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"BEG" pet diets under suspicion: new FDA update

With the newly released FDA report regarding dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and boutique pet foods, we feel compelled to speak out publicly for the health and safety of our patients. In the last ten years, the pet food industry has shifted dramatically. One of the changes we have seen is a move toward popular “grain-free” diets or diets containing exotic proteins or other ingredients involving peas, potatoes, lentils and legumes for dogs. Multiple studies have shown that these diets are not nutritionally superior nor is there a correlation between allergies and grains. However, excellent marketing campaigns have understandably swayed pet owners.

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Saying goodbye to Bubba

I had a particularly difficult goodbye at the clinic last week. It was actually an ideal situation in many of the ways we would hope for; Bubba was old, Bubba was loved beyond measure and the Bubba’s health was rapidly declining.Regardless of all of that, getting the message that it was “time” grabbed me in the throat. My very young son taught me so poignantly about “throat pain” when he said his “throat hurt” when our cat died and I realize now that when the tears well up, it TRULY does hurt in my throat. What the heck!?

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Pet Food Whiplash!

At Adel Veterinary Clinic we have veterinarians and team members committed to staying up-to-date on the latest in all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine. We pride ourselves in having an open mind, doing our own research and using a broad scope of resources to make our opinions.One of the most common (and complicated) questions we answer is what food should we feed our pets. Nutrition is certainly a vast and complicated subject and not one that we spent a lot of time on in veterinary school. It has (rightly or wrongly) also been debated that large food companies are often behind the education we did receive.

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Celebrating our Veterinary Team!

This week we celebrated our clinic team. From our staff on the literal “front line” to our first rate kennel crew, we have an amazing team. You wouldn’t believe the questions that arise on the phone, the messes they clean up (or wear!), the long hours, the emotional toll and frankly, the level of responsibility that gets placed on each team member.

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One Year Later

It’s been a year since my family said goodbye to our dog Holden. I suppose it’s no surprise that we still struggle with strong pangs of grief. I still think of him EVERY SINGLE TIME I open the door when no one is home.

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My dog is vaccinated for Kennel Cough and now she’s coughing- what’s up!!!???

We are hearing this a lot at the clinic right now. We are seeing dogs that have been groomed, boarded, playing at dog parks or even some that practically haven’t left the house that are all coughing. Most complain of hacking and coughing, mostly at night, in a dog that is still eating, drinking, pooping and peeing normally.

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Watch Acupuncture Live!​

Our goal is to share more of what we do with you! Here is a quick peek at two of Dr. Holland's acupuncture patients!Thank you Wally and Molly (and families) for sharing!Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment option for many conditions from arthritis to urinary leakage! Find out more under the acupuncture tab!

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Is This Little Creature a Dog or a Shark!!???

DENTAL CASE: Meet Minnie! She was found to have retained deciduous teeth, meaning that she had both the adult and the baby teeth present. This is a relatively common occurrence for canine teeth in small breed dogs. Left in place, this abnormality leads to malocclusions (needing braces!!) and lots of tartar build up between the teeth that are practically overlapping.

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Puppy 101

It’s fair to say that we see a lot of puppies.  A LOT!  It’s also fair to say it’s one of the best parts of our job.  However, I would wager that most members of the Adel Veterinary Clinic team (me included!) would say we also often enjoy sending them home!  :-)

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A Final Resting Place (5/5)

Holden was named after Holden Village, a retreat in the North Cascade mountains of Washington State where I have visited many times with my family. It is a place that brings me peace, that spot I go when I close my eyes searching for my “center” when life is a struggle.

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