Avian Nutrition: It’s for the Birds
Pet bird owners influence their bird’s diet and therefore have a major impact on their birds’ health and longevity. Educating the owner on proper nutrition is one of the most important roles of the veterinary healthcare team.
Nutrition and Behavior Therapy for Feline Idiopathic Cystitis
The underlying cause of FIC is unknown and presentation and clinical signs vary widely. Working with owners to appropriately structure the environment for their cat(s) and providing feeding guidelines to support urinary health and ideal body weight will, at a minimum, increase the cat’s wellbeing.
Advising Clients About Home-Prepared and Commercial Fresh Diets
Keeping the lines of communication open is extremely important when a client is considering feeding a home-prepared diet, whether raw or cooked, to their pets.
Elements of a Successful Weight Management Clinic
Many elements make up a weight management clinic, and setting up these clinics in practice can be very rewarding for all involved. Veterinary nurse–led clinics allow veterinary nurses to use their clinical judgment and obesity knowledge to take responsibility for weight loss programs.
Alternative Pet Diets: Grain-free, Raw, and Other Trends
Alternative pet diets such as grain-free and gluten-free might be permeating the market, but educating clients on the components of a balanced pet diet will ward off malnutrition.
Diets and Dietary Supplements for Anxiety in Dogs
No longer is nutritional management limited to diabetes mellitus or renal insufficiency; it now also addresses emotional disorders such as anxiety. A variety of nutritional compounds and supplements that help improve emotional stability in companion animals have been identified.
Grain-Free Diets and Dilated Cardiomyopathy
As niche pet food markets continue to grow, veterinarians are worried they could cause more problems than they could help.
Nutritional Support of Dogs and Cats After Surgery
When considering how to best manage and support postoperative surgical cases as it relates to nutritional intervention and gastrointestinal (GI) health, implementing perioperative care strategies can provide a more favorable recovery.
Catabolism in the Critical Patient
Greater awareness of cachexia will help provide practical approaches to managing body weight and lean body mass in dogs and cats, as well as more directed targets for treatment.
Alternative Ways to Discuss Pet Obesity and Weight Loss
Veterinary teams need to find alternative ways to avoid upsetting their clients and to gain their trust in communicating the best nutritional requirements for their patients.