The latest Compendium: Continuing Education for Veterinarians arrived at catmanager’s clinic today.

  • The main focus of this issue is parenteral nutrition (PN). “Parenteral Nutrition: Uses, Indications, and Compounding” (76–85) reviews criteria to be used in determining whether enteral or PN is appropriate for a patient, as well as the primary components of PN. The article pays special attention to the role of lipids and discusses issues involved in compounding PN solutions. A second article, “Parenteral Nutrition: Formulation, Monitoring, and Complications” (88–103), provides formulas for calculating basal and total energy requirements, protein requirements, necessary volumes of nutrient solutions, total PN solution volumes, and daily vitamin requirements. Several tables provide examples of the outlined steps. The article concludes with a lengthy discussion of the issues involved in monitoring patients on PN and the disadvantages of PN, including refeeding syndrome.

Other highlights include:

  • “Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats” (104–106), which advises that “veterinary recomendations for enriching an indoor cat’s environment should be based on typical behavior patterns of free-ranging domestic cats.” The article explains what those patterns are and identifies six general areas (e.g., sleep and rest, grooming) that should be addressed with clients. Although the article does not offer extensive suggestions for each area, it does include a list of resources (mostly online).
  • A supplement (packaged with the journal) containing the proceedings of the “Nestle Purina Nutrition Forum: Advances in Veterinary Nutrition,” a conference held in Lausanne, Switzerland, last year. The papers are organized by topic: Functional Foods; Gatrointestinal Health; Nutritional Support for Hospitalized Patients; and Obesity and Obesity-Related Disease. The abstracts for the forum’s poster session are also included.