Picky pooches and finicky felines can be very frustrating for pet owners. This is especially true when it comes to prescription diets as these diets have been recommended to treat or manage a specific underlying disease condition. While not always the case, picky eaters tend to be products of our own creation. Dogs are incredibly intelligent and quickly learn that by holding out, they will likely get an upgrade to the “good stuff”. Here are some general tips that you may find helpful in retraining your picky eater to get down to business when dinner is served.
In light of current concerns regarding diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy, it seems appropriate to expand upon what constitutes a "good" diet and how you, the pet owner, can determine on your own what is the best diet to feed your pet.
The other day I wandered into a local pet store in search of fish supplies for my daugther's new betta fish. I'm not really a fish person and so it took me a few minutes to decide on what I needed. During my prolonged search, I happened to overhear the salesperson tell a customer that "veterinarians aren't really taught about nutrition in vet school". I placed whatever item I had been about to purchase back on the shelf and walked out the door. While I had heard about pet store employees telling people that veterinarians aren't taught nutrition or that they only receive one semester's worth in vet school, I had never encountered it first hand. After the initial shock and horror wore off, I decided that it was time to set the record straight.
What is Diet-Associated DCM?
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
- George Eliot
When it comes to taking good care of you pet, there's no way around it, the bulk of the work is done by you, the pet owner. Regular veterinary care plays an important role in recognizing and preventing various diseases, but good husbandry (the care and keeping of animals) is essential in keeping your pet in tip-top shape.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
- Benjamin Franklin
Regular wellness visits, also known as check-ups, are one of the most important steps in keeping your pet happy and healthy. Ben Franklin was absolutely right when he said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"; it's much easier to prevent disease than it is to treat it, and much less expensive, too!
February is National Pet Dental Month!
Dental health is a very important part of your pet's overall health. Dental disease can contribute to and, in some cases, be caused by other health problems. This is why we perform an oral examination on your pet every time he or she comes in for an office visit!
Monday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Arlington Animal Clinic
Arlington, MA 02474
Phone: (781) 646-0758
Fax: (781) 646-8724
After Hours Emergencies:
In the event of an animal emergency outside of our normal business hours we recommend:
Blue Pearl Specialty & Emergency Medicine for Pets - Waltham
180 Bear Hill Rd
Waltham, MA 02451
Blue Pearl Specialty & Emergency Medicine for Pets - Charlestown
56 Roland Street
Charlestown, MA 02129