Receiving a nutritious, balanced diet can be a key component to sustaining pet health, happiness, and longevity. As a combination of conventional and holistic medicine, our nutritional counseling service optimizes your pet's overall wellbeing and quality of life.
Dog, cat, and other small animal nutrition can be strategically used by our veterinarians to help control and monitor a number of diseases, ailments, and conditions. We also direct you to appropriate diets based on your pet's stage of life and optimum performance.
Common Pet Conditions Managed by Diet
- Kidney disease
- Gastrointestinal difficulties such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Bladder stone infections
- Animal behavioral problems
- Food allergies
- Stress or anxiety
How Do I Safely Transition My Pet from One Diet to Another?
Transitioning your pet's diet will require a span of at least one week and necessitates a gradual conversion. Your companion animal's stomach is fragile; without a proper transition, your pet may experience diarrhea, stress, a change in the amount of food and water intake, flatulence, vomiting, and so on.
- Day 1: Feed 3/4 the volume of the original diet and 1/4 the volume of the new diet
- Day 2: Repeat Day 1 volume instructions
- Day 3: Feed 1/2 the volume of the original diet and 1/2 the volume of the new diet
- Day 4: Repeat Day 3 volume instructions
- Day 5: Feed 1/4 the volume of the original diet and 3/4 the volume of the new diet
- Day 6: Repeat Day 5 volume instructions
- Day 7: Feed 100% of the new diet
Some sensitive pets may not be as tolerant of the suggested veterinary diet transition. If signs of gastrointestinal problems persist during the food changeover, revert to the previous day's volume allotment to allow more time for acclimation to the new diet. Also, you may try feeding your pet smaller, more frequent meals daily rather than one large meal.
Please note, if your pet has been temporarily prescribed a bland diet for an acute gastrointestinal problem, there is no need to make a gradual transition; the bland diet can be started immediately. However, when switching back to the original food, you must do so progressively as instructed above.
Please call 781-585-6525 to schedule an appointment or request more information on pet nutritional counseling.