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Dogs and the Grain-Free Diet

The latest information on canine nutrition.

Recently, we have seen a lot of information in the news about certain dog foods and a potentially fatal condition called canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). This information can be very confusing and scary. The people who are feeding this very specialized food to their family dog are doing it because they want the best for their pet and feel that these specialty brands are providing better nutrition than the average grocery store offerings. Also, they tend to be paying a premium price for these foods.

How do we make sense of all of this information? Let’s break it down.

Some breeds are predisposed to DCM. What set off alarms is when multiple cases of DCM was being noticed in dogs where it is atypical for their breed and they were consuming a grain-free diet. This made the FDA step back and take a look at the possible link between this condition and the food.

Just like in human food, dog foods seem to mirror these trends. As certain “superfoods” became relevant in human diets, we saw a corresponding rise in these same foods for dogs. Ten years ago, you saw nary a blueberry or sweet potato in a dog’s diet, but now these are often listed as important ingredients in their food. Just as we care for our own health and want what is best for us in our own diets, we are doing this with our dogs. Similarly, with the increased focus on a gluten or grain-free diet benefit for humans, we are seeing this trickle down to dogs. There has been a substantial rise in the grain-free food offerings for pets. Are these new superfoods good for dogs? Is grain-free the route to go when looking at a healthy diet for Fido? What are they using as filler now in dog foods and is that a concern for our fluffy friends?

The BIG question is: Do we have all the information we need to determine that this is good (or bad) for our dogs? The short answer is No.

It is too early to decide what is causing DCM in dogs, however, if you are concerned, consult with your veterinarian and let them help you find the right dog food that takes into account your dog’s breed, lifestyle and health concerns. Also, if you are noticing a change in behaviour in your beloved canine, make sure you mention this to your vet as well. Just like with our human doctors, knowing the full scope of diet, symptoms and behaviours will allow them to provide the best care and recommendations for your pup.

For more information on the food in question, we recommend reading the following article: ‘What Dog Owners Need to Know About the FDA’s Grain-Free Diet Alert’



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 30, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.715.5143. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic