Flits police dog

Working Dog Saved from Amputation

Apr 14, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Surgeon Shares Steps to Repair Elbow Fracture Case Information Flits is a 10-year-old MI German Shepherd police dog that sustained a highly comminuted, irreducible, proximal metaphyseal articular fracture of the left ulna that was closed with marked soft tissue swelling of the antebrachium. The fracture was sustained when Flits fell through a roof on an active...

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Training Video Targets Overdose in Working Dogs

Mar 14, 2017 / General News

Drs. Mitek, McMichael, and Schlosser pose on the Illinois quadrangle with Officer Beasley and Arco Educational video shows how to give narcan to dogs Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and it’s not just killing people. Dogs that work with police and other agencies are being exposed to...

3T MRI Horse

3T MRI Brings Clarity to Equine Lameness Diagnoses

Mar 8, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Injuries of the distal extremities are common causes of forelimb and hindlimb lameness in horses used for pleasure-riding and performance competitions. Structures prone to injury include the navicular apparatus, the deep digital flexor tendon, the distal interphalangeal joint and the metacarpophalangeal joint, to name just a few. During a standard lameness evaluation, veterinarians rely on...

behavior dogs

Behavior Case Triage

Mar 8, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Guidelines to help practitioners assist clients with behavioral concerns Behavioral problems in dogs and cats are a common cause of damage to the human-animal bond and pet relinquishment (1). While behavioral problems rarely develop overnight, pet owners may be reluctant to discuss their concerns with veterinary staff; when concerns are mentioned, owners may do so in...

Faculty Spotlight: Kelly Ballantyne, DVM, DACVB

Mar 3, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Kelly Ballantyne is an instructor of veterinary clinical medicine. She practices in Chicago at Veterinary Behavior at Illinois. Tell us about your background, hobbies, and where you’re from. I grew up in Glenview, a suburb north of Chicago. I attended the University of Illinois for both undergrad and veterinary school, then moved up to...

3T MRI Horse

New MRI Opens Door to Innovative Veterinary Research and Care

Feb 2, 2017 / General News

Advances in magnetic resonance imaging have transformed medicine over the last several decades. Unfortunately, this technology is rarely available to veterinarians. The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is now one of a few veterinary research and clinical care schools in the U.S. with a state-of-the-art 3-Tesla MRI facility. The recently installed technology can...


Diagnosis and Treatment of Patent Urachus in the Neonatal Foal

Feb 1, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Excerpted from a presentation given at the 2016 AAEP meeting by Dr. Pamela A. Wilkins, MS, PhD, DACVIM, DACVECC. Patent urachus is a relatively common problem identified in foals during the neonatal period. The urachus is the extension of the urinary bladder of the fetus to the allantoic cavity, contained retroperitoneally within the umbilical cord between...