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Schedule for Dr Dyck and Dr Stogdale

Heartworm Prevention 2021

Tick & Lyme Disease Prevention 2021

Doors to St. Vital Veterinary Hospital Re-Open Today

Urinary Signs – Urinary Sample

Reducing your Pet’s Stress when Visiting the Vet

Cat Accessories

Why do Dogs Eat Poop: Coprophagia

Quality & Quantity of Life for Your Dog

Bumps & Lumps

No Reminders for a Year

Covid-19, Pets and Risk

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

Heartworm Prevention 2021

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 2021

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 dogsthat 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).

Doors to St. Vital Veterinary Hospital Re-Open Today! 

The doors to St. Vital Veterinary Hospital re-open today!  For everyone’s safety the following precautions are in place:

1) Only 1 family member allowed in per appointment with the exception of euthanasia.  
2) Appointments booked with the Technologists remain exclusively curbside.
3) A mask must be worn while in the hospital.
4) Hands are to be sanitized upon entry.
5) 6-foot physical distancing to be followed.
6) Cashless payment policy remains in effect.
7) Upon arrival, call 204-253-2668 from your vehicle, and we will provide direction as our waiting room remains closed, and our doors locked.  If you do not have a cell phone, ring the doorbell and wait by the “Please Wait Here” sign.

Let us know if you prefer not to be present for your pet’s appointment and to conduct the appointment over the phone. And if you are not feeling well, please do not attend your pet’s appointment. For more information, visit St. Vital Veterinary Hospital Facebook page.

Urinary Signs – Urinary Sample

dog peeing cpIf your dog is showing any change in his/her urinating habits, please collect a urine sample and bring it in at your appointment.

Changes in urinating habits include:

  • Increased drinking
  • Increased urination frequency
  • Increased amount of urine
  • Straining to urinate
  • Licking the vulva area
  • Urine leaking / urinary incontinence

How to collect your dog’s urine — please see the information on Client Info – Collecting your Pet’s Urine Sample.

Timing: Ideally, we like to analyze the urine within an hour of collection, but if you collect your pet’s first morning urine sample and your appointment is later in the day, store the sample in the fridge. But don’t forget to bring it along with you for your appointment.

If there is a change in your pet’s urinating pattern, we need a urine sample.

Reducing your Pet’s Stress when Visiting the Vet

nail clipping cpcat being examined cpMany pets (and owners) are stressed when visiting the veterinary hospital. For some it’s the car trip, for others it’s the different surroundings, noises and smells, and for the occasional animal it’s being handled or held by a stranger.

For a pet who is mildly stressed you can try a few drops of Rescue Remedy before you leave home. However, for many dogs and cats this is not effective. Recently we have been using Rx Gabapentin. This has no adverse side-effects, does not alter the pet’s blood pressure or blood tests, and works very well. It is given about an hour before leaving home. The dog or cat is able to walk, eat and drink as usual but is calmer in the clinic.

Rx Gabapentin is a prescription medication. In people it is used for nerve pain and to control seizures. It has no medical side-effects. If you would like to use Rx Gabapentin for your next visit to reduce your pet’s stress level, please phone your vet for a prescription.

Cat Accessories

catit toy cpWe encourage shopping locally and from small independent businesses. However, we just noticed an interesting website for cats. https://www.catit.ca/ has drinking fountains, slow feeders, toys, puzzles and carriers. They appear innovative and well made. This is not an endorsement as we have not used them in our households. You may want to take a look if you cannot find what you are looking for in our local pet stores.

Why do Dogs Eat Poop: Coprophagia

dog sniffing poop cpYour puppy or dog eating its own bowel movement or that of other animals (cat feces from the litter box or deer droppings) is a behaviour we would prefer not to occur. There are many causes, behavioural and medical. Here is an informative article. https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/dog-behavior-problems-coprophagia. If you are seeing your veterinarian about this activity, do take a stool sample from that morning in with you.

Quality & Quantity of Life for Your Dog

Major influences on life span are:

  • Genetics, breed and familyideal body shape dog cp
  • Lean body condition; Body Condition Score 5/9 
  • Exercise
  • Oral health with clean teeth and no gingivitis
  • Normal intestinal tract and microbiome – diet of protein, complex carbohydrates and fibre = meat/fish, vegetables and fruit/berries
  • Stress and anxiety reduction

Supplements for all dogs:

Turmeric (curcumin) is the “one stop shop” herb for longevity. It protects DNA, preserves brain health, reduces oxidative stress and increases cell energy.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EPA & DHA) from cold water fish are important for all cells including skin, blood vessels and nerves. The active omega 3s (EPA & DHA) are involved in all repair processes and they are anti-inflammatory.

Senility in Dogs

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) occurs in dogs over the age of 8 years in all breeds. It affects about one third of older dogs, and is slowly progressive. Behavioural changes include:

  • disorientation in the house or yard
  • house soiling
  • changes in sleep pattern
  • decreased interaction with family, and
  • anxiety

To diagnose CCD, the episodes will be occurring weekly or more often. As dysfunction in any body organ can cause these signs, other diseases need to be eliminated with a veterinary visit for evaluation of the history, physical, blood and urine examinations. We can improve the quality of life for both the pet and the family, and supplements can slow the progression of the problem.

Bumps and Lumps

dog bumps & lumps cpcat being examined cp

Any lump or mass that you find on or near an orifice needs attention. This is on or near the mouth, eyes or anus. The lump may not be a problem but it could be. We need to establish whether it requires attention now or just needs monitoring.

Skin lumps can be warts. They are rough and mostly require cleaning and observing. Usually warts are not a medical problem. They can be a management problem for the owner if they cause the dog irritation or start bleeding. They do need to be kept clean.

Other lumps in the skin require attention. Lumps under the skin also need to be examined and sampled (with a needle) to establish what they are. If the lump is a fatty mass, they we monitor for growth. If the lump contains other cells, then surgery may be required.

Size of lumps that are on or under the skin. If the lump is less than one cm diameter or half an inch, we are usually not able to sample the mass with a needle. We cannot guarantee that the end of the needle is actually within the mass. Also we are not going to do surgery on a lump that is smaller than one centimetre in diameter. If a small lump (less than one cm) does not grow, then we monitor it.

nail polish cpmarker cp

Where is the lump? Please mark any and all small lumps with nail polish or a marker pen. It is frustrating for you and your vet when you can’t find the lump that was so obvious last night. Also, take one or two photographs, in good light, with your cell phone. But make sure that the mass is obvious in the photos.

Lumps need a diagnosis but we need to be able to find and examine them at the appointment.

No Reminders for a Year

No reminder

Due to the Covid-19 situation, and a change in Aesops’ reminder system, most 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.

Covid-19, Pets and Risk

This is the most recent information as of July 2020.

cat and dog for covid July b

The 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.

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