Update on Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy

We recently came across this article and thought it was important enough to share with you. If you have questions about your pet’s diet, you are always welcomed to call us.  

You may have read my June 4 post, “A broken heart: Risk of heart disease in boutique or grain-free diets and exotic ingredients.”  This post had more than 180,000 page views in the first week and continues to get more than 2000 page views a day.   So, I’m pleased that people are interested in this important issue and trying to learn about it.  But I’ve also found a tremendous amount of confusion and misinformation in the past 5 months including people who doubt that this is a real issue, some who still haven’t heard about it, and people who mistakenly think it’s just grain-free diets or that it’s only related to taurine.

As a result of the continued confusion, some of my cardiologist colleagues and I wrote an article which was published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  This article provides a summary of our current understanding of diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), how to recognize it, and a recommended protocol for veterinarians to follow when they see dogs with DCM.

To read the complete article, click here.

Hey Santa!

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All I want for Christmas, Santa, is a forever home. You know me. I’m Oscar. I have been good all year. I even went to obedience class. All a person has to do to meet me is call At Home Veterinary Care at 850-274-5710. That’s all I want, Santa. I want a home.

Barktoberfest Costume Contest Winners!

We had a great time at Barktoberfest this year. Even though the weather was a bit wet we had a great turnout. It was hard to decide which costumes were the best but here they are.

The little Sailor Boy won first place, Woof in Sheep Clothing won second place, Hershey’s Kiss won third place, and Lizard won fourth place. There were some other great costumes and we’ll post them in a later posting. Congratulations winners!

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My Dog and Me

At Home Veterinary Care offers a variety of classes year round to meet your training needs and make your pet a valuable family member while having fun and interactive training sessions. Our state of the art facility offers a 2,000 square foot training room and large outdoor agility field. We have a Wet and Wonderful Dog Splash Park with a zero entry Splash Pad and attached Lazy River, as well as over 48,000 square feet of outdoor dry play space. We encourage you to speak with our trainer to see what class is right for you and your furry friend. The featured class today is “My Dog And Me.”

If you have a child in your home this class is a must. This 4-week class is designed to teach children responsibility and create a bond between the child and their dog. Items covered include basic dog care with a fun time actually bathing their dog. Fun and interactive games are introduced. Basic obedience skills are taught, and finally, Emergency skills that every family member should know. During the last class there will be some fun time in the splash park. This class is designed for children ages 9 to 13. My Dog and Me is held on Saturdays.

Not sure what class is right for you? Call At Home Veterinary Care (or visit our website at www.AtHomeVet.Care to register) on any class you are interested in. A member of our training team will contact you and discuss the class, answer your questions, and get your enrolled! Classes will be scheduled when a minimum of 5 dogs have been enrolled. Call 850-274-5710 today to see what class is right for you and your dog.

Canine Good Citizen

Is your dog a Canine Good Citizen? Come join us for our next class.

You and your dog will go through this AKC course of learning necessary skills such as: Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Letting a Friendly Stranger Pet Them, Walking Through a Crowd, Allowing Body Handling, Walking on a Loose Leash, Supervised Separation, Distractions, Manners with another Dog. An AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate is given to all dog and handler teams who pass these items on week 6.

At Home Veterinary Care offers a variety of classes year round to meet your training needs and make your pet a valuable family member while having fun and interactive training sessions. Our state of the art facility offers a 2,000 square foot training room and large outdoor agility field. We encourage you to speak with our trainer to see what class is right for you and your furry friend. For Play Care fun we have a Wet and Wonderful Dog Splash Park with a zero entry Splash Pad and attached Lazy River, as well as over 48,000 square feet of outdoor dry play space.

Call At Home Veterinary Care (or visit our website at www.AtHomeVet.Care to register) on any class you are interested in. A member of our training team will contact you and discuss the class, answer your questions, and get your enrolled! Classes will be scheduled when a minimum of 5 dogs have been enrolled. Call 850-274-5710 today to see what class is right for you and your dog.

 

 

It’s Bark to School time at At Home Veterinary Care Center–Classes now Forming

At Home Veterinary Care offers a variety of classes year round to meet your training needs and make your pet a valuable family member while having fun and interactive training sessions. Our state of the art facility offers a 2,000 square foot training room and large outdoor agility field. We have a Wet and Wonderful Dog Splash Park with a zero entry Splash Pad and attached Lazy River, as well as over 48,000 square feet of outdoor dry play space. We encourage you to speak with our trainer to see what class is right for you and your furry friend.

The featured class today is RALLY!

    

What do you do when your dog has gone through an obedience class and you want to be sure they don’t lose their skills? You enroll in Rally. This is a fun 6 week course that keeps you and your dog sharp with the obedience skills you and they know or have just learned. It partners you and your dog up as a team while you work through a fun and interactive course.

Call At Home Veterinary Care (or visit our website at www.AtHomeVet.Care to register) on any class you are interested in. A member of our training team will contact you and discuss the class, answer your questions, and get your enrolled! Classes will be scheduled when a minimum of 5 dogs have been enrolled. Call 850-274-5710 today to see what class is right for you and your dog.

 

Come Join Us For Agility Fun

Our Introduction to Agility class has just ended but we are gearing up for our next class and want you to join in on the fun!

This class is a favorite of everyone who takes it. You and your dog work as a team going over obstacles, weaving through poles, going through tunnels, and jumping through hoops. Rain or shine, this class is interactive and can sometimes be fast-paced.

Call At Home Veterinary Care (or visit our website at www.AtHomeVet.Care to register) on any class you are interested in. A member of our training team will contact you and discuss the class, answer your questions, and get your enrolled! Classes will be scheduled when a minimum of 5 dogs have been enrolled. Call 850-274-5710 today to see what class is right for you and your dog.

The Secret Life of Pets

Have you ever wondered what your dog is doing during Play Care? Who does he play with? How does she play? Our new camera captures the action videos of playcare pets. It can go underwater as well. Our staff is currently being trained on camera use and we will begin posting the action packed play soon on our website. Stay Tuned.