Pet Columns

[Nearly one-third of US dog owners sleep with their pet]

Lives Intertwined: Pets, People, and ‘One Health’

Jun 18, 2018 / General Care / Public Health / Birds / Cats / Dogs / Reptiles / Small Mammals

Pet Ownership Benefits People “One Health” is a term used to convey the interdependence of human, animal, and environmental health. In their recent book, Beyond One Health: From Recognition to Results, coeditors Drs. Jack Herrmann and Yvette Johnson-Walker, faculty members at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, devote an entire chapter to the...

[Kristen Keller and Leo]

Keep Teflon, Avocado, Lead, and Zinc Away From Pet Birds

May 7, 2018 / Preventive Health / Toxicology / Birds

These items are toxic to birds Bird owners, beware ! Three common household toxins—TeflonTM, avocado, and heavy metals—present deadly dangers to your feathered friends, according to Dr. Krista Keller, a veterinary specialist in zoological medicine. Dr. Keller, who sees exotic pets at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, advises bird owners to...

[cat statue in pet cemetery]

Take Time to Grieve Your Pet

Sep 4, 2017 / Grief Helpline / Birds / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Horses

National Pet Memorial Day Is September 10 “The death of a pet is one of the few types of loss that may not be appreciated by others as a true cause for grief,” says Gail Hague, client counselor specialist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. “Individuals who experience this type of...

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Care and Feeding of Backyard Chickens

Apr 23, 2017 / General Care / Birds / Chickens

Chickens can live as long as 8 years These days, you just can’t keep the chickens down on the farm. With the increasing popularity of “hobby poultry,” anyone with a backyard may contemplate setting up a henhouse. Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker, a veterinary epidemiologist and poultry expert at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine,...

[veterinary anesthesiologists - Lynelle Graham]

Veterinary Anesthesiologists: They’re Not Just for Surgeries

Feb 27, 2017 / Pain Management / Small Animal Surgery / Birds / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Horses / Small Mammals

Other roles: ensure lifelong comfort and health Anesthesia—a controlled state of unconsciousness, almost like induced sleep—is used during a variety of veterinary procedures to ensure that the patient doesn’t feel pain, remains still, and is unaware of what is happening around them. While all veterinarians are educated to safely anesthetize their patients, some go on...

[Vet Med Open House cow milking]

Attend Vet Med Open House on October 2

Sep 14, 2016 / General Care / Birds / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Farm Animals / Horses / Wildlife

On Sunday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 350 veterinary students will host a behind-the-scenes look at the state’s only veterinary college. From prospective veterinarians to anyone fascinated by animals, everyone will find something of interest at the University of Illinois veterinary college Open House. The event offers more than 40...

[a parrot shows off its unique beak profile at Vet Med Open House]

When Beaks Go Bad

Jan 25, 2016 / General Care / Birds

Beaks are made of bone and keratin There’s no such thing as a dentist for birds, but did you know that some macaws require orthodontia to correct a misalignment of their beaks? That’s just one of a host of problems that can beset beaks, according to Dr. Kenneth Welle, a board certified avian practitioner at...

[Conan has a monkey on his back]

Halloween Can Be Tricky for Pets

Oct 16, 2015 / General Care / Preventive Health / Birds / Cats / Dogs

Here are the top tips for Halloween pet safety from experts at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and the American Veterinary Medical Association:   Costume Caution That pug in the pumpkin outfit may be cute, but make sure it’s safe. Costumes with parts that could be chewed off and swallowed present a...

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...