Nutritional Counseling
Bracken Ridge Veterinary Hospital – Bedford, PA

Prescription Cat, Dog, and Livestock Feed for Weight & Disease Management

Nutrition is the single most important element to keeping your pet or livestock healthy and living his best possible life. Additionally, the diet is critically important to maintaining a healthy weight. For animals with chronic diseases, the diet must be managed carefully.

Our veterinarians provide comprehensive nutrition counseling for all of our patients. We carefully review the current die with consideration for any health concerns such as diabetes or kidney disease, relative weight, age, reproductive status, and other relevant factors. In some cases, a specific prescription diet may be recommended.

Hill’s Science Diet and Prescription Pet Foods

We stock high-quality Hill’s Science Diet and prescription pet foods for domestic cats and dogs. Additionally, special order foods may be ordered for pick-up at our hospital or shipped directly to you via our online pharmacy.

  • Hill’s Science Diet
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet

The Connection Between Your Pet’s Diet and Health

While we all know that food plays a significant role in your pet’s overall health, the connection between what you are feeding your pet (and how much) is an often overlooked aspect of health. We want to provide you with the best recommendations regarding which pet foods may best serve to maintain your companion animal’s well being. We consider many factors. To assist with this process, please help us understand what type of nutrition your pet has been receiving.

Please bring the bag (or a clear photo of the side panel including ingredients and nutrition content) of the food your pet is currently eating in to your office visit. If you use a scoop instead of a measuring cup to serve pet food, please bring that in with you, as well. There are so many pet foods available today. Unfortunately, some pet foods are so poorly balanced that it would be impossible for your pet to eat enough to avoid becoming malnourished. We can help you make the best decisions when selecting your pet’s diet.

Cat and Dog Food Nutritional Density, Cost, and Serving Size

Let us help you understand your pet cat or dog’s nutritional requirements and how you can best meet them within your budget. Although the cost of some of the higher quality pet foods may seem prohibitively expensive, the nutrient density of these foods tends to be much higher – with much less waste, as well. A mere fraction of the serving size of what you had previously been feeding your pet may be all that is required. Our nutritional experts can analyze your pets dietary needs and provide recommendations to assist you in achieving optimal health for your companion animal.

Nutrition Counseling – Equine, Bovine, and Small Ruminants

Comprehensive nutrition counseling, ration balancing, medical diets, and auxiliary services are available for all equine, bovine, and small ruminant patients. Access our thorough understanding of the nutritional requirements of each animal species and receive a customized nutrition program designed with your goals in mind. Health, appearance, longevity, and performance go hand-in-hand when all nutritional considerations are taken into account.

Maximize the health and production potential of your herd with services designed to find the best balance between forage and feedstuff diet, weight management, animal comfort, production, and your budget. An in-depth examination of diet can help troubleshoot potential overlooked areas such as reproductive issues, milk fever, ketosis, and other matters that may involve a nutritional component. Although early detection and treatment are an important part of effective herd management, knowledge and prevention are key to the ongoing success of your farm or hobby.

A Collaborative Approach to Patient Health

We believe that open communication and an engaged veterinarian/client/patient relationship with a collaborative focus helps our patients achieve maximum health – and assists our clients with realizing their goals. Please contact us with any questions or concerns so that we can provide the insight you need. Call Bracken Ridge Veterinary Hospital directly to learn more about our valuable nutrition and dietary services: 814-623-1888.