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.
Most dogs love carrots. They enjoy the crunch and chewiness of a raw carrot and the taste of cooked carrots especially if flavoured with a little butter. Carrots are also nutritious; although to make the most of the nutrients breaking down the cell walls by fine chopping or light steaming is needed.
Carrots contain Vitamin A, biotin, vitamin K, molybendum, several B vitamins, vitamin E and C. Carotenoids, which are the plant molecules that impart the orange colour to the carrots are a very important component of carrot nutrition. Animals cannot make these molecules and must get them from their food. Carotenoids promote eye health and have a cancer preventative effect.
For those of you feeding ketogenic or, low carb raw diets carrots are still a great choice. They got a bad rap years ago when they were labelled high glycemic. This finding has been debunked many times over and current measurements suggest that even cooked, a carrot has a glycemic index of 39. The fibre content in carrots is also high which is great for feeding the healthy organisms living in the gut and lowering the net carbs. Carrots actually have relatively low net carbs: about 4g for a medium carrot.
Nova Scotian farmers grow fantastic carrots. So the next time you visit a local produce supplier pick up some carrots and share them with your canine friends. You will both reap the benefits of this simple, plentiful and delicious food.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.