Manual of Veterinary Dietetics


  • Charles Buffington
  • Cheryl Holloway
  • Sarah Abood, DVM, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Manual of Veterinary Dietetics is a comprehensive guide to diet and feeding recommendations for both healthy and sick pets. Recommendations are based on actual physical and nutritional assessment of patients and are designed to meet the wishes of concerned owners and the practical realities of the home environment. Nutritional management solutions address the particular health needs of patients, giving consideration to such issues as life stages, diet acceptance, medical response, and long-term benefit. The ultimate goal is to promote and sustain the nutritional health of pets in a manner that actively involves the owner and enhances the quality of the human-pet relationship.
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Book information

  • Published: April 2004
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-0-7216-0123-6

Table of Contents

Introduction — ACVN Method
Nutritional Assessment
1 History
2 Physical Exam
3 Body Conditioning Scoring
4 Laboratory Evaluation
Normal Dogs
5 Gestation and Lactation
6 Growth
7 Adults
8 Athletes
9 Geriatric Dogs
Normal Cats
10 Gestation and Lactation
11 Growth
12 Adults
13 Geriatrics
14 Nutrient Needs Specific to Cats
Diet Factors
15 Evaluating Commercial Diets
Feeding Factors
Clinical Dietetics
16 Introduction
17 Nutrient-Related diseases
18 Diet-Induced Diseases
Contemporary Issues in Clinical Nutrition
19 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
20 Evaluating Information on the Web
21 Evidence-Based Medicine
22 The Trans-Theoretical Model of Behavior Change
Basic Exotic Pet Nutrition
Nutrient Sensitive Diseases
A. NRC and AAFCO Nutrient Recommendations for Adult Dogs and Cats per 1,000 kcal ME
B. Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats
C. AAFCO Protocol Tests
D. Some Ingredients Listed on Commonly Purchased Cat Foods in the United States, the Nutrients they Contain, and their Function in the Diet
E. Examples of Official Definitions of Feed Ingredients Establishet by the AAFCO
F. Homemade Diets and Exchange Lists
G. Common Veterinary Drug-Nutrient Interactions
H. Approximate Resting Energy Needs of Dogs and Cats