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Clinical Nutrition

The nutritional needs of each pet varies greatly depending on age and clinical status. For puppies and kittens, the nutrient and caloric needs are greater because they are rapidly growing and burn a lot of energy. But as pets age their nutritional needs may change. Some older pets are prone to weight gain and may need a diet plan to help them lose weight. Others have difficulty maintaining their weight and often require a very different nutritional approach. In many instances regardless of age, nutritional intervention can play a beneficial role in disease management. 

At this time, Oradell Animal Hospital offers nutrition consultation exclusively for dogs and cats who are under the care of an Oradell Animal Hospital primary care or specialty doctor and who have been examined by their Oradell Animal Hospital medical care provider within the last 6 months. If your pet has been seen by one of our doctors within the past 6 months and has referred you to the nutrition service for a consultation, please fill out the Nutrition History Form and send all medical records from any other veterinarian your pet has seen in the past year to [email protected]. Once the diet history and additional records have been received, you will be contacted to schedule an in-office appointment. If your pet is not currently under the care of an Oradell Animal Hospital doctor, please visit www.acvn.org to search for a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist® who offers clinical case consultation.

Nutrition Services

  • Weight loss plans for overweight or obese pets
  • Therapeutic and prescription diets
  • Long-term weight management
  • Feeding tube assistance
  • Dietary hypersensitivity
  • Nutritional intervention for disease management:
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Renal disease
    • Liver disease
    • Heart disease
    • Gastrointestinal disease
    • Urolithiasis (bladder stones)

 

  • Guidance with homemade diets​ (please note Oradell Animal Hospital does not offer the following:
    • Recipe formulation for small breed puppies or kittens under 1 year of age or large breed puppies under 18 months of age
    • Recipe formulation for pregnant or nursing dogs or cats
    • Recipe formulation for overweight pets who need a weight loss plan
    • Raw diet formulation
    • Formulation without approved vitamin and mineral supplements formulated specifically for dogs or cats consuming a home-cooked diet.

Department Doctor

Nutrition

Laura Eirmann, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Nutrition)

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