Pet Columns

[Dr. Vititoe with cat]

Study Looks for Better Way to Detect Cardiac Blood Clots in Cats

May 4, 2015 / Advances in Medicine / Disease / Imaging / Cats

Computed tomography may prove a quicker, less stressful, lower cost procedure for cats with suspected heart disease Diagnostic imaging plays a key role in detecting and monitoring heart disease in cats. At the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, clinicians are exploring whether computed tomography (CT) could provide prognostic indicators comparable to those...

[small dog in floatation jacket in underwater treadmill]

Tools of the Trade: Veterinary Rehabilitation

Mar 23, 2015 / Advances in Medicine / Small Animal Surgery / Dogs

When the therapy is fun and the patient loves doing it, results come faster. Rehabilitation comes from the Latin word rehabilitare, which means “to restore ability.” As a certified veterinary technician and certified canine rehabilitation practitioner at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Kim Knap helps pets with a variety of conditions daily using...

[Veterinarians perform an ultrasound exam on a dog]

Ultrasound Has Many Uses in Veterinary Care

Mar 11, 2015 / Advances in Medicine / Imaging / Cats / Dogs

Ultrasound equipment may become as prevalent as radiograph machines in veterinary practices. Veterinarians use many modes of imaging, from radiographs (X-rays) to computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Each type employs different methods to create images, and each is best suited to distinct bodily components. While CT and MRI units are rarely...

[Two veterinary students restrain a cat while an imaging specialist images the cat's heart.]

Early Detection Important for Treating Pet’s Heart Disease

Dec 8, 2014 / Advances in Medicine / Disease / Cats / Dogs

Heart disease is the No. 4 cause of death in dogs, according to Dr. Ryan Fries, a veterinary cardiologist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. The causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of heart problems in pets can vary widely. “Congenital heart disease—ones the animal is born with—can sometimes lead to heart...

[comparison of tumor viewed by slide and by OCT]

Optical Coherence Tomography Advances Veterinary Cancer Treatment

Aug 4, 2014 / Advances in Medicine / Cancer Care / Small Animal Surgery / Cats / Dogs

Within 10 years optical coherence tomography may be adopted in veterinary practices worldwide. Being located on the same campus as some of the leading innovators in biomedical technology gives clinicians and researchers at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana opportunities to advance their patients’ health and the field of veterinary medicine through...

Advances in Technology Impact Veterinary Medicine

Apr 14, 2014 / Advances in Medicine

3D printing is used so surgeons can practice a surgery before performing it on a live patient. Have you ever heard of 3D printing? This is a process in which a three-dimensional solid object is made from a digital model under the control of a computer. This technology is used in many industries, including architecture,...

Animal Models Enable Humane Learning

Sep 16, 2013 / Advances in Medicine

Models and simulators provide opportunities for veterinary students to develop their skills before using them on live animals. How would you like to be the patient when a medical or nursing student learns to draw blood for the very first time? Any volunteers? Even more so than in human medicine, veterinary medicine encompasses a wide...