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Nutrition Counselling for Pets

Your pet’s health is heavily influenced by the foods they consume. Simply feeding your pet food is not giving them the best care. It is very important to have your pet’s diet examined to see how the food they eat benefits them. At Langdon Veterinary Clinic, we offer nutrition counselling that helps with your pet’s growth, lifestyle and quality of life.

What happens during nutrition counselling?

A nutritional consult begins with a physical examination of your pet. Our veterinarians check for any abnormalities and record your furry friend’s growth. Veterinarians typically ask about the pet’s eating habits, lifestyle, types of foods they are fed, as well as how often they are given food and water. It’s basically a conversation to figure out the pet’s daily nutritional intake. Owners are also given the opportunity to ask questions about new foods before they are introduced to the patient’s diet. Based on the results from the examination, your pet may be put on a special diet that eliminates or adds certain foods. We may also recommend supplements for extra nutrients.

Why does my pet need nutrition counselling?

All pets need nutrition counselling even if they look healthy. A pet owner may be feeding their pet foods manufactured for their age or breed, but they may need more nutrients for their development. Manufactured foods are not specifically made to cater to your individual pet’s needs. With a nutritional consult a veterinarian may recommend foods that are enriched with specific nutrients for your pet’s unique case. It’s also a chance for owners to know what they are doing right in their pet’s diet. To learn more about nutrition counselling call us at 403.936.4571.

What food should I feed my pet?

Choosing food for your pet can be difficult as they can’t tell you what they like and they also don’t know what’s healthy for themselves. The decision lies with you and you should always seek the help of our veterinarians. We will happily recommend food brands that are suitable for your pet and also readily available at our store. When you get to the pet food aisle look for bags with the wording “complete and balanced” as they typically have a good amount of nutrients. Their foods should also have proteins, fats, carbohydrates, antioxidants and minerals.

Are there special foods for my senior pet?

Yes, there are special foods for seniors. Due to their aging bodies they require more from the foods they eat to keep up with their lifestyle. Seniors are more prone to certain illnesses. With this in mind, the food they eat can boost their immune system. If your senior pet has a condition our nutritionist can create a special diet that may help reduce the effects of their illness. Of course, this will be used in combination with other treatments and medications prescribed for their condition.

Last updated: Sept 17, 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: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    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 Langdon Veterinary Clinic