Geriatric Nutrition: Do old dogs and cats need new tricks?

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Day and Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Time: 20:00 EDT

Day and Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Your Speaker


Dr. Tammy Owens

More About The Speaker

Dr. Tammy Owens is a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Mississippi State University. Following her internship, she worked at a private specialty hospital as an emergency veterinarian for two years.
Her next move was to the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where she completed a residency in small animal clinical nutrition and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (small animal).
Dr. Owens is working to complete a master’s degree in nutritional biology from UC-Davis.
Academic Credentials
BA (Biology), Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
DVM, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Clinical Nutrition Residency at UC-Davis
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Nutrition (small animal)

Teaching and Clinical Areas
Clinical management of nutritionally-responsive diseases
Well-pet nutrition
Nutritional support of hospitalized or chronically ill patients
Customized home-cooked diet formulations

Research Interests
The natural feline diet
Carnivore nutrition
Dietary and therapeutic use of fibre

About The Topic

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘age is not a disease’; however, we also know that with increasing age often comes an increasing incidence of disease or expected age related changes. Many diets are marketed for ‘senior’ pets, but not all ‘senior’ diets are appropriate for all aging pets (and in may cases may actually be contraindicated). There is no widespread consensus on what constitutes a senior diet, creating a lot of confusion for consumers and veterinarians regarding the need or appropriateness of various diets in this category. Further, there is high variability in health status and needs within the aging pet population, making any blanket nutritional strategy likely unsuitable for many individuals. In this talk, we will review the aging process and what role nutrition may play. We will specifically touch on the concept of sarcopenia as compared to cachexia, what feeding strategies may be employed for senior pets and when they are or are not applicable (touching on myths regarding senior pet nutrition), as well as reviewing evidence to support the use of certain strategies, or what new innovations may be on the horizon.

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