Nutrition and the skeletal health of dogs and cats

Many nutrients are required for the normal development and maintenance of the skeleton. Bone consists of an organic matrix, made of collagen fibers and glycoproteins, and hydroxyapatite composed of calcium, phosphorus, and water. The organic matter of the bone is being remodeled by bone forming osteoblasts and bone resorbing osteoclasts. Both vitamin A and vitamin D influence osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Imbalances in these nutrients can cause skeletal deformities. Optimal nutrition for skeletal growth in young animals and for skeletal health in adult animals is therefore all about balance.

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Author: Ronald Jan Corbee


Ronald Jan Corbee

RJ Corbee

Ronald Jan Corbee was born on the 28th of April 1979 in Alkmaar. After finishing athenaeum at the Han Fortmann college in Heerhugowaard he started to study Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University in September 1997. He graduated in December 2003. After several temporal positions in first line companion animal practice he was employed by Dierenkliniek ‘t Ossehoofd in Heerhugowaard, where he worked for 2 years as a veterinarian for companion animals. In December 2006 he opened his private practice; Dierenartsenpraktijk Schonauwen in Houten. In September 2008 he started his residency in Veterinary Nutrition (Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition). He passed the board certifying exam in Zaragoza in September 2011. In March 2013 he was awarded the University Teaching Qualification. He was married to Lucas Maria van der Wurff in September 2005. At the moment he is employed as a University Teacher at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University.