atopic dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis: Steroids vs. Atopica vs. Apoquel vs. Cytopoint

Jan 18, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

The arsenal of treatment options for dogs with atopic dermatitis is expanding. It includes corticosteroids, which have been around the longest, as well as Cytopoint, which gained FDA approval at the end of 2016. It is extremely important to note that not all drugs are created equal, and you should not use the same treatment...

ear canal tumor

Ear Canal Tumors

Jan 18, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Masses or tumors should always be a concern in dogs or cats with recurrent ear infections, especially when the infections are unilateral or the animal is middle-aged or older. A thorough examination of the ear canal should be performed after the infection has cleared. Advanced imaging may be needed if the tympanic membrane is not...

Faculty Spotlight: Amy Somrak, DVM, MBA

Jan 11, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Amy Somrak is a clinical assistant professor of dentistry and oral surgery. How long have you been at Illinois? About 10 years. After I completed my DVM here, I stayed on to do a rotating internship and dentistry residency. Then I took over the service when Dr. Sandy Manfra retired. I’m a lifer. It seems...

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What You Need to Know about the New Veterinary Feed Directive Rule

Jan 10, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule revising the regulation governing the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). These changes to the VFD are a key part of FDA’s strategy to ensure feed-grade antimicrobials are used judiciously and only when appropriate for specific animal health purposes. Essentially all livestock antibiotics will be...

canine influenza

Update for Veterinarians on Canine Influenza

Dec 15, 2016 / General News

Common questions referring veterinarians have asked University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital experts Approximately 10 percent of our nation’s population—32 million people—will be infected with a strain of Influenza A or B in the coming months. As human healthcare providers brace for impact, veterinarians are unsure what to expect this winter with respect to the...

Dr. Bianca Martins and Dr. Katie Fleming

Recent Developments in the Ophthalmology Service

Dec 15, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

The year 2016 has been a very busy one for the ophthalmology service. Here is a short recap of what has happened! In March, Dr. Bianca Martins, assistant professor of ophthalmology, established the equine and canine corneal bank, cryopreserving the healthy corneal tissue of donor animals. This has allowed the service to offer corneal grafting...

corneal ulcer

Refractory Corneal Ulcer Management in Dogs

Dec 15, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Putting an End to Your Frustration Corneal ulceration, or a break in the corneal epithelium, can occur for a variety of reasons. Common etiologies include trauma, entropion, ocular foreign bodies, and dry eye disease. Most corneal ulcers are superficial and non-infected; with appropriate therapy they typically heal in 3 to 5 days, depending on their...

Faculty Spotlight: Katie Fleming, DVM, PhD

Dec 7, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Katie Fleming is an assistant professor of ophthalmology. Tell us about your background and hobbies. I’m originally from Plainfield, Ill., which is about two hours north of Champaign. Growing up, we had dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, and even a hamster and a guinea pig. I was introduced to veterinary medicine through experiencing all of the...


Recent Neuro Developments

Nov 16, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Over the past few months, the neurology and neurosurgery service has been busy! June 2016 At the ACVIM Forum in Denver, Colo., we presented three abstracts along with former veterinary students and interns: Levitin H*, Hague DW, Ballantyne K, Selmic L. Preictal, postictal, and interictal behavior changes in dogs with genetic epilepsy compared to control...


Neurologic Manifestations of Endocrine Diseases

Nov 16, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Endocrine diseases are commonly encountered in veterinary medicine and have a varied presentation, which may include neurologic signs. Endocrine diseases can affect either the central or peripheral nervous system, and these may be the first signs of illness. Therefore, it is important to be able to recognize these sequelae as signs of concurrent metabolic disease....