Dear Valued Client, We have received many inquiries regarding the potential risks of feeding a grain-free diet. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating a potential link between Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and grain-free diets. Of the extremely large number of dogs currently on grain-free diets, only a small number (approximately 500) of DCM cases have been reported. While diet is suspected to play a role in these cases, the specific cause is still unknown. Some cases are thought to be associated with a deficiency in the amino acid Taurine, however this claim is still unsubstantiated. It is likely that these cases resulted from a predisposition to DCM, which then progressed due to other factors. As this is a fluid situation, we are continuing to consult with veterinary nutritionists and veterinary cardiologists, along with the FDA. At this time, the BHPH doctors feel that no drastic changes in diet are recommended. If concerned, a switch to a grain-based diet within your current brand of pet food is suggested. Taurine supplements can also be purchased online. 250mg per day is an appropriate dose, but this may not be necessary for your pet. If no grain-based foods within your current brand are presently available, brands that are recommended include Country Naturals, NutriSource, Natural Balance (lamb and brown rice), and Performatrin. Many brands that currently only offer grain-free diets, such as Acana and Merrick, are also monitoring the situation and will adjust their diets accordingly to likely include grain. More information can be found on the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University website, published by the board-certified veterinary nutritionist Dr. Lisa M. Freeman. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with specific questions regarding your pet’s health. Bringing your pet in for bi-annual examinations, where we will listen for the presence of a new heart murmur and assess other risk factors for DCM, continues to be the best form of prevention. Yours Truly, The BHPH Team
Yappy Hour at the "Bark"lett Thursday, June 20* 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. A Talk and Q&A with Dr. Nolan Zeide from Bull’s Head Pet Hospital at 5:30pm A few Doggie Yappy Hour Rules to keep things fun for everyone: All dogs must be monitored and on a 6ft. leash or less at ALL times. No retractable leashes. Each attendee is responsible for cleaning up after their dog. Each attendee can bring a maximum of two (2) dogs; additional dogs require separate handler. Each dog must carry a current rabies tag and be up to date on vaccines. Enjoy beverages and bites. (donation appreciated at the door) Your pup will love the Yappatizers! *Rain or Shine (Great Lawn or Silver Education Center) Yappy Hour Event PDF >
This month David is our Employee of the Month for May. David has been with us two and a half years and has worn a variety of hats during that time. He has helped out as a Kennel Associate, Doctor Assistant, Concierge, Floater and most recently, a Vet Tech Assistant. He found his calling as a Veterinary Technician while attending NCC for their Vet Tech program. When he wasn't in school, David worked almost every weekend assisting the doctors in taking care of the hospitalized pets on the weekends. When not up in the hospital, he is often found assisting on IT-related projects keeping our technology up and running.Thank you David for all that you do for us in all the roles you assume. We look forward to your return to BHPH full time now that you have graduated. Congratulations on your achievement!
Please congratulate Sebastian as our April Employee of the Month! Since he joined us last fall, Sebastian has made great contributions up in the hospital. With his background as a Doctor in Ecuador, he brought a strong skill set to us, but he has honed his companion animal skills even more since being with us. Though he is a bit quiet and reserved, that hasn't stopped him from stepping out of his comfort zone and doing great things. Most recently, he has taken on the role of Outpatient Tech and it has been very helpful to have a Vet Nurse assist the Doctors downstairs in the exam rooms when bloods need to be taken or fluids administered. Sebastian has also been most accommodating of our scheduling needs and he even did a stint helping out in the kennel one day! Thank you, Sebastian, for your flexibility and offering to help wherever needed most. Keep up the great work and thanks for being a valued member of our team.
