Nutrition & Obesity


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Referring a client to Foster Hospital is easy with veterinarian liaison support.

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 in Nutrition & Obesity

  • Individualized dietary plans for pets with medical conditions
  • Optimized nutritional programs for pets with multiple health concerns
  • Customized weight management plans
  • Home-cooked diet formulations
  • Assisted nutrition (i.e. tube feeding) programs
  • Parenteral nutrition formulations (in-house patients)

Confused About Nutrition?

Are you confused about how to feed your pet? Do you find it difficult to separate truth from advertising when it comes to pet food?

Visit the Clinical Nutrition Service website for articles and advice by board-certified veterinary nutritionists.


Deborah Linder, D.V.M., DACVN

Deborah Linder, D.V.M., DACVN

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