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Nutrition Counselling for Pets

It’s important your pet has a good range of nutrient rich foods to meet all their health needs. Nutrition counselling helps us provide you with sound advice and resources to provide your pet with the best food to support their dietary needs. Navigating the pet food aisle can be difficult but we’re here to help you make the best possible choices for your pet.

My pet is healthy. Why do they need nutrition counselling?

Nutrition counselling helps by putting together guidance about the best types of food to support their health. Depending on your pet’s breed, underlying health issues, age, weight and other factors, we might recommend special food. Our veterinary team can craft a diet that’s unique to your pet’s individual needs and is rich in the nutrients they need the most. Our clinic has a retail store with high quality and exclusive pet food that will make it easier to purchase some of the foods we recommend. Call us to schedule an appointment for your pet’s nutrition counselling at 403.337.3221.

How do I know which foods are good for my pet?

The market is filled with pet food commercials and packaging that try to convince us about the best food for our pet. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the types of ingredients that should be higher on your pet food’s nutrition label. Ingredients like meat, grains, fruits and vegetables should be higher because they are the highest contents.

What types of food should my pet avoid?

Depending on your pet’s specific dietary needs, there might be specific food they need to stay away from. Generally, some foods your pet should avoid are:

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Coffee
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Raisins
  • Avocados
  • Garlic

  • Last updated: July 27, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

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

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication.
  • 3. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Carstairs Veterinary Clinic