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Practical Approaches to Feeding the Cancer Patient

When nutritional support is overlooked in pets with cancer, malnutrition can develop and jeopardize patient health. Learn how tumors impact nutrition and how to develop and implement an optimal nutrition support plan for each patient.

Korinn E. Saker, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVN The American College of Veterinary Nutrition (acvn.org) and Today’s Veterinary Practice (todaysveterinarypractice.com) are delighted to bring you the Nutrition Notes column, which provides the highest quality, cutting-edge information on companion animal nutrition, provided by the ACVN’s foremost nutrition specialists.The primary objectives of the ACVN are to: Advance the …

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 …

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 …

A Weighty Matter: Effectively Communicating with Clients about Pet Obesity

This article presents the key concepts to a successful conversation with clients about their overweight pets, and how to implement a weight loss plan.

  The blood and urine analyses recently ordered on a patient show azotemia in the face of low urine specific gravity. Most veterinarians feel quite at ease discussing renal disease with an owner and outlining a plan for follow-up care. When it comes to overweight pets, however, many veterinarians do not feel as comfortable discussing …

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 …

Developing a Nutrition Program in Your Practice 

Heather Lynch, RVT, LVT Pet nutrition is big business. In a competitive market, veterinary practices need to maximize their influence as pet care experts to help owners make appropriate, well-informed decisions. In 2012, it is estimated that pet owners will spend 52 billion dollars on their pets; approximately half of this will be spent on …