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Posted on 07-13-2018

We all want to feed our pets the best food for their well-being, but lately it has become difficult to know exactly what that means.  There are so many choices on the shelf, and a multitude of ads advising us to choose “natural” or “grain free.”  These diets are presented as the obvious and best choice for dogs because, after all, dogs are carnivores and wouldn’t choose to eat grain in the wild, right?  Unfortunately, it seems that these specialty or boutique diets are falling short in providing the best nutrition for dogs, despite their ofttimes hefty price tag.

According to a recent study done by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, feeding grain-free diets may be partially responsible for the increase in DCM, or dilated cardiomyopathy, in dogs.  The link to this well-written and informative article is included below.  It is well worth reading!

A broken heart:  Risk of heart disease in boutique or grain-free diets and exotic ingredients


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Animal Care Associates will no longer be seeing patients on Saturdays. 

Beginning on  May 19th Animal Care Associates will no longer have doctor hours on Saturday.  We will remain open  for boarders only. Unfortunately we will no longer have veterinarians available to see patients on that day.   

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