Pet Columns

[euthanasia - older dog]

Discuss End-of-Life Decisions with Your Veterinarian

Nov 14, 2016 / General Care / Grief Helpline / Cats / Dogs / Exotics

Euthanasia is a tough and personal decision Almost all pet owners at one point or another face the question of euthanasia. Dr. Gary Brummet, a veterinarian who provides primary care for pets at University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, talks about this difficult experience and addresses some common questions and concerns of owners....

[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,...

[Vet Med Open House cow milking]

Attend Vet Med Open House on October 2

Sep 14, 2016 / General Care / Birds / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Farm Animals / Horses / Wildlife

On Sunday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 350 veterinary students will host a behind-the-scenes look at the state’s only veterinary college. From prospective veterinarians to anyone fascinated by animals, everyone will find something of interest at the University of Illinois veterinary college Open House. The event offers more than 40...

[olive in the underwater treadmill]

Getting Fido from Fat to Fit

May 14, 2016 / General Care / Preventive Health / Dogs

Shape Up, Pup! focuses on portion control, exercise In the United States, more than two-thirds of adults are considered to be overweight or obese, according to the National Institutes of Health. Unfortunately, our pets are not far behind: last year the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention released data showing that 58 percent of cats and...

[horse grazing]

Lush Green Grass May Be Harmful to Horses

Apr 12, 2016 / General Care / Toxicology / Horses

Grass founder and fescue toxicity are problems Spring is here, and the plants are new and fresh. The pretty, lush grasses that green the countryside in April and May are young, tender, and very tasty for a horse. Unfortunately, these young grasses are also low in the fiber that horses need and are high in...

[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...

[white-tailed deer fawn in grass]

It’s Time to Learn about Wildlife Babies

Mar 14, 2016 / General Care / Public Health / Wildlife

Wildlife babies do best when left in the wild Each spring, wildlife babies are taken from the wild by well-meaning people who believe the animals have been abandoned by their parents. Although it may be human nature to want to rescue an animal that looks like it needs help, the truth is wild babies rarely...

[old draft horse]

Care and Keeping of Older Horses

Feb 29, 2016 / General Care / Preventive Health / Horses

Every geriatric horse should have a yearly physical At age 20, people may be in their physical prime, but for horses, 20 often marks the beginning of the golden years. Dr. Scott Austin, an equine veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, says senior horses require special attention to ensure their...

[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...