INTRODUCING DR. TOMAS INFERNUSO and DR. BARI-SUE GLASER
We now have a board certified surgeon, Dr. Tomas Infernuso, to help us provide a wide range of orthopedic, neurologic, oncologic, thoracic and soft tissue surgeries. He comes to us when we need him. You no longer are tied to going to an expensive referral hospital for non-critical surgeries! Dr. Infernuso is an exceptional surgeon who is compassionate and genuinely cares for this patients. He fits perfectly onto our team at Peace Love Pets Veterinary Care.
Dr. Bari-Sue Glaser – formerly of My Pet’s Vet in Huntington, has joined our team! Dr. Glaser went to Cornell Veterinary School and has over 20 years of veterinary experience. She has a fabulous reputation and many loyal followers that we welcome into our home. She will be here Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-1 pm. Our staff, Dr. Andersen and I are thrilled to have her join our team!
THE TRUTH ABOUT PET FOOD
It has come to our attention that many of our clients are concerned about feeding grain-free pet food, food allergens and gluten sensitivities in their pets and are looking for more natural alternatives to the traditional commercial pet food. Pet food marketers have been quick to respond to these concerns for grain free options in their lines of food. Popular brand names like “Taste of the Wild”, “Blue Buffalo”, “Natural Balance” or “Earthborn” have all been marketed to specifically address these growing concerns.
We would like to address some of these concerns. Unfortunately is a lot of erroneous information that we would like to shed some light on.
MYTH #1 – “Gluten Free is best for my pet, right?” – We can tell you that there is no evidence that gluten sensitivities occur regularly in dogs and cats. Gluten-sensitive intolerances have been
documented in Irish Setters, but, to date, we simply don’t know if other breeds are affected and the problem has not proven to be widespread.
MYTH #2 – Over the counter (OTC) “hypoallergenic” foods are truly hypoallergenic. The truth is, these foods can often confound a food allergy diagnosis. Studies have shown that these OTC foods often contain the very allergens the owner is trying to avoid and cross contamination in the manufacturing process is a common occurrence. In addition, one well known OTC pet food manufacturer was reprimanded by the FDA after lab analysis showed their lamb diet contained no lamb, but beef instead! We are not trying to scare you, we simply want you to know that prescription hypoallergenic diets work best!!
MYTH #3 – Wheat, corn and other grains are highly allergenic and causes food allergies for their pets. This is not true; many dogs are actually allergic to the proteins in the food. In a review of 267 cases, wheat actually was responsible for fewer canine allergy cases than beef and dairy and corn comes in at a distant 8th, behind chicken, egg and lamb.
MYTH #4 – “Grain-free” equates to low, or even no, carbohydrates. Dr. Susan Wynn, a well-known speaker on clinical nutrition and integrative medicine, remarks that “if the pet food is a dry kibble, it contains carbohydrates.” The manufacturing process to produce the dry diets (known as extrusion) won’t work unless a minimal level of starch is present. Dr. Lori Huston, a Certified Veterinary Journalist and author of the Pet Health Care Gazette blog concurs. She even states that many of the popular replacements for grains, like potatoes, can actually increase the carbohydrate content of the food. The reality is that dogs do quite well digesting grains and starches. Not only has decades of research proven this, but new genetic information shows our domesticated canine friends have many more copies of a gene for digestion of starches than their wolf cousins.
So, is there a downside to feeding grain free foods? Overall, the consensus from veterinary experts is that these foods are generally safe and will also provide a complete and balanced diet for your pet. In some cases, the levels of fat or protein may be higher than necessary for some pets and that could cause health issues. For example, dogs with a history of pancreatitis ideally should be on low fat diets. Dogs with inflammatory bowel disease may need to be on a novel protein diet. For these specific medical conditions, Dr. Levitan, Dr. Andersen and Dr. Glaser are always here to help you formulate a specific diet that is tailored to your pet’s needs!
SUCCESS STORY OF THE MONTH
Roxie: the wonder dog! Why amputate when you can save a limb? Roxy lost the circulation in her foot when a bandage was place tightly and she began to chew at her feet. The veterinarian she first saw treated for infection and recommended the leg be amputated, since they did not think it could be saved. Fortunately, the veterinarian mentioned hyperbaric oxygen to the owners, and Roxy’s dad pursued that avenue with us, in hopes to save her limb. A sad story, sort of, but fortunately, Roxy remained very comfortable despite her serious problem. She started with dead toes and gas gangrene set it. With the help of hyperbaric oxygen, the infection was halted. We did not see her in time to save all the toes, however, we were able to save the rest of the foot. With patience, hyperbaric oxygen, supportive care, minor surgery and bandaging- we were able to get Roxy back on her feet, literally!
She is doing great and walking on her “foot” now! We are thrilled!