Patient Stories

[sophie looking beautiful in long green grass]

Gift to Hospital Honors Dog Animal owners are often moved to make a generous gift in gratitude for the lifesaving care delivered at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The gift Karen Gupta…
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[patient story-mayzie]

Mayzie Bounds Back after Microchip Mishap

April 01, 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…
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BJ the cat

Unusual Surgery Helps BJ the Cat ‘Breathe Easy’

December 19, 2016 / Patient Stories

When Jan Jannusch noticed that her 13-year-old cat, BJ, was having trouble breathing, she took him to see a veterinarian. The cause of BJ’s problem turned out to be “idiopathic chylothorax,” a disease so rare…
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[ozzie today]

Family Ties Sustain Ozzie Through Broken Neck

October 25, 2016 / Patient Stories

This story about my dog Ozzie starts when I inherited my father’s boat, which was about five years before Ozzie was even born. My father’s boat and I were made in the same year: 1963….
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Miss Millie

Modeling Millie Gives Back Despite Cancer

September 29, 2016 / Patient Stories

Update January 20, 2017: Sadly, Miss Millie passed away on January 10. Her owner, Karen Lee Keefe, shared this poem with us: It is with the Heaviest of Hearts that I share with you… After…
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family of Angel

Watching over Angel, Army Father’s Last Gift

August 25, 2016 / Patient Stories

What’s in a name? Angel, an eight-year-old hound mix from Georgetown, Ill., recovering from a severe leg fracture thanks to the surgical team at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, is more than the…
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Blondie and Sandy

Blondie Beats the Odds after Shattering Ankle

June 27, 2016 / Patient Stories

Is it true blondes have more fun? For Miss Clairol—better known by her pet name, “Blondie”—an 11-year-old Palomino show horse that recovered from a devastating leg injury to compete again at a championship level thanks…
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Smith and Wilson

‘Cast Away’ Horse Finds New Home

June 21, 2016 / Patient Stories

In late April, a Standardbred race horse was brought to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital showing signs of lameness. A couple of x-rays revealed a simple incomplete fracture of a bone just above the…
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