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Nutrition Counselling for Pets

Your pet’s nutrition is an important part of their overall health and wellbeing. Our team has a skilled nutritionist and veterinarians who are able to provide expert advice on the type of food your pet should eat. It’s important to cultivate a healthy diet that incorporates all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals they need. Contact us at 604-824-5848 to schedule nutritional counselling so we can provide guidance about your pet’s diet.

Which pet food should I feed my dog/cat?

It can be difficult to decipher the information on pet food labels and decide whether or not it will provide for all your pet’s nutritional needs. Even among similar breeds, dietary needs can vary. Generally, most store-bought foods are fine for healthy dogs and cats. Statements like “complete and balanced,” on labels means the food will meet the nutritional needs of an average adult dog or cat.

How much should I feed my pet?

This depends on factors like your pet’s life stage and overall health. For example, puppies and kittens have different dietary needs than adult pets. Their growing bodies need more foods rich in DHAs (an omega-3 fatty acid) that promotes vision and brain development. It is best to seek guidance from in-house experts like our nutritionist if you are ever unsure about how much food you are feeding your pet.

Why should I avoid overfeeding my pet?

Feeding our pets food at all times throughout the day might be a well-intentioned practice that negatively impacts their diet. Without set mealtimes, your pet might be encouraged to overeat. They might not even be hungry but because their food is accessible, they overindulge. Obesity could lead to health issues like diabetes or joint problems in the future.

Are there any foods I should avoid feeding my cat/dog?

Dietary restrictions might differ depending on your pet but generally, foods to avoid include:

  • Dairy products like milk and ice cream
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine like coffee and tea
  • Onions and garlic
  • Raw eggs, meat or fish

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    Last updated: April 5, 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, 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 (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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.

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

    - The team at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic