Pet Columns

[halloween pet safety]

Beware of Pets’ Halloween ‘FEAR’ Factors

Oct 30, 2016 / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

Tips for Halloween Pet Safety When Halloween comes, adults and kids alike enjoy the chance to dress up and eat more candy than usual. But these activities can have scary consequences for pets. The American Animal Hospital Association recommends being mindful of pets’ F.E.A.R.: food, environment, attire, and recovery to keep pets safe and happy....

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There Will Be Blood…

Oct 24, 2016 / Emergency/Critical Care / General Care / Cats / Dogs

…and that’s a good thing! With Halloween coming up, gory costumes and fake blood are all the rage. However, it is important to remember that blood is a very valuable commodity in the medical world. Many human conditions and emergencies require blood transfusions, which is why people are encouraged to donate blood regularly. In fact,...

[pet-wildlife interactions]

Pets and Wildlife Don’t Mix

Oct 17, 2016 / Preventive Health / Public Health / Cats / Dogs / Wildlife

Pet-Wildlife Interactions Endanger Both—and People It may seem like a harmless, if disgusting, remnant of your pet’s predator instinct when your cat—or maybe your very stealthy dog—presents you with its latest kill. The truth is, though, pet-wildlife interactions can be dangerous to both parties and have serious consequences for the conservation of species. “According to...

[puppy outdoors]

Can My Pet Get Zika?

Sep 29, 2016 / Infectious Disease / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

Recent coverage of the Zika virus and its health impact on people and fetuses has raised questions among pet owners. The Zika virus was first identified in Africa more than 60 years ago. It is spread to people primarily by mosquito bites, and usually causes no or only mild symptoms in people. However, infection with...

[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...

[feline hyperthyroidism - cat]

The Mysterious Emergence of Feline Hyperthyroidism

Aug 22, 2016 / Advances in Medicine / Disease / Internal Medicine / Preventive Health / Cats

Feline hyperthyroidism is likely a man-made disease Feline hyperthyroidism is a disease that didn’t even exist 40 years ago. Now, it has become the most common endocrine disorder in older cats in the United States. In June 2016, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) issued its first set of guidelines for veterinarians regarding signs,...

[pet's pain can be subtle]

Cues to Pet’s Pain May Be Subtle

Aug 1, 2016 / Pain Management / Cats / Dogs

pets have varying responses and tolerance levels to pain Everyone has to deal with pain. Whether from a minor cut or a major surgery, pain is part of life for people and their pets. “Pain is a very individualized experience,” says Dr. Ashley Mitek, who recently completed a three-year residency in anesthesiology and pain management...

[dog sucking its flank]

Compulsive Disorders in Pets

Jul 25, 2016 / Behavior / Cats / Dogs

Compulsive disorders impact pet’s, owners’ quality of life Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a well-known diagnosis in human medicine, but did you know that animals can also develop a form of this disorder? This doesn’t mean there are dogs out there that count their steps or triple-check the light switches. In fact, the first thing to understand,...

[Dr. Jason Pieper examines a patient]

When Your Dog Is Always Itchy

Apr 26, 2016 / Dermatology / Cats / Dogs

We may not ‘cure’ allergies, but we can manage them A lot of things can make a dog itchy: fleas, mites, skin infections, and food allergies, to name a few. Dr. Jason Pieper, a boarded veterinary dermatologist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, says, “After veterinarians rule out all other causes...