News

[Nana the Chihuahua from Thailand cavorts in Illini garb]

Dog from Thailand Gets Heart Repair at University of Illinois

Sep 6, 2017 / General News

    More Patients, Students Will Benefit from Ongoing Exchange Nana is a very lucky three-year-old Chihuahua. This dog from Thailand had a congenital heart defect called a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), which typically leads to heart failure within the first year of life, so she is lucky to have lived to age three. She’s...

[police dog treated at Vet Med]

Police Dog Saved from Amputation

Jun 5, 2017 / Patient Stories

In January 2017, Marshall County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Deputy Bob Vester and his 10-year-old German Shepherd partner, Flits, were hailed as the 2016 K-9 Team of the Year by the Central Illinois Police and Working Dog Association. Less than two months later, the livelihood, life, and limb of the police dog were severely threatened after Flits...

[Loki before and after his illness]

Mischievous Loki Makes Miraculous Recovery

Apr 28, 2017 / General News

Loki Before the Illness, During Recovery Imagine you bring home a mixed-breed terrier puppy and his boundless energy immediately captures your heart. “He was very healthy, very active,” Miranda Karban says of the family pet, Loki. “Probably the most happy, excited dog you’ve ever seen.” In fact, says Miranda, he earned his name—after the trickster...

[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...

[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...