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Nutrition Counselling for Pets

Nutrition is an important part of your pet maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet so they can have all the nutrients they need to live a long, happy life. Nutrition counselling allows our team to share our expertise about the types of foods we recommend for their health. We want to ensure your pet gets individualized recommendations based on their unique needs. We recommend incorporating nutrition counselling into your pet’s regular visits. Please contact us to schedule your next appointment at 403.335.3519.

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

Sometimes a pet owner’s well-intentioned efforts might negatively impact their pet’s health, like giving them lots of table scraps or overfeeding them. In addition, there is no one-size fits all approach to feeding your pet. Even within similar breeds, your furry friend has special nutritional needs. Nutrition counselling provides you with guidance on the right amount of food for them. Knowing the right type of food to include in their diet can ensure they are part of the family for as long as possible.

What types of food should I feed my pet?

Since a pet’s dietary needs are unique to them, it can be difficult to know what foods best support their health. There’s a lot of variation in the type of foods your pet should be eating based on their activity level, breed, age and overall health. For example, puppies might require more food that supports their growth and development. You should be feeding your pet foods that support their current stage of life. During your nutrition counselling appointment, consult our team about the best foods to feed your pet so we can continually assess their health needs and adjust accordingly. We also carry a wide range of pet foods and treats at our clinic that you can purchase.

What are common pet feeding mistakes?

Some of these mistakes are avoidable, once you’re aware of how your actions can impact your pet’s diet and health. Some of these include:

  • Overfeeding
  • Sharing your table scraps
  • Feeding your pet harmful human foods like garlic, dairy products or raw meat
  • Providing an unbalanced diet that misses key nutrients

  • 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 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 Didsbury Veterinary Services