Cannabinoid-like qualities found in omega-3 fatty acid metabolites

Jul 20, 2017 / In the News

Forbes (July 19) – Aditi Das, the study’s lead author and University of Illinois professor of comparative biosciences and biochemistry, explained that cannabinoids bind to two types of receptors in the body spread across the nervous system and immune system. The endocannabinoids our bodies produce from omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like fish, eggs and...

Beware of ‘Big 3’ Pet Parasites

Jul 17, 2017 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 16) – “Ticks, fleas and mosquitoes are dangerous because they can carry and cause malicious diseases,” said Dr. Gary Brummet, who heads the small animal primary care service at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana and counsels pet owners on preventing pet parasites.

Dog from Thailand Comes to Teaching Hospital for Heart Repair

Jul 17, 2017 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 18) – After traveling thousands of miles to Urbana and undergoing surgery to correct a congenital defect in her heart, a 3-year-old Chihuahua from Thailand has a new chance to live a normal lifetime, her veterinarians at the University of Illinois said. The surgery was done at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and...

Wildlife Director Advises on How to Respond to Ill Raccoon

Jul 15, 2017 / In the News

WCIA-TV News (July 14) – Dr. Julia Whittington, medical director of the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic, discusses the case of an ill raccoon observed from a Mahomet home.

Advice on Backyard Chickens

Jul 13, 2017 / In the News

ciLiving (WCIA-TV; July 12) – Dr. Julia Whittington, said people keep chickens as pets, for meat, and for harvesting eggs. When harvesting eggs, she says to make sure to wash the eggs before use and cook them to decrease chances of Salmonella.

Coonhound Paralysis Rare Complication of Raccoon Encounter

Jul 10, 2017 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 9) – Dr. Matthew Wallig, a professor emeritus of comparative pathology at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, says that coonhound paralysis (scientific name: acute canine idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis) is “a progressive paralysis disease that can be seen in dogs one to two weeks after being bitten or scratched by a raccoon.”...

New Technology for Detecting Cancer Cells During Surgery

Jul 7, 2017 / In the News

ciLiving (WCIA-TV; July 7) – Dr. Laura Selmic and Dr. Viktor Gruev are collaborating on a clinical trial to help detect cancerous cells in lymph nodes, which are an indication that the cancer may have spread beyond the original tumor in the dog’s head or neck. The surgeon will use  high-tech goggles to visualize cancer cells...

How to Keep Pets Safe on July 4

Jul 5, 2017 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 2) – Dr. Gary Brummet, a veterinarian who provides primary care for pets at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, offers some advice to help keep pets safe during the festivities.

Police Dog Brought to UI Veterinary Hospital after Crash

Jun 30, 2017 / In the News

WCIA-TV News (June 28) – An Illinois State Trooper is dead following a traffic accident near Farmer City Wednesday afternoon. District 6 K-9 Biko was taken to University of Illinois Emergency Veterinary Hospital following the crash. Also in: US News & World Report (June 29) Herald & Review (Decatur, Ill.; June 29)–crash/article_87db5f12-5f01-50b0-b8bb-6cc178e5e302.html...

Pets and Household Toxins

Jun 26, 2017 / In the News

News-Gazette (June 25) – Dr. Tina Wismer, a veterinary toxicologist, says “In general, the two words [poison and toxin] can be used interchangeably,” Wismer says. “We often consider poisoning a more life-threatening event, while toxicity is used when any level of a substance adversely affects the pet.”