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New Nutrition Service for Willows
15 February 2017
Willows is delighted to announce our new Nutrition service. Nutrition plays a vital role in the prevention, treatment and recovery of dogs and cats from various illnesses. Although there are specially designed commercial diets to manage many medical disorders, some sick pets will benefit from an examination by a nutrition Specialist in order to find the most suitable diet.
In addition to this, some cats and dogs can be affected by more than one medical condition at the same time, and in this scenario, a nutrition Specialist may be needed to formulate a plan for feeding.
Isuru Gajanayake, Internal Medicine and Nutrition Specialist at Willows, is one of only four animal nutrition Specialists in the UK - and the first to have been trained in this country.
Isuru says “some pet dogs and cats may benefit from having a home-cooked diet to manage their medical condition. This is usually because there is no commercial diet available that meets the nutrition needs for a particular dog or cat. Alternatively, some sick pets refuse to eat commercial diets, but may be more willing to eat a home-cooked version that provides the same benefits. Although there are many recipes for home-cooked diets available on the internet and in books, these diets are often not balanced, i.e. they do not provide all the nutrients needed by dogs and cats in the correct amounts. A recipe formulated by a nutritionist will be balanced and can be specifically designed to provide certain nutrients in desired amounts (e.g. to manage disease or other situations such as growth and pregnancy).”
Excessive bodyweight and obesity is becoming a concerning problem in our pet dogs and cats. Similar to the situation in people, excessive bodyweight can have many detrimental health effects in dogs and cats. However, achieving and maintaining weight loss in pets is very difficult. This may require investigation of possible underlying causes of the excessive weight, formulation diet and exercise plans and close monitoring of the weight loss. A nutritionist will be able to help with this complex process.
Willows is delighted to offer face-to-face consultations with a full-time, on-site, board-certified canine and feline nutrition Specialist. The clinical nutrition service works alongside Specialists in many other fields including internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, dermatology, anaesthesia and imaging.
If you have any concerns about your pet’s dietary needs, please discuss these with your vet, who may refer you to Willows’ nutrition Specialist.
For further information see our Nutrition Service page.