Pet Columns

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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...

[English bulldog rests in the shade]

Heat Stroke in Dogs: Beating the Summer Heat

Jun 16, 2015 / Emergency/Critical Care / Preventive Health / Dogs

Heat stroke can lead to death, even with quick action It’s that time of the year again: time for cookouts, fun, and sun. With the summer heat come dangers for our pets. Dr. Andrea Walters, a veterinarian pursuing specialization in emergency and critical care at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, explains...

[dog in holiday gear with white tree]

Avoid Holiday Hazards for Pets

Dec 23, 2014 / Emergency/Critical Care / Cats / Dogs

The holidays are a potentially dangerous time of the year for pets. Dr. Tina Wismer, an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, is also a veterinarian at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. She says the call volume there increases by about 10 percent during the holidays. The...

[large animal rescue practice]

Natural Disasters: Plan Ahead for Animals’ Safety

Nov 22, 2014 / Emergency/Critical Care / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Farm Animals / Horses / Small Mammals

Natural disasters can strike at any time, so it is essential to have a plan in place to be ready. According to Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker, a veterinarian and epidemiologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, emergency preparedness plans should cover the animals as well as the people in a home....