Nutrition Counselling for Pets
Your pet’s diet is just as important as any other aspect of their health. Understanding how their diet impacts their overall health will help you find ways to provide them with a more balanced diet. We understand it can be difficult to discern the right food for your pet that meets all their needs. Our veterinary team can provide you with nutrition counselling and prescription diets.
Why is nutrition counselling important for pets?
We know what you might be thinking. I feed my pet a balanced diet, why do I need to book a nutrition counselling appointment? Nutrition counselling is just one puzzle piece that supports your pet’s overall health. Just like us, our pets have unique dietary needs based on their breed, age and underlying health issues. Pets need nutrition recommendations to support their wellness. Our veterinarians make dietary recommendations based on your pet’s veterinary nutrition evaluation which examines their medical history, food preferences and current activity level to decide what foods they need.
How do I know which pet food to choose?
Navigating the pet food aisle can be difficult, especially with endless options of brands and types of food available on the market. One helpful thing you can do is learn how to read pet food labels. Familiarize yourself with the types of high quality ingredients that should be included in food. Since the higher listed items are the largest ingredient in the food, you should look for items like meats, vegetables and whole grains at the top of the list. The last few ingredients on the list usually indicate those with smaller trace amounts. If you have questions or concerns about the types of foods you should be feeding your pet, don’t hesitate to book a nutrition consultation with our veterinarians at 604.544.7387.
Can I feed my young and older pets the same food?
Usually, pets of different age groups require different foods to meet their dietary needs. For example, if you feed your puppy the same food as an adult dog, the formula might not provide all the nutrients they need to support their growth and development. Similarly, if you feed a senior cat food that is not quite the right fit, they might not get all the nutrients they need to support bone health.