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.
The various options now offered by specialist petfood companies for a dog with chronic gastrointestinal disease can be quite baffling, and the clinician may be tempted to reach for the nearest product that claims to be effective for enteric disease.
Adam Rudinsky offers some pointers to help the clinician.
Water is one of the most basic molecules in the universe, and essential for life as we know it; dehydration is not compatible with health. It may therefore seem odd to have an article on water intake, but even the simplest of actions can have hidden depths, as revealed by Stefanie Handl and Julia Fritz.
Fashions and fads come and go in all walks of life, and for cat and dog nutrition the latest idea is that they should be fed a diet free from all grains. What does this mean in practice, and is there any basis behind the idea? Maryanne Murphy and Angela Rollins offer some background.