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Puppy makes remarkable recovery

August 05th, 2016

Ashley Woodvine recounts the unbearable drive into Saskatoon, Sask., after her puppy Sharley was run over. The puppy had been sleeping under the car, and Woodvine unknowingly backed over the then four-month-old, mixed-breed farm dog. Sharley was in such extreme pain that she snapped at Woodvine and her partner Brian Stephenson. They quickly wrapped the puppy in a blanket and …

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VIDEO: Angus on road to recovery

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.

March 07th, 2016 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 Erinn Hilberry first met Ben, the blind border collie was shy and withdrawn as he lay on the floor with his head down.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, …

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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 »

Dr. Belle Nibblett and canine patient

Vaccinations key to preventing distemper

Recent headlines about canine distemper cases in the Saskatoon area are highlighting the need for pet owners to regularly vaccinate their dogs and prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease. “Distemper virus can cause very serious illness and death. Our vaccines are nearly 100 per cent effective so we strongly advocate prevention through vaccination,” says Dr. Jordan Woodsworth, wellness …

March 14th, 2013 Full story »

Living with canine lymphoma: it’s possible

While dog owners may be shocked and dismayed to hear that their seemingly healthy pet has been diagnosed with canine lymphoma, veterinary medical oncologist Dr. Valerie MacDonald has encouraging news for them. “Canine lymphoma is one of the most rewarding cancers to treat because so many of the patients – 85 to 90 percent of them – respond to chemotherapy. …

February 01st, 2013 Full story »

Student listening to a dog's heart beat

Parvovirus enteritis hard to stomach for pups

Parvoviral enteritis is a common condition affecting young dogs throughout most areas of the world. Often affecting puppies between the ages of eight to 20 weeks, canine parvovirus causes severe gastrointestinal abnormalities with profuse vomiting and diarrhea. Often fatal if not treated, parvovirus is transmitted through fecal-oral contact and can be extremely resistant in the environment — even in very …

August 02nd, 2012 Full story »

Vet students living “a dog’s life”

Have you ever wondered what “living a dog’s life” is really like? Well, this summer three students from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine are learning first hand what living a dog’s life entails for free-roaming dogs in Puerto Natales, Chile. As volunteers with Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VWB/VSF), Andrea Pellegrino, Graham Ellingsen and Rebecca Jackson are participating in …

July 03rd, 2012 Full story »