Pet Columns

[kitten plays with a ball of yarn]

Help! My Pet Swallowed a —!

Feb 4, 2018 / Emergency/Critical Care / Internal Medicine / Cats / Dogs

A ‘foreign body’ may pose a medical emergency Animals are very curious creatures. But, as the old adage goes, curiosity can be deadly, or at least dangerous. So it is with animals that swallow things not meant to be swallowed: Your dog snarfs down a broken or too-small toy. Your cat goes from licking a...

[cat eating from a bowl]

What to Look for on a Pet Food Label

Jan 22, 2018 / General Care / Cats / Dogs

Regulations control wording on a pet food label The seemingly endless brightly colored cans, bags, and boxes in the pet food aisles can be quite overwhelming for pet owners. Dr. Kelly Swanson, an animal sciences professor at the University of Illinois who lectures on nutrition to students at the College of Veterinary Medicine, has some...

[Dr. Kimbery Selting with Spike]

Chemotherapy for Pets Focuses on Quality of Life

Jan 15, 2018 / Advances in Medicine / Cancer Care / Cats / Dogs

Pet’s cancer may be managed vs. cured The word “chemotherapy” conjures up images of nauseous, balding, and debilitated patients. While supportive therapies are available to soften these side effects in human cancer patients, it’s true that medical doctors often treat cancer very aggressively, hoping to achieve complete remission of disease. For patients undergoing chemotherapy at...

Top Five Pet Health Columns from 2017

Jan 2, 2018 / Advances in Medicine / Behavior / Cancer Care / General Care / Cats / Dogs

Enjoy the Most-Read Columns from 2017 What topics did pet owners find most fascinating last year? We checked our website analytics, and discovered that fungal disease, behavioral issues, and cutting-edge treatments offered only at our college topped the list. Here’s a recap of our most-read columns. Blasted Blasto Blastomyces dermatitidis—the agent responsible for the systemic...

[immunotherapy for itchy dog]

Allergy Shots May Bring Relief to Itchy Dogs

Nov 27, 2017 / Advances in Medicine / Dermatology / Dogs

Immunotherapy may be an effective treatment option Is something itching at your dog? If an allergy is to blame, it probably falls into one of three categories, according to Dr. Scott Miller, who recently completed an internship in small animal dermatology at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. The options are flea...

[cat yawning and showing teeth]

When the Tooth Breaks, Your Pet Is in Pain

Nov 13, 2017 / Dentistry / Cats / Dogs

Fractured teeth always merit a trip to the veterinarian Teeth are amazingly strong! Nevertheless, when you consider that teeth are essential tools for your cat or dog, used not only for eating but for playing and picking things up, it’s not surprising that veterinarians routinely see broken teeth in their patients. “All types of dogs...

dog in a taco costume

Remember FEAR Tips to Keep Pets Safe This Halloween

Oct 16, 2017 / Emergency/Critical Care / General Care / Preventive Health / Toxicology / Cats / Dogs

When Halloween comes, adults and kids alike enjoy the chance to dress up and eat more candy than usual. But the American Animal Hospital Association recommends being mindful of pets’ FEAR—food, environment, attire, and recovery—to keep pets safe and happy. Food Many people know that chocolate is toxic for pets. As little as one ounce of baking chocolate...

[Kora the greyhound running]

The Case of the Greyhound That Ran Too Much

Oct 7, 2017 / Emergency/Critical Care / Dogs

Kora Is Recovering from Exertional Rhabdomyolysis It happened on a gorgeous but cool—only 75 degrees F—Saturday afternoon in mid August. Kora, a young retired racing greyhound, was playing and romping around at a three-acre dog park in Chicago when she was afflicted with a rare but life-threatening condition called “exertional rhabdomyolysis.” Dr. Drew Sullivan relates the...

[the shelter medicine mobile surgical unit at the University of Illinois]

Sorting the Science on Spay and Neuter Surgeries

Sep 11, 2017 / Preventive Health / Small Animal Surgery / Dogs

It’s almost always best to spay and neuter pets By far the most common surgeries performed on dogs in the United States are spay and neuter procedures—collectively called gonadectomies—that remove the reproductive organs to prevent unwanted pregnancies and pet overpopulation. But while these surgeries are common, they are not without controversy. Misconceptions and concerns about...