It's hard enough for us to choose what we want to eat, yet alone choosing for a cat or dog. That's why our experts are here to provide nutritional guidance. We can help you make informed decisions about your pet's diet. Food can be their medicine, help them develop, and stay healthy overall. To discuss your loyal companion's diet, feel free to call us at 705-431-5570.
Why is nutrition counselling important?
It's important to know how the food you're giving your pet nourishes them. As they age and experience changes in their health they need specific foods. During a nutritional consult, the veterinarian will examine the patient's diet in relation to their growth and health. Pet owners will learn how much they should feed their pet, how to decode pet food labels and how to prevent deficiencies, allergies, and obesity.
What should I avoid feeding my cat or dog?
Here are some foods and ingredients that aren't safe for cats and dogs:
- Alcohol. Beer, wine, and liquor can cause vomiting, peeing more often, collapsing, and weakness.
- Chocolate. Dark chocolate is more dangerous as it contains theobromine which dogs and cats can't metabolize properly.
- Corn cobs. They can cause extreme illness and may even require surgery if swallowed. It causes stomach pain, poor appetite, vomiting, straining to poop, etc.
- Caffeine. Caffeinated beverages can be fatal for pets. Cats and dogs may have anxiety seizures, heavy panting, increased heart rate, and vomiting.
- Fruit pits. Cherries, avocados, peaches, etc. if swallowed will need surgery to be removed.
- Raisins, grapes, and currants. Within hours of consumption cats and dogs will experience vomiting. These foods can lead to kidney failure.
- Raw yeast dough. It will expand inside their stomach and cause obstruction and poisoning.