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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

Dr Stogdale will be working in November

Dr Stogdale will be away from September 24. She will be back to work on November 5.

Dr Stogdale will be away from November 30 to the end of January, 2019.

Dogs and Head Halter Leads

It is best to have your dog love his head halter lead. Positive reinforcement with praise and treats is the way to achieve this. Go slowly and have your dog wear the head halter several times before you attach the leash and go for a walk. Ideal treats for this type of training (many rewards in a short time) is dry cat kibble – one piece is enough reward each time. Dry cat kibble is good dog food, tasty, few calories and economical. This YouTube video is short and clear.

CARE Cat Community Outreach

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Jessica with some of her animal friends.

CARE is a nonprofit organization that works to spay/neuter stray and owned cats of low income families within the City of Winnipeg. This wonderfully compassionate and effective organization is run by Jessica Thompson out of her Paws for Thoughts Boutique on Main Street.

CARE started as a grassroots effort to spay and neuter as many tame, stray and feral cats as possible within the North End neighbourhood of Winnipeg. Seven years in, CARE now works closely with the Winnipeg Humane Society and Winnipeg Animal Services in a joint community outreach program called We Are Here For The Animals, We Are Here For You. CARE’s focus is to ensure that:

  • more cats get fixed and to help their people, particularly those that tend to get missed by other spay/ neuter programs.
  • cats of low income families who cannot afford even the most minimal fees are fixed, as well as North End “Neighbourhood” cats – tame homeless cats that are fed by people but not considered anyone’s pet.
  • these cats receive medical care so they can be placed into local homes.

IMG_1724CARE focuses on community outreach, providing not only spay and neuter surgeries at low cost, but educational resources to cat owners who need the support. CARE also routinely hosts cat Spay and Neuter events at local clinics on Sundays, when veterinarians, RVT’s and other veterinary professionals volunteer their time and skills to fix low income owned and feral cats.

Aesops Veterinary Care supports the CARE program by donating veterinary medications and supplies. This program always appreciates volunteer drivers to transport cats to and from vet clinics. Contact Jessica through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CARECatAdvocacyRescueEducation/ , by phone at (204) 421-7297 or by email at jessicat@winnipeghumanesociety.ca

Cannabis Oil available

CBD oil croppedWe are waiting for legalization of Cannabis on October 17, 2018. In the meantime,  if you want to try some CBD oil for your dog with arthritis, we have reports of  effectiveness of the oil from the online company: cannabiscare.ca. We take no responsibility for this product but it is probably not harmful.

There is more below about Marijuana, CBD and THC,, as well as the CVMA’s exploration of the use of medical cannabis in pets.

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.

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.”




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