Choosing nutritious foods for your pet can be overwhelming considering how many varieties are on the market. With nutritional counselling, we make it easier for pet owners to select tasty and nutrient-filled foods for their loyal companion. Nutritional counselling also helps pet owners interpret food labels and find better quality foods that meet their pet's medical, developmental, and dietary needs.
What is nutritional counselling?
It's a routine visit to the vet where they examine your pet's diet. The veterinarian will ask questions about your pet's eating habits, their feeding schedule, any changes in their appetite and if they've had any allergic reactions to any foods. Our team will also assess your pet's body and overall health to determine what adjustments need to be made to your pet's diet. We may recommend supplements or a special diet that reduces or replaces certain foods.
How often should my pet have a nutritional checkup?
Once every year is the standard recommendation for nutritional visits. Over time your pet's dietary needs and habits may change so it's important that a veterinarian helps you make informed decisions about their diets.
What nutrients should my pet's food include?
The nutritional needs of your pet will vary based on their age, health status, and lifestyle. The basic nutrients that your pet will need are:
- Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K
- Minerals: Potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium and sodium
- Essential fatty acids like omega 3
- Amino acids for nutrient absorption, building proteins and helping tissue repair
Ensure that their food labels mention these nutrients and have indication that it's perfect for your pet's age and their growth and development. Ask our veterinarians for their recommendations on foods that would be right for your loyal companion. To book a nutritional consultation for your pet, please call us at 519-285-2116.