Pet Columns

Probiotics May Help Pets

Jan 21, 2013 / General Care / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Horses

Good bacteria are essential to the health of the gut. In recent years, the popularity of foods and supplements containing probiotics has grown amid claims that consuming these products improves health. Dr. Maureen McMichael, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, says there is good evidence to suggest that our...

West Nile Virus in Horses and Humans: A Veterinary Connection

Dec 3, 2012 / Disease / Horses

GIS and Spatial Analysis assists in better understanding of West Nile Virusfor veterinarians. Though the practice of medicine for animals may seem as remote from human health care as a colicky horse is from a colicky infant, human and veterinary interests converge on issues related to public, animal, and environmental health. “Zoonotic” diseases—infectious diseases that...

Get the Poop on Deworming Your Horse

Aug 27, 2012 / Preventive Health / Horses

“The University of Illinois equine primary care service recommends a targeted deworming program.” Lots of things have changed over the past 40 years—polyester leisure suits and disco dancing come to mind. But while you may not keep up with fashion fads, it’s important for horse owners to stay abreast of the latest recommendations for parasite...

Obesity in Horses: A Link to Lameness

Aug 20, 2012 / General Care / Horses

About half of all pleasure horses in the United States are overweight. As in people, dogs, and cats, obesity in horses is both common and commonly overlooked. And just as in other species, obesity in horses brings with it serious health complications. About half of all pleasure horses in the United States are overweight, according...