By Catherine McGowan, Lesley Goff
A completely up to date version of this crucial reference consultant for physiotherapists and actual therapists, seeking to follow the confirmed merits of physiotherapy to the remedy of better half and performance animals.
- Seven new chapters supply enormously multiplied insurance of useful therapy and rehabilitation
- Includes studies of alternative physiotherapy suggestions, drawing on either human and animal literature
- Discusses ways in small animal drugs in addition to for elite equine athletes
- Provides utilized evidence-based scientific reasoning version, with case examples
- Now in complete color with many extra illustrations
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An individual’s actual energy requirements may vary as much as 50% from the calculated value. When calculating the ideal amount of food for a cat or dog, use these estimates only as a starting point, evaluate the animal’s body weight and body condition score regularly and adjust the food intake accordingly, to ensure an ideal lean body weight is maintained. Body weight does not correlate well with either body composition or body condition. Body composition refers to percentage of body fat and lean body mass.
Fibre quantity Even when only hay is fed, acid is still produced in the stomach (Sandin et al. 1998). Large ‘meals’ of hay have a similar effect as large meals of concentrates and increase the gastric acid production. Horses fed just hay (bulky intake) had a lower pH 2–5 hours after feeding, but a higher pH 12 hours after feeding compared to those fed hay and grain (smaller intake) (Nadeau et al. 2000). However, the horses fed the hay and grain mix had lower EGUS scores compared to just hay. The hay alone diet was bulkier and it has been shown that diets (whether large concentrate meals or nets of low-quality forage) higher in bulk increase plasma gastrin concentration, increase gastric acid secretion and lower stomach pH (Wickens et al.
Ulcers have been recorded in a huge variety of horses undertaking very different levels of exercise and being fed very different diets. Importantly, Applied animal nutrition however, the severity of ulcers is very different, and the veterinarian will make a clinical decision as to whether the ulcers are of clinical significance. If the only signs are poor performance, then often the physiotherapist is called upon for support and elimination of other factors. We know that restricting fibre is linked to incidence of EGUS (Murray & Eichorn 1996) and that feed deprivation of 12 hours causes gastric ulcers in some horses (Husted et al.