Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Notice: Potential Link Between Certain Dog Foods and Heart Disease
July 8, 2019
Update on FDA Investigation Involving Potential Link Between Certain Dog Foods and Heart Disease:
We have received several calls from concerned owners regarding a recent statement issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); this report involves an investigation into a possible link between certain diets and a form of canine heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).
DCM causes an enlarged heart in dogs. Affected animals may cough, have decreased exercise tolerance, have difficulty breathing or episodes of collapse. It is interesting to note that there has been an increase in reports to the FDA of cases of dogs with DCM that are not typically genetically predisposed to developing this disease.
The FDA has identified 16 brands of dog food which were most frequently associated with the reported cases of DCM. These diets were found to be “grain-free”, containing peas, lentils, other legumes and/or potatoes. The animal protein sources varied widely in these diets. The FDA has not determined the exact connection between these diets and developing DCM.
If you have any concerns that your dog may be exhibiting any clinical signs associated with DCM, please contact Mission Ridge Animal Hospital at 780.458.3833 to speak with a member of our veterinary team.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital