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Pet research in motion

July 18th, 2023

An investment of more than $150,000 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Companion Animal Health Fund (CAHF) will benefit scientists and graduate students whose research work focuses on improving pet health. This year, nearly $78,000 of the CAHF funding will support the work of six research teams whose members include WCVM faculty, graduate students, and collaborators on the …

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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 »

two small dogs in park

CAHF research: 2022-23

Five research teams at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have received nearly $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. What …

February 18th, 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 »

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Pet health research in print

A roundup of WCVM-related companion animal research articles that have been recently published in peer-reviewed journals. Cotter B, Zwicker LA, Lavallee J, Perdrizet UG, Allen AL, Sukut S, Matz B. “Bronchocutaneous fistula in a dog.” Journal of Small Animal Practice. April 2022. 63(4):336. Leis ML, Sandmeyer LS. “Diagnostic ophthalmology.” Canadian Veterinary Journal. May 2022. 63(5):549-550. Meachem MD, Allen AL. “What …

January 18th, 2023 Full story »

George, a stray grey tabby cat.

Stray cat gets new outlook on life

Two years ago, a stray grey tabby cat showed up in a neighbourhood in south Regina, Sask. Since then, “George” has stolen the hearts of many people there — including Christine Holzer. “I feed birds and squirrels, so there’s a lot of food and fresh water out all the time. I’m sure the birds probably attracted him to my yard,” …

November 15th, 2022 Full story »

Two younger puppies on a soft bed.

Preventing canine parvovirus

Canine parvovirus 2 (CPV-2), more commonly known as “parvo,” is a highly contagious virus that attacks a dog’s gastrointestinal tract. Unvaccinated puppies younger than four months are in the “high risk” category for this often-fatal disease. The most common symptoms of parvo include vomiting, diarrhea, a loss of appetite and decreased energy. Continuous bouts of vomiting and diarrhea can lead …

October 18th, 2022 Full story »

Vet’s vision revives textbook

When Dr. Monique Mayer (DVM) began studying the dog’s lymphatic system as part of her work as a cancer researcher, she relied on an unlikely assistant: her mother. Mayer, a professor and board-certified veterinary radiation oncologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), was using a textbook written by German anatomist Dr. Hermann Baum in 1918. With no English …

April 07th, 2022 Full story »

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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 …

April 07th, 2022 Full story »