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Nutrition Counselling for Pets

Food serves as the fuel that we need to maintain energy and good health. The same goes for our cherished loyal companions. Due to the countless options available in stores and online, we understand that it can be confusing to decide which type of food is best for your pet. At Coastland Veterinary Hospital, our staff is available to help answer any questions you may have regarding your pet’s nutrition. Please contact us and we will be more than happy to help you via phone or through a scheduled consultation if the need arises.

Can I buy my pet’s food at the veterinary hospital?

Yes. We have many diet options available, ranging from maintenance diets for the young and healthy, to more specialized diets for those patients with particular conditions. We carry Royal Canin Diets and Hill’s Prescription Diets.

What is the best type of food for my cat/dog/pet?

When it comes to diet and nutrition, there really is no one-size-fits all option. It’s important that your pet goes in for regular full body examinations, so their veterinarian can advise you on the type of diet plan that they need to be on at different stages of their life. This is the value of nutrition counselling. The veterinarian can provide you with recommendations and guidelines that are specifically catered for your pet and their lifestyle. It will take the guesswork out of their nutritional needs.

What are symptoms that my pet has nutritional problems?

Your pet may display reactions to certain types of pet food (especially those that have certain additives). In addition, due to a variety of causes such as an undiagnosed medical condition, they may not be getting the proper nutrition they need from more traditional diets. Some of the warning signs that your pet may be nutrient deficient include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Low energy levels
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Visible disorders on their skin or fur
  • Changes in the appearance of their feces
  • Last updated: July 28, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


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

    As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.


    We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


    The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


    During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

    Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

    Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

    Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 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 Coastland Veterinary Hospital