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[puppy rescued from lake]

Puppy Rescued from Lake Captures Attention Nationwide

Nov 12, 2019 / General News

Dog Appears to Have Been Abused It was a chilly November Saturday afternoon when a fisherman at Kaufman Lake in Champaign, Ill., noticed what turned out to be a puppy in a cage in the lake,  yards from shore. According to an account provided by the fisherman, Bryant Fritz, the puppy’s head was barely above...

Twin cats, Lucy and Violet, lay together.

Cat Fights Autoimmune Disease

Jul 29, 2019 / Patient Stories

Lucy arrived at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital severely anemic with a red-blood-cell count barely compatible with life. WIth a strong family behind her, a caring doctor before her, and the suuport of the Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hopsital staff Lucy continues to push through to recovery.

[pelican upon arrival at clinic]

Pelican, Recovered from Gunshot, Returns to Wild

Apr 29, 2018 / General News

The bird will be released on April 30 The pelican has recovered from the gunshot wound and subsequent lead poisoning.  Wildlife clinic leaders are planning to release the pelican on Monday, April 30, near Clinton Lake, where migrating pelicans have recently been spotted. Clinic leaders are hoping that the recovered pelican will join others of...

[pelican and osprey at wildlife medical clinic]

Pelican, Osprey Arrive at Wildlife Medical Clinic with Gunshot Wounds

Apr 5, 2018 / General News

Clinic Relies on Donations to Pay for Patient Care Both birds have the remnants of gunshot in their necks visible on radiographs, according to Dr. Sarah Reich, an instructor who is overseeing their care at the wildlife clinic. The pelican has an entrance wound on his right side and the osprey has a wound on...

[Tucker Tallering]

From Phobic to Functioning: One Dog’s Stormy Story

Mar 19, 2018 / Behavior

Pets’ behavioral conditions affect the whole family Dr. Kathy Tallering remembers the exact moment it began. The Chicago pediatrician was taking her then-four-year-old Portuguese water dog, Tucker, for a walk in their Lincoln Park neighborhood when “we got caught in one of those lovely Chicago flash thunderstorms.” Their misfortune didn’t seem particularly significant at the...

[Nana the Chihuahua from Thailand cavorts in Illini garb]

Dog from Thailand Gets Heart Repair at University of Illinois

Sep 6, 2017 / General News

    More Patients, Students Will Benefit from Ongoing Exchange Nana is a very lucky three-year-old Chihuahua. This dog from Thailand had a congenital heart defect called a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), which typically leads to heart failure within the first year of life, so she is lucky to have lived to age three. She’s...

[police dog treated at Vet Med]

Police Dog Saved from Amputation

Jun 5, 2017 / Patient Stories

In January 2017, Marshall County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Deputy Bob Vester and his 10-year-old German Shepherd partner, Flits, were hailed as the 2016 K-9 Team of the Year by the Central Illinois Police and Working Dog Association. Less than two months later, the livelihood, life, and limb of the police dog were severely threatened after Flits...

[Loki before and after his illness]

Mischievous Loki Makes Miraculous Recovery

Apr 28, 2017 / General News

Loki Before the Illness, During Recovery Imagine you bring home a mixed-breed terrier puppy and his boundless energy immediately captures your heart. “He was very healthy, very active,” Miranda Karban says of the family pet, Loki. “Probably the most happy, excited dog you’ve ever seen.” In fact, says Miranda, he earned his name—after the trickster...

[shadow erickson at the hospital in March]

Heeler Heals with Help from Lots of Illinois Doctors

Apr 5, 2017 / Patient Stories

Betty and Bob Erickson got their first blue heeler because they raised cattle. Now it’s been 10 years since they last had any milk cows, but they haven’t given up on the blue heelers. Shadow—at 8 years the oldest of the three dogs that comprise the Ericksons’ current herd—has brought the family to the University...

[patient story-mayzie]

Mayzie Bounds Back after Microchip Mishap

Apr 1, 2017 / Patient Stories

‘Teaching Moment’ Has Happy Ending Most experts agree that implanting a microchip in your dog is one of the safest and most responsible decisions a pet owner can make, ensuring you can be found if your best friend is lost. However, when a one-in-a-million mishap caused David and Sharon Shafer’s puppy, Mayzie, to nearly become...