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.

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New drug showing promise against once fatal FIP

TAMPA, FLA. AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the U.S. and Canada. The Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit funder of cat health studies.

Regular veterinary visits can catch any problems early

TAMPA, FLA. AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the U.S. and Canada. Q: I read your recent column on the decline in veterinary visits. One of our boys, Tux, eats only dry food.

Twenty years of columns have only fueled my enthusiasm about pets!

Summing up 20 years of work isn't easy. I was the first journalist to speak with a search-and-rescue dog handler at the World Trade Center, within 48 hours of the Sept. 11, 2001 disaster.

Noisy parrot may have been lovesick!

Q: I recently gave my 18-year-old African Grey parrot to a bird sanctuary because he became restless and climbed and squawked a lot.

A little enrichment could give your pet a new lease on life

I contend that the average monkey, bear or lion in a zoo has a richer life than most of our dogs and cats at home. Providing enrichment means manipulating the environment to suit an animal's natural behavior.

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