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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 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
  • Guidance with homemade diets​
  • Nutritional intervention for disease management:
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Renal disease
    • Liver disease
    • Heart disease
    • Gastrointestinal disease
    • Urolithiasis (bladder stones)

Department Doctor

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. Dinallo GK, Poplarski JA, Van Deventer GM, Eirmann LA, Wakshlag JJ. A Survey of feeding, activity, supplement use and energy consumption in North American agility dogs. J Nutr Sci 2017 6 e45. Eirmann L. Nutritional Assessment. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 2016 :46(5) :855-867. Whitehead K, Cortes Y, Eirmann L. Gastrointestinal dysmotility disorders in critically ill dogs and cats. J Vet Emerg Crit Care 2016 26(2) :234-253. Eirmann L. Esophagostomy feeding tubes in dogs and cats. In Chan, DL., editor : Nutritional Management of Hospitalized Small Animals. 2015. West Sussex, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Eirmann LA. Diet- or patient-induced adverse reaction to food. In Cote, E., editor: Clinical Veterinary Advisor Dogs & Cats, 3rd ed. 2015. St. Louis, Elsevier. Eirmann LA. Food allergy, gastrointestinal. In Cote, E., editor: Clinical Veterinary Advisor Dogs & Cats, 3rd ed. 2015. St. Louis, Elsevier. Eirmann LA, Michel KE: Enteral nutrition. In Silverstein DC, Hopper, K., editors: Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, 2nd ed. 2014. St. Louis, Elsevier. Michel KE, Eirmann LA: Parenteral nutrition. In Silverstein DC, Hopper, K., editors: Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, 2nd ed. 2014. St. Louis, Elsevier. Peterson ME, Eirmann L. Dietary Management of Feline Endocrine Disease. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 2014 :44(4) :775-788. Laflamme DP, Izquierdo O, Eirmann L, Binder S. Myths and Misperceptions about Ingredients Used in Commercial Pet Foods. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 2014 :44(4) :689-698. Eirmann L, Cowell C, Thompson L. Pet food safety : The roles of government, manufacturers, and veterinarians. Compend Contin Educ Vet 2012 ; 34(1) : E1-3. Eirmann LA, Freeman, LM, Laflamme DP, Michel KE, Satyaraj E. Comparison of adipokine concentrations and markers of inflammation in obese versus lean dogs. Int J Appl Res Vet Med 2009 ;7(4):196-205. Eirmann LA, Michel KE: Enteral nutrition. In Silverstein DC, Hopper, K., editors: Small Animal Critical Care Medicine. 2008. St. Louis, Elsevier. Michel KE, Eirmann LA: Parenteral nutrition. In Silverstein DC, Hopper, K., editors: Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, 2008. St. Louis, Elsevier.