Clinical Nutrition Services Include:
Nutrition counseling and education
There are so many diet options on the market that it make selecting the best diet for your beloved companion difficult or even impossible. New diet options are being launched nearly everyday and just as many opinions being voiced by experts. It is not uncommon to feel paralyzed in the nutrition selection process. This appointment will help guide you in deciding what is the best food for you to feed your companion and deciphering what is a food fad or food fact throughout all life stages.
Supplement counseling and evaluation
Are you not sure that your pets’ diet is providing everything they need? Do you feel your pet needs additional supplementation to thrive? Do you want to use food or part of a food to modify and maintain normal physiological function to maintain health? How do you know which product to choose? The Clinical Nutrition Service is available to discuss the need and role of supplemental dietary fiber, prebiotics, probiotics, polyunsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, and other different types of herbal/natural foods. If appropriate, a specific supplemental and nutraceutical plan will be designed for your pet.
Customized weight loss plans
The most common significant health challenge facing dogs and cats in the United States is being clinically identified as overweight or obese. More than 50% of canine and feline companions are at risk for developing serious illnesses due to excessive weight. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, liver problems, urinary disease, skin disease, digestive problems and joint deterioration are not uncommon. Studies have shown that pets with a lean body weight live longer, healthier lives. Weight loss plans are customized to the individual to maintain and build lean muscle mass while minimizing annoying food-seeking behaviors.
Home-prepared diet counseling, formulation and evaluation
Are you considering making your beloved companion’s food yourself? Are you not sure if you are ready to make the commitment to being 100% responsible for your pet’s nutritional health? Do you want to know what all is involved in the preparation, storage, and feeding of human foods to maintain health or nutritionally manage a health concern? Are you already feeding a homemade diet to your beloved companion but unsure if it is 100% meeting their nutritional needs?
Unless a recipe comes from a board certified nutritionist or animal nutritionist, it has a 95% chance of being incomplete and/or unbalanced putting your beloved companion at risk for a nutrient deficiency. Our board certified nutritionist will counsel you as to the pros and cons of making your pets’ food, analyze and evaluate a recipe to determine if it is nutritionally adequate for your pet given their life stage and/or health challenges. Another choice is custom formulated recipes for them as individuals.
Critical Care/Disease Management nutrition
Pet owners and veterinarians often collaborate on the nutritional support for a companion with health challenges. However, at times the dog or cat with special health needs may refuse to follow this best laid plan. Whether your beloved companion is currently in the hospital or is receiving outpatient care, nutrition is vital. If they are not eating or not eating enough, their recovery will be prolonged and place them at higher risk for malnutrition. This often leads to additional health challenges, undesired complications, and ultimately a shortened lifespan. Our Clinical Nutrition Service can determine if a nutritional intervention is necessary. Tools ranging from medical management of appetite to intravenous nutrition could be necessary to optimize your pet’s disease management to potentially extend the quality of life for pets battling chronic disease or critical illness.