Pet Columns

[Sonny, a French bulldog, in the University of Illinois veterinary hospital]

New Hope for Pets with Brachycephalic Syndrome

Aug 26, 2017 / Advances in Medicine / Small Animal Surgery / Cats / Dogs

Illinois first in U.S. to offer procedure Brachycephalic syndrome: it’s a medical term for a variety of anatomical problems that sometimes obstruct the airways in pugs, bulldogs, and other pets (even cats!) with flat faces. Brachycephalic syndrome is seen in brachycephalic dogs, which are dogs that have been bred for incredibly short noses. (The word...

[surgery using the fluorescent technology to detect cancer cells]

Technology Advances Diagnosis of Head and Neck Cancers in Dogs

Aug 21, 2017 / Advances in Medicine / Cancer Care / Small Animal Surgery / Dogs

This technology monitors for spread of tumors A pet’s cancer diagnosis triggers owners’ emotional strain, confusion, and uncertainty about treatment and financial decisions. Thankfully, with the help of engineers and veterinarians at the University of Illinois, cancer detection and treatment in pets—and people—is advancing at rapid speed. One of the many studies currently taking place...

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From CCL Tears to TPLO Repairs

Apr 17, 2017 / Advances in Medicine / Small Animal Surgery / Dogs

Rottweilers and Mastiffs are prone to CCL rupture In the NBA and the NFL, a torn ACL—anterior cruciate ligament—is an all-too-common injury. That same injury frequently afflicts dogs (even ones that aren’t athletes), but in dogs it is called a CCL rupture. The CCL, or cranial cruciate ligament, is the main supporting ligament in a...

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Medical Maggots: Old-School Wound Care Still Used

Apr 8, 2017 / Advances in Medicine / Horses

Medical maggots are germ-free Maggots have a reputation for being creepy crawlies that should stay far away from our homes and our families. But these tiny fly larvae have been used in medicine for centuries for a unique purpose. Their role is so beneficial that, despite all our advanced technology and scientific discoveries, they are...

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New MRI Powers Veterinary Care

Apr 4, 2017 / Advances in Medicine / Imaging / Cats / Dogs / Horses

Faster, More Detailed Diagnostic Imaging On March 31, the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new 3T MRI scanner, the only large-bore 3T MRI scanner in the Midwest. “In physical size, the new machine is no larger or smaller than the old one,” notes Melinda Smith, an...

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A Heart to Heart about Your Pup’s Heart

Nov 7, 2016 / Advances in Medicine / Cardiology / Dogs

Heart Disease: Early Detection Is Key We hear about the risks and dangers heart disease poses to human lives all the time, but did you know that forms of heart disease could also impact your dog? Heart disease—a broad term that encompasses multiple diagnoses—is a very common disease in dogs and increases in prevalence with...

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Watchful Care Makes Epilepsy Manageable in Dogs

Sep 6, 2016 / Advances in Medicine / Neurology / Dogs

Dogs with epilepsy can live high-quality lives Seizures are scary to witness in humans, but they can be just as alarming to see in your pets. Many owners don’t realize that dogs can have seizures until the event happens. When a dog has two or more seizures, this disorder is called epilepsy. Dr. Samantha Vitale,...

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The Mysterious Emergence of Feline Hyperthyroidism

Aug 22, 2016 / Advances in Medicine / Disease / Internal Medicine / Preventive Health / Cats

Feline hyperthyroidism is likely a man-made disease Feline hyperthyroidism is a disease that didn’t even exist 40 years ago. Now, it has become the most common endocrine disorder in older cats in the United States. In June 2016, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) issued its first set of guidelines for veterinarians regarding signs,...