Pet Health Columns

Experts on animal health from the college's clinics in Urbana and Chicago share their knowledge in informative columns written for animal owners. Scan the categories and tags at left for topics that interest you. Subscribe to our weekly Pet Health Columns email.

[halloween pet safety]

Beware of Pets’ Halloween ‘FEAR’ Factors

Oct 24, 2016 / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

Tips for Halloween Pets Safety When Halloween comes, adults and kids alike enjoy the chance to dress up and eat more candy than usual. But these activities can have scary consequences for pets. The American Animal Hospital Association recommends being mindful of pets’ F.E.A.R.: food, environment, attire, and recovery to keep pets safe and happy....

[pet-wildlife interactions]

Pets and Wildlife Don’t Mix

Oct 17, 2016 / Preventive Health / Public Health / Cats / Dogs / Wildlife

Pet-Wildlife Interactions Endanger Both—and People It may seem like a harmless, if disgusting, remnant of your pet’s predator instinct when your cat—or maybe your very stealthy dog—presents you with its latest kill. The truth is, though, pet-wildlife interactions can be dangerous to both parties and have serious consequences for the conservation of species. “According to...

[moving cattle]

The Secrets of Moo-ving Cattle

Oct 10, 2016 / Behavior / Farm Animals

Low-stress handling maximizes safety and comfort Ever wonder how farmers manage that huge herd of cattle? With nothing more than a couple of people and maybe a farm dog, they are able to move hundreds of cattle from an open pasture into a barn or corral. As it turns out, farmers rely on techniques that...

[puppy outdoors]

Can My Pet Get Zika?

Sep 29, 2016 / Infectious Disease / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

Recent coverage of the Zika virus and its health impact on people and fetuses has raised questions among pet owners. The Zika virus was first identified in Africa more than 60 years ago. It is spread to people primarily by mosquito bites, and usually causes no or only mild symptoms in people. However, infection with...

[Vet Med Open House cow milking]

Attend Vet Med Open House on October 2

Sep 14, 2016 / General Care / Birds / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Farm Animals / Horses / Wildlife

On Sunday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 350 veterinary students will host a behind-the-scenes look at the state’s only veterinary college. From prospective veterinarians to anyone fascinated by animals, everyone will find something of interest at the University of Illinois veterinary college Open House. The event offers more than 40...


Watchful Care Makes Epilepsy Manageable in Dogs

Sep 6, 2016 / Advances in Medicine / Neurology / Dogs

Dogs with epilepsy can live high-quality lives Seizures are scary to witness in humans, but they can be just as alarming to see in your pets. Many owners don’t realize that dogs can have seizures until the event happens. When a dog has two or more seizures, this disorder is called epilepsy. Dr. Samantha Vitale,...

[pet's pain can be subtle]

Cues to Pet’s Pain May Be Subtle

Aug 1, 2016 / Pain Management / Cats / Dogs

pets have varying responses and tolerance levels to pain Everyone has to deal with pain. Whether from a minor cut or a major surgery, pain is part of life for people and their pets. “Pain is a very individualized experience,” says Dr. Ashley Mitek, who recently completed a three-year residency in anesthesiology and pain management...

[dog sucking its flank]

Compulsive Disorders in Pets

Jul 25, 2016 / Behavior / Cats / Dogs

Compulsive disorders impact pet’s, owners’ quality of life Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a well-known diagnosis in human medicine, but did you know that animals can also develop a form of this disorder? This doesn’t mean there are dogs out there that count their steps or triple-check the light switches. In fact, the first thing to understand,...