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.

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FDA Alert on Flea Medications

Oct 22, 2018 / General Care / Parasites / Toxicology / Cats / Dogs

What Pet Owners Need to Know The FDA recently alerted the pet-owning and veterinary public about the potential for neurologic adverse events in dogs and cats treated with drugs that are in the isoxazoline class. Most dogs and cats receiving these medications have not had neurologic adverse reactions.   What medications are involved in this...

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Heart Disease in Cats: Seeking Answers

Oct 8, 2018 / Advances in Medicine / Cardiology / Cats

Heart disease is harder to detect in cats than in dogs Cats and dogs may occupy similar places in people’s hearts, but when it comes to the two species’ hearts—and heart disease—there are a lot of differences. Dr. Ryan Fries, a veterinary cardiologist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, explains some...

[Jr Surgery pre-op for cat]

Never Fear, the Anesthesiologist Is Here!

Oct 1, 2018 / Pain Management

Anesthesia Needed for Many Procedures Anesthesia is an induced, temporary loss of sensation. It is an important part of any surgery or procedure that requires an animal to remain completely still. Although putting your pet under anesthesia may sound scary, Dr. Stephanie Keating, a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital...

[Dr. Gary Brummet examines a cat]

Senior Cats at Risk for Hyperthyroidism

Sep 17, 2018 / Disease / Cats

Prognosis Is Good with Early Diagnosis Senior cats are at a greater risk for developing hyperthyroidism than any other age group of cats. In fact, 95% of cats with hyperthyroid disease are 10 years old or older. Dr. Gary Brummet, the small animal primary care veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in...

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Carboplatin Beads to Treat Feline Cancer

Aug 20, 2018 / Advances in Medicine / Cancer Care / Cats

Less Invasive, Less Expensive Option Explored Feline injection site sarcoma (FISS) is an aggressive form of cancer in cats associated with the administration of vaccines and injectable medications. It affects as many as 1 in 1,000 vaccinated cats. This cancer was once thought to be a rare side-effect of rabies vaccines, but now experts believe...

[Zucca goes to the vet]

Cats Need Yearly Checkups, Year-round Enrichment

Aug 13, 2018 / Behavior / Preventive Health

Find Out All That Cats Need Cats have a reputation for being low-maintenance, independent creatures, especially in comparison with dogs. But the truth is that providing a healthy, happy life for your cat involves a lot more than just a daily meal and clean litterbox. August 22 is National Bring Your Cat to the Vet...

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New Dog Flu Is Here to Stay

Jul 30, 2018 / Infectious Disease / Preventive Health / Dogs

Canine Influenza H3N2 Spread Across U.S. A new strain of canine influenza made headlines in 2015 when it first appeared in the United States, sickening hundreds of dogs in Chicago. It took less than three years for that strain to spread to more than 30 other states. Dr. Drew Sullivan, director of the Medical District...

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What’s the Buzz? Birds, Horses, People Get West Nile Virus

Jul 24, 2018 / Infectious Disease / Parasites / Public Health / Birds / Horses / Wildlife

Mosquitoes transmit West Nile virus Mosquito season is here. Not only are the bites inflicted by these flying pests itchy and annoying, they also carry the risk of disease for humans and animals alike. Veterinarians actively monitor, treat, and seek solutions for diseases that affect human and animal health. Heartworm disease is a well-publicized and...

[Dr. Annette McCoy examines a horse's leg]

First Aid for Horses

Jul 16, 2018 / Emergency/Critical Care / Horses

Be Prepared to Handle Wounds Would you know what to do if your horse accidentally encountered a sharp edge and ended up with a cut? Dr. Annette McCoy, an equine surgeon at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, offers information that will help you be prepared so you can stay calm and...

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CARE Just a Call Away for Grieving Pet Owners

Jul 9, 2018 / Grief Helpline

‘We promise to lend a compassionate ear’ Grieving the death of a pet can leave people feeling overwhelmed and alone. The Companion Animal Related Emotions (CARE) Pet Loss Helpline was established to provide help coping with those emotions, whether you are grieving or anticipating the loss of your pet. Gail Wallis Hague, a counseling psychologist...