Pet Columns

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Medical Maggots: Old-School Wound Care Still Used

Apr 8, 2017 / Advances in Medicine / Horses

Medical maggots are germ-free Maggots have a reputation for being creepy crawlies that should stay far away from our homes and our families. But these tiny fly larvae have been used in medicine for centuries for a unique purpose. Their role is so beneficial that, despite all our advanced technology and scientific discoveries, they are...

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New MRI Powers Veterinary Care

Apr 4, 2017 / Advances in Medicine / Imaging / Cats / Dogs / Horses

Faster, More Detailed Diagnostic Imaging On March 31, the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new 3T MRI scanner, the only large-bore 3T MRI scanner in the Midwest. “In physical size, the new machine is no larger or smaller than the old one,” notes Melinda Smith, an...

[Dr. Annette McCoy with a palomino]

Genes Determine a Horse’s Color

Mar 6, 2017 / General Care / Horses

In theory, any breed can be any color The horse has some of the most varied coat color markings and patterns of any domestic species. Even within breeds, there are dozens of combinations a new foal can have. It can appear complex, but scientists have pinpointed many of the key elements that make these variations...

[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...

[mares- Dr. Igor Canisso]

Ready Mares in Fall for Foals in Spring

Nov 29, 2016 / General Care / Preventive Health / Horses

Reproductive Health, Vaccinations, Nutrition Are Key While some may consider it a bit premature to be thinking about spring, if you are a horse owner expecting a foal out of your mare or hoping to get your mare in foal, this is the perfect time to start planning. Dr. Igor Canisso, an equine theriogenologist at...

[Xena with Dr. Erica Secor and veterinary student Nicole Thomas]

Canker Hoof Infection Makes Cranky Horses

Nov 21, 2016 / Disease / General Care / Horses

To prevent canker keep bedding clean and dry The word “canker” just sounds unpleasant, and to the horses that it affects, it is. Dr. Erica Secor, a veterinarian who is completing a three-year residency program in equine surgery at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that canker “is the horseman’s term for...

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Increased Comfort the Point of Equine Acupuncture Therapy

Nov 1, 2016 / Pain Management / Horses

acupuncture on the rise as adjunct therapy Dr. Kara Lascola, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, offers equine acupuncture to supplement conventional therapies and treatments given to her patients. She says her goal for acupuncture therapy is primarily to increase the comfort of patients. “I mainly use acupuncture to...

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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...

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Lush Green Grass May Be Harmful to Horses

Apr 12, 2016 / General Care / Toxicology / Horses

Grass founder and fescue toxicity are problems Spring is here, and the plants are new and fresh. The pretty, lush grasses that green the countryside in April and May are young, tender, and very tasty for a horse. Unfortunately, these young grasses are also low in the fiber that horses need and are high in...