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New cancer therapy appeals to pet owners

April 03rd, 2018

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 …

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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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What causes sudden blindness in dogs?

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, …

April 18th, 2017 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 »

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 »

Vet Topics: Winter 2015

The Winter 2015 issue of Vet Topics is now available online. Click here to download a PDF version of this issue that includes the following stories: CAHF funds pet health research teams at U of S: Scientists at the U of S have received $76,800 in research funding from the WCVM’s Companion Animal Health Fund. CAHF Supporters: Dr. Brain Gibbs (WCVM …

January 09th, 2015 Full story »

Going to the dogs for cancer models

A dog owner who shows up at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) with a pet that has lymphoma might be surprised to see a molecular geneticist and an internist from the College of Medicine on the team of specialists handling the case. Professor Troy Harkness from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Dr. Terra Arnason, a …

October 13th, 2014 Full story »

Pigmentary uveitis remains a mystery

My eyes burn and it feels like I haven’t blinked for days. I’ve been sitting for hours, sifting through case files in the records office of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre. I let out a sigh that erupts a plume of dust: I’ve hardly even made a dent in the mountain of paper before me. …

September 30th, 2014 Full story »