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.
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.
The American Animal Hospital Association's position regarding raw protein diets.
Nutritional assessment is a two-part process consisting of screening and extended evaluations.
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
2010 AAHA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Cats references
Following the nutritional assessment, interpret and analyze the information that has been gathered to devise an action plan.
Clients gravitate toward home-cooked pet diets for many reasons. We put together some client handouts that can help aid your conversations on homemade nutrition.
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.
Clients gravitate toward home-cooked pet diets for many reasons. But they need veterinary guidance to avoid nutrient deficiencies or excesses that happen all too easily.