Pet Columns

[Blanding's turtle]

Our Summer Spent Saving Turtles

Jan 28, 2018 / Advances in Medicine / Reptiles / Wildlife

Turtles play a role in environmental health Last summer, two rising second-year veterinary students traded blue lab coats and lecture halls in Urbana for chest-high waders and wetlands in Lake County in northeast Illinois. Working as part of the Wildlife Epidemiology Lab at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Lauren Mumm and John...

[snake with bite wound]

Your Pet Snake’s Diet: Dead or Alive?

Sep 30, 2017 / General Care / Preventive Health / Reptiles

Feeding live prey has risks In the wild snakes can’t just order carry-in; they have to hunt for their next meal. So it’s not surprising that owners of pet snakes may believe their pets need the thrill of the chase to satisfy natural instincts. However, Dr. Krista Keller, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois...

[Meller’s chameleon after surgery]

The Case of the Calcium-Deficient Chameleon

Feb 22, 2016 / Emergency/Critical Care / General Care / Exotics / Reptiles

Exotic pets have precise diet and climate needs Chameleons are notoriously tricky pets to keep healthy. There are around 200 distinct species, each with its own particular climate needs. They also have extensive nutrient requirements, which inexperienced owners often neglect. That’s why nutrient deficiencies were the first thing investigated by Dr. Sean Perry, a veterinary...