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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 back in February, 2019

Dr Stogdale will be away from December 7 to the end of January, 2019.

Cat Behaviour – Why Your Cats May Not be Getting Along

Have you ever wondered why your two cats don’t get along and yet your neighbor’s fourcats not getting along cats all live in harmony? Many cat parents live in households with more than one cat and there are no issues, but for others, tension is ongoing. What causes some cats to simply not get along? And, could you be missing some subtle signs that indicate all is not peaceful between your cats?  Find out at cat behaviour expert Pam Johnson-Bennett’s website.

Integrative and Complementary Medicine

Integrative and Complementary Medicine uses many modalities in addition or as mayo clinicalternatives to western or scientific medicine. Sometimes family members, relatives, friends, acquaintances, medical doctors, dentists or veterinarians disparage this approach. Less so now but still present. An easy answer is to send them to the Mayo Clinic website.

mayo clinic comp int med prgMayo Clinic is a leading medical institution practicing the highest standard of medicine and surgery. And Mayo Clinic has a center of “Integrative Medicine and Health Research Program.” Click here to have a look.

Strange Breathing in Adult Dogs

Puppies often hiccup and ‘dream’ (move their legs) when they are sleeping. This disappears as they grow. It is normal.

Some dogs have episodes of Reverse Sneezing in which they are trying to breathe in but can’t catch their breath. This is probably due to the soft palate being in the wrong place

in the throat. This problem causes great distress to owners but is of no medical consequence to the dog. In some dogs, Reverse Sneezing is more frequent in spring, probably due to inhalation allergies causing slight inflammation in the respiratory system. To relieve yourself and your dog, move his head or open his mouth. This usually re-aligns the throat and the signs stop.

In older dogs, sometimes the breathing becomes louder, much louder, with exercise or Laryngeal paralysis dogexcitement. This indicates a medical problem, stresses both the dog and its people friends, and requires a diagnosis. In the occasional older (8 years +) large breed dog, the cause is Laryngeal Paralysis. It is never an elongated soft palate when the onset of the loud breathing is in the older dog. Elongated soft palate is an inherited problem of brachycephalic (short nosed) dogs, evident as a puppy. The causes of Laryngeal Paralysis include hypothyroidism, so a thyroid panel blood test is required. This condition occurs when the vocal cords are not

retracted appropriately causing loud noisy breathing when the dog is panting but quiet breathing when the dog is at rest. It is very stressful to the dog and owners, strains the heart and can result in the dog collapsing. The treatment is a unilateral vocal cord tie-back surgery. Dr Bebchuk confirms the diagnosis and does this exacting, small surgery. The results are spectacularly successful with the dog resuming good quality, active life.

Aesops Vets Give Advice on the Use of Cannabis, Marijuana, CBD and THC in Pets

Marijuana for smoking and Cannabis oil are now legal in Canada

Dr Stogdale continues to do research into which strains are effective for various medical transparent-weed-3conditions (not personally as she doesn’t need to use cannabis — yet). The medical conditions in dogs and cats include arthritis, pain, nausea or vomiting, epilepsy and anxiety. We have developed a protocol for the use of cannabis oil and the dosing regimens in dogs and cats. We are advising clients on the safe and effective use of marijuana in their pets. The oils vary widely (over 20 times) in their strength of THC and so in their effects. Careful choice and cautious dosing is required, but we have the dose rates.

We are now doing consultations with clients in order to provide the best, safest information for dosing cannabis oil to their pets. For advice in using Cannabis oil for your pet, if you are not an Aesops client we will require your pet’s veterinary medical record from your regular vet hospital (by fax or email). Phone 204-487-4744 for a half hour appointment with Dr Kris Dyck ($87 + taxes)) if your pet has a definitive diagnosis and clear indication for the use of Cannabis, or for an hour appointment ($174 + taxes) if there is no clear diagnosis. Dr Stogdale does give cannabis advice (yes, she did inhale) but she is often fully booked or away hiking somewhere, and her appointments are more expensive (inevitably one hour or more at $230/hr based on time).

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.


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.

There is more below on the CVMA’s exploration of the use of medical cannabis in pets.

Cats with Open-Mouth Breathing

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Not normal; serious; emergency — asthma attack, lung disease or heart failure — veterinary attention is needed now. Do not delay.

Cats do not usually breathe through their mouths which is cats with openmouthed breathing photo 2why they have such a hard time with nasal congestion due to Upper Respiratory Tract Infection.

Open-mouth breathing in a cat is a serious emergency except, very occasionally, when it is not a problem. Cats!!! Recently open-mouth breathing occurring only during purring has been discussed on the specialty veterinary internal medicine listserve. The cats are normal in behaviour, physical exam, radiographs, blood tests and laryngeal examination. They do not go on to develop any health problems. But when they are purring, they breathe through their mouths.

Closeup of ginger cat lying on old book near spectacles on books backgroundRecently at Aesops, we have seen a young cat who pants after a bout of high activity (normal in dogs, not in cats). Again, all examinations, including a cardiac ultrasound, were normal. Some cats just don’t read the text books.

If your cat is open-mouth breathing, it needs to be seen by your veterinarian urgently. That is unless it is happily sitting on your lap or bed purring.

Feeding Raw Pet Food – the Safest Products

The safest raw pet diets are complete and balanced, and High Pressure Processed / Pasteurized (HPP). The food is subjected to very high pressure. This kills most bacteria HPPthat contaminate ground meat or fish without decreasing the nutritional quality. These diets are sold frozen as they look and are raw.

Currently in Winnipeg, HPP raw frozen dog and cat foods are available from Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw (all flavours) and Primal chicken flavour only.

To discover whether a raw frozen pet food is HPP is not easy. You need to read the very fine print in an obscure box on the packet or website. Hopefully producers will soon make it easier to find, but for now check the fine print.

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

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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