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Small breed dogs such as Yorkshire terriers, poodles and Pomeranians, often develop tracheal collapse. Photo: Jacqueline Rademaker, courtesy of the MVMA Great Manitoba Dog Party photo contest.

Tracheal collapse focus for WCVM event

Tracheal collapse, a condition that often affects small breed or overweight dogs, is the focus of an upcoming continuing education event at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

The evening seminar, which will touch on current issues and management of tracheal collapse in canine patients, will take place in Room 2115 from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening, October 16.

Tracheal collapse is a chronic, progressive disease of the trachea (windpipe). The condition occurs when the C-shaped rings of cartilage in the trachea weaken and begin to flatten out.

Small breed dogs such as Yorkshire terriers, Pomeranians, poodles and Chihuahuas are most commonly affected by the disease. Other risk factors include obesity, middle or older age and living with owners who smoke.

Four faculty members will cover the topic for local veterinarians and WCVM alumni, veterinary students and other interested members of the public. The four clinicians include:
    • Dr. Casey Gaunt, an assistant professor in the Dept. of Small 
Animal Clinical Sciences and an ACVIM Diplomate.
    • Dr. Sherisse Sakals, an assistant professor of small animal 
surgery in the Dept. of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.
    • Dr. Greg Starrak, an associate professor of medical imaging in 
the Dept. of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and an ACVR Diplomate.
    • Dr. Barbara Ambros, an assistant professor of anesthesia in the Dept. of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and an ECVAA Diplomate.

Following the one-hour seminar, participants are invited to take a tour of the newly renovated Veterinary Medical Centre (small animal facilities) and to meet new WCVM clinicians, residents and clinical interns during an informal reception in the WCVM's buffeteria.

If you would like to attend the CE event, please RSVP to Jackie Bahnmann (306-966-7108) by Monday, Oct. 15.
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