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Schedule for Dr Dyck and Dr Stogdale

No Reminders for a Year

DCM Connection to Grain-Free Dog Food Not Found in Review

Covid-19, Pets and Risk

Reopening Our Doors (with some restrictions)

Teaching Your Puppy to Enjoy Being Examined

Cat Food, Chronic Kidney Disease and Protein

Updated Hours for St. Vital Veterinary Hospital

Heartworm Prevention 2020

Tick & Lyme Disease Prevention

Aesops adds Telemedicine to their Consulting Options

Pet Taxi and Pet Courier Service During Covid-19

Schedule for Dr Dyck and Dr Stogdale

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

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

NOTE: Dr Dyck will be away July 27 to August 21 inclusive.

NOTE: Dr Stogdale is now working in the hospital seeing clients and patients on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will continue to consult by phone (telemedicine) when appropriate.

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

 

No Reminders for a Year

Due to the Covid-19 situation, and a change in Aesops’ reminder system, mostNo reminder of our clients will NOT be receiving reminders for the next year. The reminders will be sent by email only. Please phone and inquire or book an appointment when your pet is due to be seen. Most pets need to be examined at least once a year. If your pet is receiving medications, s/he must be seen within 12 months — professional requirements.

DCM Connection to Grain-Free Dog Food Not Found in Review

dog eating from bowlA recent study, published on June 15, 2020 in the Journal of Animal Sciences, into correlations between grain-free dog foods and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) involved reviewing more than 150 previously published studies. No firm connection was found. Veterinarians, veterinary cardiologists and animal nutritionists from BSM Partners, a pet care research and consulting firm, reviewed the 150 studies and found no definite relationship between the occurrence of DCM and feeding no-grain dog food.

No scientific research provides proof of a link between DCM and specific types of pet food. DCM is a “multifactorial medical condition with many proven etiologies and potential causes.” More research is required.

Covid-19, Pets and Risk

This is the most recent information as of July 2020.

cat and dog for covid July bThe probability that companion animals in the household of a person who has Covid-19 will become infected is thought to be low for dogs and cats. Cats have developed illness with signs of mild respiratory infection.

There have not been any reports of transmission of Covid-19 from a companion animal to a person, despite the widespread international pandemic. There is a high level of uncertainty regarding whether or not infected animals would shed a sufficient amount of virus to result in transmission under natural conditions.

Although there is a potential risk of exposure to Covid-19 through contact with a contaminated hair coat/fur (such as patting a dog of a friend), there is only a theoretical risk of transmission of the virus to a person through this route. It is considered unlikely that a sufficient amount of virus would remain on the hair coat/fur long enough to transmit infection in most cases. Hand washing reduces any possible risk.

Reopening Our Doors (with some restrictions)

St Vital Vet Safety Measures

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Monday July 6, Drs Kris Dyck and Lea Stogdale spent a busy Monday with their clients and patients, together safely. One client at a time, face masks on, and sitting apart in each of their examination rooms. This occurred because St. Vital Veterinary Hospital (where Aesops is located) has reopened its doors, with some restrictions in place. Here is a snapshot of the restrictions but for the in-depth information go to St. Vital Veterinary Hospital Facebook page.

Teaching Your Puppy to Enjoy Being Examined

At any time you may need to look into your dog’s mouth or examine his ears or feel herdog with vet cp belly or look at his feet or clip her nails. The time to start is now, as a puppy. Do this when you have your puppy sitting and quiet. This is not a game. Hold his head still, then each of her feet, and so on. Reward with treats. Start with just one and gradually add additional holds and examines as your puppy enjoys the handling. This builds trust between you and your new canine friend.  Ongoing, do this about monthly. This will enable your dog to enjoy visits to a groomer and veterinarian. Click here to watch a video on how to teach your puppy to enjoy being handled.

Cat Food, Chronic Kidney Disease and Protein

Dr Stogdale has been using her home-stay, work-by-phone time productively. Not only has she been proceeding (slowly) with her scientific article about thyroid values in cats, she has been reading veterinary journals and proceedings. Dogs feature too but there are fewer new findings in canines that are not about obscure diseases.

