Provincial Spay Day 2018

November 7, 2018 was the third annual Provincial Spay Day promoted by the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association.  The Dauphin and Ste. Rose Veterinary Clinic have participated all three years at the Dauphin location, and this year was once again a success.  We performed 11 surgeries including 5 cat neuters, 2 cat spays, 2 dog spays and 2 dog neuters.

The focus of this day is to promote spaying and neutering of pets.  There are health benefits for the individual pets including reducing the chance of mammary cancer, prostate cancer and uterine infections to just name a few.  There is a much greater focus and this is the reduction of unwanted pets.  Humane Societies, other shelters and rescue groups are overrun with cats and dogs that do not have a home, and simply spaying and neutering cats and dogs could significantly reduce those numbers.  In some cases, cats and dogs are simply abandoned and left to fend for themselves.  In other cases, if these pets become pregnant, they are turned away or sent to shelters because their owners do not want to be responsible for a litter of puppies or kittens.  They are cute but they can be a lot of work, and have a cost attached to them.

I was struck by a comment that my own daughter said to me, and maybe this is a misconception of many other people out there.  She said that she would never just abandon a pet and leave it to fend for itself, but she would be responsible and bring it to a Humane Society.  Hmm, this brought up a conversation that we need to be responsible for our pets.  Certainly the Humane Society has a place.  More importantly, in most circumstances, pet owners need to understand that when they take in a pet, that they are then responsible until the end of that pet’s life.  There is a commitment that is made to look after that pet.  This includes looking after providing their basic needs of food, shelter, play, and freedom from stress, and of course looking after their medical needs.  A pet should not be disposable, and dumped on someone else when they become inconvenient.

It may be cute to have a litter, but keep in mind that all those cute puppies and kittens grow up and will need a home.  Think carefully about the long term before allowing your pet to have a litter.  Consider adopting pets from a shelter and do your pet in helping control the cat and dog population and spay or neuter your pet.

Cannabis and your pet!

With the upcoming legalization of cannabis, I was called this week for an interview with 730 CKDM.  I have to admit, I had been putting it off learning about cannabis and our pets, but being asked to give an interview, kinda forced me to take a few minutes to look over the information.  (The interview should air on 730 CKDM on Monday June 4, 2018.)

Cannabis has been used by people for many, many years and there has never been a single reported death in humans resulting from its use or abuse.  However, there have been at least two confirmed deaths in dogs that ate baked goods containing medical grade marijuana, as read in the MVMA press release on the topic.  Dogs, it seems are much more sensitive to the effects of cannabis than people.  Safety studies have not been completed for dogs and so we do not know what types of dosages might be safe for dogs, or how effective it is for various conditions.

No safety studies + known increased sensitivity to cannabis = No Recommended Use.

There are no licensed products available for pets.  My recommendation would be that until there are safety studies in place with established dosages that are safe, to avoid cannabis use in dogs including treats, CBD oil and whatever other variations there are.  Depending on the condition you are interested in treating with your pet, there are licensed and safe products available and should be chosen during a consultation with your veterinarian.

If you have marijuana in the house, and you think your dog or cat might have been exposed, please do not leave out this valuable information when consulting with your veterinarian.  Help us to do the best job we can for your pet by giving us complete information.  Some signs of cannabis toxicity include severe disorientation, tremors, twitching, vomiting and leaking urine.  Sometimes they are presented to a veterinarian completely unresponsive, and in a comatose state and could be left affected for several days.  If you suspect your pet has been exposed, please consult with your veterinarian.

Please do NOT ask us to prescribe cannabis for your pet.  It is not licensed for pets, and veterinarians are not licensed to prescribe it.

To keep your pets safe, please keep any stash you have at your house in a safe place and absolutely prevent your pet from ingesting any brownies or any other source of cannabis.

Let me introduce myself!

Hi, I am Dr. Roxane Neufeld.  I grew up in Steinbach, Manitoba and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1998.  I first started working at a mixed animal practice in Stonewall, Manitoba for 5 months, then at a mixed animal practice in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for 3 years.  In September, 2001, my husband and I moved to Dauphin, Manitoba and I started working at the Dauphin Veterinary Clinic.  A big reason for moving to this area was for the parks, and camping and fishing opportunities.

In September 2002, I bought in to the practice together with my business partner Dr. Kevin Steinbachs.  In 2009, we took over the Ste. Rose Veterinary Clinic as well.

Areas of practice that I enjoy include pet dentistry and surgery.  I love going to conferences and learning.  We strive to stay current with technology and have really enjoyed incorporating Therapy Laser for our patients to help with pain control.

My two daughters and I have been involved with the Parkland Paddling Club in Dauphin for about 6 years, and I am in my third year teaching Intro to Kayaking.  I have also really enjoyed getting involved in local ventures such as Manitoba MudRun, Adventure racing, and our local church where I led the Women’s Ministry for 9 years.

I love the opportunity to teach and so I have started this blog hopefully as a way to provide learning opportunities for you, for pet owners and livestock owners.  I welcome questions and suggestions of topics you would like to see discussed.

So, this is a little bit about me and my launch into the world of blogging!