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Nutrition Counselling for Pets

Diet and nutrition play major roles in your furry family member’s wellbeing. And when it comes to pets, their needs are a lot more complicated than ours. Specialized diets may be required for certain breeds, life stages and pets who have any kind of medical condition. We understand how overwhelming it can be to choose the right products for your pet. At a one-on-one consultation, we can help you decide which products will work best for your pet’s specific needs. Call us at 902.863.3157 to learn more.

What happens during a nutritional consultation for pets?

Essentially, our team will be your furry friend’s personal trainer and dietitian. After a full exam by your veterinarian and a talk with you about your pet’s lifestyle and unique needs, we can devise a diet plan. Specifics such as serving size, timing and brand suggestions can be made that will take the guesswork out of the process for you at home. In some cases, we may even recommend supplements and prescription diets for pets with certain health conditions.

Can I feed my pet human food?

Yes, but you should definitely proceed with caution. Some human foods are perfectly safe for your pet. Carrots and fish for example are generally safe for dogs, while bananas and chicken can be safely consumed by cats. But, many more human foods are harmful and even fatal for your furry friend. As much as possible, try to give them food specially formulated for pets. And as always, talk to your veterinarian if you are unsure.

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: April 29, 2021

Dear Clients,

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


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

We offer after-hours emergency care services to the clients and pets in our community. If your pet is experiencing an emergency after hours, please call our clinic phone number, and you will be directed to the veterinarian on-call for further assistance. 


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 Antigonish Veterinary Clinic