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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.

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Last updated: July 20, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your pet.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

  • We are currently operating with a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and team. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 604-544- 7387. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telephone consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to you.
  • If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. One of our team members will bring your order to our designated pick up location, outside our front doors. Payment will be processed over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

    In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency). https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/

    Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone’s safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

    - Your dedicated team at Queen’s Park Pet Hospital