GERONTOLOGY: AN INSIDE OUT PERSPECTIVE
Companion Animal Nutrition Summit (CAN) 2018

EMERGING EVIDENCE IN NUTRIENT-SENSITIVE CONDITIONS OF AGING PETS

New research shows there's so much more to pet nutrition than calories and carbs
Julie A. Churchill
The Fountain of Aging: Feeding Strategies for Senior Pets

Julie A. Churchill DVM, PhD, DACVN
University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, Saint Paul, MN   USA

Overview

“Gero-nutrition” is a term Julie Churchill uses for the nutritional needs of senior dogs and cats. In this presentation, Churchill outlines a clinical approach for assessing the nutritional status of older patients and prioritizing how to meet the sometimes conflicting needs for nutritional care in senior pets.

Mark E. Peterson
Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Other Forms of Muscle Wasting: Common Problems of Senior and Geriatric Cats and of Cats with Endocrine Disease

Mark E. Peterson DVM, DACVIM
Animal Endocrine Clinic, New York, NY/Bytown Cat Hospital, Ottowa, Canada

Overview

This presentation reviews studies that show that old cats, like dogs and humans, also develop muscle wasting due to sarcopenia, cachexia and metabolic diseases such as hyperthyroidism and diabetes.

Karin Allenspach
Hypovitaminosis D Is Associated with Negative Outcome in Dogs with Protein-Losing Enteropathy: A Retrospective Study of 43 Cases

Karin Allenspach DVM, PhD, DECVIM-CA
Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, USA
University of London, Royal Veterinary College, Research Support Office, Hertfordshire, U.K.

Overview

Low serum concentrations of vitamin D are prevalent among dogs with protein losing enteropathy (PLE). This presentation describes a retrospective study of 43 dogs that shows, for the first time, low serum concentrations of vitamin D and iCa are highly prevalent in a cohort of PLE dogs, and that low serum vitamin D is significantly associated with poor clinical outcomes.

Gail Czarnecki-Maulden
GI Microflora Changes in Aging Dogs and Cats

Gail Czarnecki-Maulden PhD
Nestlé Purina Research, Saint Louis, MO  USA

Overview

Changes in fecal bacteria in aging pets and people have been linked with changes in immune function, the gut-brain axis and other health issues. While many studies have evaluated changes in the aging microbiome, few published interventional studies have looked at how nutritional changes can improve health. This presentation reviews the changes in gut microbiota with aging, and results from a Nestlé Purina long-term dietary intervention study with elderly cats in which cats fed a prebiotic-supplemented diet lived significantly longer and had a slower health decline than cats fed other diets.

This document contains summaries of all presentations from the Companion Animal Summit, held May 3-5, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina. Please note that these summaries represent overviews of the presentations and may include opinions and research of presenters, which do not necessarily reflect those of the Nestlé Purina Petcare Company.

Produced by the Purina Institute, May 21, 2018
SPEAKERS
Presentations speakers on lean body mass in health and longevity include:
Julie A. Churchill
Julie A. Churchill

DVM, PhD, DACVN
University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine

Mark E. Peterson
Mark E. Peterson

DVM, DACVIM
Animal Endocrine Clinic New York, NY.

Karin Allenspach
Karin Allenspach

DVM, PhD, DECVIM-CA
Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Gail Czarnecki-Maulden
Dr. Gail Czarnecki-Maulden

PhD
Nestlé Research Center

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