Good nutrition is as important for pets as it is for people. The right nutrition can make a significant impact on their ability to maintain health. Our veterinary team can provide critical advice on the right food for your pet's needs. To learn more about how nutrition counselling can help your pet achieve optimal health, please contact us at 416-245-8805.
How can I feed my pet a balanced diet?
Giving your dog or cat the right balance and quantity of healthy foods isn't quite as straightforward as it seems. Different pets need varying nutrient ratios and portion sizes for optimal health at various stages of life. Some pets can even display allergies or sensitivities to certain foods. To make sure you're feeding your pet in a way that will support a lifetime of wellness, our professional guidance can provide important insights into your pet's nutrition.
What types of food should I feed my pet?
During your pet's nutrition consultation, we'll explore their current diet and determine if there are specific things we recommend to ensure they are getting everything they need from the food they're eating. There are some foods you may need to eliminate if your pet has allergies, sensitivities or could be potentially harmful. For example, many human foods are toxic to dogs and/or cats. Keep citrus fruits, garlic, onions, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, grapes, raisins, nuts, and the non-sugar sweetener xylitol out of your pet's reach. Even non-toxic foods could contain too much fat, sodium and sugar for your pet.
How does nutrition counselling support my pet's health?
Our team will provide guidance on how to feed your pet the right nutrients in the right amounts. We can provide a pet nutrition plan customized to their specific needs, challenges and current stage of life. For example, puppies and kittens require lots of high-quality food to support their growth, development and activity level. As they reach adulthood, their dietary intake could taper off. Older, more sedentary pets need less food to avoid obesity, a dangerous condition that could lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, organ disease and even a heightened cancer risk. We can also perform allergy testing and administer elimination diets to relieve a food allergy issue. If you need to help your pet lose weight, we can provide the necessary support to help you adjust their diet and/or increase their activity level. We also carry a variety of formulated nutritional balanced diets for each specific age of your dog or cat. Prescribed diets are available to help meet the needs of geriatric pets or those who suffer from heart conditions, gastrointestinal conditions, kidney problems, obesity, diabetes, colitis and some types of allergies.