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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Tools of the Trade: Veterinary Rehabilitation

Mar 23, 2015 / Advances in Medicine / Small Animal Surgery / Dogs

When the therapy is fun and the patient loves doing it, results come faster. Rehabilitation comes from the Latin word rehabilitare, which means “to restore ability.” As a certified veterinary technician and certified canine rehabilitation practitioner at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Kim Knap helps pets with a variety of conditions daily using...

[Veterinarians perform an ultrasound exam on a dog]

Ultrasound Has Many Uses in Veterinary Care

Mar 11, 2015 / Advances in Medicine / Imaging / Cats / Dogs

Ultrasound equipment may become as prevalent as radiograph machines in veterinary practices. Veterinarians use many modes of imaging, from radiographs (X-rays) to computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Each type employs different methods to create images, and each is best suited to distinct bodily components. While CT and MRI units are rarely...

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Cushing’s Syndrome: Common in Canines

Jan 13, 2015 / Disease / Internal Medicine / Cats / Dogs

Too much cortisol can have negative impacts. Cortisol is a steroid hormone, or “glucocorticoid,” that is normally released by the body in response to waking up in the morning, exercise, pain, and stress. Although cortisol is necessary for the body to function properly, too much cortisol can have negative impacts on people and pets alike....

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Avoid Holiday Hazards for Pets

Dec 23, 2014 / Emergency/Critical Care / Cats / Dogs

The holidays are a potentially dangerous time of the year for pets. Dr. Tina Wismer, an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, is also a veterinarian at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. She says the call volume there increases by about 10 percent during the holidays. The...

[Two veterinary students restrain a cat while an imaging specialist images the cat's heart.]

Early Detection Important for Treating Pet’s Heart Disease

Dec 8, 2014 / Advances in Medicine / Disease / Cats / Dogs

Heart disease is the No. 4 cause of death in dogs, according to Dr. Ryan Fries, a veterinary cardiologist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. The causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of heart problems in pets can vary widely. “Congenital heart disease—ones the animal is born with—can sometimes lead to heart...

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Natural Disasters: Plan Ahead for Animals’ Safety

Nov 22, 2014 / Emergency/Critical Care / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Farm Animals / Horses / Small Mammals

Natural disasters can strike at any time, so it is essential to have a plan in place to be ready. According to Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker, a veterinarian and epidemiologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, emergency preparedness plans should cover the animals as well as the people in a home....

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Around the World as a Public Health Veterinarian

Nov 10, 2014 / Preventive Health / Public Health

Think a veterinary degree prepares you only to vaccinate dogs and cats? The career path of Dr. Maureen Birmingham will make you think again. Recently, the 1983 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine spoke to students at her alma mater in Urbana, Ill. Describing herself as a “fortunate victim of a...

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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...