Infectious Disease

University of Illinois students visit Danville to help with a community medicine clinic

Is it really necessary to test your pets for certain diseases at the annual veterinary visit? And what about paying for vaccinations and monthly preventive medications? Dr. Gene Pavlovsky, director of Veterinary Medicine South Clinic,…
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[closeup of dog's nose/face]

Coronavirus and Pets: FAQs for Owners

August 30, 2021

These FAQs were last updated on September 28, 2021. The newest additions are at the top of the page and reflect the most recent updates. Do dogs and cats need to be vaccinated for SARS-Cov-2?…
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a bearded dragon named Frankie

Spotting—and Solving—a Problem in a Bearded Dragon

February 15, 2021

Research Identified Effective Fungal Medication When the standard treatment for a fungal infection wasn’t working for Frankie, a bearded dragon, the experts at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine were able to help….
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[outdoor cats can get rabies]

Rabies in Skunks, Bats, and Cats, Oh My!

September 03, 2019

In U.S., More Cats Than Dogs Test Positive for Rabies September 28 is World Rabies Day, a day to raise awareness about rabies virus and promote prevention and control efforts worldwide. But how much do…
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[black cat in a kitchen]

Cats with FeLV and FIV Can Live Normal Lives

June 03, 2019

Communication between owner and vet is vital Two acronyms that can be confusing to cat owners are FeLV and FIV. FeLV stands for feline leukemia virus, and FIV is feline immunodeficiency virus. Although caused by…
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[two puppies outside]

Parvovirus: It’s Not Just for Puppies

May 27, 2019

Parvovirus Is Everywhere; Vaccinate Your Dog Parvovirus, commonly known as “parvo,” is a contagious virus that can be very serious and even fatal in dogs. Dr. Jennifer Reinhart, a small animal internal medicine specialist at…
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[sick dog canine influenza]

New Dog Flu Is Here to Stay

July 30, 2018

Canine Influenza H3N2 Spread Across U.S. A new strain of canine influenza made headlines in 2015 when it first appeared in the United States, sickening hundreds of dogs in Chicago. It took less than three…
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