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Marijuana and your pet

February 08th, 2019

If you live with a pet, there is a good chance you consider it to be a member of your family. It is well established that companion animals, ranging from cats and dogs through to birds and rodents, can have a positive health benefit in our lives. When cannabis was legalized in the parts of the United States, there were …

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Dr. Kevin Cosford

Keep pot away from pets

Sleepiness, lethargy, a “drunken” stupor – these signs are no laughing matter when it comes to marijuana and your pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested marijuana, whether in the form of an “edible” or the plant itself, it’s important to be upfront with your veterinarian about what has happened. This will allow them to avoid more extensive — …

April 03rd, 2018 Full story »

Prosthetic leg gives Sookie a second chance

During the week before Christmas in December 2016, Shannon Hamilton and John Kunard’s dog Sookie went missing from their acreage near Shellbrook, Sask. Things didn’t look good for the two-year-old Great Pyrenees, especially when temperatures dipped below -30 degrees Celsius. The couple began checking with neighbours to see if anyone had found Sookie’s body. Then, on Christmas Eve, Hamilton and …

July 06th, 2017 Full story »

Ferret adrenal disease demystified

Adrenal disease causes ferrets to lose all of their fur, but despite their alarming appearance, these bald pets aren’t in any pain as long as their condition is properly managed. According to a 2003 study, 70 per cent of ferrets in the United States were affected by adrenal disease —which often is fatal if left untreated. “It is one of …

July 28th, 2016 Full story »

Rabbit dental health ever-growing concern

Laura Driver knew something was wrong with her lionhead rabbit Twix, but what she didn’t know was that her pet was critically ill from a dental problem. “I noticed late one Saturday evening [that] Twix was hunched over, ears flat, drooling and wouldn’t eat. [She] wasn’t even interested in banana, the absolute favourite treat,” says Driver. Driver recognized the signs …

May 17th, 2016 Full story »

Intensive care gives Angus a new life

It was an early morning in August when Tyrone Kennedy-Bush of Kindersley, Sask., let his three dogs out for the day. “We let the dogs out to go play, like we always do – we live on a big acreage,” explains Kennedy-Bush. “Someone came into our yard to turn around  … and I guess they ran my dog over.” He …

March 07th, 2016 Full story »

CAP team members monitor their patients in the clinic's temporary "recovery area."

Spay-neuter clinics address pet health issues

It’s a Saturday morning in May, and my lab mates and I arrive early for the Canine Action Project’s (CAP) spay-neuter clinic at the elementary school in Little Pine First Nation — a community about 80 kilometres northwest of North Battleford, Sask. I’m helping out with the clinic, but I’m also here to collect dog poo. It’s part of my summer …

October 13th, 2014 Full story »

Put the CAHF on your gift list!

With Christmas just a few days away, the Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) can help you track down some final presents for those pet lovers, groomers, pet sitters and veterinarians on your gift list. A gift to the CAHF means a great deal to companion animals as well as to students, faculty and staff at the Western College of Veterinary …

December 16th, 2013 Full story »

Photo: Christina Weese.

New clinical tool helps vets save lives

A $20,000 gift from Dr. David Stark — a Saskatoon-based dental specialist in endodontics — has allowed the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) to purchase a clinical tool that provides critical data about blood coagulation. It’s vital information that can mean life or death for an animal, says Dr. Casey Gaunt, an assistant professor in the veterinary …

October 02nd, 2013 Full story »

Canine “tripods” regain their stride

Karen Mohr and her husband Dave Leswick first noticed their rambunctious golden retriever Oliver limping on his right hind leg after the eight-year-old dog took a tumble off the side of the dock at the family cabin in August 2012. “Oliver always got really excited when you threw his toy because he got to jump out into the water to …

April 08th, 2013 Full story »