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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...

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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...

Blondie and Sandy

Blondie Beats the Odds after Shattering Ankle

Jun 27, 2016 / Patient Stories

Is it true blondes have more fun? For Miss Clairol—better known by her pet name, “Blondie”—an 11-year-old Palomino show horse that recovered from a devastating leg injury to compete again at a championship level thanks to surgeons at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, every day is a playful celebration of life. “Ninety-five times...

Smith and Wilson

‘Cast Away’ Horse Finds New Home

Jun 21, 2016 / Patient Stories

In late April, a Standardbred race horse was brought to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital showing signs of lameness. A couple of x-rays revealed a simple incomplete fracture of a bone just above the hoof on the left hind leg. Treatment options included surgery or conservative treatment, where the leg would be placed into...

Ayden

Long-Term Patient Gets Going-Away Party

Jun 7, 2016 / Patient Stories

Clay Johnson says of his 14-year-old Siberian Husky, Ayden, “With his life story, you could write a book on this dog.” It would be a tale of survival. Ayden was “rescued” by the Johnsons at eight weeks from a family whose previous three Huskies were hit by cars. He fell off a two-story roof and...

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Rapid Prototyping Lends a Hand in Eagle Surgery

May 27, 2016 / General News

A complicated orthopedic surgery performed recently at the College of Veterinary Medicine received assistance from the College of Engineering at the opposite end of the University of Illinois campus. On May 5, a young bald eagle in the care of the Wildlife Medical Clinic underwent a three-hour procedure to repair its left humerus, which had...

Samantha and Ava

Second Opinion Saves Ava’s Life

May 19, 2016 / Patient Stories

Samantha Zindars was upset about her dog Ava’s diagnosis of osteosarcoma. Ava, a 7-year-old Belgian malinois-German shepherd mix, was lethargic and in pain for many months prior to her diagnosis. Osteosarcoma, a common bone tumor, was believed to be the presumptive diagnosis after bone destruction was shown in the x-rays. In many cases, dogs with the...