RBVH Pet Nutrition with Evaluations & Custom Diet Plans

clinical nutritionA complete and balanced diet is one of the fundamental keys to optimizing health and longevity in companion animals. The Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Clinical Nutrition Department is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing quality of life, through a tailored dietary program for our patients.

Dietary Support for Pets with Special Needs

Feeding a healthy diet is a common goal among pet owners and veterinarians, but can be difficult to attain for animals with special needs. Pets that require nutritional support for critical illness or chronic disease are at a higher risk of malnutrition, leading to undesired complications and a shortened lifespan.

Services offered by our Clinical Nutrition Department include:

  • Customized weight loss plans—Studies have shown that dogs with a lean body weight live longer, healthier lives. Weight loss plans tailored to the individual pet help maintain lean muscle mass and minimize negative behaviors for both dogs and cats. Download this brochure to learn about our Fat to Fit Club.
  • Home-prepared diet evaluation and formulation—A home-prepared diet may be recommended for management of chronic disease or simply desired for a healthy dog or cat. We perform a comprehensive dietary evaluation, and then formulate a complete and balanced home-prepared diet to meet the individual animal’s metabolic needs.
  • Nutrition counseling and education—Nutritional modifications and strategies for prevention and management of specific diseases are discussed during in-person appointments with owners or consulting veterinarians.
  • Critical care nutrition—We recommend nutritional support for patients with assisted feeding devices, such as a commercially available therapeutic diet to use through an enteral feeding tube or the formulation of a parenteral nutrition formula.

Manifestations of nutritionally related diseases can mimic other medical conditions. We recommend a thorough physical examination and evaluation by the patient’s primary care veterinarian prior to scheduling an appointment with our Clinical Nutrition Department.

Podcast

Listen as our Clinical Nutrition team discusses the best ways to help pets maintain a healthy diet. This was recorded during their January 10, 2015 appearance on "Your Pet Matters", 107.7 The Bronc.

Bruce & Hobbes welcomed our clinical nutritionists to answer some of the common questions concerning nutrition for companion animals. What should your animals eat? How much? What about serving size? What brand of food is best? Can animals have a vegan diet? Should they?

Understanding Body Condition Score (BCS) in Dogs and Cats

Understanding the Risks of Raw Meat Based Diets

Download this brochure to learn more about raw meat diets and whether this feeding option is the right choice for your pet.

*Cited references for Raw Meat Diets brochure

Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionists

Board-certified veterinary nutritionists focus on the prevention, treatment, and management of diseases affecting companion animals. In addition to completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, board-certified nutritionists completed an internship and residency, an additional three to five years of training. This is followed by a rigorous examination from the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Passing this examination grants the status of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (DACVN).

Board-certified nutritionists work extensively with other veterinary specialists, such as internal medicine and emergency and critical care, to ensure optimal patient care and disease management.