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.
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.
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends these nutritional assessment guidelines because good nutrition enhances pets' quality and quantity of life, and is integral to optimal animal care.