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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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...

Consider Pets' Health Among New Year's Resolutions

Dec 30, 2013 / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

Talk to your veterinarian before embarking on an exercise program or change in diet. ‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions relating to diet and exercise, and the perfect time to evaluate whether your dog and cat may need to shape up as well. Though Fido and Felix won’t have to fit into bikinis in a...

The Holiday Naughty and Nice List for Keeping Pets Safe

Dec 9, 2013 / Preventive Health

You don’t have to be a Grinch to your pets, but here’s how to keep them safe this holiday season. Holidays wouldn’t be the same without festive decorations and treats. Just make sure your holiday fun poses no health and safety threats to your pets. Dr. Donna Jacobsen, a veterinarian who provides emergency care at...

Diabetes Risks and Treatment in Pets

Dec 2, 2013 / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

The prevalence of diabetes mellitus is increasing in both dogs and cats, probably due to an increase in obesity. Diabetes affects 347 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Unfortunately, it is also a common health problem for pets. Dr. Margarethe Hoenig, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine...

Let Your Veterinarian Get to the Bottom of Pet Ear Problems

Nov 18, 2013 / Preventive Health / Dogs

Most of the time these bacterial and yeast infections of the ears turn out to be secondary to a primary cause. Head-shaking, scratching at the ears, and a foul smell are common signs that an ear infection is brewing. According to Dr. Amelia White, a veterinary dermatology resident at the University of Illinois College of...

Keep Pets Safe When Preparing Household for Colder Weather

Nov 11, 2013 / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

There are many hazards in a typical garage that will require “pet proofing” before it is ready for Fido. Cold weather is here. It’s time to winterize the car, pull out the space heaters, and thwart invading rodents. For pet owners, however, these common seasonal activities should be approached with caution because of the potential...

Mast Cell Tumors and Other Cancers in Pets Can Be Treated with Surgery

Nov 5, 2013 / Cancer Care / Dogs

According to Dr. Selmic, surgery alone cures the majority of mast cell tumor cases. Dr. Laura Selmic, a veterinarian who joined the faculty at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana in September, is among the 36 veterinary surgeons who were the first to be designated as Fellows of Surgical Oncology by the...