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Pouncing on a protein

January 26th, 2016

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 …

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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 »

CAHF and EHRF support local research

Two research funds at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have awarded over $146,000 to University of Saskatchewan researchers who are investigating critical health issues in horses and pets. The Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF), which supports pet health research, granted nearly $76,800 to six research teams that include 22 researchers. The Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) awarded nearly $69,700 toward 19 scientists …

July 11th, 2014 Full story »

Photo: Christina Weese

Do pulse crops belong in pet food?

A three-year study at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) may find a new use for some of the province’s most popular pulse crops – peas, faba beans and lentils. The study plans to look at the digestibility and glycemic index of different pulse starches for cats and dogs. It’s a follow up to the successful beagle study that …

May 20th, 2014 Full story »

WCVM researchers are exploring the anti-obesity and anti-diabetic potential of nesfatin-1, a novel protein. iStockphoto.com.

Nesfatin-1: obesity, diabetes fighter?

In North America, metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity are becoming epidemic among people as well as their pets. As many as 50 per cent of cats and dogs in domestic households are overweight or obese and science still doesn’t fully understand why some individuals are more prone to metabolic disease than others. Dr. Suraj Unniappan, an associate professor …

February 13th, 2014 Full story »

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Poop, parasites and public health

It may look like ordinary, everyday dog poop, but to researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), those little lumps contain a treasure trove of public health information. That’s one of the key facts that I learned this summer as a WCVM research student, travelling around Saskatchewan collecting dog feces — a job that gave me first-hand experience …

February 03rd, 2014 Full story »