Dual degree sets up veterinarian for lifelong learning

One of the biggest lessons Dr. Alex Muzzin has learned as a small animal veterinarian is to pay almost as much attention to the people walking through her doors as she does to the pets they bring with them.

Vet Topics (Summer 2018) now online

The Summer 2018 issue of Vet Topics — news publication for the WCVM Companion Animal Health Fund — is now available online.

Puzzling disease devastates B.C. rabbits

Veterinarians and rabbit owners in British Columbia are on alert for a devastating viral disease that has caused the death of hundreds of rabbits in the province this past spring.

One very determined dentist

Dr. Candace Lowe, a member of the Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba, is a role model on many fronts: she’s female, Indigenous and an example of what’s possible when a person finds her passion.

Little things in life make researcher’s day

Microbiologist Moses Ikechukwu’s enthusiasm for his research work is infectious — spending even 20 minutes with him can put anyone in a good mood. His passion for learning was passed down to him from his parents who sacrificed a great deal for their son’s education in Nigeria.

WCVM clinician-scientist earns global prize for eye-catching research

A Western College of Veterinary Medicine scientist and her team’s groundbreaking research earned international attention at the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ECVO) Congress in May 2018.

Raw meat study connects dental and veterinary worlds

Second-year dentistry students Jessa Drury, Lisa Bachiu and Susanne Skulski were sitting in their endodontics class when they came up with the idea of how they could connect their schooling at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Dentistry with veterinary medicine.

Hearing ear dog helped by aquatic therapy

Vera Rosin has had an important connection with dogs since she was a child.

Keep pot away from pets

Sleepiness, lethargy, a “drunken” stupor – these signs are no laughing matter when it comes to marijuana and your pets.

The "protein illusion": nitrogen doping in pet food

Having trouble deciding on a new pet food for your furry family member? With the hundreds of pet food brands stocked on store shelves, choosing the most nutritious one can be a daunting task for any pet owner.

Angiostatin breathes new life into research targeting ARDS and cancer

It all began with the case of three kittens that were found in severe respiratory distress after a day spent in a laundry room with a home air purifier running.

Understanding X-rays can save dollars and lives

Dr. Jiaying Ng’s interest in the topic of gas in the abdomen began when she helped care for a canine patient that developed this potentially serious issue three weeks after surgery to remove a foreign body.

RapidArc advances cancer centre plan

The newly-acquired RapidArc radiation technology is a key part of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s plan to establish a centre for comparative oncology at the University of Saskatchewan, says WCVM Dean Dr. Douglas Freeman.

Rapid radiation

State-of-the-art radiation technology is transforming cancer treatment at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Radiation therapy buys time for beloved husky

When Scott Vosper brought his Siberian husky Koda in to the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre for radiation treatment in February 2017, he knew he was only buying his much-loved companion some extra time.

Sookie's second chance

During the week before Christmas in December 2016, Shannon Hamilton and John Kunard's dog Sookie went missing from their acreage near Shellbrook, Sask.

Vet Topics (Winter 2017) now online

The Winter 2017 issue of Vet Topics is now available online.

Watch for holiday dangers to family pets

While the holidays are a joyous time for many people, the extra hustle and bustle of large gatherings can make it easy for household pets to get into trouble unnoticed.

Bruno recovers after long stay at WCVM

When Cindy and John Billesberger's missing dog Bruno was found at the bottom of an abandoned well near their Estevan-area farmyard, they were astounded that the seven-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever was still alive.

Bruno in stable condition at VMC

A dog that spent 27 days trapped in a well near his family's home is recovering at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC).

Remarkable recovery for injured puppy

Ashley Woodvine recounts the unbearable drive into Saskatoon, Sask., after her puppy Sharley was run over.

Ferret adrenal disease demystified

Adrenal disease causes ferrets to lose all of their fur, but despite their alarming appearance, these bald pets aren't in any pain as long as their condition is properly managed.

Rabbit dental health ever-growing concern

Laura Driver knew something was wrong with her lionhead rabbit Twix, but what she didn't know was that her pet was critically ill from a dental problem.

New prof builds animal nutrition program

Dr. Tammy Owens jokes that she has almost enough cats at home – seven – to run a valid feeding study, something entirely appropriate for someone who specializes in animal nutrition at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Injured puppy gets second chance

It was hard to tell by the way he squirmed and wagged his tail in the arms of the veterinarian holding him, but one young puppy recently faced a difficult journey to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre.

