Grain Free Diets and Recent Health Scares

Recently the FDA released an article warning about grain free diets being connected to dogs with heart disease. Here is the link to that article if you have not read it yet: https://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/newsevents/cvmupdates/ucm613305.htm If you don’t want to read the whole article, it stated; “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. These reports are unusual because DCM is occurring in breeds not typically genetically prone to the disease.” They also

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4th of July

Did you know that more pets go missing on July 4th (and the surrounding days) than on any other holiday? It’s true. Many pets are terrified of fireworks and parades. Frightened pets often look for a way to escape, they will hop over or find a way to slip through their fences. A scared pet can be a very determined pet. Here are some useful tips for keeping your pets safe at home over the holiday: Keep your pets well secured indoors. Go for a walk before the festivities begin. Keep the radio or tv on. Check all the windows

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Spring is almost here!

It is the beginning of March and that means spring will be here before we know it. For us, that means it will be the busiest part of the year. When spring starts rolling in, we start performing the 4DX blood tests that screen for Heartworm, Lyme’s Disease and two other tick born diseases. (Find more information about the test by clicking here- 4DX Blog.) It is also the time of year when everyone needs to start picking up their heartworm, flea and tick preventatives. Because of how many extra appointments we need to see, our schedule can get pretty booked up. This

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Senior Pets

Our pets are living longer, healthier lives now because of advances in veterinary medicine and pet care. As they get older, however,  they require extra care and attention. A thorough physical examination by one of our veterinarians is recommended at least twice yearly.  The earlier we can detect health issues in your pet means an improved chance of a longer, healthier, and happier life for your pet. Common problems in Senior pets: heart, kidney or liver disease arthritis cataracts hearing difficulties/deafness diabetes cancer changes in behavior related to all of the above It is very important to pay attention to

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You Heard It Right, We Are ALL Fear Free Certified!

You might have missed it on TV last week but TV6 stopped by our clinic to find out more about the Fear Free Program. As of December, every one of us at Northern Vet has now been certified. We are the first veterinary clinic in the UP to to have 100% of our staff certified as Fear Free Professionals! We are very excited for 2018 and the small, but important, changes that will be happening throughout the year. Here is the TV 6 segment: What is Fear Free all about? Take a minute to watch this video from Fear Free.

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