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Nutrition Counselling for Pets

Your pet’s nutrition plays an important part in their overall health. Food provides fuel for your furry friend’s lifestyle but it can also cause health concerns. We want your pet to live a happy, healthy life, which means providing support to help them maintain their optimum weight. Book a nutrition counselling appointment at 403.934.3311 so we can provide guidelines on ways to maintain their health.

What is the optimum weight for my pet?

Our veterinary team can determine your pet’s ideal weight, taking into account their size, breed and shape. We might use your pet’s metrics to gauge how they compare to other pets with similar characteristics. Usually, an average-sized cat weighs around 8 to 12 pounds. A small dog usually falls within this range, with larger breeds being 60 pounds of more. If you have concerns about your pet’s weight, our team can assess them and determine what changes need to be made to their nutrition.

How can being overweight affect my pet?

Overweight pets are more susceptible to issues like diabetes, joint disease and arthritis. Excess weight can affect your pet’s quality of life, with overweight furry friends living shorter lives. Weight gain or loss can often be symptoms of serious illness, which is why it’s important to make note of any changes you’ve seen in your pet. Weight tends to fluctuate throughout their lives, but dramatic changes could be a sign of underlying issues we can help address.

How can nutrition counselling help my pet?

The goal of nutrition counselling is to help your pet live the best possible quality of life. First, we’ll assess your pet’s weight to ensure there aren’t any underlying health issues. We want to make sure we’re treating the cause, not just the symptom. Once we’ve taken their breed, lifestyle, maturity and exercise levels into account, we’ll create guidelines which are foundational to good nutrition habits. For example, directions of how many kilo-calories or cups of food your pet should have daily will allow them to maintain a proper weight as well as promote prolonged life and health.

Last updated: September 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: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    4. 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 Strathmore Veterinary Clinic