Pet Talk | Disc degeneration

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Bill requires those who find stray dogs to get them scanned for microchip

SPRINGFIELD — Dog owners who have their four-legged friends microchipped hope doing so will speed their return if they get lost.

Legislation being considered in the General Assembly might also help speed that process.

Wired In: Timothy Fan

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet Dr. TIMOTHY FAN, a veterinary oncologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine who has been researching osteosarcoma and how these malignant bone tumors spread to other parts of the body in dogs, who are particularly vulnerable.

Letter from Birdland | Signs of spring can be found everywhere

Spring has come to Birdland, bringing flooding, but also color to the yard and beyond.

Daffodils and jonquils from bright yellow to pale ivory have opened in abundance. They have been blooming for a while, and I was worried the frost we got last week would nip them, but only a few gave up and lay down.

Pet Talk | Handle with care

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Known for their bright, beautiful coloration and elaborate fin displays, betta fish, more accurately called Siamese fighting fish, are a common household pet.

Letter from Birdland | Father writes about his son's incredible journey

Spring has come to Birdland, and it finds me with my nose in a book.

"Ephphatha" (which means "to be opened." Don't be embarrassed to look up the pronunciation: I had to) by Thomas M. Caulfield details his deaf son's journey through the educational system, basketball teams and a hearing society.

Pet Talk | A common affliction in dogs

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The Law Q&A | Pets and distracted driving

What is the law in Illinois for distracted driving because of a pet riding in the car with you?

Ha, fooled you. There is none.

There is no particular Illinois state law dealing with how or in what manner a pet may occupy your vehicle while you are motoring on the motorway.

Plans for Champaign County Humane Society expansion focus on animals' well-being

URBANA — Back when the Champaign County Humane Society's animal shelter was built in 1988, the focus was more on saving animals from euthanasia than on critter comfort and well-being.

Pet Talk | Spring Things

By The UI College of Veterinary Medicine

April showers and May flowers aren't the only signs of spring. There are also baby birds and warm dogs. Every spring, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine issues reminders about how to manage these animal signs of spring for the best outcomes.

First, the wildlife babies.