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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 »

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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 »

WCVM researchers are testing whether a shorter course of antibiotics is just as effective in treating UTIs in dogs. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

Study tests faster cure for UTIs in dogs

Anyone who has taken antibiotics knows that the longer the treatment time, the more likely a dose is missed. And as the symptoms disappear, so does the motivation to finish the entire vial of pills. Owners face the same challenges when treating their pets with antibiotics. While the typical antibiotic treatment time for women with urinary tract infections (UTIs) usually …

January 06th, 2014 Full story »

Dr. Lynn Weber (centre) with graduate student Jennifer Briens (left) and research associate Kyla Zatti hold three of the cats that will participate in the WCVM nutrition study. Photo: Kris Foster.

Cats join WCVM nutrition study

They won’t be walking around the Bowl like the pack of beagles did over the last few years, but a group of cats are joining a nutrition study similar to the one that made the dogs famous at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). The beagles that the campus community was so fond of seeing were part of a …

December 02nd, 2013 Full story »

The twists and turns of research

It’s common knowledge that no matter how well you prepare, research experiments never go perfectly according to plan. I think back to this idea as I watch a team of veterinary specialists try, for the fourth time, to unsuccessfully place a catheter into the spleen of an anesthetized dog. “It [can be] a little bit frustrating sometimes just because it’s …

November 07th, 2013 Full story »

ultrasound machine

Ultrasound key to improving sample accuracy

A researcher at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is conducting a study that will pinpoint the most effective and economical way to aspirate canine lymph nodes. Lymph node aspiration is a diagnostic tool commonly performed by veterinarians. The technique involves using a thin needle to extract cells from a lymph node so they can be sent off to …

July 09th, 2013 Full story »

Maggie chewing on toy

A safer solution to a sticky problem?

When my little dog Maggie was young, she would chew anything she could get her paws on: a lamp cord, cell phone charger, TV cable, garbage cans, clothing, the bathroom curtain and even the bottom of a door. But most of all, she loved to gnaw on the pig’s hoof that I gave her to chew. One day Maggie seemed …

June 01st, 2013 Full story »

Vital animal health projects receive funding

Two longtime research funds have directed more than $170,000 in funding to researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in support of vital pet and equine health research projects. The Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) is investing more than $67,000 in eight pet health projects while the Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) will provide eight teams of equine …

May 22nd, 2013 Full story »