Dr. Pieper with dog

What You and Your Staff Need to Know about Staph

May 18, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Staphylococcus can be a very common cause of infection of the skin and ears of all animals and humans. Staphylococcus is divided into coagulase positive and coagulase negative species. Coagulase positive species—S. pseudintermedius, S. aureus, and S. schleiferi subspecies coagulans—are more commonly seen; however, coagulase negative species are identified in infections with growing frequency. S....

Bird Grooming Dr. Kenneth Welle

Appropriate Grooming of Birds

Apr 18, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

As avian veterinarians, we are often called upon to perform grooming procedures—most commonly trimming of the beak, wings, and nails—on pet birds. While these may seem to be simple technical tasks, there can be undesirable consequences when they are done incorrectly. In fact, the very need for these procedures should be critically evaluated. Wing trims...

Dr. Matt Allender and students

Updates on Research of Epidemiology of Reptile Diseases

Apr 18, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Box Turtles Ranavirus epidemics constitute a serious emerging threat to wild populations of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles. Ranaviral outbreaks have now been documented on six continents, in 43 countries, and in more than 173 species of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles (Global Ranavirus Consortium) and ranaviral disease is now considered a Notifiable Pathogen (World Organization for...

Faculty Spotlight: Julia Whittington, DVM

Apr 18, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Julia Whittington is a clinical associate professor, head of the companion exotic animal medicine service, and director of the Wildlife Medical Clinic. Are there any new procedures you’re using to treat exotic animals? The field of zoological medicine is constantly evolving, with new advances and applications of tried and true technologies to new species. Hormone...

On-Farm Dynamic Endoscopy Available

Feb 29, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Endoscopic detection of upper respiratory pathologies is typically performed with the horse at rest. However, endoscopy while the horse is exercising is necessary to diagnose most functional disorders of the upper respiratory tract, such as: dynamic collapse of the left arytenoid cartilage in horses with laryngeal recurrent neuropathy that appears mild at rest intermittent dorsal...

Dr. McCoy with horse

Shockwave Therapy Offered at Illinois

Feb 29, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

The Equine Surgery group is excited to offer extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) as part of our comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services. ESWT is a noninvasive treatment modality that uses focused, high-pressure sound waves to stimulate healing of wounds and musculoskeletal injuries. The specific mechanism of action in ESWT is unknown, although research suggests that upregulation...

Faculty Spotlight: Fabio Lima, DVM, MSc, PhD

Feb 29, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Fabio Lima is an assistant professor of theriogenology. How long have you been practicing bovine theriogenology? I have been working with bovine theriogenology for 11 years since I received my veterinary degree at São Paulo State University in December 2004. During the last year of my veterinary training, I spent six months at University of...

Faculty Spotlight: Stephanie Keating, DVSc, DVM, DACVAA

Feb 5, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Stephanie Keating is a new clinical assistant professor at Illinois. Can you tell us about your training? I completed my DVM degree not far from home at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada and subsequently went into small animal private practice for a year. During that time I completed a certificate in laboratory animal medicine...

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Updates on ‘Skinny Old Cats’

Feb 5, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

The following is excerpted from a presentation by Dr. David Williams at the Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Symposium, held in conjunction with both the 2016 North American Veterinary Conference and the 2016 Western Veterinary Conference. This article reviews what is known about common age-related changes [in weight and digestion] and what may be done to...

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The Nuts and Bolts on Total Hip Replacement in Dogs

Feb 4, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is a common condition, especially in larger breeds, and is characterized by the femoral head having a poor fit in the acetabulum. This poor fit is a result of looseness or laxity in the hip, which leads to pain, osteoarthritis, and decreased limb function. Many things can contribute to the development...