Pet Columns

[closeup of dog's nose/face]

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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[Heather Soder]

Veterinary Technicians Play Vital Roles

October 21, 2020

Vet Techs Help Animals and People Veterinary technicians make up a crucial part of the veterinary care team. Not only do they assist veterinarians in hands-on care of animal patients, but many also provide client…
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[dog looking guilty]

GI Upset in Cats and Dogs

October 12, 2020

Consistent Diet May Help Prevent the Problem The two most common symptoms seen in a small animal general practice are vomiting and diarrhea, referred to as “GI [gastrointestinal] upset.” These symptoms can range from mild…
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[three jennies]

Baudet du Poitou: Conservation of a Rare Breed

September 12, 2020

Only 44 of these donkeys existed in 1977 You’ve probably heard of endangered species. Although scientists estimate that dozens of species go extinct every single day, attention seems to focus on large wildlife such as…
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[Dr. Catherine Foreman-Hesterberg adjusts horse's spine]

Chiropractic Adjustment for Animals

August 12, 2020

Most Effective for Biomechanical Conditions For centuries now, many cultures have practiced spinal manipulation in people as a therapy to complement traditional medicine. It’s unclear when this practice was first used for animals, but the…
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Cancer in Cats: More Research Needed

July 20, 2020

Cancer Treatment Has Come a Long Way Animals and humans have a lot in common. Not only do they share the same living environments, but they also share many similar segments of genes. This makes…
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[Hannah Bailey after the procedure]

Minimally Invasive Procedure Fixes Puppy’s Problem

July 01, 2020

Treatment for Persistent Right Aortic Arch Hannah Bailey was sick. The six-month-old mixed-breed puppy couldn’t keep food down. She had lost weight. Her local veterinarian diagnosed an enlarged esophagus and suggested that her new owners…
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[Dr. Gene Pavlovsky, right, teaches how to do a physical exam of a dog]

Fat Cats and Heavy Hounds

June 14, 2020

The Problem of Overweight Pets By most estimates, well over half of all cats and dogs in the United States are overweight. Dr. Gene Pavlovsky, a small animal veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary…
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