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.

Mischievous Ferrets Make Good Pets

Apr 7, 2014 / Exotics / Small Mammals

Ferrets are compact, playful, and curious animals. Playful, compact ferrets have pet qualities similar to a cat or dog, and they make good pets for apartment dwellers or others with restricted living space. A distant cousin to weasels and skunks, ferrets were domesticated more than 2,000 years ago, according to Dr. Mark Mitchell, an exotic animal...

Bird Basics: Proper Parakeet Husbandry

Mar 24, 2014 / General Care / Birds / Exotics

Parakeets make very good pets, and they are suitable for someone who hasn’t had a pet before. Ever think about getting a bird, but aren’t quite sure what caring for one entails? “Parakeets make very good pets, and they are suitable for someone who hasn’t had a pet before,” says Dr. Kenneth Welle, a veterinarian...

Heavy Horses Need Help

Mar 17, 2014 / General Care / Horses

Obesity in horses in a common problem, and owners should know how to evaluate and manage their horse’s weight. Is your horse too fat? Just as snug-fitting clothing or becoming winded after going up a flight of stairs might be an indication to people that they’ve gained some extra weight, so a horse owner might...

Cat's Kidney Stones a Big Problem with a Tiny Solution

Mar 3, 2014 / Small Animal Surgery / Cats

“Ureterotomy” required in cases of blocked ureters. At more than 14 years old, Sue was already a very lucky cat. She had beaten a number of serious health problems even before her owners brought her to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana in the fall of 2013 for treatment of a cancerous growth on...

Equine Dental Care Important for Overall Wellness

Feb 11, 2014 / General Care / Horses

Horses’ teeth grow continuously throughout their life. Dental care is just as important for animals as it is for people. Since people typically visit the dentist twice a year, shouldn’t a horse’s teeth be examined by a veterinarian just as often? According to Dr. Scott Austin, an equine veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary...

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Surgery Fixes Puppy's Congenital Problem

Jan 27, 2014 / Small Animal Surgery / Dogs

A ‘megaesophagus’ and ‘persistent right aortic arch’ successfully corrected by veterinary surgeon. Recently, a three-month-old mixed-breed puppy named Kim was brought to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana for persistent regurgitation, meaning that Kim would spit up her meals shortly after eating. Dr. Evelyn Caporali, a surgery resident, and Dr. Laura Selmic,...

Euthanasia: A Difficult Choice for Pet Owners

Jan 22, 2014 / General Care

Weber invites owners to plan ahead for euthanasia if that is the right choice for their pet. One of the most difficult decisions a pet owner may face is whether to euthanize an ailing pet. “When an animal’s quality of life is starting to deteriorate, a pet owner may consider if euthanasia is the right...

Physical Rehabilitation: Beneficial in Pets Too

Jan 13, 2014

Aquatic therapy and therapeutic laser are just two great examples of physical therapy utilized by the U of I. Just as people may turn to physical therapy to improve their mobility and daily functioning, pets may also benefit from physical rehabilitation. Kimberly Knap, a rehabilitation specialist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in...

Surgery Eliminates Horse's Eye Pain: The Story of Chic

Jan 7, 2014 / Ophthalmology / Horses

Equine recurrent uveitis is the most common reason horses go blind. After suffering repeated episodes of uveitis – an inflammation inside the eye – Chic lost sight in her left eye. Although partial blindness did not stop Chic from being ridden by the young girl who was her owner, the eye did cause the horse...