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Nutrition Notes

Dealing With Dysrexia in Dogs and Cats

The mechanisms by which illness suppresses appetite are complex, and we do not yet have a clear picture of them all. The term dysrexia refers to a disruption in food intake, including anorexia (not eating), hyporexia (eating less) and eating an unbalanced diet. In addition to all the physiological consequences of poor food intake, this takes a toll on the pet owner and can lead to premature decisions about discontinuation of therapy or euthanasia.

Nutritional Management for Gastrointestinal Disease in Dogs and Cats

Several gastrointestinal diets can help address GI disease in dogs and cats based on their nutritional components. A major consideration in choosing a diet is the digestibility of the nutrients.

Nutritional deficiencies commonly occur as a consequence of gastrointestinal disease. Special diets for GI disease in dogs and cats can be effective based on their nutritional components.

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 …