Pet Columns

[pyometra dog photo]

Infection in Dog’s Uterus Is Serious Business

Aug 15, 2017 / Disease / Emergency/Critical Care / Dogs

Pyometra is a veterinary emergency When a middle-aged, intact female dog comes into the clinic with complaints from her owner that she has been depressed and lethargic, one of the first concerns that likely pops into the veterinarian’s mind is a potential pyometra. “A pyometra is a uterine infection, and it is a true veterinary...

[small animal emergency care]

Behind-the-Scenes in the ER

Jul 15, 2017 / Emergency/Critical Care / Cats / Dogs

If you have concerns, bring your pet to the ER vet You’re worried, you’re weary, and maybe you’re waiting for what seems like hours. Fortunately, you and your pet are in good hands when you bring your animal to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, which is open 24 hours a day,...

[pet column - heat stroke]

Warmer Weather Prompts Heat Stroke Advisory

May 15, 2017 / Emergency/Critical Care / Preventive Health / Dogs

Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention The approach of summer brings a spike both in temperatures and in cases of heat stroke in dogs. Dr. Maureen McMichael, a boarded emergency and critical care specialist who heads the emergency service at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, urges owners to acclimate their dogs...

[smoke inhalation]

Smoke Alarm: Dangers of Smoke Inhalation for Pets

Mar 20, 2017 / Emergency/Critical Care / Toxicology / Cats / Dogs

Animals exposed to smoke need immediate care Visible injuries such as burns and scrapes are not the only health concerns for a pet involved in a fire. Though not obvious to the eye, exposure to smoke can cause serious consequences, according to Dr. Efa Llewellyn, one of the board-certified emergency and critical care specialists at...

[dog on a purse - xylitol]

X is for Xylitol, Deadly for Dogs

Jan 30, 2017 / Emergency/Critical Care / Toxicology / Dogs

To prevent xylitol toxicity, read labels Of course you aren’t going to offer your dog a stick of sugar-free gum! But did you know that xylitol, a sugar alcohol that is toxic to dogs, can be found not only in many brands of gum but also in other household items, from toothpaste to peanut butter?...

[blood transfusion]

There Will Be Blood…

Oct 24, 2016 / Emergency/Critical Care / General Care / Cats / Dogs

…and that’s a good thing! With Halloween coming up, gory costumes and fake blood are all the rage. However, it is important to remember that blood is a very valuable commodity in the medical world. Many human conditions and emergencies require blood transfusions, which is why people are encouraged to donate blood regularly. In fact,...

[Maureen McMichael in the ER at Illinois]

Honey Heals: The Sweet Side of Wound Care

Mar 7, 2016 / Emergency/Critical Care / Cats / Dogs / Small Mammals

Honey fights microbes in several ways The use of honey as a healing agent dates to ancient times. In the 4th century BC, the Greek philosopher Aristotle mentioned honey as being “good as a salve for sore eyes and wounds.” Today, veterinarians use honey and sugar to help heal wounds. Dr. Maureen McMichael, an emergency...

[Meller’s chameleon after surgery]

The Case of the Calcium-Deficient Chameleon

Feb 22, 2016 / Emergency/Critical Care / General Care / Exotics / Reptiles

Exotic pets have precise diet and climate needs Chameleons are notoriously tricky pets to keep healthy. There are around 200 distinct species, each with its own particular climate needs. They also have extensive nutrient requirements, which inexperienced owners often neglect. That’s why nutrient deficiencies were the first thing investigated by Dr. Sean Perry, a veterinary...