Dog Wellness

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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Facts About Dog Flu

This respiratory disease is caused by a highly contagious influenza virus and warrants taking precautions with your pet. Since 2015, 51 cases have been reported in the state of Indiana. Surrounding states, like Illinois, are seeing even higher numbers recently, particularly in the Chicagoland area.

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Lyme Disease in Dogs; The Who, What, When, Where, and Why

When we think of Lyme disease, many times we only think of humans being affected. But did you know that dogs can also contract Lyme disease? Increased white footed mice populations on the east coast are causing concern that this year’s risk of Lyme disease will be extremely high. Here’s what you need to know about Lyme disease for dogs living in Central Indiana.

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National Pet Poison Prevention Week

Pet Poison Prevention Week, every 3rd week in March, is a week dedicated to help make the public more aware to common household toxins, how to avoid them and what to do if you suspect your pet has ingested one of these items.

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5 Ways Walking Your Dog Daily Can Benefit You

We all know that taking your dog for a daily walk is beneficial to your pet, but it can also be beneficial for your health too! Here are five great reasons why.

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5 Tips for Pet Wellness This Fall

Fall is officially here and although it means pumpkins, colorful fall leaves and holiday festivities for many of us, for our pets it can mean extra shedding and unwanted fleas and ticks. Here are five tips to keep your pet as healthy and as happy as possible this autumn.

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Brachycephalic Breeds: Wrinkles and Panting and Snoring… Oh My!

Many people love the look of those wrinkled, squish-faced brachycephalic breeds such as English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, and Pugs. The short face, the wrinkles, and the snoring are all things that lure people to these special breeds. But what some people don’t realize is that the special look of these breeds can lead to significant medical issues often requiring more veterinary visits throughout their lifetime and even specialized surgeries.

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Bite Wounds: There’s More Than Meets The Eye

Though dog bite wounds cannot be completely avoided, there are ways to help reduce their likelihood. If a bite wound occurs, it is in your pets’ best interest to seek veterinary care.

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