Grain free diets- Are they breaking hearts?

There has been a lot of recent discussion in the veterinary community on the topic of grain free diets and heart disease. To help get to the bottom of the problem, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) did an overview of concerning reports that veterinary cardiologists were seeing a rise in heart conditions in dogs fed grain free diets and I thought that I would outline the information in the article to help look at the complex interactions in this issue. Dilated Cardiomyopathy is the most commonly reported cardiac condition in large breed dogs. In this condition,
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But it’s winter- there are no ticks

Looking outside at the snow and ice that abound, we are not really thinking about the creepy crawlers that affect our pets throughout the summer months here in Southern Ontario. But maybe we should? Typically, we think of warm summer days and long grassy areas as the concerns for tick bites, but the reality of things is that as weather patterns vary, tick season may last longer than we think, and be more difficult to predict. Any days above 4 degrees Celcius can have ticks that are sleeping under protective layers of leaf litter in forested areas start waking up
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What does it mean to research a pet food?

Around the New Year, I saw a post on social media about a New Year’s resolution of finding out more about the food that we feed to our pets every day. The author suggested a few things that could be helpful when deciding which food they would like such as the country of origin of the ingredients and where the pet food was made. I really liked the idea that this author was giving people the tools to critically evaluate their pet’s diet and I am a big advocate of doing research on the foods we feed, but unfortunately this
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Christmas Cheer- how to avoid a vet visit at Christmas

  Recently, we saw a young cat in our hospital who had eaten a piece of string. He came in not feeling well, vomiting and not eating. When we performed x-rays and ultrasound, we found a piece of string stuck inside him that stretched all the way from his mouth, down his throat, into his stomach and down into his intestines. Luckily for this little guy, his parents asked us to do the life saving surgery he needed to have the string removed and he was home in time for Christmas. Pets eating things they shouldn’t is a daily problem
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