Pet Health Columns

Experts on animal health from the college's clinics in Urbana and Chicago share their knowledge in informative columns written for animal owners. Scan the categories and tags at left for topics that interest you. Subscribe to our weekly Pet Health Columns email.

[racehorses]

TVEC: Treatment Option for Atrial Fibrillation in Horses

Nov 23, 2020 / Advances in Medicine / Cardiology / Horses / Wildlife

Few Veterinary Hospitals Offer Equine TVEC Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart arrhythmia in horses, and it is one that sometimes impacts performance for the equine athlete. At the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, Dr. Ryan Fries, a board-certified veterinary cardiologist, and Dr. Scott Austin, who is board-certified in large animal...

[dog in front of holiday decor]

Keep Pets Safe from Holiday Hazards

Nov 14, 2020 / Emergency/Critical Care / Toxicology / Cats / Dogs

Most Problems Can Be Prevented No one knows better than a veterinarian who staffs the emergency room that the holidays can be fraught with hazards for pets. Luckily, most of the dangers can easily be prevented with some foresight and good advice. Dr. Yanshan Er, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital...

[dog looking anxiously out window]

Separation Anxiety in Pets: Your Questions Answered

Nov 7, 2020 / Behavior

Change is hard; be patient Among the innumerable consequences of the nation sheltering in place during the pandemic, perhaps one of the nicest was the surge in pet adoptions. But, as first-time pet owners returned to their daily routine of work or school after an extended time at home with their animal, some discovered that...

[Heather Soder]

Veterinary Technicians Play Vital Roles

Oct 21, 2020 / General Care

Vet Techs Help Animals and People Veterinary technicians make up a crucial part of the veterinary care team. Not only do they assist veterinarians in hands-on care of animal patients, but many also provide client education, serve various administrative roles, and even specialize in a specific service area. While veterinary technicians often obtain and hone...

[dog looking guilty]

GI Upset in Cats and Dogs

Oct 12, 2020 / General Care / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

Consistent Diet May Help Prevent the Problem The two most common symptoms seen in a small animal general practice are vomiting and diarrhea, referred to as “GI [gastrointestinal] upset.” These symptoms can range from mild to more severe and affect dogs and cats. Dr. Drew Sullivan, the medical director at the University of Illinois Medical...

[closeup of dog's nose/face]

Coronavirus and Pets: FAQs for Owners

Oct 7, 2020 / Infectious Disease / Public Health / Cats / Dogs

Do pets or other animals get sick from SARS-CoV-2 like people do? This answer depends on the species. According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, cats, mink, and dogs have all tested positive for the virus after exposure to a human with known or suspected SARS-CoV-2. Cats and mink are most likely to become...

[Spike with his family during recovery]

Spike’s Story: Rehabilitation Helps Puppy after Surgery

Sep 27, 2020 / Rehabilitation / Small Animal Surgery

Four months of therapy restored function When people have major orthopedic surgery, doctors want them back on their feet as soon as possible. In the human medical world, patients are helped by physical therapy. The veterinary equivalent for animal patients is called physical rehabilitation, which employs exercises and tools to help strengthen animal patients’ muscles....

[three jennies]

Baudet du Poitou: Conservation of a Rare Breed

Sep 11, 2020 / Advances in Medicine / Donkeys

Only 44 of these donkeys existed in 1977 You’ve probably heard of endangered species. Although scientists estimate that dozens of species go extinct every single day, attention seems to focus on large wildlife such as rhinoceroses and great apes. But did you realize that domesticated breeds can also become extinct? One domesticated breed that came...

[Dr. Catherine Foreman-Hesterberg adjusts horse's spine]

Chiropractic Adjustment for Animals

Aug 12, 2020 / Pain Management / Rehabilitation / Cats / Dogs / Horses

Most Effective for Biomechanical Conditions For centuries now, many cultures have practiced spinal manipulation in people as a therapy to complement traditional medicine. It’s unclear when this practice was first used for animals, but the modern form of animal chiropractic arose within the past century. Dr. Catherine Foreman-Hesterberg, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois,...