Pet Columns

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Tools of the Trade: Veterinary Rehabilitation

Mar 23, 2015 / Advances in Medicine / Small Animal Surgery / Dogs

When the therapy is fun and the patient loves doing it, results come faster. Rehabilitation comes from the Latin word rehabilitare, which means “to restore ability.” As a certified veterinary technician and certified canine rehabilitation practitioner at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Kim Knap helps pets with a variety of conditions daily using...

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Optical Coherence Tomography Advances Veterinary Cancer Treatment

Aug 4, 2014 / Advances in Medicine / Cancer Care / Small Animal Surgery / Cats / Dogs

Within 10 years optical coherence tomography may be adopted in veterinary practices worldwide. Being located on the same campus as some of the leading innovators in biomedical technology gives clinicians and researchers at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana opportunities to advance their patients’ health and the field of veterinary medicine through...

Cat's Kidney Stones a Big Problem with a Tiny Solution

Mar 3, 2014 / Small Animal Surgery / Cats

“Ureterotomy” required in cases of blocked ureters. At more than 14 years old, Sue was already a very lucky cat. She had beaten a number of serious health problems even before her owners brought her to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana in the fall of 2013 for treatment of a cancerous growth on...

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Surgery Fixes Puppy's Congenital Problem

Jan 27, 2014 / Small Animal Surgery / Dogs

A ‘megaesophagus’ and ‘persistent right aortic arch’ successfully corrected by veterinary surgeon. Recently, a three-month-old mixed-breed puppy named Kim was brought to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana for persistent regurgitation, meaning that Kim would spit up her meals shortly after eating. Dr. Evelyn Caporali, a surgery resident, and Dr. Laura Selmic,...

Putting the Stride Back in a Pet’s Step

Aug 26, 2013 / Small Animal Surgery / Dogs

Total hip replacement help pets with arthritis, hip dysplasia, and traumatic injuries walk with ease. Total hip replacement—replacing the ball and socket of the hip joint with prosthetics—was performed on 332,000 people in the United States in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pets, too, can benefit from this procedure, which will...

Many Ways to Mend Pet’s Broken Bones

Apr 22, 2013 / Small Animal Surgery / Cats / Dogs

Casts, external fixators, and bone plates can all be used to help heal broken bones. “Pets most commonly wind up with broken bones from some sort of trauma, often getting hit by a car,” says Dr. Tisha Harper, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, who is board certified in...

Ovarioectomy vs. Ovariohysterectomy: Which Way to Spay?

Apr 1, 2013 / Small Animal Surgery / Cats / Dogs

Three methods of spaying all have their pros and cons In veterinary medicine, one very common surgical procedure is the ovariohysterectomy, more commonly known as a “spay.” This procedure involves removing the ovaries and uterus down to the cervix to prevent a female pet from reproducing. According to Dr. Heidi Phillips, a surgeon at the...