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Nutrition Counselling for Pets

Much like us, the food that you provide for your pet plays a key role in maintaining their overall health. It serves as the fuel they need to thrive through the different stages of their life – from puppy/kitten age, to adulthood, and as they reach their senior years. Different breeds and sizes of pets, as well as those with certain health conditions and activity levels also need specific types of dies. There is certainly not a one-size-fits-all approach. With all of the options available to you today, we know that it can be overwhelming to decide which food is best suited to your pet’s needs. Rest assured, our team is here to guide you! We can recommend safe and healthy brands for your pet. Please feel free to call us today with any of your questions and concerns about your pet’s nutrition.

Can I feed my pet “people” food?

There are certain human foods that are safe for your pet to eat such as carrots, salmon or peanut butter. That being said, it is best to stick to foods specifically formulated for your dog, cat or other pet, especially if you are relatively inexperienced with preparing pet food. If you have any questions about preparing homemade food for your pet, please reach out to us so that we can provide you with best practices. In the meantime, some foods that you should avoid at all times, as they can be harmful for your pet are: chocolate, grapes, macadamia nuts, onions, avocado, garlic, coffee and tea.

Is it safe for my dog to eat cat food and vice versa?

The short answer is no. Manufacturers and scientists carefully formulate their food specifically for the health requirements of every species. If your pet eats food not designed for them, they will most likely not receive the nutrients they need and may even develop adverse reactions to the food.

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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Saturday - 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 Dundas Veterinary Services