Vet Topics (Fall 2019) now online


The Fall 2019 issue of Vet Topics is now available online. Click here to download a PDF version that includes the following stories:

  • Sights set on genetic test: A WCVM research team is working to pinpoint the genetic cause of pigmentary uveitis (PU), a painful, inherited condition that commonly affects golden retrievers.
  • Funds propel research: This year the Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) is supporting nine studies, worth $107,062, that focus on pet health issues.
  • Preventing metabolic bone disease in reptiles: All too often, pet reptiles are falling ill with completely preventable diseases such as metabolic bone disease (MBD) — a condition that often goes unnoticed until it’s too late.
  • PET-CT first in Canada: Western Canada’s regional veterinary col-lege is now home to Canada’s only PET-CT unit dedicated to clinical use in animals as well as for animal-human research studies.
  • Cases show PET-CT’s potential: As part of the training process for the new imaging unit, clinicians and researchers offered PET-CT scans to two clients of the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC). Having access to this highly advanced medical imaging proved beneficial for these first two patients.
  • Probing cannabis’ potential benefits for pets: A research team headed by Dr. Al Chicoine, a board-certified veterinary phar-macologist and assistant professor at the WCVM, aims to find out whether cannabis can be used to prevent a trying health issue in dogs and cats: chronic vomiting.

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