Emergency/Critical Care

[dog in front of holiday decor]

Most Problems Can Be Prevented No one knows better than a veterinarian who staffs the emergency room that the holidays can be fraught with hazards for pets. Luckily, most of the dangers can easily be…
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[radiographing foal's leg]

Hospital Delivers Care for Special-Needs Foals

April 29, 2020

Foals and Mares Sometimes Need Help While people are sheltering in place and implementing social distancing, life goes on for some creatures. In the equine medicine and surgery service at the University of Illinois Veterinary…
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[Dr. Caroline Tonozzi examines a dog in the ICU]

Marijuana and Pets Should Not Mix

January 10, 2020

Pet Poisoning Cases Get Higher In the first week that recreational use of the drug became legal in Illinois, the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital saw two cases of likely marijuana intoxication in pets….
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[curious cat]

Keep Your Medications Away from Pets

March 04, 2019

Or make emergency veterinary visit They say curiosity killed the cat, and it gets dogs into some bad situations as well. Curiosity often leads to disaster when pets find their way to human medications such…
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[dog in front of decorated tree]

Pets and Holiday Decorations Don’t Mix

December 17, 2018

Dangers Lurk in Lights, Plants, More What you think of as holiday décor just might look like playthings to your pets. “Animals will investigate anything new in their environment,” says Dr. Michael Biehl, a veterinary…
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[Dr. Annette McCoy examines a horse's leg]

First Aid for Horses

July 16, 2018

Be Prepared to Handle Wounds Would you know what to do if your horse accidentally encountered a sharp edge and ended up with a cut? Dr. Annette McCoy, an equine surgeon at the University of…
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[hot weather dog]

Avoid Hot Weather Hazards for Dogs

July 02, 2018

Dehydration, Heatstroke Are Preventable Ironically, the dog days of summer—the hottest time of the year—are not always good for dogs. Dr. Jennifer Reinhart, a specialist in veterinary internal medicine at the University of Illinois Veterinary…
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[kitten plays with a ball of yarn]

Help! My Pet Swallowed a —!

February 04, 2018

A ‘foreign body’ may pose a medical emergency Animals are very curious creatures. But, as the old adage goes, curiosity can be deadly, or at least dangerous. So it is with animals that swallow things…
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