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Learning on the sled dog trail

February 19th, 2019

Three senior veterinary students at the University of Saskatchewan will gain hands-on experience as well as academic credit during this year’s Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race, which takes place in northern Saskatchewan from Feb. 19 to 23. The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) students are participating in an optional clinical rotation that builds on the long-term relationship between the …

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Marijuana and your pet

If you live with a pet, there is a good chance you consider it to be a member of your family. It is well established that companion animals, ranging from cats and dogs through to birds and rodents, can have a positive health benefit in our lives. When cannabis was legalized in the parts of the United States, there were …

February 08th, 2019 Full story »

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Ramp walking helps diagnose lameness

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are taking tips from the field of human medicine and rehabilitation to develop a technique to help detect and diagnose injuries in dogs. Gait analysis, pressure walkways, and angled walking are popular techniques used in human medicine. Their use has improved prosthetics, rehabilitation, medicine and more. But, while …

January 20th, 2019 Full story »

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The animal side of critical care

One early Monday morning last October, the clinical team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) was preparing for rounds when an emergency patient was brought in to the hospital. “Granny,” a wirehaired pointing griffon-cross dog, was lethargic, her gums were pale and her heart rate was elevated. The hospital’s emergency and critical care team …

January 15th, 2019 Full story »

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Retrieving a better parvovirus therapy

Taking your adorable new puppy to play at the dog park: priceless. Potential cost of not fully vaccinating your puppy first: several days in the veterinary hospital, thousands of dollars in intensive-care fees … and still no guarantee your puppy will survive. Many new pet owners face this shocking and unfortunate situation. Millions of puppies world-wide are at risk of …

January 08th, 2019 Full story »

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Keep pot away from pets

Sleepiness, lethargy, a “drunken” stupor – these signs are no laughing matter when it comes to marijuana and your pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested marijuana, whether in the form of an “edible” or the plant itself, it’s important to be upfront with your veterinarian about what has happened. This will allow them to avoid more extensive — …

April 03rd, 2018 Full story »

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New cancer therapy appeals to pet owners

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is now offering a new treatment option for pets with certain types of cancer. Veterinary oncologists Dr. Monique Mayer and Dr. Jerome Gagnon, along with their team, are studying stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) as a treatment choice for dogs with soft tissue sarcomas, a specific type of tumour commonly found on the …

April 03rd, 2018 Full story »

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“Protein illusion” in pet food

Having trouble deciding on a new pet food for your furry family member? With the hundreds of pet food brands stocked on store shelves, choosing the most nutritious one can be a daunting task for any pet owner. Because controversy often surrounds pet food companies, consumers are legitimately concerned that their pets may be consuming questionable ingredients that could be …

January 29th, 2018 Full story »

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Understanding X-rays can save dollars and lives

Dr. Jiaying Ng’s interest in the topic of gas in the abdomen began when she helped care for a canine patient that developed this potentially serious issue three weeks after surgery to remove a foreign body. “We were uncertain whether this gas was due to persistence from previous surgery or perforation of bowel from a suspected foreign body,” says Ng, …

January 23rd, 2018 Full story »

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Teamwork important for WCVM radiologist

Perseverance and dedication have led Dr. Lesley Zwicker to her role as the newest board-certified radiologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Zwicker has faced a long journey to get to this point – earning diplomate certification by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) is a three-year process, which requires intensive studying and testing to meet the …

December 07th, 2017 Full story »