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VIDEO: Angus on road to recovery

March 07th, 2016

The WCVM team worked hard to save Angus, a giant Alaskan malamute who suffered extensive injuries after he was run over by a vehicle last summer. Video by Christina Weese. Weese, BDes, is a freelance writer, graphic designer, photographer and avid equestrian who lives near Saskatoon, Sask. Since 2008 she has also been the editor for the Canadian Arabian Horse News.

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Joint disease hidden concern for aging cats

Think your senior kitty no longer moves around or plays because it’s simply growing older? Think again. Inactivity is a common clue that your cat may have degenerative joint disease (DJD). According to a research study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) cats over 12 years old have a 90 per cent chance of developing …

January 11th, 2016 Full story »

Clinic curbs Winnipeg’s feral cat population

Randi Roberts knew something had to be done about the overpopulation of stray and feral cats in the north end of her hometown of Winnipeg, so she took action. With help from her friend Jessica Thompson, Roberts – then a receptionist at Winnipeg’s Machray Animal Hospital — began recruiting volunteers to help deal with the out-of-control stray cat population in …

September 09th, 2015 Full story »

Dental surgery fetches pain relief for Ben

When Dr. Erinn Hilberry first met Ben, the blind border collie was shy and withdrawn as he lay on the floor with his head down. Two weeks after dental surgery, Ben was a totally different dog. “It was amazing! He was wagging his tail, walking around the room sniffing stuff and coming up to people to say hi,” recalls Hilberry, …

June 03rd, 2015 Full story »

Vets for Pets good medicine for everyone

The man standing in front of Dr. Jane Vermeulen was well groomed, neatly dressed and articulate. When he asked her for a specific flea treatment for his two cats, she assumed he was a staff member from Our Place — an inner-city transition shelter in Victoria, B.C. Our Place is also home base for “Vets for Pets,” a free veterinary clinic …

May 04th, 2015 Full story »

Dr. Romany Pinto and Rosie, one of her canine patients. Photo: Christina Weese.

Pets get physical

In the basement of the Small Animal Clinic in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), Dr. Romany Pinto is working with Kaibo, a brown toy poodle with hip and knee problems. Pinto and her assistant repeatedly move Kaibo—who visits the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre rehabilitation clinic twice a week—through the motion of sitting and lying down on a foam …

January 27th, 2015 Full story »

Can your pet get sunburned?

As summer continues, people and pets alike flock outdoors to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. We take along sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and clothes to protect our skin from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) light of the sun — but what do we do to protect our pets? If you’ve never thought about this before, don’t worry – you’re not the only …

September 02nd, 2014 Full story »

Ticks 101

April showers bring May flowers … and ticks? That’s right. The increased humidity and warm weather of spring and summer provide ideal conditions for these parasites to thrive, and your pet is the perfect host. “Tall grass and bush are places where ticks like to hang out, so if your dog visits this type of environment, they can pick up …

July 08th, 2014 Full story »

A clinical team treats local pets during a remote animal clinic in northern Saskatchewan. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jasmine Dhillon.

Addressing dog over-population in the North

Dr. Jasmine Dhillon, a graduate student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is working with some First Nations people to talk about methods of dog population control and dog bite prevention in their communities. First Nations people in Canada’s North have traditionally depended on dogs for protection, companionship and transportation. Although dogs continue to play an important role, …

December 17th, 2013 Full story »

Veterinary dentist Dr. Candace Grier-Lowe brushes the teeth of Panda, a patient at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre. Photo: Christina Weese.

Preventing dental disease in your pet

Many pet owners think that their dogs’ bad breath is normal — but “doggie breath” actually signifies that there’s more going on with your pet’s dental health than you may realize. “Animals can have bad breath without having significant dental disease, but most often, the bad breath that’s associated with bad periodontal disease is pretty noticeable,” says Dr. Jordan Woodsworth, wellness …

December 16th, 2013 Full story »