A practical approach to caring for patients with appetite reduction

Rachel Lumbis
Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nutrition is a critical component of caring for and treating small animals and one in which nursing staff play a crucial role. A reduction in appetite should not be considered a normal consequence of illness, therefore it is essential to identify the reasons for this alteration in feeding habits and address the primary underlying disease. It is vital that veterinary nurses utilize their knowledge and skills to assist in the identification of patients at risk of malnutrition, formulation of feeding plans and provision of necessary nutritional support.

A practical approach to caring for patients with appetite reduction
A practical approach to caring for patients with appetite reduction

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