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Nutrition Counselling for Pets

The saying “you are what you eat” can also be applied to your furry family members. In fact, their dietary needs can actually be a lot more complicated than ours. Dogs, cats and other pets have specific nutritional needs depending on their age, breed, lifestyle, environment and many other factors. We know that standing in the pet food aisle or browsing online can be overwhelming – there are simply too many options out there! Our team is here to help you navigate all the brands and formulations out there so that you can choose the best option for your pet. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about our nutritional counselling services for pets.

What happens during a nutritional consultation for pets?

It helps to look at our team as your pet’s very own coaches and dieticians. The nutritional consultation often begins with a full wellness exam, followed by a detailed conversation between you and your pet’s veterinarian. Then, a personalized plan will be created with details on brands, serving sizes, feeding schedules and the possibility of supplements or prescription diets that you can implement into your pet’s routine.

Can I feed my pet human food?

Technically, yes. That being said we ask that you take extra care when feeding your pet food that is not specifically formulated for them. Although some human foods like carrots, bananas, chicken and fish are safe for pets to eat, there are also many more that can cause allergic reactions, irritable bowel movements and even death. Please call us if ever you are unsure about what you are feeding your pet.

What are some foods that I should avoid giving to my pet?

Chocolate, grapes, alcohol, onions, garlic, nuts, and bones are largely unsafe for dogs to eat. For your feline companion, bread, dog food, onions, garlic and chocolate are big no-nos.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed


    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!

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre