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.

Travel Broadens Students' Veterinary Perspectives

Sep 3, 2013

Study abroad is one way to give students new perspectives on the field. In the United States, veterinary education and practice focus primarily on small animal practice–caring for dogs, cats, or exotic pets–and large animal practice–ensuring the well-being and profitability of horses, cows, pigs, and other agricultural animals. Veterinarians also work in government agencies and...

Putting the Stride Back in a Pet’s Step

Aug 26, 2013 / Small Animal Surgery / Dogs

Total hip replacement help pets with arthritis, hip dysplasia, and traumatic injuries walk with ease. Total hip replacement—replacing the ball and socket of the hip joint with prosthetics—was performed on 332,000 people in the United States in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pets, too, can benefit from this procedure, which will...

Dutchess: The Story of a Resilient Cat

Aug 19, 2013 / Emergency/Critical Care / Cats

Many veterinary students, doctors, and staff at the hospital helped care for her and hundreds of donors  helped cover the costs of her care. Dutchess was a six-month-old kitten when a fire destroyed her owners’ home in Saybrook, Ill., in September 2012. A firefighter found Dutchess hiding under the couch and pulled her out of...

Veterinarians Study Acupuncture to Manage Animals’ Pain

Aug 12, 2013 / Advances in Medicine / Dogs

“Acupuncture is an effective therapy for pain management in dogs with chronic pain, such as arthritis, and can be used in combination with Western medicine.” Acupuncture is one of the oldest methods available to treat disease. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions including neurologic, endocrine, and fertility disorders as well as...

Pug Eyes: Clearing Up the Haze

Aug 5, 2013 / Ophthalmology / Dogs

Pigmentary keratopathy (PK) is the most prevelant eye disease of the pug breed. With their playful spirit, passion to please, and zest for life, pugs are one of the most loved and celebrated breeds. Originating around 400 B.C., pugs have wagged their way into homes from Buddhist monasteries in ancient China and royal castles of medieval England to...

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...