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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The human-animal bond can work wonders

He didn't grow up with pets. "I know there's a connection that can heal, and it's a connection we don't even quite yet understand," he says.

Use simple protective measures to keep coyotes at bay

Q: I'm very concerned about coyotes; the problem is worse than ever around here. Q: Coyotes seem to be everywhere these days, even encroaching on urban areas.

Preventatives would slash the incidence of heartworm in dogs and cats

Pets can run, but they can't hide from heartworm disease, which occurs in all 50 states. Heartworm's increasing prevalence is complicated to trace. Dogs stricken with heartworm can also serve as carriers.

Researchers learning more about FIP, heart disease in cats

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Feline heart disease and a fatal illness called feline infectious peritonitis are two of the most devastating diseases in cats. Either diagnosis can spiral a cat owner into a serious funk, as the outcome may not be good.

Heart disease a bigger issue for cats than previously thought

The effects of heart disease in cats can be more devastating than veterinarians previously thought.

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