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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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...

Feline Heartworm Disease: Prevention Is Key

Jun 3, 2014 / Parasites / Preventive Health / Cats

Some cats never show clinical signs of heartworm disease. Most dog owners are aware that infected mosquitoes can transmit deadly heartworm disease to dogs, but fewer people know that the disease can affect cats as well. According to Dr. Allan Paul, a veterinary parasitologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana,...

Parasite Prevention: Preventing Canine Heartworm Disease

May 29, 2014 / Parasites / Preventive Health / Dogs

Dr. Paul recommends a monthly preventative that is available at your local veterinary clinic. Mosquito season is here. The bites of mosquitoes not only cause an itchy nuisance for people and pets, but they carry the potential to transmit serious diseases. Dr. Allan Paul, a veterinary parasitologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary...

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Protect Pastured Animals from Photosensitization

May 5, 2014 / Preventive Health / Farm Animals / Horses

Owners of large animals that are on pasture may need to protect them from getting too much ultraviolet light. Springtime brings a welcomed increase in sunshine, but with that comes the potential for a hazardous mix of certain plant compounds and ultraviolet light that sickens horses and cattle. Photosensitization is an increase in sensitivity of...

Advances in Technology Impact Veterinary Medicine

Apr 14, 2014 / Advances in Medicine

3D printing is used so surgeons can practice a surgery before performing it on a live patient. Have you ever heard of 3D printing? This is a process in which a three-dimensional solid object is made from a digital model under the control of a computer. This technology is used in many industries, including architecture,...