Congratulations to our March Employee of the Month, Amanda. Though she has not even been with us a year yet, Amanda has made an impact with clients who often mention how helpful she has been to them. She is one of the smiling faces that clients first see as they walk and in. They like her politeness and welcoming manner as she greets them and their dog with a smile. The dogs love her too, as well they should, as she also has a pet sitting business which has helped her perfect her skills. Amanda keeps very busy up front, whether it is settling clients in exam rooms, returning client calls and emails, communicating with the Kennel or Nurses about pick ups and drop offs, doing the Doctor's lists or filling prescription refills. It's all in a day's work for her as a CSR and we appreciate her hard work and positive attitude every day. Great job, Amanda!
Warm weather is almost here and many of you may be heading out of town to events or vacations. We wanted to let you know that there are a handful of boarding facilities that are requiring a special test on a stool sample called the Giardia Elisa. Giardia is a microscopic organism that, when present, is often found on routine screening. We do not require this specific test for boarding at BHPH nor do we test for this during wellness visits. Additionally, the Influenza vaccination may also be required at some locations. Please inquire with your boarding/daycare facility about their requirements. If they do have the above as requirements and you wish to have either the Giardia test or the Influenza vaccine (to be completed in a series of TWO injections 2-3 weeks apart) done at BHPH, please call us to schedule a visit.
As we look forward to Spring, we also look back to Winter for the winner of Employee of the Month for February. It has been a long winter and the Kennel Group has gotten us all through it. With that in mind, this month, we are changing things up and honoring Elmer, Angel, Jonathan, Teddy and Ixmucane as collective winners this month. The Kennel Group has worked hard all winter to clean up the kennel by power washing all the runs, organizing items on new shelving, discarding unused items, salting, shoveling and snow blowing the parking lot before we open and even building a shed for all of the power tools. This has all been in addition to their usual responsibilities. They have all worked hard and now deserve to be recognized as winners this month. Much of their work is behind the scenes but doesn't go unnoticed. Please thank them all for all that they do to help keep BHPH clean and safe for us, our clients and their pets.
Dr. Steve Zeide is involved with and on the board of The Stamford Animal Shelter Alliance (SASA) (previously known as Stamford Helping Paws). It is a public/private nonprofit partnership set up by the City of Stamford to be the official fundraising organization for the Stamford Animal Control & Care Center (SACCC), Stamford’s municipal animal shelter. Their primary mission is to raise money to augment that which the City of Stamford can allocate to build a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter, a long-overdue and desperately needed project. SASA will be participating in the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s Giving Day fundraiser on February 28th. Please ‘follow’ and ‘like’ the Stamford Animal Shelter Alliance on Facebook and consider making a tax-deductible donation on Giving Day via their website or click on their Giving Day landing page. If everyone who wishes to see a new animal shelter in Stamford donates even $10 to SASA on Giving Day, SASA could win a $20,000 bonus prize. For more information about SASA, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. If that isn't enough incentive to donate already, BHPH will be donating one week of Pet Lodging to the first 5 people to donate $300 or more. So please mark your calendars for Giving Day on 2/28 and and consider a donation to help get us a step closer to a new animal shelter here in Stamford.
Our January Employee of the Month is Jorge. He does a great job each month helping to keep things running smoothly upstairs, especially when Maribel or Otto are away. He not only helped bear the burden of extra shifts, but he took on the leadership role several days when Maribel was away. Jorge was also very helpful in assisting Dr. Petrie with patients. Jorge is good at what he does and is well liked by staff, clients and the pets he handles. Best of all, you know if you work with him, you will have a good time. He is a hard worker, always has a smile and he keeps things light and fun with his humor. For these, and many more reasons, this award is well deserved. Congratulations, Jorge!
This month Sandi is our Employee of the Month for December. Sandi "worked like a dog" during the month of December. She had such high demand for grooming appointments that she overbooked herself to accommodate everyone. As a result, she spent many long days here and she even worked two Saturdays in December to get it all done on time so no one was disappointed. Despite the large volume of dogs being done, Sandi got rave reviews on the cuts as usual. Thank you Sandi for your dedication to your clients and making sure their pets all looked their holiday best. Congratulations on your win!