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.

Year-round Gear for the Active Dog

Jul 24, 2013 / General Care / Dogs

Make outdoor activities safe and fun with essential products for every seasons. Morning runs, trips to the park, explorations of a vast wilderness—for these and a hundred other outdoor adventures, your dog is eagerly waiting at the front door, tail a blur. As we don our raincoat and hiking boots before venturing out, we often forget...

Adopting a Shelter Cat

Jun 12, 2013 / General Care / Cats

“Adopting a pet is not an impulse decision.” It’s that time of year again. June is national Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month, as litters of spring babies were recently born and are now in need of a forever home. Before you go running out to your local shelter to pick your new furry best friend, a shelter veterinarian...

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Pets

May 20, 2013 / Disease / Cats / Dogs

Frequent vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss are all signs of IBD Occasional vomiting and diarrhea may be normal in cats and dogs. When it happens more than once or twice a month, however, or any time there is blood in the vomit or feces, owners should contact a veterinarian. One possible diagnosis is inflammatory bowel...

Food for Thought on Cat Food

May 6, 2013 / General Care / Cats

Most pet foods are “complete and balanced,” but what does that mean? The pet food aisle has turned into multiple aisles. With all the choices on the market, how can you pick the “right” food for your cat? Dr. Kelly Swanson, a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences who lectures on nutrition at the...

Many Ways to Mend Pet’s Broken Bones

Apr 22, 2013 / Small Animal Surgery / Cats / Dogs

Casts, external fixators, and bone plates can all be used to help heal broken bones. “Pets most commonly wind up with broken bones from some sort of trauma, often getting hit by a car,” says Dr. Tisha Harper, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, who is board certified in...

Ovarioectomy vs. Ovariohysterectomy: Which Way to Spay?

Apr 1, 2013 / Small Animal Surgery / Cats / Dogs

Three methods of spaying all have their pros and cons In veterinary medicine, one very common surgical procedure is the ovariohysterectomy, more commonly known as a “spay.” This procedure involves removing the ovaries and uterus down to the cervix to prevent a female pet from reproducing. According to Dr. Heidi Phillips, a surgeon at the...

Raw Diets: What’s the Risk?

Mar 25, 2013 / General Care / Cats / Dogs

Salmonella and E. coli are pathogens commonly found in raw meat. The words “raw diet” brings thoughts of uncooked vegetables and meat to mind. The raw food craze has been popular among people, but is it safe to feed our animals a raw diet too? According to Dr. Jack Herrmann, a veterinarian on faculty at...

Aggressive Treatment Needed for Pet’s Orthopedic Pain

Mar 4, 2013 / Pain Management / Dogs

 If pain is left untreated, systemic problems can develop. “Orthopedic pain is considered a severe type of pain that any mammal can experience,” asserts Dr. Ashley Mitek, a veterinarian who is completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana. And anyone who has...