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

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

Aesops Veterinary Care is located within St Vital Veterinary Hospital

Summer Holidays

During the summer months, there will be an Aesops veterinarian available for appointments. Dr Dyck is away throughout August but Dr Stogdale is working . Clients can continue to pick up their ongoing medications, heartworm preventive tablets and tick prevention products from the St Vital Veterinary Hospital reception.

A Fond Farewell from Stacie

It is with huge regrets that I write this, to let you know that I am leaving Aesops Vet Care this fall. I have decided to go back to school and pursue Human Resources Management at the University of Winnipeg. It’s hard to believe that I have been the Aesops receptionist these past 12 years. I’ve really enjoyed working with Lea as well as Esther and Kris and have learned so much. It has been such a pleasure to get to know all of you wonderful Aesops clients and your adorable animals. Thank you for being such amazing and caring people. I will miss you all!  I wish you all the best and hope that our paths will cross again! – Stacie

Drs Lea Stogdale and Kris Dyck are very sad to lose Stacie as she has been an integral part of Aesops. Stacie always placed the client and patient first. Her compassionate understanding of clients’ concerns, her persistence in finding out information and returning phone calls, and her empathetic approach endeared her to everyone. We are grateful to have had the honour of working with Stacie. We will miss her greatly. We wish her joy and satisfaction in her future career and life path; we are confident she will be successful. Lea & Kris

Adrenal Insufficiency

Insufficient cortisol secretion by the adrenal cortex (also called Atypical Addison’s Disease) results in a bewildering array of signs, and a pet that is just not right. The clinical signs are non-specific and vary in intensity from severe acute illness to decreased activity. Signs may be intermittent such as episodes of vomiting and diarrhea that respondLea adrenal insuff interview to supportive therapy. Signs that may be continuous or intermittent and varying in severity include decreased activity level to lethargy, decreased or picky appetite and/or failure to gain weight. The diagnosis is challenging, and it is a difficult condition to understand. The therapy is very rewarding and straightforward depending upon patient individualization and response. Dr Lea Stogdale was interviewed by Dr Karen Becker about this complex but important topic. Watch the video of the interview to find out more.

Heart Disease in Dogs & Grain-Free Dog Food

Recently there have been some reports of dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs fed grain-free dog kibble. The US FDA is investigating.

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This may be due to potatoes, peas and some legumes binding to an amino acid to feeding-dogs-croppeddecrease its availability to the body. Apart from the inherited predisposition to dilated cardiomyopathy in some giant breeds and Dobermans, this problem has been linked to nutritional deficiencies previously – carnitine in cocker spaniels and taurine in cats.

We recommend the following precautions:

  • Watch this space. We will keep you updated.
  • Vary the brand and flavour of the dry dog food unless your dog has specific requirements.
  • Add real / people food to your dog’s diet, such as vegetables, salad, fruit, meat to a maximum of one quarter of the volume of food.
  • Use dried meat or fish treats rather than cookies.

For those dogs who have a heart problem, or dogs with a breed predisposition to heart problems (including Dobermans, Boxers, giant breeds, dogs over 80lb, Cocker Spaniels, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) or if you are concerned, you can add the supplement “Formula CV” from Rx Essentials. Aesops carries this supplement. For prevention, you can give half the full recommended dose of one capsule for 25 to 50 lb body weight. The 90 capsule bottle costs $70 + taxes. At the half dose rate for the average dog, one bottle will last six months. “Formula CV” contains carnitine, taurine, magnesium, potassium, dimethylglycine (an excellent anti-oxidant), Vitamin E, selenium and heart-helping herbs.

At Aesops, we have not yet seen any heart problems associated with feeding grain-free food to dogs probably because we make these recommendations. Unless your dog has specific dietary limitations, such as allergies or chronic vomiting or diarrhea, a mixed and varied, complete and balanced diet is best.

Useful medical websites

At Aesops, we encourage owners to learn about and understand their pet’s diagnosis, computer dog and catmanagement and outcome. This includes helping clients to obtain useful information from the web.

— First, you need a diagnosis. Frustration follows if you Google search for “sore knee” or “vomiting.” You will find more information when searching for a specific scientific term such as “ruptured cranial cruciate ligament, dog.” or “pancreatitis, dog”. Dr Kyck or Dr Stogdale will write down the specific diagnosis for you.

— Second, there are many responsible, informed and accurate websites. There are also many blogs and testimonials that relate one owner’s experience with one veterinarian with their one pet. These are often verbose, emotional, lack a specific confirmed diagnosis and inaccurate.

Here are some websites that we have found useful, accurate and readable:

√ Reliable disease, medication and supplement information, both for dogs, cats and people:   en.wikipedia.org/wiki

Yes really. Dr Stogdale uses Wiki frequently. Some listings are excellent and fully informative, some are just way too technical, some contain more information than is needed,and others are too brief and incomplete. However, Dr Stogdale has not found any seriously misleading information which cannot be said of many other websites, especially blogs.

√ Reliable pet health information and resources:  vin.com/veterinarypartner

The Veterinary Information Network provides online pet health information and resources in its Veterinary Partners client education website.

