A show I felt compelled to do, a subject that may be difficult to discuss but is exceedingly important to discuss, the surprisingly large incidence of suicides among veterinary professionals. In the past three weeks or so, six veterinarians have taken their lives. A CDC study found that female veterinarians are up to 3.5 times […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 3/21/21 | Diabetes in dogs and cats, inflammatory bowel disease in cats, and more

Dr. Dana Varble, chief veterinary officer of North American Veterinary Community discusses what’s new when it comes to diabetes in dogs and cats, as far as diagnosis, treatment and monitoring. For example, products like ProZinc, which are FDA approved insulin products specifically for dogs and cats. Inflammatory bowel disease in cats is a really common problem. How is […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 3/14/2021 | Director of ‘Stray,’ Safe Humane Chicago, and more

Stray is a beautiful movie which follows a street dog named Zeytin in Istanbul, Turkey. Director Elizabeth Lo explains how she shot this unique flick, which truly takes you – the viewer – inside the head of a dog. And a dog who survives day to day on the street, and at various times associates with […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 3/7/2021 | CBD and pets, EveryCat Health Foundation, and more

From Cubbington’s Cabinet, a discussion with owner Dr. Jennifer Weiss about CBD and pets. We explain what CBD is and explain how it may (or may not) work for pets under some circumstances. We talk about the data that is available, and for what medical and/or behavior issues CBD might indeed help. In fact, so many […]