How should we feed our hospitalized or critical care patients?

For dogs and cats in the hospital, providing optimal nutrition and careful monitoring is key to recovery.  The WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee (GNC) Feeding Guide for Hospitalized Dogs and Cats will help your veterinary healthcare team select patients requiring nutritional support, recommend the optimal route and determine calorie goals.

The Feeding Instructions and Monitoring Chart provides a step-by-step approach to determining appropriate calorie needs and writing effective feeding instructions, as well as providing a comprehensive nutrition monitoring chart for hospitalized patients.

And finally, this article New tools for the nutritional assessment and management of critical care patients explains the special considerations needed for critical care patients.  It was first published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care 2015 (dol:10.1111/vec.12277).