Pet Columns

[Livestock management in Bolivia]

Around the World as a Public Health Veterinarian

Nov 10, 2014 / Preventive Health / Public Health

Think a veterinary degree prepares you only to vaccinate dogs and cats? The career path of Dr. Maureen Birmingham will make you think again. Recently, the 1983 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine spoke to students at her alma mater in Urbana, Ill. Describing herself as a “fortunate victim of a...

[students, canine patients, owners in Tanzania]

Rabies Awareness: Prevention Is Key

Sep 15, 2014 / Disease / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 55,000 people die each year worldwide due to the rabies virus. Although most of these deaths occur outside of the United States, it is still important to understand the seriousness this disease poses to humans and pets. September 28 has been declared “World Rabies...

Feline Heartworm Disease: Prevention Is Key

Jun 3, 2014 / Parasites / Preventive Health / Cats

Some cats never show clinical signs of heartworm disease. Most dog owners are aware that infected mosquitoes can transmit deadly heartworm disease to dogs, but fewer people know that the disease can affect cats as well. According to Dr. Allan Paul, a veterinary parasitologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana,...

Parasite Prevention: Preventing Canine Heartworm Disease

May 29, 2014 / Parasites / Preventive Health / Dogs

Dr. Paul recommends a monthly preventative that is available at your local veterinary clinic. Mosquito season is here. The bites of mosquitoes not only cause an itchy nuisance for people and pets, but they carry the potential to transmit serious diseases. Dr. Allan Paul, a veterinary parasitologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary...

[horse in a field]

Protect Pastured Animals from Photosensitization

May 5, 2014 / Preventive Health / Farm Animals / Horses

Owners of large animals that are on pasture may need to protect them from getting too much ultraviolet light. Springtime brings a welcomed increase in sunshine, but with that comes the potential for a hazardous mix of certain plant compounds and ultraviolet light that sickens horses and cattle. Photosensitization is an increase in sensitivity of...

Consider Pets' Health Among New Year's Resolutions

Dec 30, 2013 / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

Talk to your veterinarian before embarking on an exercise program or change in diet. ‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions relating to diet and exercise, and the perfect time to evaluate whether your dog and cat may need to shape up as well. Though Fido and Felix won’t have to fit into bikinis in a...

The Holiday Naughty and Nice List for Keeping Pets Safe

Dec 9, 2013 / Preventive Health

You don’t have to be a Grinch to your pets, but here’s how to keep them safe this holiday season. Holidays wouldn’t be the same without festive decorations and treats. Just make sure your holiday fun poses no health and safety threats to your pets. Dr. Donna Jacobsen, a veterinarian who provides emergency care at...

Diabetes Risks and Treatment in Pets

Dec 2, 2013 / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

The prevalence of diabetes mellitus is increasing in both dogs and cats, probably due to an increase in obesity. Diabetes affects 347 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Unfortunately, it is also a common health problem for pets. Dr. Margarethe Hoenig, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine...

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...