Feeding senior pets (for nurses)
There is growing interest in health and wellbeing of elderly cats and dogs. Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of geriatric care to optimise quality of life and to minimise risks for disease. Although nutrient requirements may not be to different, mature animals cannot adapt as easily to changes in nutrient supply, oversupply or deficiencies as young animals can. Physiological changes associated with aging and chronic diseases, such as obesity, degenerative joint disease, renal disease, cardiac disease, periodontal disease, cognitive dysfunction or cancer may necessitate dietary adaptations.
Recording from 08.08.2017
Dr. Stefanie Handl, Dipl. ECVCN
Stefanie Handl graduated in 2002 from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. She received her doctorate degree in 2005 and started working as post-doc researcher at the Institute of Animal Nutrition at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. She spent 1.5 years at the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University and completed her Residency from the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition in 2011. In 2013, she opened “Futterambulanz”, a nutritionist practice for small animals in Vienna. Besides, she is lecturer at the Vetmeduni Vienna and co-editor in chief of the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition.