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Nutrition Counseling

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All nutrition consultations require an office visit with you and your pet. The nutrition service sees appointments on Mondays only. Please call 201-262-0010 to schedule an office visit. We do not offer on-line or phone consultations. The diet history form is provided below. This form must be completed and sent along with your pet’s complete medical records including all test results (laboratory tests, radiology or ultrasound reports, etc.) to our hospital at least 10 days before your nutrition consultation appointment.

Download/Print: Diet and Nutrition History Form (word document)

Nutrition Counseling

Oradell Animal Hospital offers counseling in dietary selection and feeding practices for cats and dogs during various life stages such as growth, gestation and lactation. This includes “special considerations” of large breed puppies and senior pets.

We also offer consultation in dietary selection and feeding practices for cats and dogs with specific disease conditions in which nutritional intervention plays a role in disease management. Such diseases include:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Renal (kidney) disease
  • Urolithiasis (kidney/bladder stones)
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Critical Care (utilization of feeding tubes and intravenous nutrition)
  • Dietary hypersensitivities
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Neoplasia (tumors and cancers)
  • Dental health
  • Multiple disease conditions

We do not formulate raw diets  

Weight Management Program:

Oradell Animal Hospital can assist you in structuring a proper weight management program for your pet. If you have an appointment for a nutrition consultation, please click the link below and fill out the form before coming to your session.

Obesity: A Growing Concern for Our Pets

Losing weight is on the top of many resolution lists. Did you realize that your pet may need to shed a few pounds as well? Many veterinary surveys indicate that at least 1/3 and perhaps close to ½ of the cats and dogs in the US are overweight or obese making this the most frequent form of malnutrition seen at the Oradell Animal Hospital. Being a bit chubby is more than a cosmetic issue for our pets. As with people, carrying even just a bit of excessive weight can have serious consequences. Animals above a lean ideal body weight have increased risk of many medical conditions including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, constipation, pancreatitis, feline hepatic lipidosis (a serious liver condition), and feline lower urinary tract disease. Extra body fat puts excessive stress on joints which may worsen osteoarthritis. In addition, obese pets can be an increased anesthesia risk. In fact, it has been shown that dogs who maintained lean their entire lives live longer than overweight dogs.

But, how can you tell if your pet is overweight? Body weight is somewhat helpful especially if you know what you pet has weighed in the past…look for changes since those pounds can creep up over time. Ask your veterinarian to show you how to do a body condition score. This simple “score” rates your pet on a scale from 1-9 with 1 being too thin, 4-5 being ideal, and 6 and above being overweight. The pet with an “ideal score” will have ribs that can be easily felt, a waist (or indentation behind the rib cage) when viewed from above and a nice “tummy tuck” when viewed from above.

If you pet is overweight, there are many things you can do to help him get back into shape. Speaking with your veterinarian is the first place to start. For some pets, feeding a diet formulated for weight loss and carefully selecting lower calories treats can help. Increasing exercise as appropriate for you pet may be helpful. The Oradell Animal Hospital Nutrition Service also offers a comprehensive six month weight loss program which includes monthly weight-ins and consultation to help you and your pet on the road to a healthier life. You can schedule an initial weight loss consultation by calling the hospital for an appointment with the nutrition service.

Journals

Published by Drs. Whitehead, Cortes, Eirmann in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care on gastrointestinal dysmotility disorders in critically ill dogs and cats http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26822390

Pet Owner Resources

Recommendations on Selecting Pet Foods

The Savvy Dog Owners Guide: Nutrition on the Internet

The Savvy Cat Owners Guide: Nutrition on the Internet

Doctors in Nutrition

Laura Eirmann, DVM, Diplomate ACVN (Nutrition)

Dr. Eirmann graduated from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She then practiced at Cornell University Companion Animal Hospital where she focused on preventative medicine and routine healthcare. She joined the general medicine staff at Oradell Animal Hospital in 1998 and developed a strong interest in veterinary nutrition. She completed a residency in clinical nutrition under the supervision of veterinary nutritionists at University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, and Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. She is responsible for overseeing the nutritional support of hospitalized patients at Oradell, consults with Oradell clinicians regarding the nutritional needs of their patients, and provides out patient consultation appointments for clients seeking dietary recommendatons for their healthy or ill pets. Dr. Eirmann also works for Nestle Purina in addition to her part-time clinical appointments at Oradell Animal Hospital. Dr. Eirmann enjoys cooking, hiking and playing with her golden retriever Sprocket.

 

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