Pet Nutrition

Tips and info from our team on how to provide your furry friends with proper nutrition!

Nutrition FAQs

Nutrition FAQs

My pet has a tummy upset – what can I feed him/her?After an initial consultation with the vet we may recommend Hills I/d - a commercially available gastrointestinal food that is both complete and balanced as well as formulated to target gastrointestinal upsets. It...

Body Condition Score

Body Condition Score

The BVC team use the 9 point body condition score (BCS) for both dogs and cats. This enables us to keep accurate and individual records of your pet’s condition in a way that is not represented simply by that number on the scale. If you want to talk to our team about...

Transitioning Between Foods

Transitioning Between Foods

I want to try a new food for my pet: how should I switch from the current diet? In healthy pets, you can switch diets by performing a slow transition over at least 7 days. In some animals, transitioning onto a new diet can take up to 6 weeks. This can depend on your...

Other Resources

Other Resources

We know there is a lot of information available to you. Handouts that we recommend to our clients come from WSAVA – the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. [dsm_card title="Guide on Selecting Pet Food"...

Nutrition for New Puppies & Kittens

Nutrition for New Puppies & Kittens

Feeding Your Puppy It is important that you feed young puppies 3 or even 4 times daily as they burn lots of energy and are unable to store glucose/sugars for any length of time. By the time your puppy is 12 weeks old 2-3 meals daily is plenty and by 6 months 1-2 times...

Raw Food & Bones

Raw Food & Bones

The WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee have produced the following information on raw meat diets: “Raw meat based diets are based on meat, bones, and offal (organ meats) that have not been cooked. They tend to be higher in fat, lower in carbohydrates, and can be highly...

Grain Free – Myths Busted!

Grain Free – Myths Busted!

We often hear our clients tell us that they wish to pursue a grain-free diet for their pet, because they have heard that cereals are “fillers”, that grains such as wheat cause food allergies, or that grains are bad for pets. We believe that every ingredient in a pet...

Allergies and Diet

Allergies and Diet

Allergic responses in your pet can be distressing for you both. In a lot of cases these allergic triggers can be environmental, diet- related, parasite- related or just a part of your pet’s DNA. In some cases, allergies to pet food ingredients can become apparent in...

Maintenance & Prescription Diets

Maintenance & Prescription Diets

As your pet ages they replicate their humans in that health issues start to become obvious. Choice of a suitable diet can help mitigate symptoms or control disease. We recommend suitable maintenance diets for healthy pets but there are many emerging conditions where a...

Home Made Diets

Home Made Diets

We understand that there are circumstances where commercial diets are unable to meet the needs of your pet. Perhaps there is no existing diet that successfully addresses your pet’s multiple conditions. Perhaps there is a “perfect” diet, but your pet says “No. No thank...