Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Are home cooked diets a healthy option for my cat or dog?
Yes! Feeding a complete diet of fresh, whole foods, cooked or raw, is a wonderful way to provide your pet with excellent nutrition, provided the diet plan you follow is balanced for the known nutritional requirements of dogs and cats. Even if it’s only a few days per week, adding fresh, balanced meals or specific supplements to your pet’s diet is proven to contribute significantly to their overall health and happiness.
Are recipes available for home prepared cooked diets?
We have many recipes to choose from to meet your pet’s needs. We can customize recipes based on ingredients that you have on hand and can advise on specific recipes for medical conditions, including limited ingredient diets for food allergies, reduced protein for kidney disease and life-stage diets for puppies, kittens and adults. Our nutrition technician works with several sources to get your pet the support needed.
What supplements will I need for home preparing?
Supplement needs vary depending on the recipes are chosen. Recipes can be balanced with food ingredients; however, we often find that to keep the meals palatable, we need to supplement with some common vitamins like vitamin E and minerals such as calcium or zinc. All recipes require some oils like cod, salmon, safflower or hemp to optimize the fatty acid components of the recipe.
At Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives, we have multivitamin mixes and dehydrated vegetable mixes available for specific types of recipes. When our nutrition technician formulates a recipe for you, part of the instructions will be suggestions on where to source the recommended supplements if they are not available at our clinic. If you are committed to providing fresh food for your pet, then we are committed to helping make the transition as easy as possible for you.
Why should I feed a cooked versus raw diet?
Every pet is different in their makeup and health status, this means that somebody systems may digest cooked foods better than raw. There are also other situations where a cooked diet is preferred for safety. Though raw diets are very safe with proper handling and storing practices, if your pet or anyone else in the household has a compromised immune system due to treatments such as chemotherapy, we recommend cooked diets as such individuals may not be able to handle possible bacteria burdens from the raw foods.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.
We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including Canine Rehabilitation Services, Animal Chiropractic, TCVM Consultations, Bloodwork for Referral Services, Wellness Exams, Vaccines and more!
Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:
SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us.
Face coverings must be worn to enter the hospital.
Use hand washing station upon entry.
Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you wish to remain in your car during the appointment, when you call to inform us of your arrival, 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 with 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, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 10:00 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 Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.