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Pet Talk | Food for thought on grain-free diets

Veterinarians around the world have seen a sharp rise in cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM, in which the heart is enlarged and weakened) in dogs not previously recognized as predisposed to this condition.

The one linking factor: a grain-free diet based on exotic ingredients.

Pet Talk | Fighting heart disease in cats

Cats and dogs may occupy similar places in people's hearts, but when it comes to the two species' hearts — and heart disease — there are a lot of differences.

Dr. Ryan Fries, a veterinary cardiologist at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, explains some of these differences and how he is working to improve the prospects for afflicted cats.

Pet Talk | Annual checks key to feline health

Cats have a reputation for being low-maintenance, independent creatures, especially in comparison with dogs. But the truth is that providing a healthy, happy life for your cat involves a lot more than just a daily meal and clean litterbox.

Last Wednesday was National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day, an event created to educate cat owners about the importance of regular veterinary care.

Pet Talk | New dog flu is here to stay

A new strain of canine influenza made headlines in 2015 when it first appeared in the U.S., sickening hundreds of dogs in Chicago. It took less than three years for that strain to spread to more than 30 other states.

Pet Talk | What to do when your horse gets hurt

Would you know what to do if your horse accidentally encountered a sharp edge and ended up with a cut? Dr. Annette McCoy, an equine surgeon at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, offers information that will help you be prepared so you can stay calm and act quickly when dealing with wounds in horses.

Pet Talk | Help for those grieving loss is a call away

Grieving the death of a pet can leave people feeling overwhelmed and alone. The Companion Animal Related Emotions (CARE) Pet Loss Helpline (vetmed.illinois.edu/care/) was established to provide help coping with those emotions, whether you are grieving or anticipating the loss of your pet.

Pet Talk | UI profs' book tells how lives of people, pets intertwine

"One Health" is a term used to convey the interdependence of human, animal and environmental health. In their recent book, "Beyond One Health: From Recognition to Results," co-editors Drs.