What We Do

Dr. Lea Stogdale, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM and Dr. Kris Dyck, DVM


We carry a number of vitamins and supplements that are formulated for cats and dogs.


Consultations are scheduled for either 30 or 60 minutes. They are done in person, or we can arrange a phone discussion.  During the consultation, Dr Stogdale or Dr Dyck will listen to your concerns and observations, examine your pet, review your pet’s medical record and test results, discuss the problems, outline your options including the various treatments available, and address your concerns. Dr. Stogdale or Dr Dyck will present the various treatment options and make recommendations.

The cost of a consultation with Dr Stogdale is $300 for an hour.  The cost of a consultation with Dr Dyck is $224 for an hour. The cost depends on the time required and is pro-rated for more or less than the scheduled appointment duration. More detailed information about each type of consultation is provided below.

Second Opinion Consultations

Second Opinion Consultations are common in the human medical field. They are recognized as valuable to both the patient and the professional.

Second Opinions are particularly indicated for dogs and cats whose:

  • Medical problem is not fully diagnosed
  • Medical problem is complex, especially when more than one organ is affected
  • Medical problem has a grave prognosis
  • The condition is chronic and affects the pet’s quality of life
  • Problems fluctuate unpredictably.

For example:

  • Suspicion of Cancer
  • Vague illness
  • Suspect cortisol insufficiency (also known as Atypical Addison’s disease)
  • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Skin problems
  • Difficult to stabilize diabetics
  • Addisonian dogs that aren’t back to normal
  • Cushingoid dogs with ongoing problems.

Second Opinion Consultations are scheduled for one hour. We do need a copy of the patient’s medical records, including the original laboratory results and electronic files of any radiographs and ultrasound reports. These may be faxed or emailed to Aesops by your veterinarian. During the consultation time Dr Stogdale or Dr Dyck will review the dog’s or cat’s medical record and test results, discuss the history and the problems with the owner, assess the pet’s whole situation, outline all the options, and address the owner’s concerns. Dr Stogdale or Dr Dyck will present the various treatment options and make recommendations. A copy of the medical record, which includes all the options and recommendations discussed, will be given to the owner and sent to the pet’s primary veterinarian. The owner will be advised to make an appointment with their own vet for a follow-up discussion and to pursue any indicated tests or therapies.

If you have any questions or to make an appointment, please contact us at (204) 487- 4744.

Holistic Consultations

The Holistic Approach considers the whole animal, not just the physical symptoms. The patient’s physical and mental well-being as well as diet and environmental influences are all important considerations.

Holistic medicine emphasizes good nutrition, disease prevention or management with minimal side-effects. It integrates elements from conventional and alternative medicine to complement each other. The Holistic approach does not necessarily mean “alternative,” but rather “complementary” medical modalities as indicated by the pet’s medical condition and the owner’s wishes. A truly Holistic approach chooses what’s best for the pet, utilizing nutrition, pharmaceutical medicines, supplements, herbs, nutraceuticals, and even surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The Holistic approach depends on a diagnosis.

Holistic consultations are especially indicated for dogs & cats when the diagnosed problem results in:

  • Chronic problems that affect the pet’s quality of life
  • Recurrent flare-ups, seasonally or unpredictably
  • The problem worsens over time
  • Allergies resulting in skin problems
  • Allergies resulting in digestive disorder
  • Allergies resulting in breathing difficulties
  • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
  • Persistent coughing
  • Immune-mediated or auto-immune disease
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease.

Holistic Consultations are scheduled for one hour; some require more time, depending on the medical problems and the issues that you would like addressed. Consultations for a dog with allergies often require more than one hour. Holistic consultations for a healthy dog or a healthy cat usually take 30 minutes or so. Your pet’s holistic consultation will include your pet’s medical, nutritional and life-style history, a physical exam, and the following topics:

  • nutrition
  • vaccinations (including blood titre testing)
  • the use of vitamins
  • the use of herbs and supplements

If your pet has an existing health problem, standard and complementary treatment options will be explained and discussed. Some of the conditions that benefit from holistic care include:

  • allergies
  • digestive disorders
  • endocrine or hormone disorders
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease
  • cancer
  • A typed copy of the recommendations will be provided to the owner, and, if the owner wishes, a copy will be sent to the pet’s primary veterinarian.

If you have any questions or to make an appointment, please contact us at (204) 487- 4744.

Nutritional Therapy & Dietary Consultations for Home-Prepared Diets

Nutritional Therapy uses food and supplements to enhance the natural healing abilities of the body. It does this by removing the toxins from the body, restoring the digestion and absorption of food, and correcting protein, fat, carbohydrate, fibre, mineral and vitamin balances. Nutritional therapy aims to optimize the amounts of nutrients that are needed to prevent problems and promote optimal health. This is part of approaching our pets holistically.

Nutritional Consultations for home-prepared diets for pets ensure that each diet is complete and balanced, optimal for your pet, taking into consideration its breed, age, activity level, life-style and medical conditions.

Indications for nutritional consultations include:

  • Owners who are considering switching their pet to a home-prepared diet. At Aesops we customize home-made diets to meet the needs of each individual pet based on breed, age, activity level, body condition and medical problems.
  • Owners who are already feeding their pet a home-prepared diet to ensure that the ingredients and supplements are meeting the nutritional needs of each individual pet.
  • Dogs or cats that benefit from a balanced home-prepared diet (ie. allergies, bladders stones, kidney disease, heart disease, intestinal disorders, cancer).
  • Pets who require a special diet but don’t find veterinary prescription diets palatable (especially cats with kidney disease, and dogs with kidney and/or heart disease).

We want to set people up for success and ensure they have realistic expectations. While most pets do very well on home-prepared diets, they are not the answer to everything, and they require a time commitment on the part of the owner. Dr Stogdale or Dr Dyck will tailor the diet to meet the particular needs of your pet and will advise you on how to:

  • correctly prepare the specific diet for your pet
  • transition from the current food to the new diet
  • preparation of the food (including cooking instructions as appropriate)
  • safe food handling
  • where to buy ingredients and additives
  • the importance of following the diet and not omitting key ingredients or supplements
  • select the appropriate supplements.

Nutritional Consultations are scheduled for half an hour to one hour. A medical diagnosis and a copy of the patient’s recent medical records or a summary is required. During the consultation Dr Stogdale or Dr Dyck will review the patient’s file and customize the diet to meet the individual needs of the pet. A typed copy of the suggestions will be given to the owner.

If you have any questions or to make an appointment, please contact us at (204) 487- 4744.

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