Pet Columns

[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...

[horse grazing]

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...

[Dr. Bianca da Costa Martins examines a dog's eyes]

Eye Tissue Bank to Help Horses, Dogs

Mar 28, 2016 / Advances in Medicine / Ophthalmology / Dogs / Horses

Corneal transplants have a high success rate “The purpose of this bank is to have corneas available for patients that would benefit from a corneal graft,” explains Dr. Martins. “That includes horses with an abscess in one of the layers of the cornea as well as horses and dogs with such conditions as deep corneal...

[horse in a barn]

Barn Air Quality Affects Horses’ Breathing

Mar 18, 2016 / Disease / General Care / Preventive Health / Horses

Environmental changes can make a huge difference for horses Do dust, pollen, and hay trigger your hay fever? Imagine living where straw and hay are tossed around every day, and it won’t surprise you to learn that horses, too, can get breathing problems from particles in the air. Dr. Kara Lascola, an equine internal medicine...

[old draft horse]

Care and Keeping of Older Horses

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

Every geriatric horse should have a yearly physical At age 20, people may be in their physical prime, but for horses, 20 often marks the beginning of the golden years. Dr. Scott Austin, an equine veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, says senior horses require special attention to ensure their...

[black cat sitting on stairs]

Coping with the Death of a Pet

Sep 1, 2015 / Grief Helpline / Birds / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Horses

Whether the animal is as large as a horse or as small as a hamster, these companions can play a huge role in our lives. When our animal companion dies, we may feel as though we’ve lost a best friend and a family member. At the same time, we may worry that a deep sense...

[Dr. Pamela Wilkins with a foal]

Gastric Ulcers: Common in Performance Horses, Foals

Apr 28, 2015 / Preventive Health / Horses

In horses as in people, stress can play a role in ulcer development Equine gastric ulcer syndrome is a common condition, both in performance horses, such as racehorses, and in foals. According to Dr. Pamela Wilkins, an equine veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, more than 90 percent of performance...