By Tony Buffington, Cheryl Holloway, Sarah Abood
Handbook of Veterinary Dietetics is a accomplished advisor to nutrition and feeding thoughts for either fit and unwell pets. techniques are in response to real actual and dietary evaluate of sufferers and are designed to fulfill the desires of involved vendors and the sensible realities of the house atmosphere. dietary administration ideas handle the actual healthiness wishes of sufferers, giving attention to such concerns as existence levels, nutrition attractiveness, clinical reaction, and long term profit. the last word objective is to advertise and maintain the dietary healthiness of pets in a way that actively comprises the landlord and complements the standard of the human-pet dating.
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A list of ingredients must also be present on the label. Listed ingredients fall into four major categories: water, energy sources, protein sources, and vitamins and minerals added to balance the food. Table 4-2 shows the ingredients listed on commonly purchased pet foods in the United States and the function of these ingredients in the diet. Ingredient names have specific legal definitions, which are also presented in the AAFCO manual. The definitions are somewhat imprecise to allow for normal variation in feeds and processing procedures.
GERIATRIC CATS Nutritional needs can change as an animal ages, but few studies have investigated the nutrient requirements of cats during the last third or quarter of their lives. Until more information is available, only tentative recommendations can be offered beyond sound general advice based on a dietary history, a physical examination, and indicated diagnostic testing. The dietary history is obtained from the person who feeds the cat. Healthy Geriatric Cats Healthy geriatric cats should be fed diets that have been made by reputable manufacturers, that have passed feeding trials approved by the American Association of Feed Control 32 MANUAL OF VETERINARY DIETETICS Officials (AAFCO), and with which the veterinarian has had positive experience (“satisfactory” diets).
Discuss options for environmental enrichment for indoor-housed cats. • Discuss with the staff the criteria for determining which “geriatric” diets everyone in the practice recommends, as well as diets to avoid recommending. Which foods are on the practice’s “A list,” and why. Which are on the practice’s “B list,” and why. Help staff identify clients who are receptive to learning more about dietary recommendations. 34 MANUAL OF VETERINARY DIETETICS TECH TIPS: Geriatric Cats Client education is crucial for owners of geriatric pets.
Manual of Veterinary Dietetics by Tony Buffington, Cheryl Holloway, Sarah Abood