Current Info

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 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 Stogdale will be away for the month of July. Dr Dyck will be away throughout August. Clients can continue to pick up their ongoing medications, heartworm preventive tablets and tick prevention products for the St Vital Veterinary Hospital reception.

Pet Anxiety – Thunderstorms or Travelling

Some of our dogs and cats become extremely anxious either with the onset of our prairie thunderstorms or travelling 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 Canadian legalization of marijuana for personal use

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 Canadian legalization of marijuana for personal use

At Aesops, we will work with a medical marijuana shop to establish which strains are effective for various conditions. These include arthritis, pain, glaucoma, nausea or vomiting, and anxiety. We will develop a protocol for the use of oral products, 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).

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.

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.

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).

Dr Lea Stogdale at the MidWest Veterinary Conference, 2018 

Dr Stogdale gave six presentations at the MidWest Veterinary Medical Conference in Columbus, Ohio in February 2018.  She spoke about adrenal gland disorders – Cortisol Insufficiency; Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s Disease); Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Syndrome) and The Appropriate Use of Steroids.

Consultant for Perfectly Raw 

Dr Stogdale has been engaged as a consultant for the local pet food company Perfectly Raw. They produce grain-free raw frozen diets for dogs and cats. These diets are complete and balanced, and affordable.

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