Manual of Veterinary Dietetics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780721601236

Manual of Veterinary Dietetics

1st Edition

Authors: Charles Buffington Cheryl Holloway Sarah Abood
Paperback ISBN: 9780721601236
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 1st April 2004
Page Count: 272

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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.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage encompasses a number of pet species, with special attention paid to dogs and cats and helpful references for common exotic pets
  • Easy-to-read format and style make this text useful for both pet owners at home and professionals in the clinical setting
  • Helpful chapters address questions concerning attributes and efficacy of various commercial foods, assess the validity of advertising claims, and suggest recipes for homemade foods when they are indicated
  • Thorough consideration of the most current information on nutrient-sensitive diseases and interventional approaches
  • Numerous tables, figures, charts, and forms thoroughly present relevant and useful information for both medical professionals and pet owners

Expansive appendixes include:

  • Detailed nutrient comparison tables for commercial pet foods
  • Feeding directions for prevention of nutrition-related orthopedic diseases
  • Simple instructions for gastrostomy tube feeding and maintenance
  • Tables, figures, charts and forms that make dietary tracking and home monitoring easy

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


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About the Author

Charles Buffington

Cheryl Holloway

Sarah Abood

Affiliations and Expertise

College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI