Steve Dale

Steve Dale

Steve Dale, author of the syndicated "My Pet World" column, is widely known as the "Ann Landers of the pet world," offering animal lovers of all kinds the latest news and information on their furry, feathered and scaled companions.

Dale draws on the expertise of experts from around the country to produce his weekly Q&A, which delves into everything from the proper care and feeding of iguanas to feline litter box habits and Prozac for pets. His weekly feature column puts Dale's journalism skills to work covering developments and events of the day that affect pets and their owners.

In 2003, Dale received the Dog Writers Association of America's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award for exemplary conduct, public communication, professional excellence, promoting excellent in the sport of dogs and extraordinary achievement. In 2002, Dale won the American Veterinary Medical Association's prestigious Humane Award, the only AVMA award presented to a non-veterinarian. In 2001, "My Pet World" received Editor and Publisher magazine's first annual Feature of the Year Award, special feature category. Dale has also captured several awards from the Dog Writers Association and the Cat Writers Association. He was named Columnist of the Year for the Cat Writers' Association in 1998, and the Anti-Cruelty Society chose him as Chicago Media Person of the Year for 1997.

Dale is also host of the weekly radio program, "Pet Central," on Chicago's WGN Radio 720, senior columnist for "PetLife," and author of "DogGone Chicago: Sniffing Out The Best Places To Take Your Best Friend" and "American Zoos." He has appeared on PBS "Pets: Part of the Family," and has served as guest "pet expert" on radio and television around the country, including appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," WGN-TV, the Fox News Channel and "Animal Planet." He has spoken at numerous pet conferences.

Steve Dale Samples

Cat may need follow-up appointment after dental cleaning

ORLANDO, FLA. Q: Molly, my 5-year-old Jack Russell, had her teeth cleaned previously with no problems.

American starts SPCA shelter in Mexico

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO -- "The street dogs and cats in Mexico are the lucky ones; at least they can find food in the trash, and maybe beg from tourists," says Janice Chatterton, founder/president of the SPCA Puerto Vallarta.

Dog raised in a puppy mill may need extra training, TLC

This week, your dog behavior questions are answered by veterinary behaviorist Dr. Valarie Tynes, of Sweetwater, TX, a contributing author of "Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change ...

Protect dogs and cats from winter's blast

To some dogs, the weather outside may be frightful, while others want to romp and play in the snow -- and how can you blame them? "Dogs can certainly get frostbitten," says Dr. Kate Knutson, past president of the American Animal Hospital Association.

New drug shows promise to extend life for cats with 'dry" FIP

Q: My friend's cat was recently diagnosed with FIP. A: The Chinese veterinarians are correct, although there is some good news on the FIP front: For the first time, there's hope for some kitties to live longer with an improved quality of life.

Adopt these New Year's Resolutions for your own cat

I hearby resolve to work with the American Association of Feline Practitioners to lead a revolution to support cats in 2015. Here's why: By all accounts, you'd think Americans have a love affair with cats.

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