Pet Columns

[dairy cows in a barn]

Are Cows to Blame for Drug-Resistant Bugs?

Jun 29, 2015 / Disease / Preventive Health / Farm Animals / Public Health

Antimicrobial resistance is a big problem that is getting bigger. In 2014 the World Health Organization warned that “Without urgent, coordinated action, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable for decades, can once again kill.” Antimicrobials refer to a wide array of drugs...

[a puppy in the woods looks up to its owner]

The Trick to Perfect Tick Removal

Jun 23, 2015 / Disease / Parasites / Preventive Health / Dogs

Check pets for ticks after every walk If your pet brings home a tiny hitchhiker clinging to its fur after a romp in the woods this summer, don’t panic. Although ticks can transmit many different diseases to both humans and pets, including the much-feared Lyme disease, prompt and proper tick removal will significantly decrease the...

[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...

[three veterinary students with an eagle]

Bald Eagle Recovers from West Nile Virus

Apr 21, 2015 / Disease / eagle / Wildlife

After three weeks of treatment, the eagle was ready to leave the Wildlife Medical Clinic The large bird discovered on the side of a gravel road in Effingham, Ill., was not moving much and didn’t seem to use its wings or legs. A closer look revealed that the bird was a bald eagle, the national...

[Dr. Jamie Hebron examines a Boston terrier]

The Facts about MRSA

Mar 30, 2015 / Diagnostic Laboratory / Disease / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

Although unlikely, it is possible for MRSA to pass between people and pets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MRSA is one of the most common causes of human skin and soft tissue infections, and it is the tenth leading cause of death in humans in the United States. MRSA stands for...

[two cute little dogs]

Cushing’s Syndrome: Common in Canines

Jan 13, 2015 / Disease / Internal Medicine / Cats / Dogs

Too much cortisol can have negative impacts. Cortisol is a steroid hormone, or “glucocorticoid,” that is normally released by the body in response to waking up in the morning, exercise, pain, and stress. Although cortisol is necessary for the body to function properly, too much cortisol can have negative impacts on people and pets alike....

[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...