Pet Columns

[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...

[cat with scratching post]

Channel Pet’s Need to Chew and Scratch

Apr 1, 2016 / Behavior / Cats / Dogs

Redirect, don’t discourage, these behaviors Shredded tissues. Destroyed shoes. A gnawed coffee table. These are just a few of the things dog owners may come home to after leaving their puppy unattended. Similarly many cat owners discover that their couch or curtains have been shredded by sharp claws. A hassle for you and a potential...

[Maureen McMichael in the ER at Illinois]

Honey Heals: The Sweet Side of Wound Care

Mar 7, 2016 / Emergency/Critical Care / Cats / Dogs / Small Mammals

Honey fights microbes in several ways The use of honey as a healing agent dates to ancient times. In the 4th century BC, the Greek philosopher Aristotle mentioned honey as being “good as a salve for sore eyes and wounds.” Today, veterinarians use honey and sugar to help heal wounds. Dr. Maureen McMichael, an emergency...

[brushing for pet dental health]

Nothing Beats Brushing for Pet’s Dental Health

Feb 1, 2016 / Dentistry / Cats / Dogs

February is National Pet Dental Health month Do you make brushing your teeth part of your daily routine? Can you imagine going to your annual visit to the dentist having done nothing to care for your teeth in the year since your last professional cleaning? Dr. Katherine Kling, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois...

[holiday dog asks for a treat]

Grandma’s Purse and Other Holiday Threats to Pets

Dec 21, 2015 / General Care / Cats / Dogs

Keep your treats from turning into threats The holiday season brings family gatherings, food, and festivities. Pet owners should be aware that with the good times come potential dangers for dogs and cats. Dr. Tina Wismer, a veterinarian at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center who lectures at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary...

[two dogs baring teeth at each other]

Seek Help to Address Aggression in Pets

Dec 7, 2015 / Behavior / Cats / Dogs

Aggression in pets is managed, not cured Every year, about 1.5 percent of the U.S. population will be injured by an aggressive dog. Cats, too, cause injuries to people, though the incidence is smaller. Aggressive behavior has negative consequences for pets as well, sometimes leading to the pet being relinquished by its owner or even...