Recently, the FDA issued a warning concerning an increased incident of a severe heart disease, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), in dogs eating grain – free dog foods and grain-inclusive foods containing legumes or potatoes.

Diets in cases reported to the FDA frequently list potatoes or legumes early in the ingredients, indicating they are the main ingredients. When grain is removed from dry dog food, other carbohydrate sources such as peas, chickpeas, lentils and/or potatoes (white or sweet) are used instead. Very few dogs have true allergies to grains, and there is no scientific evidence that dogs benefit from eating grain-free diets.

Our Chief of Staff Dr. Rosiello, Technician Kaitlyn, Client Care Specialist Mac and Veterinary Assistant Lupia braved the April cold at the Westborough DPW on April 7, 2018 for the annual town Rabies Clinic put on by the Westborough Women's Club. We were thrilled to represent Associates Animal Hospital.

BART logoWe're proud to share that our very own Dr. Donna Badner attended a BART training session at the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn, MA. BART (Basic Animal Rescue Training) is an organization dedicated to training first responders how to provide care to pets and livestock during an emergency.

This critical training helps save pets during emergencies and natural disasters across the state of Massachusetts. In order to provide the training, BART needed local veterinarians and technicians to get involved in the process.

To my treasured clients & beloved patients,

My time at Associates Animal Hospital has come to an end. As of December 31, 2017, I will no longer be practicing here with my colleagues and friends.

Dr. Gillham with dog BennyI have been so happy to have had the privilege of being trusted with the care of your pets over the years. Being their veterinarian has been central to my life and has brought me great joy as well as sharing in times of sadness. Sharing in your lives and treating all the generations of your pets has allowed me a professional life that most would envy. I will miss you all and thank you for trusting the care of your pets to me.

I am leaving you in good hands. Dr. Rosiello, who has been with Associates Animal Hospital since 2003, is now leading the medical team. He is joined by Dr. Badner who started with our practice this year, and who many of you already know. They have great medical expertise and are completely dedicated to the care of your pets and meeting your needs. You are in the best of hands. Allison, Kaitlyn, Mac and the rest of the support team will also continue to ensure that you and my patients will always receive the very best of care.

Senior petsOur senior patients are near and dear to us. That is why we are excited to share that Associates Animal Hospital now offers Senior Wellness Packages!

In addition to your pet receiving a complete physical exam, we will also do a free glaucoma or blood pressure screening, depending on your pet's needs.

Older pets can develop many of the same health issues that people may develop as they age, such as cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, hyperthyroid and diabetes. Because of the more rapid age changes in our furry family members, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends that pets over 7 years of age be examined twice a year by a veterinarian.