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emergency and critical care

The animal side of critical care

January 15th, 2019

One early Monday morning last October, the clinical team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) was preparing for rounds when an emergency patient was brought in to the hospital. “Granny,” a wirehaired pointing griffon-cross dog, was lethargic, her gums were pale and her heart rate was elevated. The hospital’s emergency and critical care team …

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granny-Dr. Jen Lowen
canine parvovirus

Retrieving a better parvovirus therapy

Taking your adorable new puppy to play at the dog park: priceless. Potential cost of not fully vaccinating your puppy first: several days in the veterinary hospital, thousands of dollars in intensive-care fees … and still no guarantee your puppy will survive. Many new pet owners face this shocking and unfortunate situation. Millions of puppies world-wide are at risk of …

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Kim Foster in the ICU at WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre

The WCVM’s ICU from eyes inside

When I first walk into the small animal intensive care unit (ICU) at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre, there’s activity everywhere: dogs are barking, machines are beeping and clinicians are discussing the unit’s cases. At first, the level of activity and noise is overwhelming. But it soon becomes evident that everything is organized and controlled in this high-paced environment where …

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