DCM Cases & Dog Food Brands

In July 2018, the FDA announced that it had begun investigating reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods, many labeled as “grain-free”.

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of cardiac muscle that leads to an enlarged heart. As a result, the heart’s ability to pump blood throughout the body becomes more difficult and can lead to fluid buildup in the chest and abdomen.

Based on what we know about HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, feline heart disease) and taurine deficiencies, a diet with possible taurine blocking ingredients (lentils, peas, legumes) could be potentially dangerous for felines as well as canines.

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Healthy Pet Diets – It’s what’s for dinner!

As a pet owner, finding the right diet for your furry friends can be difficult! There are a lot of articles online with conflicting information and unreliable sources. While federal and state regulations require animal food to be safe to eat, an FDA pre-market review isn’t mandatory for animal food to be legally marketed and sold. This can sometimes mean that despite a food brand’s good marketing, they don’t always make the most nutritionally balanced meal for your pets.

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Microchips Made Simple

Your pet is more likely to find its way back to you with a registered microchip.

When your pet is found, vet clinics and shelters can scan the animal for an ID number and report the pet as lost. The microchip company will contact you and you’ll be reunited with your lost pet!

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Declawing Our Feline Friends

What is entailed in surgically declawing cats, tips that can be done at home to stop destructive habits, the pros and cons to declawing cats, and what the current status is on this procedure in various states and countries worldwide.

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Pet Insurance – To Get or Not to Get: That is the Question

Pet insurance is great to have on any pet, and buying insurance while the pet is young, is even better. We weigh in on a few of the pros and cons of pet insurance as well as give the names of a few pet insurance companies.

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Is BRAVECTO® Flea and Tick Preventative a Good Option for Your Pet?

Our clinics recently started offering BRAVECTO®, a flea and tick preventative that comes as a flavored chewable for dogs and as a topical for cats. Why is BRAVECTO convenient? BRAVECTO offers a full 12 weeks of protection while other preventive provide protection for only one month. It is a great way to have peace of mind and not have to worry about pesky parasites for three months.

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Heartworm + Flea Preventions: Does My Pet Really Need This?

Avoiding infection of heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks in your beloved dog and cat is essential for the pets’ health. This can easily be prevented in both dogs and cats with monthly medications purchased from your veterinarian. There are various preventatives on the market these days and each medication is slightly different in which parasites they protect against and the mode of how they work.

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Dental Disease in Pets – Your Breath Smells Like What?

Dental disease is the most commonly diagnosed health condition in both adult dogs and cats. By three years of age, a large percentage of dogs and cats show some evidence of dental disease with either the presence of bad breath, accumulation of tartar, or inflammation of the gums. There are steps pet owners can take at home to prevent dental disease from occurring, but once it reaches a certain point, professional cleaning by your veterinarian is warranted to avoid other serious health complications.

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Thunderstorm and Firework Phobias in Pets: Fear of the Big, Bad Noises

Thunderstorm and firework phobias affect many dogs and their owners every year. Steps should be taken at home to change the environment and make it more inviting for pets to seek shelter. If modifications in the home do not help, scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian is recommended. The veterinarian may prescribe medication for your pet to help further reduce its anxiety and fear of noises.

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