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.

Raw Feeding for Growth

If you are about to become a new puppy/kitten owner, I’m sure you are anxiously awaiting the day your new bundle of joy comes home. You probably already have everything you need, dishes, toys, etc… but what kind of food are you going to get?

One thing is certain. You want the best for your dogs and cats. If you are one of the increasing numbers of pet parents who are starting to question the idea that a dry kibble diet is optimal for their pet’s health: I applaud your bravery! If you do your internet research, there are literally HUNDREDS of articles on raw feeding with different ways to make the diets and all claiming to be the best and right way to feed pets. There are commercial complete meals and non-complete meals, as well as various methods of home preparing. You may find it difficult to decipher what the best route for you and your pet family. If you are confused, you are not alone. There is a whole lot of grey and the fuzzy area between random fresh food feeding plans and optimum nutrition for young animals.

As a Full Circle vet technician, I had the pleasure of attending a holistic veterinary medicine conference lecture series given by a veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker, who is well versed in whole food feeding pet nutrition. She started her six-hour lecture series telling the 60 some holistic veterinary professionals in attendance, that it is our responsibility as practitioners to KNOW that our patients are getting a species appropriate balanced diet, especially when it comes to our young and growing patients.

Why might you ask is this so important? Growing animals have more specific nutritional requirements than adults. This includes things like specific amounts of calcium and phosphorous for normal bone development and requirements for other vitamins and minerals mandatory for healthy muscle and cardiac development. What some feeders may not realize is that raw feeding is more than simply following a particular meat, organ and bone ratio because some minerals and vitamins are very difficult or impossible to obtain without extra supplementation. For instance; vitamin D and E which are very important for skin health, as well as the minerals iodine and zinc for healthy hormonal and immune functions, are often incorrect in raw diets. The interactions between vitamins, minerals and fats are also important as too much or little of one may alter the body’s uptake of another.

Adult animals can function for quite some time with nutritional deficiencies, though have no doubt, eventually, if they are fed a diet that is indeed deficient, it will catch up with them. Puppies and kittens are not so resilient and can show life-threatening symptoms of deficiency.

Rather than deterring you from starting your pet’s life off right with a fresh, whole food diet, use this information to empower you to find a veterinary team experienced in raw and cooked home food feeding. With their support and guidance, continue your search for the best, optimally balanced diet for great puppy and kitten health. At Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives, we have a wealth of experience, knowledge and resources for successfully feeding raw or cooked home prepared food for pups and kittens including balanced recipes, books and great commercial complete diets to help get you started on your journey.

I look forward to guiding you through your pet’s young life.

Written by Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives 

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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.