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Case Studies


Yuma is a gorgeous 8-year-old mixed breed dog who presented to the Bow River Veterinary Centre for one episode of vomiting and several days of a decreased appetite. On physical exam he was noted to have abdominal pain and was running a fever. Blood work was done and was unremarkable. An abdominal ultrasound was performed by Dr. Williamson and a large small intestinal mass was discovered. Surgical resection was performed the next day. This was a very complicated surgery where Drs. Williamson and Black dissected the mass off of the colon and resected down to the caudal vena cava. The mass was diagnosed as a intestinal sarcoma. Yuma continues to undergo treatment and, to date, is doing very well. He is a fighter, and we are hoping that he continues to progress.



Amiga is a female black standard poodle. She presented to the Bow River Veterinary Centre on emergency for retching and being bloated. Standard Poodles as well as Great Danes, German Shepherds, and Mastiffs are predisposed to a life threatening condition called a Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV for short). Many people refer to this condition as “bloat” and is fatal unless treated surgically very promptly. Amiga was taken to surgery and recovered quite well. Work-up a few months later showed that Amiga also had another condition common to standard poodles called Addison’s. This is a disease where the adrenal glands are not producing adequately. Thanks to the diligent work of her parents, Doris and Jim, she is well controlled!

Amiga case study

Abdominal X-ray showing a twisted stomach or "bloat"


Hazel is only a year old, but has already had an interesting life. She presented to the Bow River Veterinary Centre for not eating and lethargy. On exam she was depressed and running a fever. Blood work, chest radiographs, and an abdominal ultrasound were performed to look for the cause of the fever and no significant findings were found. The next day she started to limp and several of her joints were swollen. Joint taps were performed and she was diagnosed with a rare condition called Immune Mediated Polyarthritis. She was treated with immunosuppressive doses of corticosteroids and slowly weaned off. She is now off medications and is back to being a bouncy, happy puppy!



Brook is an 8-year-old Border Collie. He belongs to the parents of Dr. Brace! He presented to the clinic for anorexia following vomiting. Blood work was performed and was normal. An abdominal ultrasound was performed by Dr. Williamson and a small intestinal foreign body was found. It turned out to be a rubber toy! Surgery was performed that day and Brook recovered amazingly. He continues to do well.

"And it is NOT cancer. We have beaten the odds (90% according to Calgary vets; 70% according to Edmonton vets---either way, it was a l-o-n-g shot, not in our favor). The pathologists found 2 things (neither of which I remember ..." — Carla Cumming - Sojonky
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