4. The Role of Nutrition in Canine Performance and Rehabilitation

  1. M. Christine Zink DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP and
  2. Janet B. Van Dyke DVM
  1. Joseph J. Wakshlag DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVN

Published Online: 28 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783443.ch4

Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

How to Cite

Zink, M. C. and Van Dyke, J. B. (2013) The Role of Nutrition in Canine Performance and Rehabilitation, in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783443.ch4

Author Information

  1. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813812168

Online ISBN: 9781118783443



  • canine performance;
  • energetics;
  • energetics;
  • nutrition;
  • rehabilitation


In canine performance, many variables, such as conformation, genetics, and behavioral drive, are major determinants for success, yet environmental variables such as training and nutrition are important as well. Nutritional studies for more popular activities, such as agility and field trials, have been largely ignored, leading to attempts to translate endurance and sprinting knowledge into sound nutritional principles for all sporting dogs. This chapter addresses these principles focusing on three areas: energetics, nutrition for performance, and nutrition during rehabilitation. There are three major areas of concern to the canine rehabilitation patient, including obesity management, maintaining lean body mass (particularly geriatric rehabilitation patients with sarcopenia), and decreasing chronic inflammation associated with orthopedic disease.