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Nutrition & Obesity


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About Nutrition & Obesity

You are what you eat! This is as true for our pets as it is for us. It is also clear that a carefully tailored diet can speed an animal’s recovery from illness or injury. Nutrition for sick animals is not a cure, but is often a key component of comprehensive medical therapy. The goal of our Clinical Nutrition Service is to serve as a resource to provide pets with optimal nutrition, in both sickness and in health.

The Clinical Nutrition Service works with specialists in Critical Care, Cardiology, Oncology, Internal Medicine, Surgery and other services to provide state-of-the-art nutrition for animals with medical conditions. This can involve specialized nutritional support with intravenous solutions or tube feeding for hospitalized animals, dietary formulations, or comprehensive nutritional programs for performance, reproduction or weight loss. These consultations are conducted for animals hospitalized in the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, as well as directly with owners and veterinarians.

More information about the specialty, and how to make an appointment, can be found on the Clinical Nutrition Service website.

The Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals specializes in customized weight management plans that allow for safe weight loss with expert guidance from a board-certified veterinary nutritionist within the Clinical Nutrition Service. Obesity is a common health problem in dogs and cats that has been associated with many serious diseases that can affect quality and length of life. Obesity in pets has been associated with diabetes, pancreatitis, hyperlipidemia (high fat levels in the blood), joint disease, skin disease and even a shorter lifespan. Individualized weight loss programs with careful monitoring can help your pet become slimmer, happier and healthier. The Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals specializes in:

  • Weight loss plans that have previously failed
  • Weight loss plans in pets with special dietary needs
  • Multi-pet or multi-owner households
  • Personalized care and guidance
Advanced Techniques

Our Doctors in Nutrition & Obesity

  • Lisa Freeman
    Lisa Freeman
    Professor, Clinical Nutrition
  • Deborah E. Linder
    Deborah E. Linder
    Research Assistant Professor

Do you have emergency?

The Emergency Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your pet. We serve central Massachusetts as a primary emergency hospital, and New England and beyond for referral of critically ill or injured pets.

Henry & Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University
55 Willard St.
N. Grafton, MA 01536
Fax: 508-839-7951
Pharmacy: 508-887-4850