Pet Columns

[red-footed tortoise]

If you’ve got the time—and the space—we may have a lifelong animal companion for you: a tortoise. Here with a primer on pet tortoises is Dr. Amanda Wong, a veterinarian completing a three-year residency in…
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[tabby lying in front of holiday lights]

How to Prevent Holiday Mishaps for Pets

December 02, 2021

Make sure your holiday preparations keep pet safety in mind. Dr. Ashley Mitek, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, offers tips to prevent accidents and injuries that could dampen the…
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[dog in vampire cape before full moon]

Prevent Halloween Hazards for Pets

October 26, 2021

Halloween may be the spookiest night of the year, but there’s no reason it needs to be the scariest. The emergency medicine team at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital offers advice for avoiding…
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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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[pet hedgehog]

How to Care for Your Hedgehog

March 17, 2021

Advice on Housing, Feeding, Protecting Hedgehogs are not tiny cats or spiny hamsters. Before getting a hedgehog as a pet, you need to understand their unique needs so you can keep it healthy and happy….
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farrier applies shoe to horse's hoof

Horses Need Farriers

February 24, 2021

Horses need new shoes every 4 to 6 weeks What animal regularly wears shoes and needs help putting them on? It’s a horse, of course! Horses need their hooves trimmed and horseshoes placed regularly, a…
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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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[a dog gets its teeth brushed]

Toothbrushing for Dogs and Cats

January 31, 2021

February is National Pet Dental Health Month “Periodontal disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats over 3 years old,” says Dr. Mallory Kanwal, a veterinarian who is pursuing specialization in dentistry at…
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[cat with a toy]

Diabetic Dogs and Cats Needed for Microbiome Study

January 04, 2021

Eligible Animals Receive Free Insulin During the Study [row][column size=”6″] Veterinarians at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine are looking for dogs and cats that have been diagnosed with diabetes to investigate a…
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