We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Are home cooked diets a healthy option for my cat or dog?
Yes! Even if it’s only a few days per week, adding fresh, balanced meals to your pet’s diet prove to contribute significantly to their overall health and happiness. Our philosophy is that some are better than none!
Are recipes available for home prepared cooked diets?
Yes! We have many recipes to choose from to meet your pet’s needs, everything from limited ingredients, novel protein to specialty medical diet recipes.
What supplements will I need for home preparing?
It depends on what recipes are chosen. We have multivitamin mixes available for specific recipes, while others may require anywhere from 2 to 5 different individual supplements to balance diets. If you are committed to providing a 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.
Does my pet need extra calcium in their cooked diet?
Yes. Because cooked bones are not safe or recommended, pets are not able to get sufficient calcium from meats or vegetables. There are many ways to supplement calcium such as egg shells, eggshell powder, bone meal or calcium citrate. We always recommend consulting a veterinary nutritionist or following balanced recipes when home preparing.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.