Just as in human health, nutrition is one of the most important preventive care tools we can use to prevent or manage disease.
Of course, these tools are only helpful when professional recommendations are discussed with and followed by the pet owner.
With so many pet food options out there—and the myths that abound—it can be difficult for clients to know where to start. In a 2003 Compliance Study, AAHA found that 90% of pet owners would like to receive a nutritional recommendation from their veterinarians, while only 15% reported receiving one. That’s where veterinary healthcare teams come in.
Using a step-by-step process, this guide will help your practice:
- Develop specific roles for each member of the veterinary team
- Discuss pet food options without judgment or debate
- Provide opportunities for education, while still leaving decisions in the client’s hands
- Boost confidence and address client concerns with cost-comparison formulas
- Ask questions that keep conversations focused, directed, and nonconfrontational
- Document the details of each conversation and provide appropriate follow-up
This booklet has been supported by an educational grant from Hill’s Pet Nutrition.