What You Need to Know About Grain-Free Diets
Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wrote:
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network, a collaboration of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, are investigating the potential association between reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs and certain pet foods the animals consumed, containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds or potatoes as main ingredients. Canine DCM is a disease of a dog’s heart muscle and often results in congestive heart failure. In cases that are not linked to genetics, heart function may improve with appropriate veterinary treatment and dietary modification if caught early."
About Hill's Pet Food Recall
Hill’s Pet Nutrition recently put out a voluntary recall on their canned food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Although animals benefit from vitamin D, ingesting too much of it can lead to potential health issues. Luckily, in most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of the canned food.
Hill’s is working in coordination with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get the affected products recalled. As of right now, the recall only extends to canned food and does not apply to dry food, cat food, or other treats.
Important Notice Regarding Online Pet Pharmacies
Due to increased fraud with online pet medications, we are no longer faxing prescriptions to online pharmacies. We apologize for the inconvenience, but can assure you that providing safe, effective, and fully-guaranteed medications is a top priority to us.
Please feel free to call us at (978) 453-1784 if you have questions. Thank you for your understanding and your continued trust in Linwood Animal Hospital!
Dog Flu: What You Need to Know
CBS Boston reported that, about three weeks ago, Massachusetts confirmed its first case of dog flu this year. Veterinarians estimate the vaccine is about 60% effective and they are urging in-state dog owners to vaccinate their pets for added protection.
The American Kennel Club describes dog flu as ‘an infectious respiratory disease caused by an influenza A virus, similar to the viral strains that cause influenza in people.’ The disease is airborne and respiratory secretions can be spread via coughing, barking, and sneezing. It can also be transmitted via infected objects, such as toys, bowls, and collars.
Dog flu typically incubates for two to four days. After day four, viral shedding starts to decrease but dogs can remain contagious for 10 – 26 days, depending on the specific strain of dog flu they contracted. If a dog comes into contact with dog flu, (s)he will almost always be infected.
Common symptoms of dog flu include:
There is a new tick-borne illness on the rise. The Powassan Virus (or POW) is a rare but very serious disease found in New England and the Great Lakes region of the United States. The POW virus is spread by the bite of an infected deer tick, the same tick responsible for the spread of Lyme disease.
There is no known test for the virus in animals. It is also unknown at this time if the disease affects pets as it does humans. Symptoms of this disease in humans may present itself as fever, vomiting, weakness, confusion, loss of coordination and seizures. This is why prevention is so important – not only for your pets, but for you and your family as well! Remember that ticks can also hitch a ride in on your pets from the outdoors.
Call us at (978) 453-1784 if you have any questions or if you need help choosing the right tick prevention product for your pet.
Disease-Carrying Ticks on the Rise
It's such a treat when we get a warm winter here in New England, but unfortunately, ticks love it too! Without heavy snow cover, and the spring weather approaching, ticks are multiplying at an alarming rate.
Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis, to pets and people. This season, be sure to protect your pets from these little monsters! The health of your pets and family depends on it. Learn more about the rise of ticks in New England here.
Contact us at (978) 453-1784 to discuss which preventative is best for your pet!