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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 5/22/2022 | Celebrating National Pet Month, Purple Leash Project, and more

This is a very special program as Purina has discovered a very special way to celebrate National Pet Month by helping victims of domestic violence. As Dr. Kurt Venator, chief medical officer, points out, people often won’t escape their situation unless there is somewhere to shelter with their entire family, including pets. Purina partnered with the non-profit Red […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 5/15/2022 | Dog trainer Karen Okura created what may have been the first pet behavior hotline in America

Dog trainer Wendy DeCarlo talks about puppy classes and dog training methods, but first we share our hope for a beloved dog trainer, Karen Okura who has serious health challenges. Karen was the head trainer for many years at the Anti Cruelty Society, demonstrating support for adopting homeless dogs with behavior problems only using positive […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 5/8/2022 | Stop Puppy Mills Campaign, why mink farms need to go away, and more

So why shouldn’t pet stores sell dogs or cats? John Goodwin is the senior director of the Stop Puppy Mills Campaign for the Humane Society of the United States. Illinois recently became the fifth state to ban sales of dogs/cats at pet stores, and that’s a very good thing if you cut off the puppy mill […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 5/1/2022 | Hinsdale Humane Society’s program to provide dogs for veterans, Bark in the Park is back, and more

Jacki Rossi, executive director of Hinsdale Humane Society about their program to provide dogs for veterans. It’s a marvelous program which may quite literally save lives, and certainly change lives of heroes who have served our nation. Not to mention the benefit of finding homes for homeless dogs. Veterans can even arrange for a pet therapy session. Learn […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 4/24/2020 | Tree House Humane Society, bearded dragon lizards are the most domesticated of all lizards, and more

Around over 50 years now, and always among the most cutting edge of cat-only shelters is Chicago’s own Tree House Humane Society. A conversation with executive director Raissa Allaire about trap-neuter-vaccinate-return, the Tree House Cat Café highlighting feline leukemia cats available for adoption and more. We also discuss the now one-year old low cost veterinary clinic and […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 4/17/2022 | Dr. Flea, Fear Free, and more

Dr. Mike Dryden, known as “Dr. Flea,” is a veterinary parasitologist and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He explains how a study of coyotes and heartworm disease was recently completed in Chicago, and why this is relevant if you have a dog or a cat. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Ken […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 4/10/2022 | Safe Humane Chicago, Rosie the texting dog, and more

Co-founder and CEO of ground-breaking Safe Humane Chicago Cynthia Bathurst explains how this organization supports humane treatment of dogs, including so-called court case dogs. At one point dogs were doing time without a committing a crime at Chicago Animal Care and Control only because their owners abused them or got into trouble with the law. Waiting for […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 4/3/2022 | How to cut down on dog bites, list of the top dog breeds, and more

Dog trainer Victoria Stilwell from Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog talks about how asking a dog consent to be petted or played with can further cut down on dog bites. Stilwell is among the guests of a Facebook Live event, April 11 at 1:30 p.m. I am moderating this Live panel discussion calledWorking Together to Prevent […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 3/27/2020 | Arfit Dog Rehab and the importance of physical therapy for pets

Tod Miner is the owner and operator Arfit Dog Rehab in Chicago, which is comparable to an Athletico – except this place is for pets. Primarily, the pets arrive because of a sports injury or because as they enter old age things begin to get creaky. Tod says he’s able to make a considerable difference for most clients, […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 3/20/2022 | Mark Edward Willows discusses his children book, updates on Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), and more

Mark Edward Willows discusses his kid’s book, Silas and Sophie and he explains lessons learned and most of all the hope is to encourage children to pick up and love books. The story of a dog who wiggled his into the heart of Dominican police colonel who handed over the prisoner to the dog. EveryCat Health Foundation, […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 3/13/2022 | How to cut your pet’s nails with ease

Mikkel Becker, certified pet dog trainer and lead dog trainer Fear Free Happy Homes, discusses the arduous challenge of cutting dog or cat nails. She offers some great tips and tricks to fix the problem of terrified animals who see the nail clippers come out and want to leave the country. You can train pets to voluntary tolerate or even […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 3/6/2022 | Expert advice for making the most out of the dog park

Robin Bennett is a certified dog trainer and co-founder of and As the weather warms, more of us are off to dog parks, and Robin offers expert advice. She suggests that many dogs aren’t truly happy at the park and only offer subtle signals, which she describes. She also offers tips on choosing dog day care and […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 2/27/2022 | Everything you ever wanted to know about senior dogs with Dr. Mary Gardner

Everything you ever wanted to know about senior dogs with Dr. Mary Gardner, author of It’s Never Long Enough: A Practical Guide to Caring for Your Geriatric Dog. Euthanasia, and why end of life in a home setting may be best is discussed. What does Dr. Gardner think of pets grieving for other pets? She explains […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 2/20/2022 | The 60th Annual Lincoln State Cat Show and Feline Expo

Dayle Marsh recalls her friendship with Betty White. Dayle, president of Lincoln State Cat Club, discusses the 60th Annual Lincoln State Cat Show and Feline Expo. She explains what pure bred or pedigreed cats are all about, and what happens at cat shows. Steve Dale speaks at 1pm Saturday (Feb. 26) about the EveryCat Health Foundation, and […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 2/13/2022 | The Veterinary Nurse/Technician Empowerment Initiative

Dr. Dana Varble, chief veterinary officer of VMX and North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) on the Veterinary Nurse/Technician Empowerment Initiative—a program designed to elevate and advance veterinary nurses and credentialed technicians. Even though these professionals are critical team members, their skills are often underutilized. And Dr. Varble explains further what changes for the better will happen because […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 2/6/2022 | Pet Dental Health Month, having small animals as pets, and more

It may not be the Valentine’s Day romance you think about it, but caring for your pet’s dental health is one way to show your pet that you care. Dr. José Arce, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association discusses Pet Dental Health Month. And he explains the absolute importance of dental health; the answers may surprise […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 1/30/2022 | Pitter Patter Parenting, Decoding Your Dog, and more

Alicia Obando , founder of Pitter Patter Parenting discusses dog bite prevention, including how to better teach children what the dog is trying to say and ways which parents can be proactive, teaching kids how to respect dogs. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Marsha Reich, contributor to Decoding Your Dog, also discusses ow to integrate a new dog into a […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 1/23/2022 | #BettyWhiteChallenge, Lassie-like hero story, and more

#BettyWhiteChallenge was something Betty White would have been humbled by to celebrate her 100thbirthday, and millions of dollars were raised for local animal shelters. Still, the organization she cared most deeply about had to have been the Morris Animal Foundation. This is a conversation with Tiffany Grunert, President/CEO of the non-profit that funds animal health studies. She […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 1/16/2022 | Why most people in the U.S. have a pet, landlords and insurance companies continue to discriminate against certain dog breeds, and more

Dr. Debbye Turner-Bell, author Courageous Faith: A Lifelong Pursuit of Faith over Fear says that it seemed everyone said you can never be a veterinarian, but she had faith as well as persistence. She explains why she thinks so many pets were adopted at the onset of the pandemic. She answers why she believes most people in […]


Steve Dale’s Pet World 1/9/2022 | Tips on keeping pets safe in frigid weather, #BettyWhiteChallenge, and more

Keeping it authentic, Dr. Adam Christman, chief veterinary officer DVM360, is out in the cold himself as he offers tips on keeping pets safe in frigid weather. While some dogs enjoy romping in the cold, he answers if it can be too cold. He also discusses senior pets in the cold. Here’s more on cold weather […]