We all need to eat to survive. But for humans, eating can be much more than a simple task to be undertaken on a daily basis; our mealtimes allow us to rest and relax, and perhaps catch up with friends or family as we enjoy our food. But from a cat’s point of view, eating is not quite the same, as Jon Bowen explains.
When faced with a dog that has a severe problem it can be easy at times to overlook the significance that breed plays in susceptibility to a disease. Giacomo Biagi offers a brief overview of some common breed-related problems where diet can play a major role.
Nobody ever said that vitamins are an easy subject to understand – and although they are essential for life, too much or too little of a vitamin can make a huge difference to an animal’s health. Valerie Parker makes it all clear in her excellent review of Vitamin D.
Front line ultrasound imaging of the feline kidney
Most practices nowadays will have access to an ultrasound machine, using it for selected imaging of clinical cases; in this paper Greg Lisciandro discusses how a structured approach to abdominal scanning can be part of the clinician’s first-line physical exam, and demonstrates how this can help rapid identification of renal abnormalities and related problems.