Evaluating Fresh Diets in Practice
Dietary trends for dogs and cats closely mirror those of their owners, and it is no surprise that home-prepared meals and their commercialized derivatives are now encountered in practice. These diets pose potential benefits as well as challenges, and clients increasingly expect veterinarians to demonstrate knowledge of them.
Back to School: NAVC’s Pet Nutrition Coach Certification
The goal of NAVC’s Pet Nutrition Coach Certification program is to assist the entire veterinary healthcare team in integrating nutrition as a cornerstone of patient care.
Feeding Cats With Chronic Kidney Disease: Customizing the Nutritional Management Plan
Nutritional intervention is the cornerstone for maintaining health and quality of life for cats with chronic kidney disease. Rather than resorting to the one-size-fits-all dietary approaches of the past, veterinarians today can manage patients as the unique individuals they are.
Chronic Kidney Disease Screening and Confirmation Testing in Cats
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in older cats. A 1992 study of 2228 cats found 31% of cats older than 10 years to be affected1; a smaller and more recent study of a random cohort of cats found incidence to be 50%.2 New testing options may help you …
Feeding Dogs with Chronic Kidney Disease: What the Evidence Can and Can’t Tell Us
NUTRITION STRATEGY Manipulating a patient’s diet can slow the progression of CKD, minimize uremic symptoms, and improve quality of life. Nutrition is arguably the most important aspect of chronic kidney disease (CKD) management. Manipulating the composition of a patient’s diet can slow the progression of CKD, minimize uremic symptoms, and improve quality of life. A …
Nutrition NotesSee Ya Later, Alligator! The Hypoallergenic Diet to Aid Patients
Alice M. Jeromin, RPh, DVM, DACVD Veterinary Allergy & Dermatology, Inc., Richfield, Ohio Novel Protein A thorough diet history must be asked of the owner inquiring which proteins the pet has been exposed to previously. Hippocrates said, “let food be your medicine and your medicine be food.” Wouldn’t it benefit our allergic patients to be …
Nutrition Notes Dealing With Dysrexia
Audrey K. Cook, BVM&S, DACVIM, DECVIM, DABVP (Feline) College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Texas A & M University The term dysrexia refers to a disruption in food intake, including anorexia (not eating), hyporexia (eating less) and eating an unbalanced diet (eg, the patient that will eat roast beef but not a prescribed low-protein …
Nutrition NotesDiarrhea, Vomiting, and Food, Oh My!Nutritional Management for Gastrointestinal Disease
Angela Witzel, DVM, PhD, DACVN The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine Nutritional management of gastrointestinal disease is a broad topic incorporating both acute and chronic diseases of the stomach, small intestines, pancreas, gallbladder, and colon. As such, this article introduces the types of gastrointestinal diets available to help the clinician decide which one …
From the FieldFocus on Overweight and Obesity in Cats
Kirk Breuninger, VMD, MPH, DACVPM Banfield Pet Hospital Vancouver, Washington From the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice’s extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore topics …