The gastrointestinal tract can be influenced by nutrition in a variety of ways. Enhancing the epithelial barrier function of the GI tract, normalizing motility, and modulating the microbiota are just a few of the effects of nutrition on the GI tract. These functions are altered in pets with chronic enteropathies and often these pets are underweight. Focusing on specific nutrients and employing nutritional management strategies are recommended in the management of cats and dogs with chronic enteropathies. This presentation will investigate these functions and discuss the specific nutrients involved in maintaining a healthy GI tract. A case based approach can be incorporated to reinforce application of the nutritional strategies in patients and how communication with clients in integral in a successful outcome.
Identify key nutrients in the management of chronic enteropathies
Identify and communicate nutritional strategies for managing enteropathies
Demonstrate understanding of enteral and parenteral management in chronic enteropathies
Communicate nutritional plan for managing chronic enteropathies to pet owners