ACVN Nutrition Notes
Canine Performance Nutrition

Justin Shmalberg, DVM, Diplomate ACVN Dogs frequently engage in performance-based competitive and recreational activities, ranging from flyball to sled pulling to agility, and nutrition is increasingly used to maximize an animal’s potential and stamina. Each canine activity has unique requirements for performance, which influence the caloric requirements and metabolism of individual animals. Modification of feeding …

ACVN Nutrition Notes
Surveying Supplements
Current Trends, Research, & Recommendations

Justin Shmalberg, DVM, Diplomate ACVN, University of Florida More and more pet owners are asking veterinarians for advice on dietary supplements for their pets. The author provides guidance on the use of vitamins and minerals, fatty and amino acids, and herbal supplements. The American College of Veterinary Nutrition (acvn.org) designates specialists in veterinary nutrition, provides …

ACVN Nutrition Notes
Nutritional Management of Renal Disease:
An Evidence-Based Approach

Sherry Lynn Sanderson, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVN University of Georgia Successful treatment of chronic kindney disease involves a multi-modal approach to identify and eliminate exacerbating factors together with implementation of veterinary therapeutic renal diets and medical management. Today’s Veterinary Practice is delighted to announce that the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (acvn.org) has …

In-Clinic Form
Developing Protocols for Obese Animals

Justin Shmalberg, DVM, Diplomate ACVN To ensure weight loss in obese pets, veterinarians must provide sound information and guidance to owners. The following guidelines can be used to formulate successful treatment plans. 1. Calculate body condition score (BCS); then ideal body weight (BW). Follow the BCS definitions closely as it is an objective system. Dogs: …

ACVN Nutrition Notes: Treatment of Obesity

Justin Shmalberg, DVM, Diplomate ACVN This new column explores one of the most common topics in nutrition: obesity. Recent research has better characterized the condition and identified new therapeutic approaches, which are discussed in-depth. Obesity is a frequently encountered condition in small animal veterinary practice and arguably the most common form of malnutrition. Weight loss …

Beyond the Guaranteed Analysis:
Comparing Pet Foods

Justin Shmalberg, DVM, Diplomate ACVN The guaranteed analysis found on all pet foods sold under AAFCO guidelines cannot be used to compare one pet food to another. The macronutrients listed are reported as minima and maxima, instead of the actual amount typically found in the food, and values listed are a percentage of weight as-fed. …

Novel Trends in Small Animal Nutrition:
A Practical Guide

Justin Shmalberg, DVM, Diplomate ACVN Nutritional assessment is a cornerstone of veterinary wellness care. Practitioners now encounter a number of new trends and controversies in small animal nutrition. This article examines the most common—grain-free, home-cooked, and raw diets—and addresses the controversy of carbohydrate/protein needs of feline patients. Nutritional assessment is a cornerstone of veterinary wellness …

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