Nutrition Counselling

Tailored guidance and support optimizing a pet’s overall well-being through proper dietary choices.

Trying to choose the right food to meet your dog or cat’s nutritional needs can feel draining. There is a wide range of foods on the market, all promising to fulfill their needs in different ways. Our veterinarians can help you make informed decisions about your dog or cat’s diet with the help of nutrition counselling.

How do I choose the right food for my dog or cat?

Not all dog and cat foods are equal. Feeding the right amount is not as simple as following the directions on the package (they’re just guidelines). Choosing an appropriate diet can set your dog or cat on a path of lifelong good nutrition and help prevent many problems, including allergies, nutritional deficiencies, skin and coat disorders, and obesity. Nutritional requirements for dogs and cats vary depending on a variety of factors, including age, breed, and health. We can counsel you on which foods will be appropriate based on your dog or cat’s needs and your financial considerations, how much to feed, and even how to decode food labels.

Can all the dogs or cats in my household eat the same foods?

Depending on your dog or cat’s age, breed and overall health, they’ll likely need different types of food to meet their needs. For example, senior dogs and cats have different requirements than puppies or kittens. Those with diabetes, kidney disease, and other health conditions can benefit from specific diets. Giant breeds such as Great Danes, Irish wolfhounds, and giant schnauzers have unique dietary requirements. Very few commercial puppy foods offer the ideal mix of calcium, energy, and protein levels that these breeds need. We can provide you with feeding recommendations that will encourage your dog’s maximum growth potential without causing developmental problems. For added convenience, we also stock veterinary-approved diets for giant breeds.

What types of food does my new kitten or puppy need?

It’s easy to get confused or overwhelmed by all the dog and cat food on the market. We can help you weed through the choices and find a puppy or kitten food that will meet your growing dog or cat’s nutritional needs. We even carry many nutritionally balanced, veterinary-approved brands in our clinic. To book a nutrition counselling appointment, please contact us at 613-247-0013.

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