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Nutrition Counselling

Just like us, our furry friends are greatly affected by the food that they eat. Because of the different species and breeds that they belong to, finding the right formulations of food may seem complicated and overwhelming, especially if your pet has a medical condition. Instead of being misled by false advertising, it’s best to consult with our team and take the guesswork out of your pet’s diet. Please feel free to call us at 705.742.4243 to schedule your next appointment, and learn more about our nutrition counselling services.

What happens during a nutritional consultation for pets?

It starts off with a full-body visual exam of your pet. Then, you will have the opportunity to talk about your pet’s lifestyle and preferences. After all this (and additional testing if required), the veterinarian will suggest a diet specifically tailored for your pet, including recommendations on which brands to buy. Prescription diets and supplements may also be prescribed if your pet has a health condition that needs extra care. You will also learn about serving sizes and feeding frequencies/schedules that will work best for your pet.

Can I feed my pet human food?

It depends. Some human foods are perfectly safe for your pet. But, there are many which can be harmful and even fatal. For this reason, we suggest that you stick to foods specially formulated for your pet, and always call us if you are unsure about what you are feeding your loyal companion.

What are some foods that I should avoid giving to my pet?

For our canine pals, the foods that you should never feed them are chocolate, grapes, alcohol, onions, garlic, nuts, and bones. Cats, on the other hand, should not be given bread, dog food, onions, garlic, chocolate and milk (most cats are lactose intolerant).


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