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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 »

WCVM assists animal rescue efforts

When a growing number of wildfires forced thousands of people in La Ronge and other northern Saskatchewan communities to evacuate in early July, they had to leave behind their pets. The thought of those stranded animals and their owners’ anxiety motivated many people and organizations from across the province to respond — including the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). …

July 17th, 2015 Full story »

Brain tumour study depends on dogs

A University of Saskatchewan cancer research study gives new meaning to dogs being “man’s best friend.” The collaborative study, which involves researchers from Saskatchewan, B.C. and Colorado, is investigating the effectiveness of mini beam radiation treatments (MBRT) for treating malignant brain tumours. This new method of radiation therapy has the potential to extend the survival time of dogs and eventually …

May 11th, 2015 Full story »

One of the digital storytelling videos explores the traditional role of dogs in First Nations culture.

Digital storytelling nurtures knowledge

What’s one thing that makes four videos about managing dog populations in the Battle River Treaty 6 area distinct? The fact that they actually exist, says Christina McKenzie, a co-creator of the videos and a second-year student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Before she began working on the video project, McKenzie’s research turned up very little information …

February 04th, 2015 Full story »

WCVM graduate student Jennifer Briens demonstrates an ultrasound exam on "Toffee." Photo: Derek Mortensen, Canadian Press Images.

CFI invests in pet health project

Two researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are among a group of University of Saskatchewan scientists who received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). U of S researchers will share a total of $844,000 from the CFI for wide-ranging research. The four U of S projects were announced January 20 on the U of S campus by Ed Holder, …

January 27th, 2015 Full story »