A recent, excellent, well documented article by Dr/Prof Debra Zoran about protein and fluid requirements in cats emphasizes the importance of feeding high quality (meat or fish), high quantity amounts of protein to your kitty companions, especially as they age. Phantom and Jingko cpThis prevents muscle wasting, anemia and decreased food intake. If your senior feline friend has kidney disease, we can control the phosphorus and potassium levels with medication powders that can be mixed into the canned food. Adding Vitamin B12 and omega 3’s in the active forms are important such as adding “Rx Essentials for Cats” (multi vit-min) or “Nutritional Support for Dogs and Cats” — available over the counter (no prescription or veterinary input required) from Aesops Veterinary Care or your regular veterinarian (may be a special order). This is exactly what Lea does for her feline companions, Phantom (on the right) who lived to be 19 years of age, and Jingko (left) who is 15 years and enjoys listening to The Met operas (or at least the patting that accompanies Lea’ fixation on bel canto).

Updated Hours for St. Vital Veterinary Hospital

St. Vital Veterinary Hospital has updated its hours as follows:

Update cpMonday’s 7:30am – 6pm
Tuesday’s 7:30am – 6pm
Wednesday’s 7:30am – 8pm
Thursday’s 7:30am – 8pm
Friday’s 8am – 5pm
Saturday’s 8am – 3pm
Sunday’s CLOSED

Heartworm Prevention 2020

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 heartwood 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

There are two common ticks in Manitoba. The dog tick (on the right) which gets large tics.jpgand 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.

There are a variety of products available for killing ticks. At this time there are no Simparicanatural 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 — 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).

Aesops adds Telemedicine to their Consulting Options

cat & dog on phoneDrs Kris Dyck and Lea Stogdale now use phone and email (including photos and videos) to consult with clients. While we have always had phone discussions with clients, new allowances have been made by our professional association in this difficult time. Telemedicine helps social distancing and Covid-19 safety for everyone. It is suitable for a variety of pet consultations including nutrition, intestinal problems, maintenance medicine, geriatric issues, yearly prescription refills, on-going advice, and so on. We always need the pet’s current veterinary records – we have our regular patients’ records, but if your pet also sees other veterinarians, we need an emailed/faxed copy of those records, especially those within the past year.

For all appointments please phone the reception desk at 204-487-4744. The receptionists will book a time slot, and give you information about the closed-door policy at St Vital Vet Hospital (if a clinic visit is needed). For clinic appointments involving your pet, or when you are picking up a prescription, please phone when you arrive in the parking lot.

If you only need some quick advice from Dr Dyck or Dr Stogdale, leaving a phone message with the reception desk is still the quickest way to hear from one of us. Email messages are another option, but better for less urgent questions as we check our emails less frequently. We appreciate your patience.

When we need to see the patient in clinic, we will organize the appointment (for a physical examination with Dr Dyck, blood or urine or needle collection, or therapy) as appropriate. As some consultations are split between phone and clinic appointments, we are careful not to double charge. Consultation charges are based on time (not counting the “how are you doing?” part of the conversation) — we charge for the veterinary work that we do. Most importantly, we continue to practice client-oriented, pet quality of life, responsible veterinary medicine.

Pet Taxi and Pet Courier Service During Covid-19

City Wide Fetch delivers pet medications, food and supplies from pet stores and vet clinics to their client’s door and transports pets anywhere they need to go. They are fully operational and available to help during the COVID-19 pandemic period, and are taking extra measures to sanitize and social distance before, during and after all shuttle rides.

Citywidefetch 3cpAll pick up and deliveries are $20, all pet shuttles are $20-25 one way depending on level of assistance needed + 45 cents per km if outside perimeter.  Wait rate is $5 per 15 minutes. All types of payment are accepted including debit tap and insert, credit card tap and insert, e-Transfer, and cash.

They appreciate 12-24 hours notice for services so that everyone’s needs and expectations during can be met during this time, however they will help anyone they can when they can.

Note: For older/larger pet riders, City Wide Fetch has added a convenient step and ramp system for their use and comfort loading and unloading.




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