Pet Columns

[necropsies - pathology slide]

Necropsies Solve Mystery of Animal Deaths

May 7, 2017 / Disease / Public Health / Toxicology

Necropsies, the equivalent of human autopsies In every murder mystery, there is a scene where the coroner interprets markings, bruises, and injuries on the dead body to estimate a time and cause of death. What most people don’t know is that a similar process occurs in veterinary medicine. Necropsies, the equivalent of human autopsies, are...

[girl with goat]

New Feed Directive Applies to All Farm Animals

Feb 12, 2017 / Disease / Public Health / Farm Animals

Antibiotics can no longer be used for growth promotion Just as many people make New Year’s resolutions about dietary changes to improve health, so the veterinary world began this year with a health-oriented change to the diets of farm animals. This change, called the veterinary feed directive, took full effect starting January 1, 2017. “The...

[pancreatitis - miniature schnauzer]

Keep the Paws off the Table to Avoid Pancreatitis

Dec 5, 2016 / Disease / Emergency/Critical Care / Dogs

Miniature schnauzers are  prone to getting pancreatitis With the holiday season upon us, many people want to include their pets in the festivities. As tempting as it may be to give your pet a feast of roasts, gravy, and stuffing, these and other high-fat people foods can be harmful to dogs and cats and could...

[Xena with Dr. Erica Secor and veterinary student Nicole Thomas]

Canker Hoof Infection Makes Cranky Horses

Nov 21, 2016 / Disease / General Care / Horses

To prevent canker keep bedding clean and dry The word “canker” just sounds unpleasant, and to the horses that it affects, it is. Dr. Erica Secor, a veterinarian who is completing a three-year residency program in equine surgery at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that canker “is the horseman’s term for...

[Bear, a dog with hypothyroidism]

The Tragic Case of Bear: Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Jul 11, 2016 / Advances in Medicine / Disease / Dogs

Hypothyroidism can be managed, but not cured In April 2016, a three-year-old dog named Bear was brought to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital with abusive injuries. In addition to the obvious injuries Bear bore—an open wound on his back leg, skin ulcers, and a jawbone fractured by a bullet—the dog was diagnosed with...

[horse in a barn]

Barn Air Quality Affects Horses’ Breathing

Mar 18, 2016 / Disease / General Care / Preventive Health / Horses

Environmental changes can make a huge difference for horses Do dust, pollen, and hay trigger your hay fever? Imagine living where straw and hay are tossed around every day, and it won’t surprise you to learn that horses, too, can get breathing problems from particles in the air. Dr. Kara Lascola, an equine internal medicine...