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Preventative care is so important, and in an effort to protect more patients, Nickel City Animal Hospital will be showing our appreciation for clients by offering a new special on flea, tick, and heartworm medication for your pets.
Grain-Free Diets and Dilated Cardiomyopathy
We have had many clients ask about the recent correlation with grain-free diets causing dilated cardiomyopathy (or DCM) in dogs. DCM is a heart condition that causes the ventricles to increase in size, and the heart muscle to decrease in size, and anatomically changes the shape of the heart. These deteriorations can cause the heart to not pump as well, leading to congestive heart failure. Here is what we know:
- Grain-free diets for domesticated dogs and cats is not necessary. Most people switch their pets to grain-free diets based on the thought that when they have a food allergy, the animal is allergic to the grain like a human would be. It is very uncommon that a pet is allergic to a grain; 98% of the time the allergy is to a protein source (the top two allergens are chicken and beef). When there is a food allergy, we usually recommend switching the protein source to a novel protein (such as rabbit, turkey, or bison), or switching to a prescription hydrolyzed protein diet.
Purina Pro Plan Vet Direct
It is an easy to use online shopping website that allows you to purchase all Purina ProPlan and Pro Plan Veterinary Prescription Diets.*
Vet Direct is connected to the clinic so we can approve your Purina Veterinary Diet needs fast. It gets even better with free shipping to your front door.
Pet Parasite Prevention Promotions!
Take advantage of these great rebates and promotions on products we recommend and offer to keep your pets free from fleas, tick-borne illnesses, and heartworm disease.