The Revision Guide for Student Nurses (Part I)

Diets For Healthy Animals


  1. What is meant by a balanced diet?
  2. Describe the main criteria that constitute a complete diet.
  3. What is meant by a nutrient interaction?
  4. What factors affect the digestibility of a food?
  5. List ways in which the palatability of a food may be improved.
  6. What is the difference between a complete and a complimentary pet food?
  7. What are the 3 main forms in which prepared pet foods are usually presented?
  8. What information should be stated upon a pet food label?
  9. What information is useful but not required by EC regulations on pet food labels?
  10. If a home-prepared diet is to be fed, why is it desirable to cook most foods prior to feeding?
  11. What is meant by the stage of adult maintenance?
  12. State the percentage in which spaying may reduce the resting energy requirement of bitches.
  13. List 6 nutritional peculiarities exhibited by the cat.
  14. Why are cats considered obligate carnivores?
  15. List the properties of a diet suitable for lactation.
  16. Describe how pregnant bitches and queens differ in their energy requirements.
  17. Why should the daily food allowance of puppies and kittens be divided into several small meals?
  18. List criteria essential for a diet suitable for puppies and kittens.
  19. Why is milk not essential in the diet of weaned puppies and kittens?
  20. Describe a diet suitable for geriatrics.
  21. Describe a diet suitable for racing greyhounds.
  22. Describe the properties of a suitable diet for working dogs (excluding the racing greyhound).
  23. What is meant by feeding "ad libitum"?
  24. What factors may contribute to malnutrition?