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: July 13, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more


  • Effective Monday, July 19, 2021, we are allowing a maximum of 2 clients into the hospital for food and medication pick up only.
  • Face masks are still required to enter the building.
  • Our “closed waiting room” policy will remain in effect for all appointments to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 613.531.3334. 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 to offer 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, click on the “Online Store” button on the menu above.
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, click on the “Online Consultation” button on the menu above.

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: Closed
    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    – Your dedicated team at Sims Animal Hospital