This article explores the reasons why people might seek alternatives to conventional pet foods, describes the different categories of alternative feeding practices, and discusses approaches to communicating with pet owners about nutrition and diet for their pets. The goal is for the reader to acquire a better understanding of unconventional feeding practices being used for companion animals so that she or he is better informed on the views and concerns of the pet-owning public regarding dog and cat nutrition and bettter able to enter into the dialog of how these pets should best be fed.
Veterinary Clinics of North America, 2006, Vol 36, pp 1269-1281. Author: KE Michel.
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Pancreatitis and Exocrine-Pancreatic Insufficiency
Inflammatory Bowel Disorders
Nonspecific Acute Diarrhea
Dietary Management of Intestinal Disease
Managing Acute Disease
Long-Term Management - Diet Composition
Canine and Feline Nutrition (Third Edition), 2011, Chapter 35, Pages 455-478.
Authors: Linda P. Case, Leighann Daristotle, Michael G. Hayek, Melody Foess Raasch
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Canine and Feline Nutrition (3rd Ed), 2011, Chapter 36, pp 479-489. Authors: Linda P. Case, Leighann Daristotle, Michael G. Hayek, Melody Foess Raasch.
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Malnutrition can be subtle in the early stages.Even an obese animal can become quickly malnourished in the hospital when ill or injured. If insufficient calories are supplied, the animal will lose weight but it will be functional lean body mass, rather than fat, that is lost. A cat with asthma that is not malnourished and that is at low risk for becoming so does not require immediate nutritional support and can be monitored to ensure adequate food intake. However, if the underlying disease does not resolve quickly or the animal continues to be anorectic, nutritional support may be required.
Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice (Fourth Edition), 2012; Chapter 25, pp 605-622. Authors: Daniel L. Chan, Lisa M. Freeman
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Diabetes mellitus (DM) is an endocrine disorder that occurs in both dogs and cats. It is caused by the relative or absolute deficiency of the hormone insulin, which is produced by the beta cells of the pancreas. Insulin stimulates the transport of glucose and other nutrients across cell membranes for cellular use and is involved in a number of anabolic processes within the body. A lack of insulin activity leads to elevated blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) and an inability of tissues to receive the glucose that they need (glucoprivation). Primary clinical signs include polyuria, polydipsia, polyphagia, and, in some cases, weight loss. Diagnosis is usually made using the initial signs of the disorder, which include the presence of a persistent hyperglycemia and a persistent or concurrent glucosuria.
Canine and Feline Nutrition (Third Edition), 2011; Chapter 29, pp 343-358. Authors: Linda P. Case, Leighann Daristotle, Michael G. Hayek, Melody Foess Raasch
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The American College of Veterinary Nutrition recommends a three-step approach to patient assessment that includes assessment of patient factors, dietary factors, and feeding factors. After the assessment phase, a nutritional treatment plan is developed and instituted, and serial monitoring and adjustment ensue (an iterative process).
This chapter focuses on the nutritional management of feline disorders.