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By Catherine McGowan, Lesley Goff

Animal Physiotherapy is a vital reference consultant for physiotherapists seeking to follow the confirmed advantages of physiotherapy to the remedy of better half and function animals. For veterinarians and others who paintings with animals, the e-book experiences the medical ideas at the back of the perform of physiotherapy, and what it might probably in achieving. For the physiotherapist this ebook presents crucial utilized heritage details on animal behaviour, food, biomechanics and workout body structure.

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These products generally have reduced dietary fat content and increased fibre, air, or moisture content (Burkholder & Toll 2000). Importantly, they also have increased protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals per calorie compared with standard adult maintenance diets (Burkholder & Toll 2000). Attempting weight loss in a dog or cat by feeding a reduced portion of the usual diet will result in reduced intake of these essential nutrients and might result in deficiencies. 20 Animal Physiotherapy Recommendations for increasing the activity level of the dog or cat as part of an obesity management programme must be individually tailored to suit both the pet and the owner.

Another simple method involves blowing bubbles for the cat to chase using a child’s bubble-ring and soapy water. Some cats can be easily encouraged to follow their owner around the house for 5–15 minutes per day. It is not necessary for the cat to be constantly moving throughout the exercise period. Physical activity in cats naturally occurs in sporadic stops and starts. Children often enjoy being given the task of exercising a cat. 4 Summary of important points • Feeding is major part of human-animal bond.

Body composition refers to percentage of body fat and lean body mass. Body condition is a subjective evaluation of body composition. Body condition scoring is a practical method for subjectively assessing the animal’s body fat stores and muscle mass that has been validated against a ‘gold standard’ method of measurement of body composition. Whenever an animal starts to become overweight, the food intake should be reduced to allow a return to lean body condition. The primary goals of obesity management in dogs and cats are to reduce the animal’s daily consumption of calories and/or increase its daily energy expenditure.

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