DOS AND DON'TS FOR THANKSGIVING TREATS
Let's face it, it doesn't feel like Thanksgiving unless the whole family is in on the feast. And that includes our animal companions. But when your furry friends approach the table, make sure to feed them holiday foods that are safe. We all know to keep pets away from holiday ingredients such as onion, garlic, chocolate, and, raisins. So let's talk turkey. Here's a general rule of thumb: the lower the fat, the safer the treat. High-fat treats such as stuffing, dark meat, turkey skin, and gravy are big no-nos, because they can cause pancreatitis. A reasonably sized portion of skinless, lean turkey is a safe bet.
You'll also want to steer clear of tossing Fido any turkey bones. So give thanks for a happy, healthy pet by sharing good (for you) food and spending active time together. Plus, that extra game of fetch or nice long walk will help you both burn off those extra holiday calories faster.
PET U: THE EYES HAVE IT
What do you see when you look into eyes of your animal companion? Loyalty, trust, a hint of mischief? Our December 12 Pet U session, featuring veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Amber Labelle, will teach you how to see a lot more. You'll begin by learning the normal anatomy and physiology of the eye, and then learn the signs of eye problems, and the most common eye diseases in cats, dogs, and horses. Register by November 30 and save $5 off the $13 registration fee.
WHAT MAKES VETERINARY SPECIALTY HOSPTIALS SO SPECIAL
Recently, University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital director Dr. Brendan McKiernan spoke with WCIA's morning show about the advanced care options that only veterinary specialty hospitals can provide.
NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL PET CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Did you know that according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs get cancer at approximately the same rate humans do? Whether you're performing regular "lump and bump" checks on your pet or dealing with a new diagnosis, one of the best tools in the fight against cancer is accurate information. Our hospital experts provide information on a variety of cancer care topics, including the role of nutrition, understanding your treatment options, and more.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE DOODLE FOR WILDLIFE
Are you wild about wildlife? Then you won't want to miss this chance to support local wildlife and the veterinary students who care for them. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the I Hotel. Stay tuned for more details.
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