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Digging up danger

May 26th, 2024

As dogs dig holes and sniff their surroundings during their daily walks, owners should be aware of a potentially fatal fungal disease that could infect their pets. Blastomycosis is a disease caused by Blastomyces dermatitidis, a type of fungus that lives in moist soils often found in eastern North America. The fungus is often found in the Prairie provinces — …

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Veterinarian (male) examines a young lab-cross puppy

Diagnostic clues for Addison’s disease

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have identified some unique characteristics that most dogs show when they’re critically ill due to Addison’s disease — insights that may help veterinarians identify severe cases more quickly. Addison’s disease (canine hypoadrenocorticism) is caused by a lack of cortisol and aldosterone, two essential hormones made by the adrenal glands. While the disease is …

May 26th, 2024 Full story »

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CAHF unveils new pet projects

Thanks to a record number of grant applications, the Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) is investing more than $152,000 in 10 pet health research projects for 2024-25. These studies, which focus on a range of companion animal health issues, will be conducted by Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) researchers and their collaborators. Click here for more details about the …

May 26th, 2024 Full story »

Vet Topics (Spring 2024) now online

The Spring 2024 issue of Vet Topics, news publication for the veterinary college’s Companion Animal Health Fund, is now available online. Click here to view the Spring 2024 issue of Vet Topics. This issue includes the following stories:  To catch a cat killer. Graduate student Dorsa Mehrabanpour describes the work of her research team whose members are hoping to use positron emission …

May 26th, 2024 Full story »

veterinarian weighing a canine patient

Program to define veterinary access to care

Over the next four years, the Northern Engagement and Community Outreach (NECO) program at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) will receive $860,000 from PetSmart Charities of Canada in support of efforts addressing access to veterinary care in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia and Canada’s northern territories. The grant will support the leadership role of Dr. Jordan Woodsworth (DVM, PhD), director of …

May 21st, 2024 Full story »

Oncologist targets cancer challenges

Growing up around dogs, cats, turtles and chickens at his family’s home in Japan, Dr. Arata Matsuyama (DVM, PhD) knew from a very early age that he wanted to work with animals in veterinary medicine. But what wasn’t part of Matsuyama’s initial plan was devoting himself to studying cancer in companion animals — a decision that eventually brought him to …

July 17th, 2023 Full story »

Healthy dogs, healthy communities

Over $149,000 in funding from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is helping University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers from multiple disciplines provide support to Saskatchewan communities that are experiencing challenges with dogs. The SHRF-funded research project uses a One Health approach to study human-dog relationships and circumstances surrounding aggressive dog-human encounters such as dog bites. With this approach, researchers explore …

July 17th, 2023 Full story »

CAHF research summaries (2023-24)

Is methadone effective in managing ferrets’ pain?Drs. Barbara Ambros, Jane Shin, and Isabelle Desprez, WCVM; Dr. Heather Knych, University of California, Davis There’s very little scientific information about pain relief in ferrets, and veterinarians often rely on pain management protocols developed for other animals to treat this species. What’s challenging is that no one has specifically studied how ferrets react …

July 07th, 2023 Full story »

puppy playing with bone

Guide helps put welcome mat out for pets

A team of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are part of an initiative to explore the benefits of welcoming companion animals in places where they wouldn’t normally be allowed. PAWS in Places, led by Dr. Colleen Dell (PhD), is a collaboration between Royal Canin, the WCVM and the USask One …

February 18th, 2023 Full story »

canine patient receiving chemotherapy

Pet health studies gain vital support

Five research teams at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have received over $93,000 in funding for research projects targeting a variety of health issues and questions in companion animals. The WCVM’s Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) and another fund administered by the CAHF provided financial support for the research studies that are based at the veterinary college. For …

February 18th, 2023 Full story »