The Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Service is led by two board-certified veterinary nutritionists who provide in-house consultations for the RVC's various clinical services.
We provide the following services:
- Nutritional assessment of current and previously fed diets.
- Commercial therapeutic diet recommendations and individually customised home-prepared diet formulations for a range of medical conditions including:
- food allergy
- chronic enteropathy including protein-losing enteropathy
- exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
- gastric dilation/volvulus
- gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
- short bowel syndrome
- liver disease including portosystemic shunts
- hepatic lipidosis
- hepatocutaneous syndrome
- chronic kidney disease
- protein-losing nephropathy
- idiopathic cystitis
- diabetes mellitus
- congestive heart failure/heart disease
- orthopaedic disease.
- Feeding plans for obesity and enteral feeding tubes.
- Critical care nutrition including parenteral nutrition.
Unfortunately, at this time we do not provide remote consultations to owners or to referring veterinary surgeons. For vets seeking further advice please complete an online advice form directed to the Internal Medicine Service. If you would like to make an appointment for a patient where you think a nutritional assessment would be beneficial, please contact our reception. In most instances these appointments will be arranged via the Internal Medicine Service
American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) and WSAVA Global Nutrition Toolkit general Q&As regarding small animal nutrition:
- What is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist®?
- Are raw pet foods better than canned or kibble (dried) foods?
- Is preparing my pets food at home better than buying commercial foods?
- How do I know if my pet is overweight?
- How do I body condition score my dog?
- How do I body condition score my cat?
- How do I select the best diet to feed my dog or cat?