Pet Columns

poster for Open House 2023

This year the annual Open House at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine wants visitors to know that “Veterinarians Are Superheroes.” (Although they don’t—usually—wear capes.) People of all ages are encouraged to attend…
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Whisper on an exam table in Vet Med South Clinic

Bring Your Cat to a Cat Friendly Clinic

August 06, 2023

Cat lovers, get ready to celebrate! August 22 is National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day! If the idea of bringing your kitty to see the veterinarian strikes you as the opposite of a…
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pet rabbit lying on bamboo mat

Keep Flea Products Away from Rabbits

July 06, 2023

As every rabbit owner knows, pet rabbits can be quite curious and sometimes quite mischievous. That’s why it is extremely important for owners not to leave anything harmful or toxic in areas that the rabbit…
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two horses eating hay

Blister Beetles: One Cause of Summer Colic

June 07, 2023

Warmer weather entices many equestrians to hit the road with their horses. While you are ensuring that you have the needed certificate of veterinary inspection and negative Coggins test, you might need to think about…
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Dr. Giorgia Podico presents an orphaned foal to a nurse mare.

Grafting an Orphaned Foal

May 30, 2023

In the horse world, springtime means foaling season. But what happens when you have a foal with no mare to supply milk? Bottle feeding and hand-raising the foal is costly, time-consuming, and often leads to…
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border collie running through grass with Frisbee

Beat the Heat: Set Your Pet Up for Summer Success

May 30, 2023

Summer weather is here: time to enjoy the outdoors with our pets! Dr. Canaan Shores, a veterinarian with the urgent and convenient care service at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, offers advice to…
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Dr. Hadley Gleason gives dog an examination

CCL Injuries in Dogs: What They Are, How to Fix Them

May 08, 2023

According to Dr. Hadley Gleason, a board-certified veterinary orthopedic surgeon at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries are the No. 1 reason pet owners see her for…
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Dog running

Aging Dogs Get Disc Disease

April 24, 2023

If only our dogs could maintain youthful agility their entire lives! Intervertebral disc disease is a degenerative process that is often associated with aging, though is most likely a multifactorial process. Dr. Lindsey Graham, a…
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