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What causes sudden blindness in dogs?

April 18th, 2017

Sudden blindness. Eating more than normal. Increased thirst. Frequent urination. Doesn’t want to go for walks anymore. History of recent weight gain. I’m losing count of how many times I’ve read this same list of clinical signs in a canine patient’s file as I search through electronic medical records at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). My research supervisor, …

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Anesthesiologists essential to patient care

Rounds, where each patient’s plan for the day is reviewed, begin at 8 a.m. The room is full of scrubs and sneakers and coffees. A dozen fourth-year veterinary students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are taking their clinical rotation through anesthesia for four weeks; each has a case plan written up that is presented to the panel …

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Vet Topics (Winter 2017)

The Winter 2017 issue of Vet Topics is now available online. Click here to download a PDF version of this issue that includes the following stories: Pouncing on a protein: WCVM researchers are conducting research that may someday lead to a better treatment for inflammatory liver disease (ILD), a chronic condition in many cats. CAHF research fellows: A brief update on the fund’s …

January 07th, 2017 Full story »

Puppy makes remarkable recovery

Ashley Woodvine recounts the unbearable drive into Saskatoon, Sask., after her puppy Sharley was run over. The puppy had been sleeping under the car, and Woodvine unknowingly backed over the then four-month-old, mixed-breed farm dog. Sharley was in such extreme pain that she snapped at Woodvine and her partner Brian Stephenson. They quickly wrapped the puppy in a blanket and …

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Ferret adrenal disease demystified

Adrenal disease causes ferrets to lose all of their fur, but despite their alarming appearance, these bald pets aren’t in any pain as long as their condition is properly managed. According to a 2003 study, 70 per cent of ferrets in the United States were affected by adrenal disease —which often is fatal if left untreated. “It is one of …

July 28th, 2016 Full story »

Rabbit dental health ever-growing concern

Laura Driver knew something was wrong with her lionhead rabbit Twix, but what she didn’t know was that her pet was critically ill from a dental problem. “I noticed late one Saturday evening [that] Twix was hunched over, ears flat, drooling and wouldn’t eat. [She] wasn’t even interested in banana, the absolute favourite treat,” says Driver. Driver recognized the signs …

May 17th, 2016 Full story »

Animal nutrition expert joins WCVM

Tammy Owens jokes that she has almost enough cats at home – seven – to run a valid feeding study, something entirely appropriate for someone who specializes in animal nutrition at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Owens joined the U of S faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences in January, recruited …

May 13th, 2016 Full story »

Beef the “loyal lifesaver”

If Beef was a human being, he’d likely be getting a letter of recognition from Canadian Blood Services. Instead, his contributions are rewarded mostly by treats and affection from the staff at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC). For years Beef – a friendly, mixed-breed dog of what’s likely maremma and golden retriever origins – …

March 22nd, 2016 Full story »

Intensive care gives Angus a new life

It was an early morning in August when Tyrone Kennedy-Bush of Kindersley, Sask., let his three dogs out for the day. “We let the dogs out to go play, like we always do – we live on a big acreage,” explains Kennedy-Bush. “Someone came into our yard to turn around  … and I guess they ran my dog over.” He …

March 07th, 2016 Full story »

Pouncing on a protein

Dr. Ahmad Al-Dissi hopes his research will someday lead to a better treatment for inflammatory liver disease (ILD), a chronic and painful condition in many cats whose cause still remains a mystery for veterinarians. “There are a lot of cases of cats with liver disease. The cause of ILD is largely unknown and there are few things we can do …

January 26th, 2016 Full story »