Cornell University Hospital for Animals


Hospital Services
Companion Animal

Companion Animal
(607) 253-3060

Make an Appointment

  • We accept appointments and consultations from veterinarians and owners.
  • If you believe your pet needs nutrition services, you can contact your primary veterinarian or specialist at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals or you can call 607-253-3060 and ask to speak with a nutritionist.
  • Companion Animal Nutrition Consultation Form

Nutrition Services

Companion Animal Diet Consultation
Many of the dietary needs of your companion can be obtained by feeding a general over-the-counter or therapeutic commercial diet. However, in many cases, supplementation or increasing specific components in the diet are beneficial to maintaining or optimizing health. We are available to discuss your pet’s nutrition and how it affects the health and longevity of his of her life.

Obesity Consultation
Obesity prevention can help eradicate many medical and surgical problems that we see every day and also improve and extend your pet’s quality of life. Obesity management is achieved through strategies to satiate your companion, attention to calorie intake, and knowing the weekly percentage of weight loss. We can provide a detailed weight loss program for your pet that includes recommendations for therapeutic or over-the-counter calorie-restricted diets and the proper feeding guidelines. With our assistance, your pet can lose weight safely and effectively.

Homemade Diet Formulation
Many clients are interested in cooking for their companions. While we often recommend commercial food products, some disease and client concerns warrant home prepared diets. We provide recipes that are grain-free, gluten-free, or vegetarian for interested clients. We are happy to design a detailed and well-balanced diet to meet your pet’s special needs.

Total Parenteral or Partial Parenteral Nutrition
When animals are critically ill or cannot take in enough calories, intravenous nutrition may be required. Adequate and proper nutrition is very important for pets that are hospitalized, and has a great impact on a pet’s attitude and the healing process. If you feel that your animal needs this service, please ask your primary clinician for a referral to our service.

Equine Forage and Diet Analysis
The feeding of your equine companion can be complex, particularly after diagnosis of certain medical conditions. A complete dietary analysis based on diet history, present supplementation, and forage analysis can help manage medical illnesses and potentially improve athletic performance. Forages and concentrates can be analyzed, providing us with an exact list of the specific nutrients your horse is receiving. All of this information helps us generate a detailed report that will support your feeding plan for your equine companion or entire stable.