Small Animal Clinical Nutrition

The most comprehensive and practical small animal nutrition resource available

Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 5th Edition


Small Animal Clinical Nutrition (SACN) is the global standard for evidence-based small animal nutrition information.

This 5th edition, published in 2010, covers dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and small mammals, and features content from over 125 authors and contributors. SACN is the most comprehensive and practical small animal nutrition resource available.

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Note that selected sections of SACN are now available in a 6th Edition online at Clinician's Brief.


The book is organized into 23 sections to facilitate location of information.

Section 1 (Principles of Small Animal Clinical Nutrition) begins with an overview of the iterative process of clinical nutrition with emphasis on patient assessment, development of a comprehensive feeding plan and reassessment or monitoring the patient. The other chapters in this section address basic nutrition information. There are four new chapters in this section including:

Section 2 (Pet Foods) covers a wide range of topics about commercial and homemade pet foods. This section ends with a unique chapter on pet food safety, which is an important topic in this era of increased concerns and public debate about safety of pet and human foods.

Sections 3 through 5 (Nutritional Management of Healthy Dogs and Cats) provide important information about how to feed dogs and cats with the goals of optimizing wellness and performance. For easier access, these chapters have been updated and subdivided according to lifestage and reproductive activity. Section 4 contains feeding information for working and sporting dogs.

Sections 6 through 21 cover dietary management of patients with clinical disorders. All chapters have been extensively updated and two new chapters and multiple new cases have been added:

Section 22 (Feeding Small Mammals, Reptiles and Pet Birds) is included in response to numerous requests for practical feeding information for these patients. Birds, rodents, ferrets, rabbits and reptiles were once considered exotic pets but today are common veterinary patients.

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