Nutrition Counselling for Pets
Food is the fuel that literally keeps us going, and the same is true about our furry family members. With the wide variety of breed, age and health condition-specific requirements that your pet has, along with the thousands of food options available, it can be overwhelming to figure out the right diet for them. We are here to help. At Fifth Avenue Veterinary Clinic, we believe that no one food is ideal for every pet. Please speak to one of our team members to learn about how we can optimize your pet’s nutrition. Simply give us a ring at 519.307.2510.
What is the right type of food to feed my pet?
When it comes to your pet’s nutrition, the diet best suited for them will depend on their age, breed and any health condition. For example, there are special formulations of pet foods for kittens, adult cats and senior cats. In the same way, a pet with diabetes will need a different diet compared with a pet who has cancer. During a consultation at our clinic, we will be able to provide you with info on the best foods for your pet.
What foods should dogs and cats avoid?
Several types of foods can cause irritation, allergies, toxicity and even death in your furry friend. To remain as safe as possible, we suggest sticking to foods and treats made specifically for pets, and stay away from “people” food as much as possible.
Foods that are harmful to dogs:
- Chocolate, caffeine, garlic, onions, artificial sweeteners (e.g. xylitol), alcohol, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, avocados, and more.
- Note: Bones and tennis balls can also tear their gums and wear down their teeth enamel, so it is best to stick with dog-friendly chew toys.
Foods that are harmful to cats:
- Dog food, chocolate, caffeine, raw eggs, milk & dairy products, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, and more.
What happens during nutrition counselling for pets?
You and your pet will have a one-on-one session with our veterinarians and technicians. Your pet’s overall health will be assessed and you will have a chance to share any of your concerns or goals when it comes to their nutrition. Then, you will be given recommendations on specific formulations, brands, portion sizes, feeding style/frequency that will work best for your pet. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled in the future to track progress and see if any tweaks need to be made.