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Cracking a multi-species mystery

April 07th, 2022

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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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 »

Vanessa Tonn

Protecting the health of pets and people

Most pet owners would agree that a cuddle or a lick from their favourite four-legged creatures can do a lot to make a bad day more bearable. But with all of the attention being paid to zoonotic diseases – those which can transfer from animals to humans – should we be concerned that spending time with our pets can actually …

December 05th, 2011 Full story »

Janna Schurer

Northern dogs: sentinels for parasites?

Large, free-roaming dog populations in northern Saskatchewan communities often carry parasites that can pose significant health risks to people living in the area. The dogs can act as disease reservoirs, passing parasite eggs in their feces. People then become infected from environmental contamination. “If we see parasites on the rise in the dog population, then we know that humans in …

November 30th, 2011 Full story »

People, dogs and bacteria

When penicillin was first introduced in the early 1940s, it was effective against nearly all bacteria. But nearly 70 years later, penicillin has lost its punch: while bacteria such as Streptococci are still frequently susceptible to the antibiotic, Staphylococcus aureusare often resistant. “Antibiotic resistance has emerged very quickly because bacteria have a very short generation time and can evolve and …

September 04th, 2011 Full story »