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Canine care on campus

October 08th, 2015

Since 2013, you’ve likely seen one or more therapy dogs on campus, bringing puppy peace to stressed students during exam season. One of the handlers, Colleen Dell, professor in the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health, and Research Chair in Substance Abuse, looks at the use of pet therapy and its effect on patient recovery and mental health. …

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Fund helps to relieve therapy cat’s pain

Since Clijsters and her feline partner Stosur have come to live at Mark and Karlinda Weiderick’s home near Outlook, Sask., the two young cats have transformed the life of the couple’s nine-year-old son Peyton. They’re not just family pets: they’re therapy cats for Peyton who has been diagnosed with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a sensory disorder. That’s why …

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Joey visits with Dr. Vivian Fan (left) and his owner Linda Jensen. Photo: Christina Weese.

How Joey got his bounce back

Linda Jensen knew it was bad news when her veterinarian called her on a Sunday night. Dr. Bernard Chapuis, a practitioner in Jensen’s home town of Prince Albert, Sask., had recently removed a lump behind the left front leg of Jensen’s Airedale terrier Joey. “The pathologist at the university [Western College of Veterinary Medicine] had sent back the results and …

January 10th, 2015 Full story »

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Anka, the dog who never lost her smile

On February 3, 2012, our beautiful Norwegian elkhound Anka succumbed to complications from bladder cancer (transitional cell carcinoma or TCC) just a few weeks shy of her fifteenth birthday. Anka bravely fought her cancer for over two years. She never lost her smile through the operations, tests and treatments. And she never lost her unique ability to make every adult …

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Canine cancer survivors still enjoy life

Gambit is a 15-year-old Shih Tzu-poodle cross who loves to roll on his back. “I call it his happy dance,” says his owner Sharon Morgan of Saskatoon, Sask. “When he’s on his back wiggling and rolling around, either in the grass or the snow, you can just tell he’s ecstatic. He’s in that doggy heaven, and life is good.” As …

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