What’s New


Schedule for Dr Dyck and Dr Stogdale

Vaccine Titre Tests Validated

Simple, Delicious Dog Treats – With Only 2 Ingredients

Clipping Your Cat’s Nails

Clipping Your Dog’s Nails

Cat’s Hair Shedding

Natural Remedy for Anxiety in Pets

Dog Harnesses

Schedule for Dr Dyck and Dr Stogdale

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

Note: Dr Stogdale will be away from Friday, December. 13, 2019 to Friday, January 24, 2020 inclusive

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

Evening appointments are available on Mondays,Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Aesops Veterinary Care is located within St Vital Veterinary Hospital


Vaccine Titre Tests Validated

dog and cat cpIn a recent lecture by Dr. Richard Ford (the expert on pet vaccinations), he stated that “a positive antibody test result for Distemper and Parvovirus does correlate with protection.” It is nice to know that there is no reason for the titre tests to be questioned by veterinarians or by doggy day care, grooming or boarding personnel. Unfortunately, rabies titres are not recognized as a legal index of immunity so we still have to vaccinate dogs, outdoor cats and those pets crossing the international border with a rabies vaccine every three years.

Simple, Delicious Dog Treats – With Only 2 Ingredients

dog licking lips cpThese dog treats are tasty, healthy, inexpensive and easy to make. And they don’t have any preservatives or additives. An Aesops client came up with them when her dog couldn’t have commercial dog treats because of food sensitivities. The dog loved the homemade treats and kept asking for more.

1 cup mashed ripe banana
1 cup oats (can use 1 minute or 5 minute oats)

Preheat the oven to 350°F.dog treats 1 cp
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
In a bowl, mix the mashed banana and oats. Add more oats if you want a drier texture.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork dipped in water.
Bake in 350°F oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool and serve!
Store in fridge for short-term, or in freezer indefinitely.

Clipping Your Cat’s Nails

Indoor cats’ nails grow long and pointed. They become uncomfortable for people, carpet and furniture. Also a long nail can get caught and pulled — Ouch. Carpeted scratching posts do not wear down nails but are a good idea to encourage the natural scratching behaviour of cats. So, trimming your cat’s nails about monthly is a good idea.

Nail trimming is a great time to give tasty treats as rewards. Start slowly, just one nail as a time, with lots of positive pats. And don’t forget the back feet nails — they grow long too. For a tutorial, watch How to Trim Your Cat’s Nails.

Clipping Your Dog’s Nails

The nails of many dogs become too long for many reasons, including:
nails cp– Small dogs often spend most of their time inside or on lawn grass;
– All dogs who usually walk on grass side-walks or in parks or dog parks;
– All dogs in winter — snow does not wear down nails;
– All dogs with black nails which wear down very slowly;
– Older dogs.

Keeping your dog’s nails short is more comfortable for your pet, and better for your house flooring. It is very important if your canine friend has any feet irritation such as licking due to allergies. Long toe nails increase the irritation.

If you can hear the clicking of your dog’s nails on your kitchen floor (or any hard flooring) then the nails are too long.

For a tutorial, watch How to Safety Trim a Dog’s Nails.  To learn about two really neat tips to make the procedure easier, click here.

Cat’s Hair Shedding

cat shedding cpIt is normal for cats, and dogs, to shed hair. Those shed are dead hair that is being replaced by new hairs, just the same as in people. Short haired cats shed their hair more frequently than long haired cats. Outdoor cats shed their coats in spring and fall. However, out indoor feline family members, living in heated and air-conditioned comfort, tend to shed all year. Some cats shed a lot of hair continuously while others appear not to shed at all. Dr Stogdale is currently servant to Jingko, her large Siamese cross, who sheds copious quantities of hair continuously, 24/7/365; and Machievelli who sheds very little. They are both 13 years of age, healthy and eat the same food. Cornish Rex and Devon Rex cats shed very little. The hairless Sphinx purebred cats do not shed (because they are hairless) and so are an appropriate choice for people who really, really want to live with a cat but are seriously allergic to cat dander. Sphinx cats are rare, expensive and require special care for their skin health.

The most obvious hairs you find around the house and on your clothes are the ones of contrasting colour, long hairs and whiskers. Dr Stogdale had a tuxedo cat, Orpheus, who she was convinced shed his while hair onto the dark couch and his black hair onto her white carpet. Not true of course, but perception is everything. Cats that groom themselves a lot, often females, will swallow their hair, so it does not appear on your furniture but may cause a problem as hair balls.

Cats do shed more when stressed, such as with car rides and vet visits.

There are no foods, no supplements and no medications that stop shedding. Don’t try, it’s natural. However, cats with irritation of the skin, either due to parasites or food reactions, will shed more hair than is normal. We need to correct the underlying problem.

slicker brush cp

Slicker brush

furminator3 cp


To control the amount of cat hair around your house, brushing your cat daily or weekly with a slicker brush, and occasionally with a Furminator, and using a Dyson vacuum (other vacuum brands are available) controls the problem.

Natural Remedy for Anxiety in Pets

Thunderstorms or fireworks, separation anxiety or a new cat? Some dogs and cats become extremely anxious in these situations or when travelling in a vehicle or visiting their veterinarian.

Previously, we have given sedatives to some of these pets. The problem here is that the pet is sleepy but still anxious. When anxious or panicking, they are unable to learn anything but especially unable to learn that this situation is not a problem or a threat to them.

Natural options such as NutriCalm can decrease this anxiety level, and reduce the unpleasant experience to a tolerable or even enjoyable event. For more info go to Rx Vitamins for Pets.

Dog Harnesses

We recommend the use of a harness for all small dogs (under 30 lb or 15 kg) and for dogs with a tendency to cough when pulling on their leash (collapsing trachea). Watch video of dog with collapsing trachea.

Dog harnesses are not created equal. Many of them have a strap that crosses the neck (two loop design) and often puts pressure on the trachea (windpipe) when the dog pulls to greet a friend or chase a rabbit. Either the harness can be adjusted so that there is no pressure on the neck even when pulling up with the leash; or select a harness with straps that cross under the neck (a “step-in” design).

   X Harness pulling on neck             √  Step-in design               √  Step-in design

To test whether the harness or the adjustment of the straps is correct, place a couple of your fingers between the neck strap and the base of the neck, and, with the other hand pull up strongly on the leash. Is there pressure on the lower neck and trachea? If there is, adjustment or replacement is advised. The whole point of a harness is to avoid pressure on the dog’s neck.

Cats and Carriers

It is best to avoid the paws-in-all-directions, gravity-defying, struggle of trying to fit an objecting cat into its cat carrier. Here are some tips:
– Purchase a carrier that quickly and easily allows the top to be removed and re-fastened.
– Get your cat accustomed to the carrier by leaving it in the family room.
– Give your cat his/her special treat near to and then inside the carrier.

Cat carrier cpCat carrier treats cpSleeping in cat carrier cp

%d bloggers like this: