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[shadow erickson at the hospital in March]

Heeler Heals with Help from Lots of Illinois Doctors

Apr 5, 2017 / Patient Stories

Betty and Bob Erickson got their first blue heeler because they raised cattle. Now it’s been 10 years since they last had any milk cows, but they haven’t given up on the blue heelers. Shadow—at 8 years the oldest of the three dogs that comprise the Ericksons’ current herd—has brought the family to the University...

[patient story-mayzie]

Mayzie Bounds Back after Microchip Mishap

Apr 1, 2017 / Patient Stories

‘Teaching Moment’ Has Happy Ending Most experts agree that implanting a microchip in your dog is one of the safest and most responsible decisions a pet owner can make, ensuring you can be found if your best friend is lost. However, when a one-in-a-million mishap caused David and Sharon Shafer’s puppy, Mayzie, to nearly become...

Flits police dog

Police Dog Saved from Amputation

Mar 13, 2017 / Patient Stories

Flits, a 10-year-old German Shepherd police dog with Marshall County, was injured after falling through a ceiling while investigating a burglary at a pharmacy. Flits’s handler, Deputy Bob Vester, was told at a veterinary clinic that the dog’s leg would need to be amputated due to the severity of the injury. Instead, surgeon Dr. Daniel Duffy and...

[Toby laryngeal web]

The Trouble with Toby: New Mexico Dog Finds Relief at Illinois

Jan 3, 2017 / General News

First, Toby DaCosta lost his voice. Then the five-year-old Finnish Lapphund lost his energy, and seemingly, his will to enjoy life. Toby’s veterinarian placed his symptoms into VIN (Veterinary Information Network), a worldwide online medical forum, and asked for a consultation. Dr. Brendan McKiernan, a retired faculty member from the University of Illinois College of...

BJ the cat

Unusual Surgery Helps BJ the Cat ‘Breathe Easy’

Dec 19, 2016 / Patient Stories

When Jan Jannusch noticed that her 13-year-old cat, BJ, was having trouble breathing, she took him to see a veterinarian. The cause of BJ’s problem turned out to be “idiopathic chylothorax,” a disease so rare that many veterinarians won’t encounter a single case of it in their entire career. That’s why BJ’s doctor recommended seeing...

[ozzie today]

Family Ties Sustain Ozzie Through Broken Neck

Oct 25, 2016 / Patient Stories

This story about my dog Ozzie starts when I inherited my father’s boat, which was about five years before Ozzie was even born. My father’s boat and I were made in the same year: 1963. For sentimental reasons, my family wanted to keep the old boat even though the motor it had was not really...

Miss Millie

Modeling Millie Gives Back Despite Cancer

Sep 29, 2016 / Patient Stories

Update January 20, 2017: Sadly, Miss Millie passed away on January 10. Her owner, Karen Lee Keefe, shared this poem with us: It is with the Heaviest of Hearts that I share with you… After a Courageous Battle with Cancer, Miss Millie is doing “Her Strut” across The Rainbow Bridge Runway. Having been Blessed with...

family of Angel

Watching over Angel, Army Father’s Last Gift

Aug 25, 2016 / Patient Stories

What’s in a name? Angel, an eight-year-old hound mix from Georgetown, Ill., recovering from a severe leg fracture thanks to the surgical team at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, is more than the family pet to the three Nichols siblings, Brhyleigh, Kenneth III, and Branden. Infinitely more. Angel was the last gift their...

hummingbird

Hummingbird’s Damaged Wing Brings Unique Challenges

Jul 28, 2016 / Patient Stories

This young ruby-throated hummingbird was brought to the Wildlife Medical Clinic this week after she was found in the parking lot of a Menard’s, unable to fly. On examination, the students noted that she had a wing droop, but due to her incredibly small size (a whopping 3 grams!), they were unable to determine if...

Oz the goat

Oz the Goat Makes a Great and Powerful Recovery

Jul 6, 2016 / Patient Stories

At just nine months old, Oz appeared to have the crippled walk of an old man. Oz the goat was intended for a life as a stud to pass along his favorable genetics, but because of his mysterious lameness, Oz’s owners decided it would be best not to breed him. Instead, they donated the animal...