These days, the choices are endless when it comes to your pet’s food and nutrition. It can be overwhelming to say the least. Your pet’s diet will depend on their specific species, breed, any medical conditions, and life stage (e.g. puppy/kitten, adult, senior). Here at Delton Veterinary Hospital, we can help you understand the right type of fuel your furry friends need. For more details on our nutritional counselling services, give us a call at 780-475-9225.
What happens during nutritional counselling for pets?
You will have an opportunity to share your pet’s current diet routine and any concerns you may have about their nutrition. Then, we will conduct a general health exam on your pet to get a better understanding of their current status. After this, we can provide a tailored set of recommendations for your pet that cover areas such as:
- Formulations and brands suggestions
- Serving sizes
- Feeding frequency and style (For example, some pets are better suited for scheduled/direct feeds, while others do well with food being left out for them.)
- Supplements and prescription diets
What should I feed my pet?
Although pets can safely eat a number of “cooked” human food, we strongly recommend you stick with manufactured pet food. This is important especially in their early years and when they are in the senior stage of life. We suggest you consult with our team if you have any concerns about the safety of certain foods, to prevent any adverse reactions. Some dangerous “human foods” that you should avoid are garlic, chocolate, onions, caffeine, grapes, and raisins as they are toxic for both feline and canine patients. Also, be wary of the types of plants you keep in your home as many can cause harm to your pet. Aloe vera, holly, tomato plants and daisies are just some of the types of plants you should keep away from your pet.