(Un)healthy appetite

Posted On: December 18, 2018

Categories: Case reports, ER + Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Surgery

As the holiday season approaches, this is a bit of a cautionary tale and a reminder that dogs can be, at times, indiscriminate eaters…and that “dietary indiscretions” can sometimes result in a foreign body that gets lodged in the digestive tract and has to be removed by scoping or by surgery. In Millan’s case, our […]

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BBQ Hazards

Posted On: July 22, 2016

Categories: Case reports, ER + Critical Care, Surgery

Although it doesn’t quite feel like summer yet here in the Lower Mainland, we are still playing outside.  Today’s blog is a reminder of the potential harm the seemingly innocuous BBQ can pose to the dogs in your family. Corn cobs are very tasty yet poorly digestible and if eaten, will cause intestinal obstruction.  Over the […]

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Neurology Case Profile: Mija The Terrier Puppy Suffers A Brain Injury After Bites To The Head From Larger Dog

Posted On: February 5, 2015

Categories: Case reports, Neurology, Surgery

Our case reports series discusses actual cases treated at Canada West Veterinary Specialists to help pet owners better understand our work and some of the processes and stages involved.  This profile features Mija, an 8-month old terrier pup who recently underwent brain surgery at our hospital.  A Small Puppy Badly Injured By A Larger Dog […]

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Teaching an Old Dog’s Knees a New Trick

Posted On: December 16, 2011

Categories: Case reports, Surgery

We all know the adage that you can’t teach an old dog a new trick.  However, advances in treatment for canine knee injuries in recent years have shown that rethinking – and reshaping – how the knee works actually results in better outcomes than the older approach of trying to restore the same movements in […]

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An unusual Saturday night at our hospital

Posted On: May 17, 2011

Categories: Surgery, Uncategorized

We recently worked on a Serval Cat! Serval cats are medium size cats from Africa.  The cheetah is thought to descend from them.  Like so many other animals in the wild, their numbers have dwindled.  Their population has been in decline largerly due to human population encroaching on their habitats or being hunted for their […]

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