Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, Fifth Edition
Michael S Hand, DVM, PhD; Craig D Thatcher, DVM, MS, PhD; Rebecca L Remillard, PhD, DVM;
Philip Roudebush, DVM; Bruce J Novotny, DVM

VSPN Review by Elizabeth Warren, LVTStar
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This is the 5th edition of a book long considered by many to be a core textbook and reference for canine and feline nutrition. It is published by the Mark Morris Institute, which is affiliated with Hill’s Pet Nutrition—manufacturer of the very first therapeutic diet for dogs. Dr. Mark Morris, who formulated that diet (for kidney health issues), was himself an author and editor of the first three editions.

There are now five editors and over 100 contributing authors to this enormous book. Many of the authors are specialists in the field of nutrition or internal medicine. With that said, I must admit that I had some reservations about recommending a textbook with such close ties to the manufacturer of a product that its readers may eventually use, promote or sell (30 of the contributors work for or with Hill’s). But in my experience over many years working in clinical practice and teaching nutrition to veterinary assistant students, I have found this kind of association between educators and the pet food industry to be the norm rather an exception. This makes sense, actually, because it is the major pet food companies that do much of the research into companion animal feeds and feeding—Waltham, Purina, and Hills have conducted huge numbers of studies and contributed immensely to the field, both in terms of knowledge, discoveries, and information, and in creating the products that many of us in the Western world use to feed our pets.

So, we should remain mindful of the book’s origins and potential biases, and then jump into the wonderful world of pet nutrition.

There are 23 sections, 72 chapters, and 1314 pages—so much material that I can scarcely even introduce you to it all in a single page review—but, to summarize, it can be broken down into: principles of small animal nutrition, pet foods, feeding healthy dogs and cats, feeding for various diseases and medical conditions, and feeding other small animals (birds, reptiles, and small mammals). There is a lot of text, to be sure, but each chapter also has photos, boxes, tables, and/or diagrams to supplement, summarize, and further explain fundamental concepts. Of particular interest and use, most chapters conclude with at least one case study drawn from clinical practice. This makes the practical application of nutritional science clear and easy to understand. You will also find an abundance of references for each chapter, should you wish to pursue a topic of interest further, but the references aren’t in the book—instead you are referred to the Mark Morris Institute website, where you will find them under the Publications tab. You can also, incidentally, download each and every chapter as a pdf file—for free.

If you have only one companion animal nutrition reference on your shelf (or computer), then I heartily recommend it be this one. It will not (or should not) gather dust; there is something here for just about every patient—from the healthy puppy to the cat with stage 4 chronic kidney disease—and every pet owner. Don’t be intimidated by its size; this book is well organized and nicely broken down into chapters containing just the information you are looking for (18 chapters on gastrointestinal disorders; 8 on canine urolithiasis, for example). You will even find information about, and recipes for, home-prepared foods.

Publisher: Mark Morris Institute, 2010

ISBN: 0-615297-01-3

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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
 
* Equine Nutrition 3rd Ed.
 
Anim. Nutr. Sci. (VSPN Review)
 
Cat: Behav. Nutr.
 
Clinical Procedures in Veterinary Nursing, 2nd Ed
 
Encyclopedia of Canine Clinical Nutrition
 
Encyclopedia of Feline Clinical Nutrition (VSPN)
 
Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets, 2nd Edition
 
Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed
 
Nutrition for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
 
Nutrition Vet. Tech.
 
Nutritional Management of Hospitalized Small Animals
 
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Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: May 12, 2015

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