A Study On Skipper, A Hunting Dog

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Skipper is a four year old neutered male American foxhound. He weighs 55 pounds and is considered a 3 of 5 on the body condition score (BCS) scale. His owner is preparing to take him on a two week hunting trip and wants to know if he should change Skip 's feeding program. During the trip Skipper will be working intensely for six to eight hours each day. His current food contains 3.0 Kcal ME/g, 22% protein, and 15% fat. The following is a case study on Skipper, a hunting dog. His body weight is ideal for his age and lifestyle, however, an increase in strenuous activity may require a higher caloric intake during the time frame of the activity. “Energy dense foods are classified as the amount of energy or calories per gram of food. Foods that are energy dense have a high concentration of calories per gram while low energy dense foods have fewer calories in the same proportion” (NCSU Cooperative Extension, n.d.). One result of consuming an energy dense food is obesity, unless it is counteracted with intense bouts of exercise for prolonged periods of time. Although this patient has the ideal body condition score, it is possible that he may begin to show lower than normal BCS if not fed the proper diet throughout his hunting excursion. This patients’ physical included current body condition scores, exercise regimen, and feeding schedule inclusive of proportions with the goal of maintaining ideal body and health conditions throughout the two week hunting trip. Patient…

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