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.
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.
Dermot Jevens, DVM, secretary/treasurer on the AAHA Board of Directors, writes on the profession’s responsibilities in terms of promoting diversity and equity. Dear AAHA looks into the question of bringing kids to work, AAHA staff thanks members to mark AAHA-Accredited Hospital Day, and the new 2021 AAHA Nutrition and Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats are out!
News briefs from across the industry and beyond. This month’s articles include: Vet med applicant pool data shows changes, testing a new use for shockwave therapy, parasite vaccine inventor honored, new student AVMA president, bias in veterinary school admission processes, FDA dashboards, new treatment for feline kidney disease, and first veterinary 3D laparoscopic adrenalectomy.
The 2021 AAHA Nutrition and Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats discuss the components of a systematic approach to nutritional management of dogs and cats. This Executive Summary provides selected highlights of the guidelines.
The 2021 AAHA/AAFP Feline Life Stage Guidelines provide a comprehensive, age-associated framework for promoting health and longevity throughout a cat’s lifetime. This executive summary provides highlights.