Dr. Joe Rubin. Photo: Jessica Colby.

Vet Topics (Summer 2021) now online

The Summer 2021 issue of Vet Topics is now available online. 

By WCVM Today

Click here to download the PDF. This issue includes the following stories:

Tracking UTIs in dogs. Results from a surveillance study show that western Canadian dogs with urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by E. coli can still be effectively treated with most antibiotic drugs — but antimicrobial resistance still warrants monitoring. 

A boost for pet health research. Eight WCVM research teams have received just over $102,000 in funding from the CAHF to conduct vital pet health research. 

Bacteria and corneal ulcers. The cornea is one of the most important components of the eye, but what happens when it’s no longer healthy?

Remote clinics return to the North. Despite challenges caused by COVID-19, the WCVM resumed its annual remote veterinary clinics for northern Saskatchewan communities this spring.

The donation of a lifetime. Jacqueline Shumiatcher, a longtime CAHF supporter, passed away on February 1, 2021, at the age of 97.

Study will help fine tune ferrets’ pain control. There’s no room for assumptions in pain management — that principle has prompted a WCVM research team to initiate a study investigating the efficacy of pain relief medications in ferrets. 

Canine pathogens on the Prairies. A research project at the WCVM aims to identify disease-causing organisms among dogs — an overlooked population on the Canadian Prairies.

Studies evaluate PET-CT’s value for cancer diagnosis. Oncology researchers at the WCVM are looking at whether Canada’s only PET-CT unit for the clinical use of animals can improve the diagnosis and staging of cancer in dogs.

Dental health: keeping periodontal disease at bay. “Dental disease” includes many oral-dental conditions in pets, but the most common one is periodontal disease — a type of bacterial infection that can greatly affect an animal’s general health and well-being if left untreated. 

Bits and Bites. A round up of companion animal health news from the WCVM.

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