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WCVM link to border collie research

April 07th, 2022

University of Minnesota (U of M) scientists’ new findings about border collie collapse (BCC) have a direct link to previous studies conducted by Dr. Susan Taylor, a professor emerita of the WCVM’s Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. The Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) supported some of these initial BCC research investigations. The U of M research team’s genetic work, …

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Cracking a multi-species mystery

A team of University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have cracked a multi-species mystery, documenting the flow of a common canine pathogen from a dog to a human. This finding is the first documented, symptomatic urinary tract infection (UTI) in a human patient caused by transmission of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius bacteria from a dog. Led by Dr. Joseph Blondeau (PhD) of the USask College of …

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Anesthesiologists essential to patient care

Rounds, where each patient’s plan for the day is reviewed, begin at 8 a.m. The room is full of scrubs and sneakers and coffees. A dozen fourth-year veterinary students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are taking their clinical rotation through anesthesia for four weeks; each has a case plan written up that is presented to the panel …

April 18th, 2017 Full story »

Puppy makes remarkable recovery

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 »

Joint disease hidden concern for aging cats

Think your senior kitty no longer moves around or plays because it’s simply growing older? Think again. Inactivity is a common clue that your cat may have degenerative joint disease (DJD). According to a research study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) cats over 12 years old have a 90 per cent chance of developing …

January 11th, 2016 Full story »

Clinic curbs Winnipeg’s feral cat population

Randi Roberts knew something had to be done about the overpopulation of stray and feral cats in the north end of her hometown of Winnipeg, so she took action. With help from her friend Jessica Thompson, Roberts – then a receptionist at Winnipeg’s Machray Animal Hospital — began recruiting volunteers to help deal with the out-of-control stray cat population in …

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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, …

June 03rd, 2015 Full story »

Vets for Pets good medicine for everyone

The man standing in front of Dr. Jane Vermeulen was well groomed, neatly dressed and articulate. When he asked her for a specific flea treatment for his two cats, she assumed he was a staff member from Our Place — an inner-city transition shelter in Victoria, B.C. Our Place is also home base for “Vets for Pets,” a free veterinary clinic …

May 04th, 2015 Full story »

Dr. Romany Pinto and Rosie, one of her canine patients. Photo: Christina Weese.

Pets get physical

In the basement of the Small Animal Clinic in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), Dr. Romany Pinto is working with Kaibo, a brown toy poodle with hip and knee problems. Pinto and her assistant repeatedly move Kaibo—who visits the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre rehabilitation clinic twice a week—through the motion of sitting and lying down on a foam …

January 27th, 2015 Full story »