Beef the “loyal lifesaver”

If Beef was a human being, he'd likely be getting a letter of recognition from Canadian Blood Services.

Intensive care gives Angus a new life

It was an early morning in August when Tyrone Kennedy-Bush of Kindersley, Sask., let his three dogs out for the day.

Pouncing on a protein

Dr. Ahmad Al-Dissi hopes his research will someday lead to a better treatment for inflammatory liver disease (ILD), a chronic and painful condition in many cats whose cause still remains a mystery for veterinarians.

Joint disease a hidden concern for aging cats

Think your senior kitty no longer moves around or plays because it's simply growing older?

Study tracks impact of palliative radiation

Cancer. It's a diagnosis no one wants to hear.

Award assists feline-focused student

Most people travel to tropical islands for some relaxation — but Michelle Lange is not like most people.

Clinic curbs Winnipeg’s feral cat population

Randi Roberts knew something had to be done about the overpopulation of stray and feral cats in the north end of her hometown of Winnipeg, so she took action.

Dental surgery fetches pain relief for Ben

When Dr. Erinn Hilberry first met Ben, the blind border collie was shy and withdrawn as he lay on the floor with his head down.

Fund helps to relieve therapy cat's pain

Since Clijsters and her feline partner Stosur have come to live at Mark and Karlinda Weiderick's home near Outlook, Sask., the two young cats have transformed the life of the couple's nine-year-old son Peyton.

Brain tumour study depends on dogs

A University of Saskatchewan cancer research study gives new meaning to dogs being "man's best friend."

Linear accelerator condenses therapy

Radiation therapy used to mean that a pet diagnosed with cancer had to undergo 15 to 20 radiation treatments over several weeks at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's (WCVM) radiation oncology service.

Pets get physical

In the basement of the Small Animal Clinic in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), Dr. Romany Pinto is working with Kaibo, a brown toy poodle with hip and knee problems.

How Joey got his bounce back

Linda Jensen knew it was bad news when her veterinarian called her on a Sunday night.

Pigmentary uveitis remains a mystery

My eyes burn and it feels like I haven't blinked for days. I've been sitting for hours, sifting through case files in the records office of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's (WCVM) Veterinary Medical Centre.

Can your pet get sunburned?

As summer continues, people and pets alike flock outdoors to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. We take along sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and clothes to protect our skin from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) light of the sun — but what do we do to protect our pets?

CAHF and EHRF support local research

Two research funds at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have awarded over $146,000 to University of Saskatchewan researchers who are investigating critical health issues in horses and pets.

Ticks 101

April showers bring May flowers … and ticks? That's right. The increased humidity and warm weather of spring and summer provide ideal conditions for these parasites to thrive, and your pet is the perfect host.

Do pulse crops belong in pet food?

The study plans to look at the digestibility and glycemic index of different pulse starches for cats and dogs.

Service dogs earn free eye exams at WCVM

Veterinary ophthalmologists at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) are participating in an annual North American program that offers free eye examinations for service animals during the month of May.

Nesfatin-1: obesity, diabetes fighter?

In North America, metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity are becoming epidemic among people as well as their pets.

Poop, parasites and public health

It may look like ordinary, everyday dog poop, but to researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), those little lumps contain a treasure trove of public health information.

Study tests faster cure for UTIs in dogs

Anyone who has taken antibiotics knows that the longer the treatment time, the more likely a dose is missed. And as the symptoms disappear, so does the motivation to finish the entire vial of pills.

'Tis the season to keep pets safe

To keep family members safe and happy this season, the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) reminds animal owners that prevention is the best medicine at this time of year.

Addressing dog over-population in the North

Dr. Jasmine Dhillon, a graduate student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is working with some First Nations people to talk about methods of dog population control and dog bite prevention in their communities.

Preventing dental disease in your pet

Many pet owners think that their dogs' bad breath is normal — but "doggie breath" actually signifies that there's more going on with your pet's dental health than you may realize.

Rabies: what you need to know

"There's no cure for rabies disease," says Dr. Jordan Woodsworth, wellness veterinarian at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Medical Centre.

CAHF fellow helps fungus-filled dogs

Physicians use the drug voriconazole in their human patients to cure fungal infections in difficult-to-treat sites and to combat fungal diseases such as systemic aspergillosis.