√ Reliable human health information including on complementary medicine and supplements:    mayoclinic.org

The Mayo Clinic website provides responsible and reliable information for human health issues.

“Dogs” on BBC

dogs on bbcWhy do we have such a close and complex relationship with dogs? No matter whether you love or hate them, it’s undeniable they’ve built up a special relationship with us that most animals haven’t. BBC radio’s “The Why Factor” recently did a very interesting show about this. Check it out at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswrjz

Phantom was 19 years of age

Dr Stogdale has recently euthanized her feline companion of 17 years, Phantom. He has been a great friend, sleeping on Lea’s pillow, supervising the kitchen from the counter and shedding hair everywhere. Over the last five years he has developed, and Lea has controlled: allergies, arthritis, chronic kidney disease, high blood phosphorus level, low blood potassium level, hypertension and hyperthyroidism. When he stopped eating, despite two appetite stimulants, and started hiding away Lea knew it was time. He purred to the end while Lea cried. She will miss him greatly.

Pet Anxiety – Thunderstorms or Travelling

Some of our dogs and cats become extremely anxious either with the onset of our prairie thunderstorms, or travelling in a vehicle or visiting their veterinarian. Previously, we have given some of these pets sedatives. The problem here is that the pet is sleepy but still anxious. When they are 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. There are several options for decreasing this anxiety level, reducing the unpleasant experience to a tolerable or even enjoyable event.

These all need to be given to the pet at the onset of the storm or one hour before travelling:

— Children’s Gravol (an antihistamine) or ginger reduces travel sickness

— Homeopathic remedies for loud noises, travelling or general anxiety

— Rescue Remedy (a Bach Flower Remedy mixture) for mild levels of anxiety

— Rx Alprazolam “Xanax” is a short-acting benzodiazepam (Valium family).

We can prescribe Rx Alprazolam. This medication is effective at reducing anxiety, it is short-acting and has no adverse side-effects. By reducing the anxiety level of your pet in stressful situations, you allow your pet to learn that there is no danger, to relax and to gradually reduce the need for the medication. If you think your pet could benefit from this approach, please phone for an appointment with Dr Stogdale or Dr Dyck at Aesops Veterinary Care, 204-487-4744.

Marijuana, CBD and THC

Before October 17 when the Canadian legalization of cannabis for personal use comes into effect:

Currently both THC and CBD containing products are illegal in Canada. Some Aesops clients have tried CBD oil in their pets, most often for arthritis, and with our approval and prescription. The results have been disappointing. No evident benefit was observed by the pet carers. marijuana

After October 17, 2018:

Aesops will work with a medical marijuana shop to establish which strains are effective for various conditions. These include arthritis, pain, glaucoma, nausea or vomiting, epilipsy and anxiety. We will develop a protocol for the use of oral products containing up to 4 grams of oil, the dosing regimen, and how owners can use them. We will then be able to advise our clients on the safe and effective use of marijuana in their pets.

Increasing numbers of dogs overdosing on marijuana

Some dogs will eat anything including dried leaves, oil and mixed into food (brownies). https://www.verywellmind.com/types-of-marijuana-22323.

The current marijuana plants, especially those grown hydroponically, are much, much more potent than previously. Signs of overdose in dogs initially are sedation and incoordination. If they are more severely affected they may become confused, hyperactive and drool. In more severe cases, they may have tremors and even seizure.

https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/marijuana-intoxication-in-dogs-and-cats

Diagnosis is based upon the physical signs and a truthful history from all the family members (this can be a challenge). Treatment is supportive care.

Please do NOT share your marijuana, in any form, with your pets until you consult with and get advice from an informed veterinarian.

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Explores the Use of Medical Cannabis in Pets

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) explored the issues and challenges pertaining to the therapeutic use of cannabinoids in veterinary medicine at its annual “National Issues Forum” that took place on July 5 during the CVMA Convention in Vancouver, B.C.

“The increased attention on medicinal cannabis is producing greater interest from pet owners, who in turn, are looking for guidance and answers to whether these products may help their pets,” says Dr. Troye McPherson, 2017-18 CVMA President. “Currently, veterinarians have no legal pathway to dispense or prescribe cannabis for animals. However, the CVMA recognizes the veterinary community is in the midst of rapid change in this area with some anecdotal evidence of benefits, but a lack of peer-reviewed, controlled clinical studies on cannabis. We are in an interesting position on how to create an open dialogue with our clients.”

“Veterinarians should always be the primary source of health-related information for animals,” says CAVCM President Dr. Sarah Silcox. “The CAVCM is working closely with the CVMA to encourage Health Canada to amend the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) to include veterinarians and our patients, and to permit the future classification of CBD as a Veterinary Health Product.”

Heartworm Prevention 2018

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.

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Please phone 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 within one year (MVMA professional regulations).

Tick & Lyme Disease Prevention

There 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 tics.jpgthat 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 natural products that are effective. Simparica once a month tablet seems to give the  simparica-med-dogs-500px.jpgsafest 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 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 within one year (MVMA professional regulations).




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