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[Chicago dog outdoors]

Update on Canine Influenza Outbreak

Apr 17, 2015 / General News

Chicago owners should minimize their dog’s exposure to other dogs, if at all possible. Update, April 17: On Thursday, April 16, clinicians at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital examined a patient that was later confirmed to be infection with canine influenza virus. Because the dog’s owner alerted the veterinary staff to the possibility...

[graphic of mice and impact of BPA exposure over three generations]

BPA Exposure in Pregnant Mice Affects Fertility in Three Generations

Apr 16, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

When scientists exposed pregnant mice to levels of bisphenol A equivalent to those considered safe in humans, three generations of female mouse offspring experienced significant reproductive problems, including declines in fertility, sexual maturity and pregnancy success, the scientists report in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. BPA exposure during pregnancy was associated with reproductive problems...

Researchers Evaluate Blood Clotting Measurement in Horses

Apr 15, 2015 / In the News

The Horse.com (April 15) – Recently Maureen McMichael, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVECC, and Pamela Wilkins, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, directed a study in order to  evaluate thromboelastometry for clinical use with horses. Thromboelastometry is a method that allows kinetic observation, in real time, of clots forming and dissolving. “There has been very little...

BPA’s Intergenerational Reproductive Impact

Apr 15, 2015 / In the News

Health Canal (Melbourne, Australia, April 15) – When scientists exposed pregnant mice to levels of bisphenol A equivalent to those considered safe in humans, three generations of female mouse offspring experienced significant reproductive problems, including declines in fertility, sexual maturity and pregnancy success, according to a study led by Dr. Jodi Flaws of comparative biosciences....

Feral Cat Placement Program

Apr 13, 2015 / In the News

Daily Illini (April 13) – Dr. Teri Kidd, shelter medicine intern, and Tara Poyer, first-year veterinary student, talk about their involvement in the “Country Cats” program, which was founded to give cats with behavioral issues new homes by placing them in barns. Since July, the program has relocated 98 cats. http://www.dailyillini.com/lifeandculture/article_9daa63c0-e167-11e4-9541-ffcc37ef6ecf.html

Brush Up on Pet Dental Health

Apr 12, 2015 / In the News

ciLiving (WCIA-TV; Feb. 6) – Dr. Katie Kling, veterinarian practicing in the dental service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, demonstrates getting a dog accustomed to daily tooth brushing and explains the larger health consequences of ignoring pet dental health. http://www.illinoishomepage.net/ciliving-stories/d/story/february-is-pet-dental-health-month/48539/6zBIRqY0OUuH_m5oT_yA3A * Also in: News-Gazette (April 12) http://www.news-gazette.com/living/2015-04-12/pet-talk-furry-friends-need-consistent-dental-care.html

[Pamela Wilkins and Maureen McMichael with a horse]

Study Points to New Standards for Evaluating Blood Clotting in Horses

Apr 10, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

Standards are needed for tests used to check for clotting ability in the blood of various species Two Illinois faculty members who are boarded in veterinary emergency and critical care recently published their findings showing that the blood of horses differs substantially from that of humans and dogs when a diagnostic tool called thromboelastometry is...

[Dr. Elizabeth Driskell and Clyde, a golden retriever, in an exam room]

Seeking a Faster Way to Catch the Kennel Cough Culprit

Apr 8, 2015 / Pathobiology

A cough, runny nose, fever, and lethargy. In dogs, these are classic signs of highly infectious upper respiratory problems that are lumped under the broad term “kennel cough.” The specific pathogen causing kennel cough may be viral, bacterial, or a combination of these. Because many different pathogens cause kennel cough, laboratory testing is required to...

MRSA in Pets and People

Apr 5, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (April 5) – “There is a low incidence of MRSA in pets compared with humans,”  said Dr. Carol Maddox, a professor at the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Urbana. “Cats and dogs are more often carriers or infected with a different staphylococcus, Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, which is very seldom infectious to humans.” http://www.news-gazette.com/living/2015-04-05/pet-talk-facts-about-mrsa.html...

Dog Flu Outbreak

Apr 4, 2015 / In the News

Chicago Pride (April 4) – “Avoidance of exposure is the name of game for now,” said Dr. Brendan McKiernan, Director of the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. Due to the high risk of canine influenza virus spreading from dog to dog, pet owners should not allow their dogs to either socialize with other...