Keeping pets healthy in their senior years

As my 15-year-old dog has grown older, I've noticed some common signs of an aging animal. Sparky is a bit slower, and he now favours a nice nap over a long walk. He's developed arthritis in his hind legs and has needed more than one tooth to be removed.

Wanted: chubby, diabetic cats

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are investigating whether a diabetes therapy that's already used for people may also help cats overcome the disease.

Preventing tick-borne illness in your pets

It's a common scene in Saskatchewan – you let your dog out for a romp in the woods and then spend the next half hour searching for ticks.

Ultrasound key to improving sample accuracy

A researcher at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is conducting a study that will pinpoint the most effective and economical way to aspirate canine lymph nodes.

A safer solution for a sticky problem?

When my little dog Maggie was young, she would chew anything she could get her paws on: a lamp cord, cell phone charger, TV cable, garbage cans, clothing, the bathroom curtain and even the bottom of a door.

Vital animal health projects receive funding

Two longtime research funds have directed more than $170,000 in funding to researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in support of vital pet and equine health research projects.

Canine "tripods" regain their stride

Karen Mohr and her husband Dave Leswick first noticed their rambunctious golden retriever Oliver limping on his right hind leg after the eight-year-old dog took a tumble off the side of the dock at the family cabin in August 2012.

Vaccinations key to preventing distemper

Recent headlines about canine distemper cases in the Saskatoon area are highlighting the need for pet owners to regularly vaccinate their dogs and prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease.

Living with canine lymphoma: it's possible

While dog owners may be shocked and dismayed to hear that their seemingly healthy pet has been diagnosed with canine lymphoma, veterinary medical oncologist Dr. Valerie MacDonald has encouraging news for them.

Cancer research poised to aid people, pets

A multi-disciplinary team of University of Saskatchewan researchers are investigating a new cancer treatment option that could benefit both humans and their four-legged friends.

Canine cancer survivors still enjoy life

Gambit is a 15-year-old Shih Tzu-poodle cross who loves to roll on his back. "I call it his happy dance," says his owner Sharon Morgan of Saskatoon, Sask. "When he's on his back wiggling and rolling around, either in the grass or the snow, you can just tell he's ecstatic. He's in that doggy heaven, and life is good."

Bye-bye beagles

Lynn Weber sent out a simple email in mid-November asking if anyone was interested in adopting a beagle. What she was unprepared for was the overwhelming response.

Aiding animal health in remote communities

This fall, volunteers from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) took part in two remote animal health clinics — one in Keeseekoose First Nation in southeastern Saskatchewan and the other serving the Onion Lake Cree Nation north of Lloydminster, Sask.

Synchrotron shines light on prostate cancer

University of Saskatchewan researchers are pioneering the use of synchrotron technology to study prostate cancer in humans and dogs.

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).

Diagnostic precision for pancreatic cancer

Feline pancreatic adenocarcinoma is a rare and fatal malignant cancer of the pancreas in cats. Symptoms of the disease appear very similar to pancreatitis and are generally non-specific, making it a challenge to diagnose.

A pancreatitis primer for cat owners

Pancreatitis is an increasingly important pancreatic disorder in cats, but what exactly is it? What happens when a cat becomes ill due to pancreatitis?

Managing kitty's chronic kidney disease

When my cat Bailey was first diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), she was only five years old. At the time, I didn't know very much about the condition. I truly thought it was over for her and had prepared to say good-bye.

Parvoviral enteritis hard to stomach for pups

Parvoviral enteritis is a common condition affecting young dogs throughout most areas of the world. Often affecting puppies between the ages of eight to 20 weeks, canine parvovirus causes severe gastrointestinal abnormalities with profuse vomiting and diarrhea.

Study explores EPEC and parvoviral enteritis

When a puppy comes into a veterinary clinic with clinical signs of vomiting and diarrhea, one of the top diagnoses on a veterinarian's mind is parvoviral enteritis – a viral infection affecting the gastrointestinal tract.

Study sets standard for knee assessment

Wearing a knee brace is a simple and easy method to conservatively manage a knee injury in people. But how useful are these orthopedic devices in dogs that injure their knee joints?

Study first step toward novel cancer therapy

Cancer — it's a diagnosis that no pet owner wants to hear and no veterinarian wants to make. What can be even tougher is coming up with a prognosis and an appropriate treatment plan for oncology patients.