CN4200: Feeding the Dog & Cat
- Category: Online
- Externship: No
- Venue: HEA Farm
- Course Capacity: N/A
- Prerequisites: No
- Skill Level:
- Start Course:
There is a great deal of confusion and concern regarding the best way to feed dogs and cats, and the possible harmful effects of commercial foods. Should I do homemade diets? Raw or cooked? What about bones? How do I guarantee all the necessary nutrients if I’m not using a commercial diet?
This distance study course with Dr. Kellon is available for those who would like to look beyond the pretty packaging of commercial food and actually understand what they are feeding their animals.
The course will describe the anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract in dogs and cats and how that provides clues into appropriate foods. Dr. Kellon will talk about the difference between what is truly optimal for health and what you can get away with. Potential food-related issues such as allergies, hair loss, kidney disease, obesity and insulin resistance will be covered, as well as the available information on minimum requirements of key nutrients. Finally, options and detailed recipes for a more healthful feeding of dogs and cats will be discussed.
The material for each section of the course will be posted on the internet weekly as a pdf file. It will include the material Dr. Kellon plans to cover, links for further reading and a series of review questions that will emphasize the most important points.
This is a no pressure learning situation. There is no “mandatory attendance” at any time, and no grades. The review questions are for your use only. It is assumed that anyone taking the course is doing so because they want to learn more about canine and feline nutrition. You can read when it is convenient for you to do so.
Dr. Kellon will open the Yahoo discussion group in advance of the course starting. This will be a group exclusively for course participants. If you fall behind (life happens), you will have the opportunity to join the Yahoo group for the next run of the course if you think that would be beneficial to you (no fee second time around).
Week One – Introduction
Digestive tract anatomy and physiology
Carnivore or omnivore?
Week Two – DE Requirements – cat
Protein and amino acids
Week Three – DE Requirements – dog
Protein and amino acids
Major minerals – cat
Major minerals – dog
Trace minerals – cat
Trace minerals – dog
Alternatives to commercial diets, including raw – cat
Alternatives to commercial diets, including raw – dog
Participants must be at least 18 years old to register for this course, and must be a high school graduate or have high school equivalency reading skills. Those who are not high school graduates need to take and document the passing of an“Ability to Benefit” test. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request the test.
*This course is required for the CCBW certification. While the exam does not need to be completed prior to attending the CN3000, you must be extremely familiar with the skeletal system.
The complete 145-page course manual is sent via WeTransfer to download directly to your computer to save or print.
A computer and internet access is required for students to download the text and documents delivered via WeTransfer as well as view suggested links and videos. There are Additional Learning Activities within the manual which are required components of the course, not optional. While a Facebook account is not required, students have the opportunity to access the same documents on the Facebook group established specifically for this course.