In July 2018 the Food and Drug Administration announced that they are officially investigating a potential link between dogs eating certain foods and development of dilated cardiomyopathy.
What is Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy?
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs is a disease of the heart muscle that affects the ability to move blood around the body. Symptoms may include decreased energy, cough, difficulty breathing, episodes of collapse and heart failure. There are multiple causes of dilated cardiomyopathy including dietary deficiencies and genetic predisposition.
Foods of Concern:
Foods reported typically contain a high proportion of legumes, pulses (edible seeds of legumes) and potatoes. Examples of legumes include peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas. The diets of concern list legumes, pulses and potatoes in the first ten ingredients and are often labeled as grain-free.
Foods reported typically contain a high proportion of legumes, pulses (edible seeds of legumes) and potatoes. Examples of legumes include peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. The diets of concern list legumes, pulses and potatoes in the first ten ingredients; and are often labeled as grain-free.
Click on the following link to view the the Food & Drug Administration’s article on the topic of potential link between certain diets and canine dilated cardiomyopathy
Foods We Recommend:
The leaders in veterinary nutrition are Purina, Royal Canin and Hill’s/Science Diet. These companies dedicate time and resources to perform feeding trials and lifelong studies to ensure their diets are nutritionally complete for pets. At this time there is not enough information available to determine if a particular diet will definitively result in dilated cardiomyopathy. This means our veterinary team is not able to confidently approve or discourage any specific formulas.
When changing your pet’s primary diet, we recommend a gradual transition over the course of two weeks to avoid digestive upset. Please request a prescription diet recommendation from our veterinary team if your pet has any medical conditions that require dietary management. You can order prescription diets through our hospital or arrange auto-ship home delivery with our online veterinary pharmacy partner, Vets First Choice.
With the hurricane season in full blast, Meadowmont Animal Hospital has a few tips to help your pet stay safe during severe weather.
Tip#1. Microchip your pet! HomeAgain microchips are part of an advanced pet recovery and identification system that is recognized world wide. Over two million pets have been reunited with their families thanks to HomeAgain microchips. Placement of a microchip is easy, inexpensive and registration is lifelong. Contact us to arrange a quick microchip placement and we will register your pet’s unique microchip number with your contact information. If your pet already has a microchip please take moment to update your contact information. Remember to keep microchip numbers and pet photos on hand in case you and your pet are separated.
Tip#2. Pack a two to four week supply for your pet:
• Pet food, bowls and fresh water
• Daily medications and monthly parasite control
• Medical records with vaccination status
• Pet carriers, sturdy leashes and some fun toys
• Blankets and towels in case your pets get wet and cold.
Tip#3. Update your pet care contact list.
Tip#4. Bring your pets inside!
Whether you need to evacuate or you are stuck in your home for a few days your pet will be safer inside and with you. Visit hotels.petswelcome.com for a list of North Carolina hotels that welcome pets. Boarding facilities require current vaccinations so call us now to update vaccinations if needed.
To arrange microchip placement, vaccination, medication refills or to get more help preparing for emergencies call us now at 919 951-7851. We hope you stay safe, warm and dry!
Dr. Ashley Robertson
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Meadowmont Animal Hospital is offering discounted veterinary care for any pets affected by the hurricane. We are accepting donations for pets and their families affected by the storm. Helpful items include bowls, pet food, pet medication, heartworm prevention, flea/tick control, blankets, beds, towels, tarps, portable fencing, crates, toys, treats any other items you can spare. Dr. Robertson and the Meadowmont Animal Hospital team will be working with the ASPCA, Red Cross and local pet shelters to help support our community. Please contact us if you or your pets need help. Let’s pull together to help each other!
Our very own Dr. Ashley Robertson was named Hometown Hero on local radio station WCHL and Chapelboro.com recently! In addition to being a veterinarian at our hospital, Dr. Robertson conducts surgeries for the ASPCA on pets who have been surrendered to the Hoke County Sheriff’s Department. We’re so proud of the excellent veterinary care Dr. Robertson provides to our community, and we’re glad to have such a generous person on our team.
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In January 2016, nearly 700 animals were seized by the Hoke County Sheriff’s department from The Haven- Friends for Life Animal Shelter. The ASPCA created a temporary field shelter to house these animals and address their medical needs. Local veterinarians and veterinary technicians volunteered on site and opened up their hospitals to the pets in need.
Over the course of two weeks, Meadowmont Animal Hospital took in several dogs and cats. Dr. Robertson, the Meadowmont Animal Hospital team and some friends from Park Veterinary Hospital generously gave their time and expertise to perform over 20 much needed surgeries including spay and neuters, dental surgeries, and mass removals. It was a tremendous feat, and Dr. Robertson worked around the clock and on her days off to tend to the patients who were hospitalized in an effort to get them ready for adoption.
In March, there were 524 dogs and cats ready to be adopted, and the ASPCA hosted a huge adoption event at the field shelter in Sanford. Although it was originally planned to span over three days, the event was a huge success and every single animal was adopted within the first day and a half! Dr. Robertson and the Meadowmont Animal Hospital team volunteered at the event and offered free wellness exams, free health insurance, and a generous supply of flea and tick control and heartworm prevention to local adopting residents.
None of this would have been possible without the help and dedication of our awesome team at Meadowmont Animal Hospital, the volunteer doctors and staff from Park Vet, and the generous donations from Zoetis, Merck, Pet Partners Insurance, and Idexx. Everyone’s hard work, generosity, and kindness made for an experience that we will never forget!
DID YOU KNOW??? Bad breath is not normal for dogs and cats! The most common medical disorder among pets nationwide is periodontal disease and affects the majority of dogs and cats by the age of three years. If left untreated periodontal disease results in chronic oral pain and infection which can reduce your pet’s quality of life and lifespan.
Meadowmont Animal Hospital optimizes your pet’s general health with an individually tailored dental health care plan. As part of Pet Dental Health Month Meadowmont Animal Hospital is offering 10% off your pet’s professional dental procedure scheduled through March!
At Meadowmont Animal Hospital, professional dental cleanings and dental radiographs are performed under general anesthesia. We use a combination of ultrasonic scaling and hand scaling to remove tartar from the surface of the tooth and under the gum line, then polish the enamel and apply a protective barrier sealant. During each pet’s dental procedure we address the health of each tooth, root and surrounding bone structures with gingival probing and full mouth digital radiographs. The Meadowmont Animal Hospital team sets each patient up for long term dental health success with a home dental care program that matches individual patient needs with products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.
Check out the American Veterinary Medical Association for a video on professional veterinary dental cleanings at avma.org/petdental.
Don’t let chronic pain, inflammation and infection from periodontal disease impair your pet’s wellbeing. Let us help your pet by calling (919) 301-0520 or click below to schedule an oral health assessment today. Daily dental home care and professional dental cleanings can greatly improve your pet’s quality of life!