Tethered Cord Syndrome in Dogs

Posted On: February 28, 2024

Categories: Neurology

While the diagnosis of tethered cord syndrome has been well-established in human medicine since the 1970s, it has only recently started to be diagnosed in dogs. It has only recently started to be recognized in veterinary medicine.  While it has been recognized with increased frequency  the literature remains sparse. Tethered cord syndrome (TCS) results from tension […]

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Aspirin, ibuprofen and their ilk: The good, the bad and the ugly

Posted On: December 1, 2023

Categories: ER + Critical Care

We have recently seen 3 cases of acute kidney injury related to a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). NSAIDs (pronounced “N-saids”) are widely used and readily available either over-the-counter or by prescriptions for human use. Aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen, and diclofenac are some examples of this class of drugs that are commonly […]

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In The News: A Reported Increase in Respiratory Disease in Dogs

Posted On: November 22, 2023

Categories: ER + Critical Care

There has been an increase in reporting of respiratory diseases in dogs. It has primarily been reported in several US states, and a specific new causative agent has yet to be identified.  Contagious respiratory disease in dogs (kennel cough or the canine infectious respiratory disease complex) is common and can be caused by multiple viral […]

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Public Health Agency of Canada Issues Notice re: Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Raw Food Diets (November 2023)

Posted On: November 22, 2023

Categories: ER + Critical Care

The Public Health Agency of Canada has released a public notice regarding an Extensively Drug Resistant (XDR) Salmonella outbreak linked to raw food diets. Feeding pets raw meat diets has always been a controversial issue with strong opinions on both sides. At Canada West, we request that the dog food left with our patients be cooked. […]

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COVID-19 Update – April 2022

Posted On: April 21, 2022

Categories: COVID-19

As the B.C. Government has announced that the province will be further loosening COVID-19 restrictions, we have made further modifications to our COVID-19 policy. These changes came into effect April 8, 2022. Clients will no longer be asked to remain outdoors or in their vehicle while their pet is inside for their appointment and are […]

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Feline UFOs and FUOs: What’s the difference?

Posted On: July 20, 2021

Categories: Case reports

A common saying in veterinary medicine is that “cats are not small dogs”. Cats are a very different species with different diseases — some even joke that cats have an extraterrestrial origin — feline UFOs you might say. We also see fever a bit differently in cats and dogs. Typically with dogs, if a diagnostic […]

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COVID 19 – Canada West Hospital Procedures Update

Posted On: July 2, 2021

Categories: COVID-19

The B.C. Government has announced that the province will move to Step 3 of its restart plan effective July 1, 2021. At Canada West, we are excited about the progress being made to limit the spread of COVID-19. According to the advice of Dr. Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, we will continue […]

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Toxic Tartar? New Findings about Grape and Raisin Toxicity in Dogs

Posted On: March 26, 2021

Categories: Case reports, Internal Medicine, Pet Care

Back in 1999, the ASPCA APCC (Animal Poison Control Centre) first reported on the poisonous nature of grapes to dogs when they noticed a cluster of dogs that became seriously ill after eating grapes or raisins. In the ensuing two decades veterinarians have diagnosed many cases of grape and raisin toxicity in dogs, but the […]

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Coyote Attack on Luna The Cat

Posted On: July 8, 2020

Categories: Case reports, ER + Critical Care, In the Media

Luna is a 2-year old cat that was presented to Canada West Veterinary Specialists on June 26, 2020, after being attacked by a coyote.   She was let outside around 4 am along with two other cats in her household. When the two other cats returned, Luna was nowhere to be found. Her owner went outside […]

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New minimally invasive procedure saves Sophie’s life

Posted On: June 30, 2020

Categories: Case reports, Internal Medicine

  Sophie was a happy and healthy 4-year-old Great Pyrenees until she began urinating blood in December of 2019. She was initially seen by her family veterinarian, where several tests were performed to rule out more common causes of bloody urine such as a clotting disorder, urinary tract infection and urinary stones. When an obvious […]

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