Nutrition Consult for Pet Owners

Please read the following information carefully, and select "Continue" at the bottom when you are ready to initiate a Nutrition Consultation.  

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Our Expertise

We specialize in making sound dietary and nutritional recommendations for dogs and cats with medical conditions.  For example:

  • Your pet may be sick and not eating the recommended diet well.
  • Your pet may have more than one medical condition for which there is no single best commercial pet food.

We make dietary recommendations based on current principles of medical management and the pet's food preferences. We offer choices based on the known current scientific literature and clinical experience. The veterinary nutritionists at PetDiets have, all combined, more than 100 yrs. of experience from the clinical practice, research, teaching, industry and private consulting perspectives. Meet the PetDiets.com Nutritionists on the 'About Us' page.

Your Veterinarian Will Be Involved

Your primary care veterinarian is a vital partner in the care of your pet. Legally, we must work through your veterinarian in making nutritional recommendations to manage all medical conditions. We work as a specialty consultant to your veterinarian, and do not have a primary doctor/patient/client relationship with you, per AVMA regulations. For all consultations specific to your pet, the medical record will be reviewed.

Please have your veterinarian fax (+1) 800.649.2043 or email (VetNut@att.net) the pet’s medical record to us. We cannot request your medical record from your veterinarian. In many cases, veterinarians will require verbal or written consent to forward your pet's medical records to us. You can check with us at any time by email to see if we have received the medical record after you have made that request from your primary care veterinarian. 

Accurate, Easy-to-understand Medical Information and Recipe Instructions

We consider client education an important part of our mission and service. We will provide you with the most current information specific to your pet’s medical condition(s), written in language that you can understand. Most pets only need one nutritional formulation (one base recipe) and then food substitutions are offered when appropriate.

Individualized Dietary Requests

Dietary requests for individual patients are what we do best.  View Types of Nutritional Recommendations
We can, on paper, balance most any reasonable dietary request for a homemade diet. The homemade diet instructions are quite detailed, yet give options and allow for food substitutions if appropriate. The homemade formulations usually involve protein and carbohydrate sources, +/- vegetables and a single, readily available specifically designed vitamin/mineral supplement. We give the daily food amounts in grams and some common kitchen measures specific to the pet’s weight.

Consulting Process

Each Nutrition Consultation is completed by a licensed veterinarian who has completed an American College of Veterinary Nutrition (www.ACVN.org) training program, and reviewed by an ACVN Diplomate. We will first send our written recommendations to your veterinarian for review. If at all possible, we generally complete our recommendations well within 10 business days of receiving the medical information. You can check on the status of your consultation at any time by emailing (VetNut@att.net).  

Fees

Our fee for a Nutrition Consultation is $400 per pet. If you have more than one pet in the same household, the consult fee is $50 to recalculate daily intakes for that second pet IF the same recipe is appropriate. The fee for a second pet in the same household needing a different recipe is $300, and $200 for the third pet. Most of the time, we can design one recipe that accommodates more than one dog or cat in the household.

You may have a phone conversation with the nutritionist before the written consultation is completed for an additional $100 "phone" fee. The conference call will be arranged within 3 days of receiving the pet's medical record. Your consult request and the medical record will be reviewed prior to the phone call. Be sure to check the "Phone Conversation" box in the request form for this option. 

If a quicker turnaround is needed, we will complete the request within 3 days of receiving all the necessary information for an additional $100 "rush" fee. Be sure to check the "Rush Consultation" box in the request form for this option.

Included Services

Our consulting fee covers product research, review of medical information and a diet formulation. It also covers ALL questions you may have about our diet recommendations. Food substitutions are always offered if appropriate. Please understand there is an additional charge of $200 to reformulate another homemade diet if you should later request a specific change in ingredients, foods or supplements that were not previously specified or if the pet should develop another medical condition.

Ready to Get Started?

  • New clients:  If this is your first time consulting with us, you will be asked to open an account to link you and your pet(s) with your local veterinarian or specialist from our extensive database.
  • Returning clients:  If you have been here before, you will be asked to log in on the next page.
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Note: The nutrition consultation request can be a lengthy process and may require information from your pet's medical record. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer (rather than a mobile device) and that you reserve at least 30 minutes to complete the process. The better the data provided to us, the better our recommendations will be to you. Thank you.

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