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    FEEDING THE FINICKY FELINE Creating Collaborative Care Through Nutritional Conversations

    If you are interested in learning what some feline experts do to manage their dysrexic patients, watch on demand for Feeding the Finicky Feline.

  • Hydration support and encouraging voluntary fluid intake in cats

    Hydration support and encouraging voluntary fluid intake in cats

    Sarah M. A. Caney, BVSc, PhD, DSAM (Feline), MRCVS

    Encouraging cats to consume more water is an important recommendation in a number of situations, including conditions associated with polyuria or increased fluid loss, lower urinary tract disease, chronic constipation and advanced age. Using different cases from her practice, Dr. Caney provides suggestions for supporting patient hydration and encouraging voluntary fluid intake.

    30-60 minutes

  • Medical benefits associated with a higher water intake in cats -para OK final

    Medical benefits associated with a higher water in-take in cats

    Andrew Sparkes, BVetMEd, PhD, DECVIM, MANZCS, MRCVS

    Cats are efficient at maintaining hydration. However, those cats with certain health conditions may benefit from greater total water intake. Dr. Sparkes provides a brief overview of feline hydration and the conditions in which water intake may be critical for health.

    Less than 30 minutes

  • Water Supplement as a Hydration Solution for Cats

    Water supplement as a hydration solution for cats

    Brian Zanghi, PhD

    Studies have indicated that water supplements can be highly palatable to cats. These studies demonstrated that cats not only drink more liquid, but maintained higher liquid intake when given access to nutrient-enriched water. Consequently, urine volume increased and urine specific gravity decreased. Cats that need greater hydration would benefit from a water supplement.

    Less than 30 minutes

  • Discovery_And_Insights_For_Canine_Brain

    Discovery & Insights for Canine Brain Development, Epilepsy, Cognitive Decline and Dietary Management

    Brian Zanghi

    Several studies support the use of nutrition in the management of brain health across the various life stages of dogs. DHA is critical for puppy brain and vision development, while medium-chain triglycerides help "feed" an aging brain. Explore numerous studies which show the benefits of nutritional intervention in cognitive decline, cognitive dysfunction syndrome and idiopathic epilepsy.

    30-60 minutes

  • Round_Table

    Purina Institute Microbiome Forum Round Table: Microbiome-Centric Management of Acute and Chronic Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats

    Jan Suchodolski, MedVet, DrVetMed, PhD, AGAF, DACVM

    Valerie Parker, DVM, DACVIM, DACVN

    Linda Toresson, DVM, PhD

    Joerg Steiner med.vet., Dr.med.vet., PhD, DACVIM-SAIM, DECVIM-CA, AGAF

    Stefan Unterer, riv.-Doz., Dr. med. vet., Dr. habil., DipECVIM-CA

    Our understanding of the gut microbiome is rapidly evolving, but is our case management of diarrhea evolving with it? In this roundtable discussion with Q&A, leading experts discuss key aspects of managing acute and chronic diarrhea in dogs and cats, with a focus on providing practical and evidence-based advice for veterinarians. Specific topics include methods for evaluating the presence of dysbiosis, conducting elimination diet trials, benefits of fiber and other dietary interventions, identifying when fecal microbiota transfer (FMT) is appropriate, and how to perform FMT when indicated.

    90+ minutes

  • Bovine Colostrum for immune and gut health in companion animals - What is the link between Immunity and Nutrition

    Bovine colostrum for immune and gut health in companion animals - what is the link between immunity and nutrition

    Ebenezer Satyaraj, PhD

    Discover the answers to two key questions: Why enhance the immune health of healthy dogs and cats? and How can food influence the immune system? Dr. Ebenezer Satyaraj shares findings from studies into immune and gut health benefits of adding bovine colostrum to diets.

    Less than 30 minutes

  • Select clinical syndromes in dogs and cats that may benefit from feeding colostrum

    Select clinical syndromes in dogs and cats that may benefit from feeding colostrum

    Michael R. Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

    A number of positive effects have been documented in healthy research dogs and cats while being fed bovine colostrum-supplemented food. Dr. Michael Lappin discusses potential clinical uses of bovine colostrum-supplemented food using three common clinical problems in cats and dogs as examples.

    Less than 30 minutes

  • Bovine colostrum for gut and immune health perspectives from human physical stress models

    Bovine colostrum for gut and immune health: perspectives from human physical stress models

    Glen Davison, PhD

    Bovine colostrum has received considerable attention as a dietary supplement that may confer immune and gut health benefits. Explore the research that indicates the beneficial effects of bovine colostrum supplementation on immune function and intestinal integrity in people during acute and chronic exercise-induced stress.

    30-60 minutes