Pet Columns

Let Your Veterinarian Get to the Bottom of Pet Ear Problems

Nov 18, 2013 / Preventive Health / Dogs

Most of the time these bacterial and yeast infections of the ears turn out to be secondary to a primary cause. Head-shaking, scratching at the ears, and a foul smell are common signs that an ear infection is brewing. According to Dr. Amelia White, a veterinary dermatology resident at the University of Illinois College of...

Keep Pets Safe When Preparing Household for Colder Weather

Nov 11, 2013 / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

There are many hazards in a typical garage that will require “pet proofing” before it is ready for Fido. Cold weather is here. It’s time to winterize the car, pull out the space heaters, and thwart invading rodents. For pet owners, however, these common seasonal activities should be approached with caution because of the potential...

Pets’ Dental Disease Prevalent, but Preventable

Oct 22, 2012 / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

“Offensive breath is a big clue that your pet may have a problem in its mouth.” Dental disease is the problem most commonly diagnosed by veterinarians today. A recent national study of over 2 million cats and dogs found that 68 percent of cats and 78 percent of dogs had varying degrees of dental problems....

Get the Poop on Deworming Your Horse

Aug 27, 2012 / Preventive Health / Horses

“The University of Illinois equine primary care service recommends a targeted deworming program.” Lots of things have changed over the past 40 years—polyester leisure suits and disco dancing come to mind. But while you may not keep up with fashion fads, it’s important for horse owners to stay abreast of the latest recommendations for parasite...