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Xylitol-based water additives: safe for pets

December 05th, 2011

Xylitol, a natural sugar substitute, is added to some oral hygiene products for humans including chewing gum, toothpaste and mouthwash. With 40 per cent less calories than regular sugar, xylitol is also commonly found in human diet and baking products – advertised as safe for diabetics and other individuals with high blood glucose levels. Although it has no known toxicity …

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A splash of prevention

My cat has terrible breath. I try to follow the veterinarian’s orders by brushing her teeth, but she’s pretty feisty – even at 17 years old. A few scratches later, and with me dripping in sweat, I usually have to give up. But there might be a simpler alternative: my pet may be able to get a healthier mouth from …

December 02nd, 2011 Full story »

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Top 5 questions about periodontal disease

What’s the most frequently diagnosed disease in all ages of dogs? Periodontal disease, says Dr. Candace Grier-Lowe, assistant professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. “I would say about nine out of 10 patients that we see in the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre for routine procedures and yearly exams and vaccines have some …

December 01st, 2011 Full story »

Veterinary graduate’s story inspires students

When her high school guidance counsellor told her that striving for a career in veterinary medicine was a waste of time, Dr. Candace Grier-Lowe nearly believed him. “I wasn’t seriously thinking about university at the time,” she explains. “I was a horrible student – more interested in being a teenager and having fun – so I can understand why he …

November 30th, 2011 Full story »

Dr. Candace Grier-Lowe

Vet Topics (Winter 2012) now online

The Winter 2012 issue of Vet Topics — news publication for the WCVM’s Companion Animal Health Fund — is now available online. Click here to view Vet Topics. This issue’s highlights include: • A Splash of Prevention: WCVM assistant professor Dr. Candace Grier-Lowe investigated the effectiveness of a water additive in reducing plaque and calculus in pets’ mouths. • Anything …

November 24th, 2011 Full story »