In July, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a list of 16 pet food brands that may be linked to increased risk canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The investigation, which began in July 2018, was conducted to determine a cause of the drastic increase in reports of DCM in dogs, including breeds without genetic predisposition. Many of the foods identified are labeled as “grain-free” and contain a high proportion of peas, lentils, other legume seeds and potatoes/sweet potatoes.
Although most commonly reported in larger dogs, some smaller dogs and a few cats have also developed the disease. Due to the complexity of the issue, the FDA has announced it will continue to investigate the link between pet food ingredients and DCM. To read the full report and learn more, visit the FDA website. True grain allergy or intolerance is rare in the dog and cat. The current recommendation is to transition pets eating grain-free diets to a more conventional alternative. We are happy to provide nutritional advice and diet recommendations for our patients, including those with documented food allergies.
Unfortunately winter is still here! This article shows some Winter Hazards to keep in mind this season for our furry friends: Winter Hazards - Pet Poison Helpline
With the cooler weather, we humans spend more time indoors in close contact with each other, and this can make us prone to "colds". This is also the time of year when we often visit friends and family and have to board our dogs. When dogs are housed in close quarters, they are at higher risk for contracting kennel cough. Please click HERE for more information about kennel cough. If you think your dog has kennel cough, please CALL US to see if an appointment for an examination is recommended.
If you own or care for a cat and are 18 years of age or older, you are invited to participate in this survey. The study is funded by the Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. The research is looking into antibiotic use and resistance, and what drives antibiotic prescription use and compliance. This complex subject needs to be approached from a variety of angles. One angle is looking at what pet owners perceive or want. This survey is designed to gather information about pet owners’ perceptions and preferences when treating their pets for an infection.
The survey, along with full details and ethics approval information, are available here:
The study's authors appreciate pet owner's help with this research. The previous study about antibiotic use in dogs (see an earlier post) provided some interesting and useful information. More details about that soon….
The picture above is of a group of ear mites found in a cat's ear. Pretty cool, eh? They are so tiny, magnification is needed to see them. This picture was taken through our microscope. The brownish debris seen near the mites is mite poop. When a cat has ear mites, they have dark brown "coffee-ground" like material in their ears from the mites and their poop. We have effective treatments for these mites and can get rid of them pretty easily. Can you imagine how loud they must sound crawling around in the cat's ear to the cat? The mites cause the cat's ears to be very itchy. Gross, but cool to see!
There is a study underway funded by the Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust at the University of Guelph. The study is designed to gather information about pet owners’ perceptions and preferences regarding antibiotic use when treating pets for infections. If you own or care for a dog and are 18 years of age or older, you are invited to participate in this survey by clicking the link below (it is voluntary and anonymous).
Full details and ethics approval information are also available at this link: https://uoguelph.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5uUBn8xoG9kBLeJ
We want you to know about a NEW tapeworm of concern in Ontario this year: Echinococcus sp. The concern is that your dog can become infected and pass a very dangerous form of this disease on to you. The tapeworm usually cycles through the fox and coyote population. Talk to us to see if your dog is at risk. If so, we can recommend prevention. Click HERE for more information from the University of Guelph.
Congratulations are in order for 3 of our team members.
In the last month, Crystal, Kristy, and Dayna have all tied the knot!
It is with a heavy heart that I post my last website and facebook post on behalf of Centennial Animal Hospital. It has been my privilege to launch the new website and facebook page for Centennial Animal Hospital. I have thoroughly enjoyed interacting with you all in a less formal environment and getting to know you, your pet(s) and the relationship you share with them even better. I hope that my efforts have ensured that you have learned some new things, were advised of some important information and that you had a bit of fun over this past year. I wish you and your pet(s) all the best and, if you see me out and about, please don’t hesitate to stop and say hi. I hope my new adventure brings me as much joy as you, and especially your pet(s), have given me over the years.
When you look outside at all that snow, fleas and ticks are probably the last thing on your mind, but spring is just around the corner! Ticks will begin to become active once we have just a few days above 4 degrees Celsius. Ticks are becoming more prevalent in our area, as is the risk of tick-borne illnesses.
Call us today to plan a prevention strategy for your dog or cat.
We will be recommending prevention start earlier this year (March or April), depending on the weather.
Find out more about these diseases at http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-diseases-conditions-a-z/6-tick-borne-diseases-you-should-know-about
We would like to thank all of our clients and patients who participated and donated to our 2 day "sweet" extravaganza which raised money for the Ontario SPCA - Muskoka Branch National Cupcake Day Campaign. Thanks to you, we raised $257.50!!
Jen .O. and Krista did a great job organizing this 2 day fundraiser! We also want to thank all of the staff who volunteered their time baking up a storm: Jill, Dayna, Brooke, Tammy, Jen .D., Margaret, Krista and Jen .O.! The entire Centennial Team put in a great effort promoting, supporting this event and helping with this event!