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Schedule for Dr Dyck and Dr Stogdale

Let Us Know Who You Are

The Canine Aging Brain

Remember Me? Loving Care or a Dog with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Best Dog’s Choice Video

Heartworm Prevention

Tick & Lyme Disease Prevention

Schedule for Dr Dyck and Dr Stogdale

Dr Lea Stogdale DVM, Diplomate ACVIM works on Mondays and Thursdays

Dr Kris Dyck DVM works on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays


We are not in the office on Fridays; for urgent care please phone St Vital Veterinary Hospital at 204-253-2668

Aesops Veterinary Care is located within St Vital Veterinary Hospital

Let Us Know Who You Are

We need to be able to find your pet’s medical record before we phone or email you. If you are dropping off urine or fecal samples, or if you are emailing us, we need to know the client name and the pet’s name. The client family name is that name under which the pet was registered at Aesops. We file pets by family name – pet’s name. For example, Stogdale – Jingko. Thank you.

The Canine Aging Brain

Old dog cpSenility or Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) affects many older dogs and the occasional very aged cat. Both the severity and frequency increase with age. About 10% of dogs over the age of 10 years show some signs, and about half of dogs over 15 years are affected. This is not just aging or less activity and sleeping more. CDS causes brain pathology and is progressive and irreversible.

The signs of CDS are one or more of — disorientation (acting lost, staring into space, getting stuck), changes in social interactions (seeking more or less attention, irritable), disturbance in sleep-wake cycle (pacing, vocalizing at night), house soiling (loss of memory of habits), pacing, and/or anxiety. Any of these signs have medical as well as mental causes, so we need to eliminate organ disease and discomfort, especially due to arthritis.

Our aim is to treat or control any medical problems, relieve pain and improve the quality of life for both the pet and the family.

The management of CDS includes a number of supplements. Various ‘brain’ diets with varying combinations of supplements showed improvements in cognitive function of dogs. This may indicate that dry dog foods have inadequate levels of vitamins, anti-oxidants and omega 3’s for older dogs. Senior canine diets are no better.

In general, to support the brain of your older dog you can add a multi-vitamin and mineral such as Rx Essentials for Dogs (available on the shelf at Aesops Vet Care), some omega 3’s (EPA and DHA) as salmon or tuna or concentrated cold water fish oil (available over the counter from your regular pharmacy), and some medium chain fatty acids in the form of coconut oil. Be careful adding oils to your dog’s food as they can increase the tendency to diarrhea or pancreatitis.

Remember Me? Loving Care for a Dog with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Remember Me

Aesops received a book gift from a client whose dog, a long term patient, had developed Canine Cognitive Dysfunction. This owner found this little book to be very useful in managing her dog.

Remember Me? Loving Care for a Dog with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction by Eileen Anderson. Bright Friends Publications. 2015. 145 pp ISBN978-1-943634-01-9

Canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) occurs in our older pets, generally 15 years or more. The author managed her own dog with CCD for 2 years and she researched the scientific literature. She gives advice to owners about coping with their own pets. The writing is straightforward and readable.

Throughout the 11 chapters, the story of her dog personizes the information with clear photos of the signs. The various therapeutic approaches are described: prescription drugs, specialty diets and supplements. The author provides useful information for arranging the house, setting up routines and enrichment activities.

Challenges such as difficulties with eating, drinking, elimination, sleeping and so on are discussed, and coping strategies are described. Importantly, the author provides owners with advice about keeping themselves healthy, emotionally and physically, quality of life and euthanasia.

This book is an easy read, indexed and a valuable resource for owners of aging dogs with CCD.

Best Dog’s Choice Video

Golden retriever cpThis video is really worth watching. Click here to see it.

Note: Aesops does not endorse sugar beverages.

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm prevention should be administered once a month from the end of May until the end of October. Heartworm prevention works for the previous 4 weeks, thus the need to continue to the end of October. Aesops clients may collect their dogs’ Heartgard package from St. Vital Veterinary Hospital.

Please phone well in advance to enable the staff to have the heartworm prevention tablets ready for you to collect. You will need to know the approximate current weight of your dog. Interceptor heartworm prevention tablets are now available for dogs who react adversely to Heartgard.

Heartgard is a prescription medication, so your dog must be a current patient, ie have been seen by Dr Stogdale or Dr Dyck in 2019 or 2020 (MVMA professional regulations).

Tick & Lyme Disease Prevention

tics.jpgThere are two common ticks in Manitoba. The dog tick (on the right) which gets large and the deer tick (on the left) which always stays small. It is the deer tick that transmits Lyme Disease, and it is Lyme Disease that is the medical problem. While most dogs that get infected with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, that is the cause of Lyme Disease, do not develop anything more serious than a few days of not feeling well, the occasional dog develops serious kidney or heart disease, or arthritis in many joints. It is these serious complications that we are trying to prevent. The best way to prevent Lyme Disease is to remove all ticks from your dogs every evening. If this is not possible, then using a product that kills the ticks within 24 hours is advisable. The ticks require 48 hours of attachment before they can transmit the Lyme bacteria to your pet.

Reasons for owners being unable to remove all ticks every day include:

  • the dog is hairy, or has a dark coat
  • the dog is very active and won’t sit still for tick inspection
  • the dog picks up a large number of ticks
  • the owner is too busy.

SimparicaThere are a variety of products available for killing ticks. At this time there are no natural products that are effective. Simparica once a month tablet seems to give the safest and most effective prevention. We recommend that you give a tablet when the ticks start, and repeat when necessary. Tick activity depends on the temperature, day and night, and hence is unpredictable. Sometimes we have ticks during May, June and July. In other years, only during May. And in some years the ticks reappear in September.

Aesops clients may collect their dogs’ Simparica, or other anti-tick products, from St Vital Veterinary Hospital — due to COVID-19 please phone well in advance to enable the staff to have the tick prevention tablets ready for you to collect. You will need to know the approximate current weight of your dog. Simparica is a prescription medication, so your dog must be a current patient, ie have been seen by Dr Stogdale or Dr Dyck in 2019 or 2020 (MVMA professional regulations).




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