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

While dog flu threat is widening, there's no need to panic

Q: I'm worried about the dog flu, which was in Chicago, and is now in Atlanta. Q: I keep reading about the dog flu, and wonder if I should be less social with my dog. A: Indeed, the canine influenza virus has been confirmed in the Atlanta area.

Preventing heartworm is the best 'remedy'

Only about a third of all dogs, and likely less than 10 percent of cats, leave a veterinary practice with a heartworm preventive. Heartworm disease, transmitted to pets from mosquitoes, is potentially deadly.

Don't let July 4 Big Bang leave your pet with the jitters

The Big Bang is no theory for dogs. Dogs have no way of knowing what the noise is all about, and if fireworks are nearby, dogs can sometimes smell them and even feel the vibrations, bumping up the fear factor.

Artificial sweetener can be toxic for dogs

Q: You've mentioned many times in your column that dog owners can keep their pets occupied by stuffing peanut butter into toys. A: It's true that some newer peanut butter products contain Xylitol.

These pedigreed cats have top billing

The Exotic, for the second year in a row, is the most popular cat breed in America, according to the Cat Fanciers' Association registry of pedigreed cats. Despite the breed's popularity, few outside the 'cat world' even know what the Exotic is.

With the right products, you can beat fleas and ticks

Parasites are a very popular topic this time of year! Q: How worried about tick disease should I be, really? A: "Tick disease is more prevalent today than it's ever been," says Dryden.

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