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Small Animal: Nutrition

The Nutrition Service provides nutritional recommendations and feeding plans for patients undergoing treatment for and recovering from medical and surgical ailments at the Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Saker develops nutritional plan for hospitalized cat.


The Clinical Nutrition Service works closely with the Critical Care Service in ensuring optimal nutrition by designing both voluntary and assisted feeding nutrition support plans.

We specialize in the management of all types of assisted feeding ports and the preparation and delivery of intravenous nutrition as needed. We work closely with Internal Medicine, Surgery, Oncology, the Rehabilitation Service and other specialized services to provide state-of-the-art individualized nutritional plans for patients with various medical conditions.

We provide individual nutrition consultations for dogs, cats and horses. We work in conjunction with both your pet’s specialist veterinarian and family veterinarian. We are not beholden to any particular pet food company and receive no monetary “kickback” for our recommendations. Therefore we are able to provide simply the best dietary options for your pet.

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Our Specialties

  • Commercial diet recommendations
  • Critical care nutrition for inpatients
  • Individualized assisted (tube) feeding protocols
  • Elimination diet trials for the diagnosis and management of suspected food allergies
  • Orphaned neonatal feeding plans
  • Customized weight loss programs
  • Complete and balanced home-prepared recipe formulations

What to Expect

At the current time we are unable to accept consultations for cases that are not currently patients or already referred into services at NCSU-CVM. We are still providing Veterinarian consultations as described below.

Appointments and Consultations

Consults can be completed either by an in-person appointment or via telemedicine (i.e. phone/email). If an in-person appointment is desired, please note on the consult form and a client service representative will call to schedule the 30-minute appointment.

All consultations require a consult request from your family veterinarian or veterinary specialist. Veterinarians should submit a Veterinarian Consult Referral Request along with all pertinent medical records.


We’ve assembled some references that cover common nutritional challenges in companion pets and their solutions.

  • Mature Pet Diets – What do you feed your mature cat or dog? Diet recommendations for a healthy senior pet.
  • Evaluating Pet Food – With so many pet foods out there, how do you choose the best food for your dog or cat?
  • Biologically Appropriate Raw Diets – What is a Biologically Appropriate Raw Diet (BARD) and what do you need to know before feeding?
  • Chronic Kidney Disease – With careful monitoring and management, cats with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) live happy, comfortable lives.
  • Weight Management Diets – Weight management and your pet. Find out how to create a healthy lifestyle for your cat or dog.
  • Food Allergies – Does your pet have a food allergy? What pet owners should know about reactions to pet food ingredients.
  • Hydrolyzed Diets – Prescription hydrolyzed diets and novel protein have far stricter quality control while OTC diets can contain contaminant proteins that may skew the results of an elimination diet trial.
  • Obesity – Why and how should my pet maintain a healthy weight?
  • Interactive Feeding Options – A feeding device or system that challenges a pet to use their hunting, foraging, and problem solving abilities to obtain a food reward.
  • Pet Food Recalls – Understanding pet food recalls is an integral part of being a well educated pet parent.