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What We Know About Raw Diets

As a pet owner, it can often seem overwhelming to try and decide what diet is best for your pet. This is where we can share our expertise in pet nutrition with you. As veterinary professionals, we want what is best for your animal; the diet that works for your friend’s pet or is recommended on the internet simply might not be a good fit for yours. This is why our nutrition consultations are completely unique and tailored for your pet’s needs, health and life stage. Given our vast amount of training in pet nutrition, we do know one thing: we simply cannot recommend a raw diet for your pet. And, we’d like to share a couple of those reasons why with you.

1. Our nutrition recommendations are based on decades of feeding trials and peer-reviewed literature. In other words, the diets have been fed to animals, and scientific studies have proven that there are no negative effects of feeding that diet to your pet throughout their lifetime. When it comes to raw food, no peer-reviewed studies are supporting any benefits of raw food diets. It is extremely rare that commercially available raw diets have undergone nutritional adequacy testing, feeding trials, or have been developed to be nutritionally balanced with all of the necessary vitamin and mineral requirements. Claims that support feeding raw food diets are merely opinion based, not scientifically supported.

2. Raw diets are not routinely tested for bacterial contamination. Studies confirm that 100% of dogs on raw diets will shed harmful bacteria in their stool periodically, often containing E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Clostridium and Listeria among other bacteria. All of these pathogens can cause severe illness and even death especially in children, pregnant women, the elderly, and the immunocompromised. Something as innocent as a lick on the hand or face can have serious consequences. Not to mention, your pet can also get seriously ill from ingesting these microscopic pathogens; you have no way of knowing if a piece of raw meat is contaminated by simply looking at it with the naked eye.

While we do not recommend feeding a raw food diet to your pet, we do have several proven kibble and canned veterinary diets that can treat a variety of symptoms from irritable bowel disease to food and skin allergies. Please call and speak with one of the staff members at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital if you have any nutrition concerns or would like to talk about your pet’s diet.

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine”- Hippocrates

Written by: Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital

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Dear Clients,

As of December 11, 2020 our veterinary hospital will continue to operate with a closed-door policy.

1. WE WILL SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

3. PAYMENT METHODS

Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.

4. CHANGES TO CURBSIDE PICKUP

With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. Masks are mandatory in hospital at all times. No exceptions. Please use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. Maximum of two people in the reception area at all times.
  5. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  6. Your order will be ready with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items.

5. ONLINE ORDERING 

Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!

6. 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.

7. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

8. OPERATION HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

We will always be here, so your pet will continue to receive the care they deserve. With this new system, we will provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members. This protocol may take longer; however, it is something we have to do to keep our community safe. With that in mind, please be extra patient and kind to our team members. These circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team. Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of Covid-19. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 403-342-6040. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital