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How does a nutritional assessment get incorporated into a pet’s physical exam?

Answer: For every patient, obtain a nutritional history including activity level, body weight, body condition score (BCS) and muscle condition score (MCS).1-3 Perform a physical exam and identify any nutritional risk factors.1-3 Nutritional risk factors include: life stage considerations, abnormal BCS or MCS, poor skin…

WSAVA Nutrition Toolkit

Following on from the launch of the WSAVA’s Global Nutrition Guidelines in 2011, its Global Nutrition Committee (GNC) has developed a suite of tools. These include practical aids for the veterinary healthcare team to make nutritional assessment and recommendations more efficient, such as a diet…

Muscle Condition Score: WSAVA Canine

Muscle condition score is assessed by visualization and palpation of the spine, scapulae, skull, and wings of the ilia. Muscle loss is typically first noted in the epaxial muscles on each side of the spine; muscle loss at other sites can be more variable. Muscle…

Muscle Condition Score: WSAVA Feline

Muscle condition score is assessed by visualization and palpation of the spine, scapulae, skull, and wings of the ilia. Muscle loss is typically first noted in the epaxial muscles on each side of the spine; muscle loss at other sites can be more variable. Muscle…