Pet Columns

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...

Basic Training: Start with the Right Equipment and Attitude

Feb 25, 2013 / Behavior / General Care / Dogs

The bottom line in dog training: “It’s all about the positive reinforcement.” Working with your dog on basic cues such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and so on helps your pet behave well in human society. But training is also vital to the health and safety of your pet, allowing you to prevent your pet from...

Probiotics May Help Pets

Jan 21, 2013 / General Care / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Horses

Good bacteria are essential to the health of the gut. In recent years, the popularity of foods and supplements containing probiotics has grown amid claims that consuming these products improves health. Dr. Maureen McMichael, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, says there is good evidence to suggest that our...

Why Does My Pet Snore?

Jan 7, 2013 / General Care / Dogs

Abnormal soft palate, obesity, or edema can cause snoring. The National Sleep Foundation reports that approximately 90 million American adults snore each night. And they’re not the only ones: a lot of their pets snore too. Dr. Brendan McKiernan, director of the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, is a veterinary internist and...

Wanna Iguana? Do Your Reptile Research First!

Dec 17, 2012 / General Care / Exotics

Size, longevity, and commitment requirements may point you in the direction of another reptile companion. Just look at that adorable, bright green lizard! Only four inches long and inexpensive, too. Ready to buy a baby iguana? Not so fast. Bring this scaly guy home only if you are willing to made a commitment of 20...

Cats’ Low-Stress Vet Visits Begin at Home

Sep 3, 2012 / Behavior / General Care / Cats

Dr. Ballantyne offers advice on how to lower stress for your cat. A lot has been said about why to take your cat for regular veterinary visits, but some owners may also need advice on how to get kitty in the carrier, the car, and the clinic without a battle. Dr. Kelly Ballantyne, a veterinarian...

Obesity in Horses: A Link to Lameness

Aug 20, 2012 / General Care / Horses

About half of all pleasure horses in the United States are overweight. As in people, dogs, and cats, obesity in horses is both common and commonly overlooked. And just as in other species, obesity in horses brings with it serious health complications. About half of all pleasure horses in the United States are overweight, according...

Researcher Explores Role of Vitamin D in Pet Health

Jul 16, 2012 / General Care / Cats / Dogs

Dr. O’Brien urges owners to feed their pets a quality commercial diet to ensure their pets are getting enough vitamin D. Got vitamin D? Most people know that this compound, a supplement frequently added to milk, plays a role in developing and maintaining healthy bones. But recent findings in humans suggest that vitamin D has...

Congratulations! It’s a Cat!

Jun 5, 2012 / General Care / Cats

Three recommendations directly relate to ensuring the health and safety of your newest family member. Are you planning to bring home a bundle of joy during National Adopt-A-Cat Month? Following the explosion in the kitten population that occurs each spring, June is when the American Humane Association and other animal organizations jointly encourage adoption of...