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Client education

Client communication and rapport is important for achieving desired outcomes. Technicians should be involved in the nutrition-evaluation process when they have knowledge and skills in both nutritional concepts and in communication.

Monitoring

Adults in good body condition should be reassessed regularly. Decisions regarding specific frequency of visits are made appropriately on an individual basis, based on the age, species, breed, health and environment of the pet.

Raw protein diet

The American Animal Hospital Association's position regarding raw protein diets.

Nutritional assessment

Nutritional assessment is a two-part process consisting of screening and extended evaluations.

BCS and MCS

Use a consistent method and scale to measure body weight (BW), body condition score (BCS) and muscle condition score (MCS) to assess current status and changes over time

References

2010 AAHA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Cats references

Nutrition Through the Ages: Educate Your Clients on Nutrition as Their Pets Get Older

Many clients do not discuss pet nutrition with their veterinarian, but if they do, they typically ask, “What do I feed my pet?” This is never a one-size-fits-all answer, no matter the patient or the life stage. To effectively communicate the needs of each pet, veterinarians must ensure they are doing all they can to build trust with their clients, collecting information to assess each pet’s needs. 

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