Nutritionists for Pets

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Your pet’s daily diet plays a huge role in preventing disease and extending quality and quantity of life. A veterinary nutritionist can help you understand your pet’s optimal diet and pave a path for lifelong health with complete and balanced nutrition.

What is a Veterinary Nutritionist?

A veterinary nutritionist is a board-certified specialist with extensive training and expertise in all areas of nutrition – including pet food, nutrient biochemistry and metabolism. A veterinary nutritionist works in collaboration with you, your pet’s primary veterinarian and other veterinary professionals to optimize your pet’s wellness through calculated, tailored diet plans.

What to Expect at Your Initial Visit

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During the initial consultation with your pet’s veterinary nutritionist, you should expect a detailed conversation with the goal of determining ideal diet recommendations and identifying nutritional deficiencies and opportunities. You may be asked to provide:

  • Bloodwork results and diagnostic images, if applicable
  • Your pet’s medical history from your primary veterinarian’s office
  • A questionnaire about your pet’s diet and quality of life

You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the nutrition care process, which often involves precise nutrient calculations and diet recommendations as next steps.

Common Nutrition Services

Your pet’s veterinary nutritionist works collaboratively with you and other veterinarians involved in your pet’s care to achieve the best medical outcome.

Common veterinary nutrition services include:

  • Treatment of chronic conditions
  • Weight loss and management
  • Assisted feeding and feeding tube support
  • Medication bioavailability recommendations
  • Maintenance of healthy diet

Your pet’s special diet plan may include commercial, prescription and/or homemade diet recommendations.

Nutrition and the Human-Animal Bond

A cat is given a bowl of food by its owner

Optimal nutrition is an essential component of your pet’s best quality of life. Your pet’s veterinary nutritionist understands the unique relationship you share with your pet and takes the time to understand your daily life and the activities you love to do together.

You are an important part of the process in creating a tailored diet plan for your pet that is best for you and your pet’s lifestyle and preferences.

Please note: Not all services are available in all BluePearl hospitals. Contact your local BluePearl for services available at that location.