Nutrition Counselling for Pets

Proper nutrition is much more than providing food for your pets on a daily basis. Nutrition counselling is designed to ensure your cherished furry friends receive the right nutrients they need to grow and develop at the right pace. Our team provides special advice on the foods to give your pet and the amount they need to maintain a happy life and avoid problems including deficiencies and allergies.

What are healthy foods for my pet?

To support proper growth and ensure your pets receive the right nourishment, our veterinarians recommend foods rich in proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. When shopping for food we suggest checking the labels with the words ‘complete and balanced’ as they are more beneficial for your pet. Your pet is unique and may require a different diet, this is why we encourage nutrition counselling. For more information on how to cater to the specific nutritional needs of your loyal companion, contact our team at 613.531.3334.

Are there foods I should avoid feeding my pet?

Yes! Your furry friends aren’t designed to consume certain foods and they can cause harm. We generally recommend pet owners avoid feeding their pets:

  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Dairy products (e.g. cheese and milk)
  • Raw eggs, meat or fish
  • Onions and garlic

    What should I feed my senior pet?

    Senior pets have significantly different dietary needs from other pets. Senior pets are not as strong as they used to be and are more likely to suffer from ailments due to nutrition. At Sims Veterinary Hospital, our team is always available to work with owners to create a special nutrition plan for your senior pet.

    Does my kitten or puppy need special food?

    Yes, younger pets need special foods that help them grow. Because their bodies and immune system haven’t fully developed they require extra sustenance from the foods they eat. There are specially marked foods for kittens and puppies, but just remember, not all pet foods are equal. t’s always good to ask a veterinarian to recommend a specific type of food for your pet and to help decode pet food labels.

  • Last updated: March 18, 2022.

    Dear Clients,

    With the upcoming changes to masking requirements for Ontario, we wanted to keep everyone updated on our protocols. We have decided that our clinic will continue with mandatory face masks after March 21, 2022. This will be for all staff and all clients entering the clinic.

    We understand that this may not be the update that some were hoping for. Our team continues to work in close quarters, it’s imperative that we continue to take these safety measures. This will help ensure that we can operate properly and continue to provide the best medical care for your pets. It has been so nice to welcome clients back into the clinic. With our exam room size and length of time spent with you, our doctors appreciate your compliance with our face mask requirements and hope this will continue.

    As always, as things change we will continue to update our protocols as we feel necessary.

  • For medication/food pickup and payments, a maximum of 2 people are allowed in reception at one time. Upon arrival please call us at 613-531-3334.
  • Only 1 client will be allowed into the exam rooms at this time due to insufficient social distancing space
  • Face masks are mandatory when interacting with our team
  • Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us all stay healthy. Please be considerate of our staff. We ask only for courtesy and kindness when working with our team as they continue to work tirelessly to provide the best level of care for your pet during these trying times.

    – Your dedicated team at Sims Animal Hospital