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  • Our knowledge of bird nutrition is constantly evolving. This is due both to heightened awareness of the importance of nutrition and to increased research into birds different needs. As with all other animals, birds need a proper balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals and water. Different species of birds often require different foods.

  • Each feather occupies a single feather follicle. Unlike hair, feathers do NOT continually grow; once a bird’s feathers have grown in, they cannot be repaired if they become worn or damaged.

  • Our knowledge of bird nutrition is constantly evolving. This is due both to heightened awareness of the importance of nutrition and to increased research into birds different needs. As with all other animals, birds need a proper balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals and water. Different species of birds often require different foods.

  • Colitis – inflammation of the colon or large bowel – is a fairly common problem in dogs, and diarrhea is the most common sign of colitis.

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the most common kidney-based disease in cats. Waste products are normally filtered out of the blood by the kidneys and excreted in the urine, but cats with CKD will end up with an accumulation of these waste products in the bloodstream as the filtering process breaks down. CKD occurs on a spectrum, progressing through four stages with each subsequent stage reflecting a more severe phase of the disease than the last.

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the most common kidney-based disease in dogs. Waste products are normally filtered out of the blood by the kidneys and excreted in the urine, but dogs with CKD will end up with an accumulation of these waste products in the bloodstream as the filtering process breaks down.

  • A food with high levels of appropriate antioxidants has been shown to slow the rate of cognitive decline in older dogs, and the positive effects of antioxidants on cognition happen fairly rapidly when the dog is a responder to this approach.

  • Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body can no longer appropriately manage the use of glucose for its energy requirements. The single most important lifestyle factor that contributes to the development of DM in dogs is body weight.

  • The first step toward determining the best nutrient profile to feed your dog with heart disease is to work with your veterinarian to determine what, if any, other medical conditions might be present in your dog.

  • The liver is the second largest organ in the body and provides about 1500 critical biomechanical functions. The goals of nutritional management of liver disease focus on controlling the clinical signs as opposed to targeting the underlying cause.