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.

[ticks, fleas, heartworms are major pet parasites]

Prevent the Big Three Pet Parasites

Jul 3, 2017 / Parasites / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

Ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes. Nobody wants these bugs on their pets or in their house. But the reasons for keeping these bugs away go beyond just avoiding pests. “Ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes are dangerous because they can carry and cause malicious diseases,” explains Dr. Gary Brummet, who heads the small animal primary care service at...

[dog in Fourth of July parade]

Land of the Free, Home of the Not-So-Brave Dogs

Jun 27, 2017 / Behavior / General Care / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

No Fireworks or Fatty Foods for Fido For Americans, the Fourth of July is a day of celebration, fireworks, and finding hundreds of ways to incorporate the American flag into food, outfits, and decorations. For our pets, it’s a random hot day full of strangers and lots of good-smelling food, accompanied by inexplicable loud “kabooms.”...

[barking dog looking out window]

Decoding Your Dog’s Excessive Barking

Jun 5, 2017 / Behavior / Dogs

Barking May Be Exacerbated by Boredom If you’re using a quick fix to stifle your dog’s excessive barking, you’re probably barking up the wrong tree. An expert from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine advises finding out why your pooch is barking in the first place, so you can find solutions that address...

[necropsies - pathology slide]

Necropsies Solve Mystery of Animal Deaths

May 7, 2017 / Diagnostic Laboratory / Disease / Public Health / Toxicology

Necropsies, the equivalent of human autopsies In every murder mystery, there is a scene where the coroner interprets markings, bruises, and injuries on the dead body to estimate a time and cause of death. What most people don’t know is that a similar process occurs in veterinary medicine. Necropsies, the equivalent of human autopsies, are...

[chickens]

Care and Feeding of Backyard Chickens

Apr 23, 2017 / General Care / Birds / Chickens

Chickens can live as long as 8 years These days, you just can’t keep the chickens down on the farm. With the increasing popularity of “hobby poultry,” anyone with a backyard may contemplate setting up a henhouse. Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker, a veterinary epidemiologist and poultry expert at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine,...

[tplo rottweiler]

From CCL Tears to TPLO Repairs

Apr 17, 2017 / Advances in Medicine / Small Animal Surgery / Dogs

Rottweilers and Mastiffs are prone to CCL rupture In the NBA and the NFL, a torn ACL—anterior cruciate ligament—is an all-too-common injury. That same injury frequently afflicts dogs (even ones that aren’t athletes), but in dogs it is called a CCL rupture. The CCL, or cranial cruciate ligament, is the main supporting ligament in a...