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.
If a diet is formulated to meet the nutritional requirements for dogs and cats as laid out by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials, The European Pet Food Industry (FEDIAF) or The National Research Council (NRC) values for dogs and cats, it is considered balanced. Commercial raw foods that are sold internationally meet these requirements. Canadian only foods may not meet these standards especially if an animal nutritionist or veterinary nutritionist was not involved in formulating the diets. We recommend calling a company and asking if they adhere to any of these standards.
Will commercial raw foods be free of bacteria?
Salmonella and E-coli are common pathogens associated with raw meat processing and handling. Commercial raw diets that have been pressure pasteurized will be free from Salmonella. Freezing also reduces bacterial counts. Larger companies routinely check their product batches for bacterial contamination.
Salmonella is also a common contaminant of dry kibble foods. Warnings about pet food contamination can be found at https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com. Unfortunately, only a few Canadian foods are listed. You can also call a company and inquire about their testing processes.
Are local raw products balanced?
Local raw foods may or may not be balanced according to AAFCO, FEDIAF or NRC requirements. Foods formulated locally are not always done with input by animal nutritionists and rarely have a detailed analysis of the ingredients been performed. In the future, we hope that local companies will take advantage of pet food nutritional analysis programs and ensure your pets get superb raw food nutrition. Our veterinarians and nutrition technician, work to stay abreast of the most popular raw foods and can help you select the most optimum local raw diets.
How can I improve my commercial raw food diet?
A commercial raw food diet can be improved by adding mixed, colourful veggies and berries once or twice a week or a specific protein, veggie and oil mixture. Sardines and oysters make a highly nutritious snack several times a week. At Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives, we can provide you with information on how and why to supplement a commercial raw diet.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.
We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including Canine Rehabilitation Services, Animal Chiropractic, TCVM Consultations, Bloodwork for Referral Services, Wellness Exams, Vaccines and more!
Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:
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.
Face coverings must be worn to enter the hospital.
Use hand washing station upon entry.
Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you wish to remain in your car during the appointment, when you call to inform us of your arrival, 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".
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.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday & 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 Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.