We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

5 Myths Surrounding Your Furry Friends’ Food

With today’s social media, we have access to an unlimited amount of knowledge on pet foods… But what is true and what is not!? Here are some common misunderstandings that can be found on the internet today!

  1. Meat MEAL is made from claws, hooves and hair, or other inedible things”

When you see beef/chicken meal on your pet’s food label this does NOT mean that it contains hooves or nails. Meal is comprised of organ meat as well as muscle meat. As with any food we buy, it’s important to know where it comes from. Buying food from a reputable source will help ensure that you are getting the best quality food for your pet.

Because meat meal does not contain as much water as whole meat, it is a more concentrated source of protein. This allows it to be added to food in larger quantities, increasing the protein content of the food.

  1. Corn is a low-quality filler”

Corn is added to pet food because it is an affordable and nutritious source of carbohydrates. These carbohydrates are broken down by the body and used to produce energy, fatty and amino acids for healthy skin, a healthy coat and a healthy immune system.

  1. Holistic food is best”

There are no current regulations of the word “holistic” in the pet food industry, and no legal definition. Therefore, any pet food brand could label their food as Holistic. This is not an adequate or reputable indication of the quality of ingredients used.

  1. Homemade is better than kibble”

Often when owners decide to make their pets food at home they aren’t aware of all the different vitamins and minerals that our pets require every day- just like us! Simply feeding your dog chicken and rice is not a sufficient diet. Veterinarian-recommended diets are specifically tailored for different ages, sizes and ailments.

It is possible to have a homemade diet for your pet, however, it is important to do all of your research, speak to your veterinarian, and have regular check-ups to make sure this diet is meeting all of your pets requirements.

  1. Animals in the wild eat raw meat, so a raw diet is better”

There is no scientific evidence to support that raw diets are more beneficial for our pets than dried kibble/canned diets. The risks of feeding a raw diet often outweigh the rewards. As you are dealing with raw meat, if you are not properly disinfecting any surfaces that your pets’ food has touched, you are at risk of bacterial contamination. Salmonella is commonly transmitted through raw meat, not only on the surfaces of utensils used, but through your dogs/cats “kisses.” This is especially more worrisome when in a home with young children and immunocompromised individuals.

 

Vero Thompson, RVT

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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 policies are up-to-date as of Tuesday April 7, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. The hospital is still OPEN with the following hours:

Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

The boarding and grooming building is CLOSED until further notice.

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. 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. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice physical distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Centennial Animal Hospital