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.

[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...

[three veterinary students with an eagle]

Bald Eagle Recovers from West Nile Virus

Apr 21, 2015 / Disease / eagle / wildlife

After three weeks of treatment, the eagle was ready to leave the Wildlife Medical Clinic The large bird discovered on the side of a gravel road in Effingham, Ill., was not moving much and didn’t seem to use its wings or legs. A closer look revealed that the bird was a bald eagle, the national...