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 Columns email.

[two dogs wearing harnesses in back seat of car]

Safe, Stress-free Travel with Pets

Jul 7, 2015 / General Care / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

People are on the go, and increasingly, they are taking their pets along for the ride. While some pets seem born to ride, for others the loud noises and strange motions involved in traveling can be a real problem. Dr. Kelly Ballantyne, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine with...

[dairy cows in a barn]

Are Cows to Blame for Drug-Resistant Bugs?

Jun 29, 2015 / Disease / Preventive Health / Farm Animals / Public Health

Antimicrobial resistance is a big problem that is getting bigger. In 2014 the World Health Organization warned that “Without urgent, coordinated action, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable for decades, can once again kill.” Antimicrobials refer to a wide array of drugs...

[a puppy in the woods looks up to its owner]

The Trick to Perfect Tick Removal

Jun 23, 2015 / Disease / Parasites / Preventive Health / Dogs

Check pets for ticks after every walk If your pet brings home a tiny hitchhiker clinging to its fur after a romp in the woods this summer, don’t panic. Although ticks can transmit many different diseases to both humans and pets, including the much-feared Lyme disease, prompt and proper tick removal will significantly decrease the...

[English bulldog rests in the shade]

Heat Stroke in Dogs: Beating the Summer Heat

Jun 16, 2015 / Emergency/Critical Care / Preventive Health / Dogs

Heat stroke can lead to death, even with quick action It’s that time of the year again: time for cookouts, fun, and sun. With the summer heat come dangers for our pets. Dr. Andrea Walters, a veterinarian pursuing specialization in emergency and critical care at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, explains...

[Dr. Gary Brummet examines Brigitte]

Face the Fat: Address Pet’s Extra Weight

May 18, 2015 / General Care / Preventive Health / Cats

More than half of all cats and dogs in the United States are either overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention And according to Dr. Gary Brummet, a primary care veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, the typical pet owner is unaware that Fluffy is packing...

[Dr. Vititoe with cat]

Study Looks for Better Way to Detect Cardiac Blood Clots in Cats

May 4, 2015 / Advances in Medicine / Disease / Imaging / Cats

Computed tomography may prove a quicker, less stressful, lower cost procedure for cats with suspected heart disease Diagnostic imaging plays a key role in detecting and monitoring heart disease in cats. At the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, clinicians are exploring whether computed tomography (CT) could provide prognostic indicators comparable to those...

[Dr. Pamela Wilkins with a foal]

Gastric Ulcers: Common in Performance Horses, Foals

Apr 28, 2015 / Preventive Health / Horses

In horses as in people, stress can play a role in ulcer development Equine gastric ulcer syndrome is a common condition, both in performance horses, such as racehorses, and in foals. According to Dr. Pamela Wilkins, an equine veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, more than 90 percent of performance...