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Ferret adrenal disease demystified

July 28th, 2016

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 …

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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 »

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 »

CAP team members monitor their patients in the clinic's temporary "recovery area."

Spay-neuter clinics address pet health issues

It’s a Saturday morning in May, and my lab mates and I arrive early for the Canine Action Project’s (CAP) spay-neuter clinic at the elementary school in Little Pine First Nation — a community about 80 kilometres northwest of North Battleford, Sask. I’m helping out with the clinic, but I’m also here to collect dog poo. It’s part of my summer …

October 13th, 2014 Full story »

Put the CAHF on your gift list!

With Christmas just a few days away, the Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) can help you track down some final presents for those pet lovers, groomers, pet sitters and veterinarians on your gift list. A gift to the CAHF means a great deal to companion animals as well as to students, faculty and staff at the Western College of Veterinary …

December 16th, 2013 Full story »

Photo: Christina Weese.

New clinical tool helps vets save lives

A $20,000 gift from Dr. David Stark — a Saskatoon-based dental specialist in endodontics — has allowed the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) to purchase a clinical tool that provides critical data about blood coagulation. It’s vital information that can mean life or death for an animal, says Dr. Casey Gaunt, an assistant professor in the veterinary …

October 02nd, 2013 Full story »

Canine “tripods” regain their stride

Karen Mohr and her husband Dave Leswick first noticed their rambunctious golden retriever Oliver limping on his right hind leg after the eight-year-old dog took a tumble off the side of the dock at the family cabin in August 2012. “Oliver always got really excited when you threw his toy because he got to jump out into the water to …

April 08th, 2013 Full story »

Scooby, CAHF notecards

Notecards ideal gift for pet lovers, clients

Need some gifts for the pet lovers in your life? Looking for new cards to use for your veterinary clinic’s correspondence? Check out the Companion Animal Health Fund’s new pet notecard sets that are now available at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. The sets, which sell for $20, include 16 blank cards that feature four winsome images of pets …

January 29th, 2013 Full story »

Papillon puppy

Study explores EPEC and parvoviral enteritis

When a puppy comes into a veterinary clinic with clinical signs of vomiting and diarrhea, one of the top diagnoses on a veterinarian’s mind is parvoviral enteritis – a viral infection affecting the gastrointestinal tract. But what about other pathogens that may look like parvoviral enteritis? One such infectious agent is the bacteria known as enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC), which …

August 04th, 2012 Full story »

Easing the grief through memorial tributes

When Jim Dobie lost his golden retriever Angus to cancer in 1996, he was surprised and touched to learn that his veterinarian, Dr. Lloyd Abbey (WCVM ’77) of Edmonton, Alta., had made a memorial donation to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) on his behalf. “I certainly never expected that and didn’t even know such …

May 18th, 2012 Full story »