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Nutrition Notes

Nutrition and Feline Idiopathic Constipation

The mainstay of feline idiopathic constipation management is nutrition, including potential modifications to diet form and fiber intake.

Treatment of chronic feline constipation requires an individualized approach, with periodic monitoring and adjustment of diet strategies and ancillary therapies, depending on the cat’s response. 

Feeding Strategies for Overweight and Obese Patients

Creating an appropriate weight loss or management plan involves more than scaling back on a patient’s existing diet.

Pet Food Institute’s Nutrition Subcommittee provides guidance for selecting a proper diet for weight loss among the different types of diet options available for dogs and cats.

Proactive Nutrition for the Healthy Indoor Cat

Indoor felines require a multitude of approaches to ensure they're receiving adequate nutrition and wellbeing requirements.

Preventing cats from becoming overweight or obese can be more rewarding and successful than weight-loss programs. 

Step-by-Step Guide to Making an Enteral Nutrition Plan

Enteral feeding can be beneficial to a wide array of sick patients. This guide makes it easy for the general practitioner to provide this service.

Although this step-by-step guide can help clinicians make enteral nutrition plans, it is just a starting point. Enteral nutrition plans can be tailored to each individual patient.

Compliance Strategies for the Obese Patient

Although obesity can be a frustrating disorder to manage, these strategies can help you incorporate your clients into the pet’s individualized weight-loss plan.

Showing clients how to assess weight and discussing what “non-negotiables” are important to the human-animal bond are just a few strategies at increasing client compliance in a weight-loss plan.

Supplements for Small Animal Cancer Patients

Discussing the complementary role of herbs and dietary supplements with clients provides an opportunity for the veterinarian to strengthen the veterinarian-client relationship.

Veterinarians face multiple questions and challenges from clients whose pets have cancer, and clients appreciate veterinary guidance and the logical integration of appropriate herbs and dietary supplements with conventional therapies.

Nutrition for Small Animal Cancer Patients

Clients will have questions about popular “cancer diets,” making it critical for practitioners to understand how they might affect a patient.

Clients may be confused by outside advice on the best diet for their pet with cancer. Look to the science to cut through the noise, and be sure to understand how cancer treatment could cause gaps in nutrition.

Performing a Diet Trial to Identify Food Allergies in Dogs and Cats

A complete diagnostic elimination–challenge diet trial isolates the cause of adverse food reactions through 4 phases.

Confirmation of an adverse food reaction depends on reduction or resolution of clinical signs while the animal is being fed a strict elimination diet, recurrence of clinical signs when the animal’s diet is challenged, and resolution of signs after the elimination diet has been reinstated.

Nutritional Management for Chronic Kidney Disease Versus Acute Kidney Injury

Dietary management is a valuable, and sometimes overlooked, aspect of managing patients dogs and cats with CKD or AKI.

Important differences exist in the nutritional management of CKD versus AKI in dogs and cats. We review the best diets for dogs and cats with chronic kidney disease versus those with acute kidney injury.