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Nutrition Counselling for Pets

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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Dear Clients,

With the upcoming changes to masking requirements for Ontario, we would like to share our updated protocols.

As a large group working very closely together, our staff will continue to wear face masks to help ensure that we stay healthy and are able to provide the best medical care we can.

It has been so nice to welcome clients back into the clinic. As we ease into reopening, we will continue to keep our doors locked for the time being. If you require assistance, please call (705) 742-4243, or knock on the door and we will be happy to assist you.

Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment or surgery admission, please call to let us know that you are here. The doctor or technician will call you as soon as we are ready for you. At this time, they may ask you for some further information prior to you bringing your pet into the hospital.

We will be continuing to offer curbside pickup for food and medications at this time.

As always, as things change we will continue to update our protocols as we feel necessary. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to call us or email christinep@cahpet.ca


If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Champlain Animal Hospital