The foods that your loyal companion consumes have a large impact on their growth and health. Humans are already so indecisive about what they themselves eat so we know it’s hard to choose for their loyal companions. At Amherstview Pet Hospital, our veterinarians are experts in nutrition for all stages of your cat or dog’s life. We offer nutritional counselling to help you make the best food choice for your cherished companion.
What is nutritional counselling?
Nutritional counselling is a dietary checkup for your cat or dog. We recommend that at least once each year a veterinarian should examine your loyal companion’s eating habits, schedule and the types of food they eat. Nutritional counselling is especially important for puppies, kittens, seniors, and patients with known health problems like diabetes or obesity. During the appointment, the veterinarian will examine the patient’s body while asking questions to learn more about their diet.
If you have noticed any aversions or reactions to certain foods, you should discuss it with your veterinarian. It is also the perfect time for you to get your veterinarian’s opinion on new food you want to introduce to your cat or dog’s diet. To schedule a nutritional consultation for your loyal companion, please call us at 613-384-6618.
Are raw protein diets good for my cat or dog?
Some pet parents may opt for home-prepared diets which can be just as healthy for your cat or dog. However, a raw protein diet can put your loyal companion at risk of getting sick. Research has shown that raw diets expose cats and dogs to bacterial and protozoal pathogens. Another reason why raw diets are not recommended is because your feline or canine pal can shed salmonella without any symptoms. This means the bacteria can spread throughout your home and to people.
What foods are toxic for cats and dogs?
You should contact your cat or dog to a veterinarian immediately if your cat or dog consumes the following:
- Raw dough
- Macadamia nuts
- Cherry pits/leaves/stems
- Onions and garlic
- Milk and dairy products
- Grapes and raisins
- Xylitol found in sugar-free drinks and candy