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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 »

Canine vaccination

Rabies: what you need to know

Most pet owners aren’t concerned about their animals contracting rabies, but the reality is that infection with the deadly virus usually results in death for animals as well as people. “There’s no cure for rabies disease,” says Dr. Jordan Woodsworth, wellness veterinarian at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre. Rabies is transmitted through salivary secretions of infected …

September 27th, 2013 Full story »

Sparky, fifteen-year-old mixed breed dog.

Keeping pets healthy in their senior years

As my 15-year-old dog has grown older, I’ve noticed some common signs of an aging animal. Sparky is a bit slower, and he now favours a nice nap over a long walk. He’s developed arthritis in his hind legs and has needed more than one tooth to be removed. But although Sparky looks a bit disheveled, he’s still just as …

August 26th, 2013 Full story »

Border collie with horse

Preventing tick-borne illness in your pets

It’s a common scene in Saskatchewan – you let your dog out for a romp in the woods and then spend the next half hour searching for ticks. These little arachnids will happily make their home on anything with blood – you, your dog, your cat, your horse, your snake. No creature is safe from their bites. And although no …

July 23rd, 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 »

Floyd by log cabin

A pancreatitis primer for cat owners

Pancreatitis is an increasingly important pancreatic disorder in cats, but what exactly is it? What happens when a cat becomes ill due to pancreatitis? The pancreas is glandular organ has two main functions: to produce metabolic hormones that control blood sugar and to produce enzymes that aid in food digestion. Normally, due to their destructive nature, the protein-digesting enzymes trypsin …

September 19th, 2012 Full story »

Bailey, owned by Robyn Thrasher

Managing kitty’s chronic kidney disease

When my cat Bailey was first diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), she was only five years old. At the time, I didn’t know very much about the condition. I truly thought it was over for her and had prepared to say good-bye. Fortunately, my precious Bailey lived a long and happy life for another 13 years. It’s unknown what …

August 13th, 2012 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 »