Nutrition

The nutrition department develops comprehensive nutrition plans for pets with underlying disease. Our nutrition team is dedicated to providing exceptional nutritional strategies for pets with the aim of optimizing health and longevity.

About our department:

The nutrition department works closely with you and your pet’s veterinary team to create expert, personalized nutrition plans. Crafting balanced home-cooked recipes, addressing weight management and food allergies, and providing unique solutions to challenging dietary restrictions are some of the more common services the nutrition department has to offer. Our nutrition team also specializes in the management of feeding tubes and critical care nutrition. Nutrition works closely with our critical care team to ensure all hospitalized pets at Summit receive the best nutrition during their hospitalization. 

 

Common nutritional services for dogs and cats include: 

  • Comprehensive diet plans, especially for pets with multiple conditions

  • Identification and management of nutritional deficiencies

  • Formulation of balanced home-cooked recipes 

  • Weight management plans 

  • Diagnosing and managing food allergies 

  • Feeding tube management 

  • Nutritional analysis of current feeding practices 

 

Common conditions managed by our nutrition department:

  • Gastrointestinal disease including chronic vomiting and diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, megaesophagus, motility disorders, constipation, pancreatitis, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, short bowel syndrome, and anal gland disease. 

  • Metabolic disease including diabetes, thyroid disease, high cholesterol or high triglycerides

  • Food allergies, and skin and coat conditions

  • Heart disease, orthopedic disease, and cancer 

  • Kidney and urinary disease

  • Weight management including obesity and undesired weight loss

 

Diagnostic tests that may be recommended for your pet include: 

  • Baseline blood work  

  • Specific blood panels for nutritional deficiencies and related conditions

  • Video swallow studies 

  • Abdominal ultrasound 

Availability and referrals:

Summit’s nutrition department sees patients four days a week and is available for direct referral of patients for consultation. Pets experiencing truly emergent symptoms are admitted through our ER with in-house nutritional support as indicated.

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Janelle Campbell

Nutrition