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.

[reptile - iguana]

Simple Things Your Reptile Might Be Missing

Feb 25, 2019 / General Care / Preventive Health / Reptiles

The right environment, diet for your reptile According to the most recent statistics for pet ownership in the United States, 4.7 million households kept 9.4 million reptiles as pets in 2016. With the interest in reptiles as pets expanding, Dr. Sarah Reich, a veterinarian who sees wildlife and exotic pets at the University of Illinois...

[bichon frise - allergies]

Got an Itch?

Feb 18, 2019 / Dermatology / Cats / Dogs

Itchiness Could Mean Allergies With winter’s dry air and cold temperatures, it’s no wonder everyone—including your furry friends—has dry skin! But unrelated to the weather, dry and itchy skin caused by allergies is a very common chronic problem in animals year-round. Dr. Clarissa Souza, a veterinarian in the dermatology service at the University of Illinois...

Every Day Is ‘One Health’ Day for Veterinarians

Feb 4, 2019 / Preventive Health / Public Health

Improving health for people, animals, the environment Many Roles, Shared Goals For more than a decade, the Center for One Health Illinois, a program of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, has pursued a mission of education, research, and outreach to promote One Health collaborations in the state. Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker, a faculty...

[Dr. Stephanie Keating intubates a tiger]

Big Cat Care Requires Anesthesia

Jan 28, 2019 / Pain Management / Cats / Exotics / Wildlife

Illinois Anesthesia Team Helps Exotic Felines Think your cat is uncooperative during a veterinary examination? Image if your cat weighed more than 400 pounds and had three-inch-long teeth and claws! Unsurprisingly, lions, tigers, and other wild cats must be anesthetized before they can be examined closely by a veterinarian. When it’s time for dental care...

[Dr. Devon Hague with patient]

I Think My Pet Had a Seizure. Now What?

Jan 7, 2019 / Neurology / Cats / Dogs

Seizures have a wide variety of causes Seizures in pets can be scary for pet owners. Knowing what seizures look like and what to do when they occur can help put pet owners at ease. Dr. Devon Hague, a veterinary neurologist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, sees multiple patients every...

[cow and calf]

Are You Ready for Birthing Season?

Jan 2, 2019 / Preventive Health / Farm Animals

You’ve worked hard to get your livestock bred and maintain a normal production cycle. It’s almost time for that amazing event: giving birth (or, in veterinary terminology, “parturition”). It’s understandable to be a little nervous about birthing season. After all, a year’s worth of work is at risk. The good news is that the process...

[dog in the snow]

Keep Pets Safe When Preparing Household for Colder Weather

Dec 10, 2018 / Preventive Health / Cats / Dogs

A typical garage holds many hazards Cold weather is here. It’s time to winterize the car, pull out the space heaters, and thwart invading rodents. For pet owners, however, these common seasonal activities should be approached with caution because of the potential for hazardous outcomes for pets. Dr. Michael Biehl, a veterinary toxicologist at the...

[Dr. Alycen Lundberg]

New Chemo Agent May Help Cats with Lung Cancer

Nov 26, 2018 / Advances in Medicine / Cancer Care / Cats

Trial seeks nine cats with lung cancer Yes, cats can get lung cancer. Through a combination of genetic susceptibility and environmental exposures, a cancerous growth can arise just about anywhere in any body. For cats, the lungs are a particularly bad place to get cancer. Dr. Alycen Lundberg, a veterinary oncologist at the University of...

[Dr. Katherine Kling examines a cat]

It’s Time to Get Your Pet’s Teeth Cleaned

Nov 19, 2018 / Dentistry / Cats / Dogs

Brushing needs to be consistent to be useful Did you get your six-month appointment reminder from your dentist recently? It’s important to keep up on those appointments for your dental health, and it’s just as important that our pets get their teeth cleaned as well. Dr. Katherine Kling, part of the dentistry and oral surgery...