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University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital                                                                   June 2016

 Ginger Passalacqua
 Ginger Passalacqua, Referral Coordinator

I feel like all it’s done this spring is rain. In our ER; however, there’s been rain of a different sort. It’s raining cats, dogs, and all kinds of creatures. Since January they have seen 1,665 animals. That’s animals that often arrive at the same time as other critical cases. Animals that, for just under $100, are evaluated by some or all of the following: students, interns, residents, technicians, and a board-certified critical care veterinarian. All of whom want the same thing as the owner—to send them home. For immediate care at that price and for working 24/7/365, here’s to wishing the ER at least one day with 100% pawsitive outcomes.   

Contact me if you would like to schedule a visit at your clinic with one of our veterinary specialists.

 foal and horse

Anesthetic Considerations for Equine Dystocia

Equine anesthesia carries a higher anesthetic risk for mortality than for other domestic animals, with cesarean sections further increasing risk. A late-term mare with dystocia presents specific anesthetic challenges due to the physiologic changes of pregnancy, the associated procedures, and considerations for the neonatal foal. Dystocic mares will often present with pain, agitation, weakness, tachycardia, and hemoconcentration with potential acid-base and electrolyte abnormalities.

Continue reading online to learn more about management of these mares.



dog and pills

Reduction of Serum 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D Concentrations with Intravenous Lipid Emulsion in a Dog

A two-year-old male, castrated Pomeranian-Shih Tzu mix, weighing 8.5 kg, was presented to the veterinarian 12 hours after suspected ingestion of over-the-counter vitamin D3 supplement capsules. The owner reported that she found a bottle of Nature’s Bounty Vitamin D chewed open and estimated that 90 to 100 capsules were missing, meaning the dog may have ingested up to 200,000 IU (5000 ug). The owner unsuccessfully attempted to induce emesis by administering oral hydrogen peroxide to the dog and brought the dog to her veterinarian the next morning.

Continue reading online to learn more about the case report.



Staff Spotlight: Jessica Garrett, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Garrett and Clyde

Jessica Garrett, CVT, VTS (ECC), is the clinical coordinator of the small animal emergency service and also manages the blood donor program for the hospital. She joined the University of Illinois in 2005, three years after completing Parkland College’s veterinary technology program. Initially Garrett worked in the hospital’s intensive care unit and internal medicine service before transferring to the ER.

She enjoys the unpredictability and fast-paced nature of working in the ER and has served as clinical coordinator there since 2008. Her favorite things are difficult and unique cases that need advanced nursing care. She loves placing challenging IV catheters/central lines and difficult blood draws! She also enjoys critical cardiology cases with EGC interpretation, blood gas interpretation, and transfusion medicine. 

Continue reading online to learn more about Jessica Garrett.



mobile MRI

Making Way for More Power

During the construction phase to make way for a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit that should be operational by mid-December 2016, small animal patients at the hospital will be imaged in this GE 1.5-T mobile MRI unit, which arrived in early June. The unit will allow for advanced imaging sequences, primarily for patients with neurologic conditions including stroke, herniated disks, brain tumors, and seizures.


CE Opportunities 

Dentistry Case Rounds
July 16, 2016

Microsurgery Training Laboratory
August 1, 2016

International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction
August 27, 2016

Fall Conference
September 22-23, 2016
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Clinical Trials

Effect of a Dietary Supplement on the Activity of Arthritic but Otherwise Healthy Pets

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