Long-Term Patient Gets Going-Away Party

Jun 7, 2016 / Patient Stories

Clay Johnson says of his 14-year-old Siberian Husky, Ayden, “With his life story, you could write a book on this dog.” It would be a tale of survival. Ayden was “rescued” by the Johnsons at eight weeks from a family whose previous three Huskies were hit by cars. He fell off a two-story roof and...

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Rapid Prototyping Lends a Hand in Eagle Surgery

May 27, 2016 / General News

A complicated orthopedic surgery performed recently at the College of Veterinary Medicine received assistance from the College of Engineering at the opposite end of the University of Illinois campus. On May 5, a young bald eagle in the care of the Wildlife Medical Clinic underwent a three-hour procedure to repair its left humerus, which had...

Samantha and Ava

Second Opinion Saves Ava’s Life

May 19, 2016 / Patient Stories

Samantha Zindars was upset about her dog Ava’s diagnosis of osteosarcoma. Ava, a 7-year-old Belgian malinois-German shepherd mix, was lethargic and in pain for many months prior to her diagnosis. Osteosarcoma, a common bone tumor, was believed to be the presumptive diagnosis after bone destruction was shown in the x-rays. In many cases, dogs with the...

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Abused Dog Recovering at Veterinary Hospital

May 10, 2016 / General News

Update on Tuesday, May 10 – Critical care specialists at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital are delighted that Bear is healthy enough to be released to a new forever home. One the doctors shared: “His hypothyroidism is responding well to therapy.  The wound that was surgically addressed is healing well.  He is eating and drinking well.”...


Cardiologist Removes 33 Heartworms from Beagle Mix

May 9, 2016 / Patient Stories

Lexi Goldstein, a two-year-old beagle-rat terrier mix from Elk Grove Village, Ill., is believed to be a record holder at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. However, it’s a record no dog wants to break. In January 2016, Lexi had more than 30 heartworms removed through her jugular vein in a painstaking, 90-minute surgery...

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Early Eye Care Lasts a Lifetime for Poodle

Apr 21, 2016 / Patient Stories

For RussT, a toy poodle in Galva, Ill., the eyes have it. In fact, amazingly, since he was in serious jeopardy of going blind as a puppy, his eyes have had the miracle of sight for more than a decade. RussT—named for his owner Krisann Smith’s late father, Russell T. Kelly—is believed to be the...

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Water Therapy Restores Payton’s Pace

Apr 13, 2016 / Patient Stories

Wednesdays at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital are affectionately known as “Golden Wednesdays.” “We have three to four golden retrievers that come in for therapy that day,” explains Kim Knap, a certified veterinary technician (CVT) and canine rehabilitation specialist at the hospital. “That’s their day. We see a lot of gray-faced goldens on Wednesdays, which we...

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Students Bond over CCI Dog

Mar 28, 2016 / Patient Stories

It was a small world for Caitlin Bottcher when she took her Canine Companion for Independence (CCI) dog, Honest, to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She was surprised to find out that veterinary student Natalie Rupp, who has experience with CCI dogs, would be providing the care for Honest. For several years, Rupp...

Amy Fink with Callie

Callie’s Castle: Cat Gets Royal Treatment during Cancer Care

Jan 29, 2016 / Patient Stories

They say a man’s home is his castle, but for one patient at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, a castle became her home away from home. Callie, an 8-year-old cat, was brought to the hospital because she was having difficulty breathing. Fourth-year veterinary student Caroline Fallon was assigned to Callie’s case. “I could...

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Vet Tech Takes Bandages to Artistic Level

Nov 10, 2015 / Patient Stories

When a dog, who previously had two of his toes removed, came in for a bandage change just before Halloween, veterinary technician Michelle Jaeger knew exactly what she wanted to design on the bandage around his paw. He would sport a skeletal bone—reflecting his missing digits—with an orange wrap. This extra touch of care lightens the...