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Life Stage Nutrition by Melanie Goulin RVT

Nutrition is one of the most important parts of your pet’s daily life. It has a huge impact on their health and body condition. There are literally a million and one choices, our goal is to help you choose the best one for your pet. Your pet will change diets a minimum of 4 times in their lifetime just based on life stages: newborn, development, adult and senior. You may need to change diets again if your pet develops any medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, renal disease, GI issues, allergies, etc.

Newborn

0-6 weeks

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You will have little to do with this stage. This is provided by mother’s milk. In her milk there are important things such as colostrum that help boosts the puppy or kitten’s natural immunity. At 5-6 weeks of age the puppy or kitten will be weaned from mom and transitioned onto a developmental food. If they do not nurse hand feeding/bottle feeding will be required – see the staff for appropriate puppy/kitten milk and feeding instructions.

Development

6 weeks to 6 months/1 year depending on breed and time of spay or neuter

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The focus at this point is growth and development. Puppy/kitten diets should have benefits that help with immune system, brain, bones, sight and hair coat. Look for supplemental levels of DHA and omegas. Large breed dogs should be fed a diet customized to their size as they grow at a very fast pace. The food should be specifically for large breed dogs only.

Adult

6 months to 7 years

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This will be the diet that your pet will be on for the longest period of time so it is crucial to pick a good one. The focus should be on preventing disease. We recommend a diet that helps with weight management or dental health, as those are the two most common preventable diseases. Owners of large breed dogs may want to consider a joint diet to help keep their pet’s bones strong and healthy.
Male cat owners should consider a diet with a urinary index to prevent crystals as it is a very common problem that cats face. A good diet should be able to prevent this as well as one of the above conditions.

Senior

Over 7 years

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Seniors have many needs that may not be evident until it is really bad. Cats especially will naturally hide their pain and discomfort to protect themselves. Some diseases and conditions that can be prevented or treated with food are: arthritis, kidney disease, joint issues, loss of muscle mass, dental disease, weight loss and senility. We recommend a blood screen prior to a diet change to check for any underlying diseases. From there we can determine the best diet for your pet to be on. Senior diets often have increased levels of DHA, omegas, glucosamine, lower potassium, lower calories and/or increased protein.
At any life stage you can book a free nutritional consult for your pet with one of our trained technicians. We can help you by looking at your pet’s specific needs based on their breed, age and lifestyle.

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital