Pet Columns

Bird Basics: Proper Parakeet Husbandry

Mar 24, 2014 / General Care / Birds / Exotics

Parakeets make very good pets, and they are suitable for someone who hasn’t had a pet before. Ever think about getting a bird, but aren’t quite sure what caring for one entails? “Parakeets make very good pets, and they are suitable for someone who hasn’t had a pet before,” says Dr. Kenneth Welle, a veterinarian...

Heavy Horses Need Help

Mar 17, 2014 / General Care / Horses

Obesity in horses in a common problem, and owners should know how to evaluate and manage their horse’s weight. Is your horse too fat? Just as snug-fitting clothing or becoming winded after going up a flight of stairs might be an indication to people that they’ve gained some extra weight, so a horse owner might...

Equine Dental Care Important for Overall Wellness

Feb 11, 2014 / General Care / Horses

Horses’ teeth grow continuously throughout their life. Dental care is just as important for animals as it is for people. Since people typically visit the dentist twice a year, shouldn’t a horse’s teeth be examined by a veterinarian just as often? According to Dr. Scott Austin, an equine veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary...

Euthanasia: A Difficult Choice for Pet Owners

Jan 22, 2014 / General Care

Weber invites owners to plan ahead for euthanasia if that is the right choice for their pet. One of the most difficult decisions a pet owner may face is whether to euthanize an ailing pet. “When an animal’s quality of life is starting to deteriorate, a pet owner may consider if euthanasia is the right...

Context Is Critical When Treating Anxiety in Dogs

Oct 21, 2013 / Behavior / General Care / Dogs

Behavioral consultants bring light and understanding on how to properly  handle anxiety. What can cause anxious behavior in dogs? Dr. Kelly Ballantyne, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine and resident of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, says the causes are as varied as are the approaches for reducing that...

Responsible Dog Ownership

Sep 23, 2013 / General Care / Dogs

“It is very important for people to realize that getting an animal is a lifelong decision.” Thinking about adopting a dog? There are a lot more facets to having this pet than buying a leash and coming up with a cute name. Dr. Bob Weedon, a shelter veterinarian on the faculty at the University of...

Year-round Gear for the Active Dog

Jul 24, 2013 / General Care / Dogs

Make outdoor activities safe and fun with essential products for every seasons. Morning runs, trips to the park, explorations of a vast wilderness—for these and a hundred other outdoor adventures, your dog is eagerly waiting at the front door, tail a blur. As we don our raincoat and hiking boots before venturing out, we often forget...

Adopting a Shelter Cat

Jun 12, 2013 / General Care / Cats

“Adopting a pet is not an impulse decision.” It’s that time of year again. June is national Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month, as litters of spring babies were recently born and are now in need of a forever home. Before you go running out to your local shelter to pick your new furry best friend, a shelter veterinarian...

Food for Thought on Cat Food

May 6, 2013 / General Care / Cats

Most pet foods are “complete and balanced,” but what does that mean? The pet food aisle has turned into multiple aisles. With all the choices on the market, how can you pick the “right” food for your cat? Dr. Kelly Swanson, a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences who lectures on nutrition at the...

Raw Diets: What’s the Risk?

Mar 25, 2013 / General Care / Cats / Dogs

Salmonella and E. coli are pathogens commonly found in raw meat. The words “raw diet” brings thoughts of uncooked vegetables and meat to mind. The raw food craze has been popular among people, but is it safe to feed our animals a raw diet too? According to Dr. Jack Herrmann, a veterinarian on faculty at...