Nutritionists’ View: Over-the-Counter Versus Therapeutic Veterinary Diets
Veterinary healthcare teams are familiar with recommending veterinary therapeutic diets (VTD) for management of chronic disease states, but many of these diets are suitable for adult maintenance and growth…
Neurologic Breakthrough in Canine Nutrition
While the precise cause of canine idiopathic epilepsy is unknown, the effect in the brain has been documented as a rapid, uncontrolled discharge of neurons within the brain’s cerebral cortex that leads to seizures…
Behavior Monitoring: Taking Pet Healthcare to a New Level
For example, clients with an overweight dog on a recommended exercise plan might think that their dog is active, but can they measure how many minutes per day the dog spends resting versus running or walking?
Diets and the Dermis: Nutritional Considerations in Dermatology
Dermatologic patients are often managed with topical and systemic pharmacologic therapies, but nutrition should be evaluated in all animals presenting with skin disease. Nutritional deficiencies…
Featuring Fiber: Understanding Types of Fiber & Clinical Uses
Understanding the different types of fiber—and when to implement fiber in a nutrition plan for dogs and cats—can be challenging and complicated. In addition, some cats and dogs that present with gastrointestinal conditions can be managed with diets or supplements that contain particular levels and types of fiber.
To Feed or Not to Feed? Controversies in the Nutritional Management of Pancreatitis
nutritional management of pancreatitis continues to be guided primarily by the human literature and clinical experience due to lack of controlled clinical trials. Any…
Role of Dietary Fatty Acids in Dogs & Cats
The type of fatty acids fed to a patient, as well as the total amount of fatty acids in the diet, have the additional potential to improve or impair health. This review discusses basic properties of fatty acids; sources of essential fatty acids; therapeutic modifications of dietary fatty acids, fish oils, and other fatty acid supplements; and areas of caution in clinical practice when supplementing fatty acids.
Nutritional Management of Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats & Dogs
Nutritional intervention is a cornerstone in the treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, a complete nutritional assessment and staging of the patient’s kidney disease are indicated before any dietary recommendations are made.
The Protein Paradigm: Assessing Dietary Protein in Health & Disease
Dietary protein is one of 3 primary metabolic fuels of the body that, together with fat and carbohydrates, provides cellular energy. Amino acids extracted from dietary proteins are also used by animals to synthesize the functional proteins required for normal physiologic functions…