Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, 2nd Edition
June 2015, ©2015, Wiley-Blackwell
Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians
and Nurses, Second Edition offers a thorough update and
significant expansion of this easy-to-use introduction to
veterinary nutrition and diet, with broader species coverage, a new
section on nutritional management of disease, and many new
• Provides a complete reference to veterinary nutrition, from the fundamentals to feeding companion animals of any age and health status
• Adds information on nutrition in birds, small mammals, and horses to the existing dog and cat coverage
• Presents a new section on managing disease through nutrition, with 10 new disease chapters
• Offers additional new chapters on nutritional calculations, types of pet foods, raw food diets, additives and preservatives, nutrition myths, nutritional support, and assisted feeding
• Includes access to a companion website with case studies, review questions and answers, and the figures from the book in PowerPoint
About the Companion Website xi
Section 1: Basics of Nutrition
1 Nutrients and Energy 3
2 Water 9
3 Carbohydrates 12
4 Fats 16
5 Protein and Amino Acids 20
6 Vitamins 24
7 Minerals 33
8 Digestion and Absorption 38
9 Energy Balance 42
10 Nutrition Calculations 48
Section 2: Nutritional Requirements of Dogs and Cats
11 History and Regulation of Pet Foods 55
12 Pet Food Labels 59
13 Nutrient Content of Pet Foods 65
14 Types of Pet Foods 71
15 Raw Food Diets: Fact versus Fiction 76
16 Additives and Pet Food Preservatives 80
17 Homemade Diets 85
Section 3: Feeding Management of Dogs and Cats
18 Feeding Regimens for Dogs and Cats 93
19 Body Condition Scoring 99
20 Pregnancy and Lactation in Dogs 103
21 Pregnancy and Lactation in Cats 107
22 Neonatal Puppies and Kittens 110
23 Growth in Dogs 113
24 Growth in Cats 118
25 Adult Maintenance in Dogs 121
26 Adult Maintenance in Cats 124
27 Feeding the Healthy Geriatric Dog and Cat 128
28 Performance and Dogs 133
29 Nutritional Requirements of Cats 139
30 Nutrition Myths 144
31 Nutritional Support 149
32 Assisted Feeding in Dogs and Cats 157
Section 4: Nutritional Management of Disease
33 Nutritional Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders 169
34 Hepatic Disease 175
35 Weight Management 179
36 Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease 186
37 Dermatology 192
38 Endocrinology 197
39 Cancer 202
40 Refeeding Syndrome 208
41 Cardiac Disease 212
42 Musculoskeletal 217
Section 5: Feeding Management of Other Species
43 Avian 227
44 Small Pet Mammals 234
45 Equine 240
Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition) is
Hospital Administrator for Affiliated Veterinary Emergency Service
PC in Allen Park, Michigan, USA.
Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), is President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians. Ms. Burns teaches nutrition courses through VSPN and VetMedTeam and is an independent nutritional consultant.
“The second edition of Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nursesis a comprehensive, easy-to-use reference for veterinary technicians in clinical practice. . . This reasonably priced book is available in paperback and e-book formats and includes access to a companion website that was not yet available at the time of this review.” (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 December 2015)
“From a nursing point of view, this book would be a welcome addition to any practice library. It is clear and concise and contains useful information on feeding and nutrition.” (Veterinary Record, 1 December 2015)
“Critique: An ideal and comprehensive introduction for veterinary studies, with a great deal of enduring value as a professional reference for practicing veterinarians and veterinary clinic staff members, "Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses" is impressively well organized and thoroughly 'reader friendly'. "Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses" should be considered an essential addition to professional and academic Veterinarian Studies instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.” (Midwest Book Review, 1 July 2015)
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