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As we enter a new decade, Royal Canin now has even more articles available to the veterinary community in their scientific magazine, Veterinary Focus. This worldwide journal is for the companion animal veterinarian and specifically looks at many issues relating to nutrition, wellbeing and beyond.
It has been well documented scientifically that nutrition quite simply enhances our pets’ quality of life. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has even taken the next step to suggest a 5th vital sign, Nutritional Assessment, be included in every aspect of patient management from the annual check-up, to the critical patient in hospital. We know that nutritional support of all patients should be incorporated into daily consultations to ensure clients are provided with sound advice for preventative and therapeutic diet recommendations.
As busy vets, it can sometimes be difficult to find the time needed to gain new knowledge. This easily accessible online publication includes articles about a clinical issue, and the best way to move forward with assisting the cat or dog from a nutritional perspective.
Here’s a taste of some of the articles that can be found in the brand new 52-page Veterinary Focus issue (28.3):
Feeding behaviour in cats
As humans our mealtimes can allow us to rest and relax and perhaps catch up with friends or family as we enjoy our food. However from a cat’s point of view, eating is not quite the same. Pet owners will often assume that human values apply to their cats, especially when it comes to food and feeding and veterinarians need to be able to advise a few basic rules as to what to do (and what not to do). In this article, Joh Bowen explains how an appreciation of basic feline ethology can lead to better interaction between a cat and its’ owner.
Breed and diet-based disease in dogs
When faced with a dog that has a severe problem, it can be easy at times to overlook the significance that breed plays in having a susceptibility to a certain disease. Giacomo Biagi offers a brief overview of some common breed-related problems where diet can play a major role.
Grain-free diets—good or bad?
Fashion and fads come and go, and in pet nutrition the latest idea is that cats and dogs should be fed a diet free from all grains. While pets may be well maintained on a grain-free diet, such foodstuffs are not necessarily carbohydrate-free, nor is there data suggesting these diets are more optimal than those that contain grains. Maryanne Murphy and Angela Rollins offer some background on what this means in practice.
Dietary considerations for dogs with chronic enteropathies
There are now many different options offered by specialist pet food companies for a dog with chronic gastrointestinal disease and this can be confusing for both the clinician and pet owner. Effective therapy for dogs affected by idiopathic chronic enteropathies requires a good understanding of the patient, the likely disease process and dietary options available. In this article, Adam Rudinsky offers some pointers on how to effectively consider dietary management options.
Food for thought?
We all know how widespread ‘fake news’ and popular misconceptions can be these days, and what starts as one person’s opinion can easily become generally accepted. Health professionals have an important role to play to educate pet owners about the science and research.
Nutrition is one of those areas where fact and fact and fiction can often intertwine, so this issue of Veterinary Focus seeks—as always—to present only confirmed wisdom and robust evidence and help veterinarians in their education of pet owners.
Contact your Royal Canin sales representative for more details or go to: vetfocus.royalcanin.com to sign-up and download your copy.