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.

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Bunny Basics: Proper Rabbit Husbandry

Oct 27, 2014 / General Care / Exotics

Ever thought about getting a pet rabbit, but aren’t quite sure how to take care of them? Dr. Kenneth Welle, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana who sees exotic pets—birds, reptiles, and small mammals—on a daily basis, explains how to properly care for a rabbit. Dr. Welle recommends adopting...

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3D Printing Helps Veterinary Surgeon Resolve Dog’s Limb Deformity

Oct 20, 2014

Orthopedic surgeons at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana are able to use images captured through computed tomography (CT) to print three-dimensional models to assist in planning surgeries. “3D printing is a new technology that is very exciting for our hospital,” says Dr. Karanvir Aulakh, who is board certified in small animal...

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Rare Bone Tumor Removed from Dog's Skull

Oct 13, 2014

Something was wrong with Otter. The two-year-old dog had a strange, domed skull that had progressed since he was a puppy. The face appeared normal but his forehead protruded out quite far. His owners had noticed he was uncharacteristically quiet lately. Could it be cancer? Although Otter’s local veterinarian knew it was unlikely to find...

Rehabilitation for Horses Very Similar to Sports Therapy for People

Sep 22, 2014 / Horses

Athlete sidelined with an injured tendon, ligament, or a chip fracture of a carpal bone? Surgery may or may not be part of the treatment, but rehabilitation therapy most likely is–whether the athlete has two legs or four. “Physical therapy and rehabilitation play an important role in performance enhancement, injury prevention, and restoration of full...

[students, canine patients, owners in Tanzania]

Rabies Awareness: Prevention Is Key

Sep 15, 2014 / Disease / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 55,000 people die each year worldwide due to the rabies virus. Although most of these deaths occur outside of the United States, it is still important to understand the seriousness this disease poses to humans and pets. September 28 has been declared “World Rabies...

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Core Vaccines for Dogs and Cats

Aug 18, 2014

August has been designated “National Immunization Awareness Month” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccines are important for the health of people and pets alike! “All dogs and cats should receive regular vaccines to protect them from contagious diseases,” says Dr. Gary Brummet, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital...

Pets Have Allergies Too

Aug 7, 2014 / Dermatology / Cats / Dogs

Most allergic reactions in pets manifest as a problem in the skin. Just like people, pets may be afflicted with allergies. According to Dr. Gary Brummet, a primary care veterinarian at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Illinois in Urbana, pets’ allergies most commonly arise from environmental allergens, such as pollen, mold spores,...

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Optical Coherence Tomography Advances Veterinary Cancer Treatment

Aug 4, 2014 / Advances in Medicine / Cancer Care / Small Animal Surgery / Cats / Dogs

Within 10 years optical coherence tomography may be adopted in veterinary practices worldwide. Being located on the same campus as some of the leading innovators in biomedical technology gives clinicians and researchers at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana opportunities to advance their patients’ health and the field of veterinary medicine through...

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Heat Stroke Is Deadly to Dogs

Jul 27, 2014 / Emergency/Critical Care / Dogs

On hot days, and even on warm days, pets should never be left in a car. Illinois may be having an unusually cool summer this year, but that does not mean pet owners can dismiss summertime heat risks for pets. Dr. Maureen McMichael, a veterinarian who specializes in emergency medicine and critical care at the...

Fight Fleas at All Their Life Stages

Jul 14, 2014 / Parasites / Dogs

Dr. Paul recommends treating pets preventively for fleas year round. “You have to understand the flea life cycle if you want to rid your pet and household of these pesky external parasites,” says Dr. Allan Paul, a veterinary parasitologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana. “Appropriate treatment must take into...