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Manual of Veterinary Dietetics


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Preface 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 Appendices 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 Forms


The Manual of Veterinary Dietetics has been produced by a team of authors with profound veterinary and nutritional knowledge. It is a comprehensive guide to diet for healthy and diseased pet animals and does not restrict itself to commercial diets and indeed looks carefully at advertising claims, noting the paucity of evidence behind some of these.

The authors note in their preface that they have chosen to present information in a different way to most pet nutrition books, becasue they intend to help practioners, technicians and students, to help owners with their worries, rather than teach nutrition. This is clear from the opening pages and the book is eminently successful in its aim. Much can be learnt here, even by those who are already experienced practitioners, as the advice extends beyond the nutritional consultation. - Edward Chandler, The Animal Health Trust

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