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Corn – the Myth…the Legend

Often, when I discuss diet and nutrition with an owner, I often hear comments along the lines of ‘…. Made with real chicken, no corn…..’ ‘grain-free, no fillers like corn…’ ‘low on allergens, no corn’ and the like.

Corn seems to have a bad reputation when it comes to being an ingredient in dog and cat food when it should be the opposite. Corn is poorly digested if it isn’t cooked, like most grains. Once it is cooked, however, it becomes highly digestible, higher than several other grains such as rice, wheat, barley and sorghum.

Nutrients are important for health maintenance and disease prevention. Ingredients are important only to the extent that they supply nutrients, which the body repackages, depending on needs at a particular time.
Corn is a highly nutritious ingredient chosen as a source of protein (for muscle and tissue growth), carbohydrates (for energy), fibre, antioxidants (Beta-carotene, Vitamin E, Lutein) and linoleic acid – an essential fatty acid that promotes healthy skin and a luxurious coat. Wait. What? Corn is a protein, carb, fibre, and an antioxidant source?

Then I hear the comment of corn being a filler. Fillers in pet food have no nutritional value. I’ve just established that corn in pet food is a protein source, a carbohydrate source, a fibre source, an antioxidant source. I don’t think corn is a good example of what a filler is as it is so nutritionally versatile.

Then I hear the comment that corn causes allergies. In a literature review of 278 cases of food allergy in dogs where the problem ingredient was clearly identified, beef was far and away the biggest culprit (95 cases). Dairy was number two at 55 cases. Corn was actually a minimal offender coming in with only 7 cases. The situation was similar for cats. Of the 56 cases that were looked at, 45 feline food allergies resulted from eating beef, dairy, and/or fish, while corn was responsible for only 4 cases.

If you find that corn is one of the main ingredients in your pet’s food, please don’t fret – when cooked and used in pet food it is an invaluable source of protein, carbohydrates, fibre and antioxidants. It is a powerhouse ingredient used with other sources to help make a balanced diet for your pets.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-857-5057. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. Instead, we are taking payments over the phone.

5. 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.

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 North Hill Animal Hospital