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With a lot of talk about the raw dog food debate going on here are a few pros and cons about feeding your dog the raw diet vs. standard dog food diet. To start off let’s talk about what the raw diet is and what it consists of. It started by being fed to sled dogs and racing Greyhounds and only recently transitioned to also being fed to companion animals Ian Billing Hurst was first to propose feeding the diet in 1993 he called it the barf diet which stands for Bones and Raw Food or biologically appropriate raw food. Although some variations of the diet exist in general, the diet includes:
Muscle meat, often still on the bone
Bones, either whole or ground
Organ meats such as livers and kidneys
Vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and celery
Apples or other fruit
Some dairy, such as yogurt
Now that we know what it consists let’s go over some of the pros and cons
You know exactly what goes into your dog’s food
Raw meat contains bacteria and parasites such as salmonella listeria and other harmful bacteria to you and especially dangerous to people with compromised immune systems like the very young or elderly Nutritional balance can also be of concern as many raw diets are self-made and you are not a canine nutritionist so getting the proper amount of calcium and phosphorus can be challenging even if that is calculated correctly it’s hard to make sure itis absorbed properly.
The shiny coat comes at a cost, it may increase or also cause severe gastrointestinal problems as well as obesity.
Hyperthyroid is also an issue.
Perforation of the esophagus small intestine or colon because of the bones in the diet.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm Wednesday: 8 am - 7 pm Friday: 8 am - 4 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!