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.

Pet Food Myths

With so many different options available, choosing a pet food can be confusing and overwhelming. Below are explanations for some common myths about pet foods.

MYTH #1: By-products are bad

FACT: When people think of by-products, they often think of feathers and hooves. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! A by-product is what is left over after the intended product has been made1. This includes meat by-products such as organ meats and plant by-products such as beet pulp. These ingredients can provide an excellent source of nutrients, protein and fibre in pet foods. By-products CANNOT include hair, feathers, teeth, horns and hooves. The best way to know that you are buying a good quality food is to buy from a reputable company. Even if they have by-products in their ingredients list!

MYTH #2: Corn is only used as a cheap filler in pet foods.

FACT: Not true! Many people think that whole corn is used in pet foods, which is undigestible. In reality, corn used in pet food is ground down to make it more digestible. Think of it like popcorn – have you ever eaten popcorn, and have it come out whole at the other end? I didn’t think so. Corn is also a good source of fibre, folate, vitamin C, and phosphorus making it nutritiously valuable. Therefore, next time you are looking for a pet food, don’t toss it to the side just because it has corn in it!

MYTH #3: “Natural” pet food is better for my pet

FACT: Natural is a very broad term that includes more ingredients than it excludes. It refers to any ingredient that comes solely from plant, animal or mined sources2. This includes a lot of ingredients in most pet foods. Natural ingredients can be processed in certain ways and still be considered natural. Ingredients that are chemically synthesized, such as vitamins and minerals, are not considered natural. Therefore, natural pet food will either not be nutritionally complete and balanced, or they will say “natural with added vitamins and minerals” – which is true of many pet foods without a “natural” claim on the label. While “natural” is a term that sounds appealing, it does not necessarily mean it is healthier for your pet.

Talk to your veterinarian to help you choose which food is best for your pet!

References:

https://talkspetfood.aafco.org/byproducts
https://talkspetfood.aafco.org/natural

Written By: Dr. April Crump

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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