Nutrition Counselling

Dietary advice to enhance the quality of life and longevity of your feline and canine companions.

At Gray Street Veterinary Services, we offer counseling for crafting the perfect diet tailored to your loyal companion, regardless of their age or life situation. It is essential to have your feline or canine's diet examined by a veterinarian at least once a year to ensure it truly benefits their well-being. Nutrition plays a vital role in driving your cat or dog's growth and can even serve as a form of medication for certain diseases. Let us guide you in providing optimal nutrition for your furry friend's overall health and happiness.

Why is nutrition counselling necessary for dogs and cats?

These veterinary visits are necessary because food is an important part of pet health. Shopping for cat or dog food can seem easy if you’re looking at the cost and buying it based on how much your companion enjoys it. While the taste and price are important factors to consider, nutrition should be your main priority. The types of food your loyal companion eats can encourage their development and prevent diseases like obesity, arthritis, heart or kidney problems. A trained veterinarian can recommend healthy foods and even create a medical diet for your feline or canine companion. Personalized nutrition is important because all cats and dogs have different needs and should be treated individually. Contact us to schedule an appointment 705-885-7387.

What happens during a nutrition consultation?

During this appointment, the veterinarian will ask you several questions about their lifestyle and routine. Additionally, the veterinarian will do a physical examination on your pet to understand all the individual needs. The doctor may ask for blood exams if any underlying cause is suspected such as endocrinologic, or dermatologic issues. Some signs are easy to see, such as scabs, scratching, itching, and pain. These signs may be linked to their diet. You should be prepared to answer questions about the food they eat, their eating habits, etc. This is also a great time to mention any allergic reactions you’ve noticed, ask which human foods are ok to share with your cat or dog, or how to shop for nutritious foods. Based on your feline or canine’s age, health status, or breed, the veterinarian will suggest a diet that would work best for them.

What should I feed my kitten/puppy?

Because they are at an early stage of their life, puppies and kittens need food that will enhance their growth and development. Since they haven’t built up immunity to different diseases and infections, it’s beneficial to have food that sustains their wellbeing and growth needs. Before giving any snacks to your puppies or kittens, it's essential to consult your veterinarian for tailored recommendations, as different breeds and sizes may have specific dietary needs. Their diets should encompass proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, and other essential nutrients. At our clinic, we offer a wide range of nutritionally balanced, veterinarian-approved brands, ensuring your pet receives the best possible care. Feel free to inquire with our team for expert guidance on providing the ideal nutrition for your beloved furry companions! To discuss any nutrition concerns you have regarding your cat or dog, please call us at 705-885-7387.

Why do senior cats or dogs need special nutrition?

Aging brings about changes in the nutritional needs of your cat and dog. Some of them may require a diet adjustment to aid in disease treatment or prevent organ failures. At our clinic, we offer dietary support for conditions like kidney, liver, and heart diseases. Changing the diet can also improve the treatment of intestinal issues by enhancing nutrient absorption. This, in turn, boosts overall well-being, increases longevity, and reduces the reliance on medications for senior dogs and cats. Our goal is to ensure your pets enjoy a healthier and happier life in their golden years. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before you purchase food for your senior pet.

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