This week Dr. Rossi’s guest is magnet school science teacher, Mike Rossi, who could not contain his love for animals to just the classroom! So he started an organization called Wild Wonders, which may be described as a traveling road show of education about animals. Mike discussed many of the benefits of bringing the animals to the children who might not otherwise be able to see them. In addition, he recounts many of the procedures that one should take when traveling with animals. He also highlights some of the the liabilities and risks involved in such an endeavor. His experiences are both entertaining and educational, as the children gain confidence and enthusiasm for nature and the animal world.
His advice on protecting both the animals and the children during this process is invaluable and well worth listening to. Finally, Mike explained the influence a certain older brother had on the development of his love for animals… and yes that brother is our very own Dr. Rossi!
Dr. Rossi also warns of the risk of heat stroke during these hot summer months, especially for brachycephalic breeds, that is short nosed dogs such as Pekes, Pugs, Bulldogs, and Boston Terriers. And he gives the signs of heat stroke, the most important of which are hypersalivation and vomiting. He then advises how to avoid heat stroke, and first aid once it occurs.
Dr. Rossi also discussed the upcoming release of his new book, “ALL THINGS COLD AND SLIMY,” which is the inside scoop on what it’s really like inside veterinary school and beyond!