Nutrition Counselling for Pets

The food you feed your pet has a huge impact on their health. At Fredericton Animal Hospital we believe in empowering our clients with knowledge on the nutrients their pets need. When your pet comes in for nutritional counselling we examine their diets to figure out if they are getting enough nutrients for their breed and age. At the end of each session we make recommendations for dietary changes and supplements. If you’re finding it hard to select the best foods and healthy treats for your pet, come in and have a conversation with our nutritionist. To book an appointment call us at 506.455.1700.

What are healthy foods for my pet?

When shopping for foods for your loyal companion you want to select foods rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, fats and carbohydrates. For their growth and development, your pet needs foods that are “complete and balanced.” For a more detailed guide on what to feed your individual pet, speak with our veterinarians for recommendations.

Are there foods I should avoid feeding my pet?

As much as you enjoy sharing a bite with your furry friend, sometimes it may not be what’s best for them. Some of the foods humans eat may cause them to have allergic reactions as it is difficult for their bodies to break down. Some foods you should avoid feeding your pet are:

  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes/raisins
  • Milk or dairy products
  • Onions and Garlic

    If there are new foods you would like to introduce to your pet’s diet, consult with our nutritionist to find out if it’s a good choice for them.

    What should I feed my senior pet?

    When your pet enters their golden years, their bodies do not absorb as much nutrients. For this reason their diets need to change with their age. When you shop for their food, look for products made specifically for senior pets.

    The same applies for puppies and kittens. At their tender age they need special foods to boost their metabolism and help with their growth. You can also ask our veterinarians for recommendations on what to feed your pet.

    What food brands do you carry?

    Fredericton Animal Hospital carries high-quality veterinary diets: Royal Canin, Purina Veterinary Diets and Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Veterinary diets are designed to provide proper nutrition to pets depending on their age, breed, lifestyle, health, and other considerations. Our staff is trained to help you find the food that will ensure your pet’s optimal health.

    Veterinary foods are generally less expensive than most brand name foods since it lasts much longer due to its high nutrient density (you feed your pet less at each feeding). Our food is guaranteed – if you find that a food you purchased from us isn’t meeting your pet’s needs, please return it for a full refund or exchange and we will work together to find the most appropriate food for your pet.