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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 you would like to schedule a consultation with the nutrition service, please fill out the Diet 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 with your pet. If your pet is not currently under the care of an Oradell Animal Hospital doctor, please visit 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

Laura Eirmann, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (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 recommendations 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.

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