Team Training

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…

Our practice has decided to implement the AAHA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. How can we introduce the concept of nutrition as the fifth vital assessment to the entire veterinary practice team?”

Answer: Integrating the concepts of proper nutrition or nutrition as a fifth vital assessment (5VA) into practice requires dedication of the whole team. The first step requires an explicit commitment by the practice’s leadership, the veterinarians.1 Veterinarians should discuss the AAHA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for…

WSAVA “Unconventional diets”

A short article for veterinarians that highlights the most important points when talking to pet owners about feeding a raw, vegetarian, natural or homemade diet. The article is reference-based and includes a list of tips for veterinarians on how to discuss unconventional diets with pet…

Nutrition: The 5th Vital Assessment

Conveniently provides PDF formats of three key nutrition resources for any practice: “Pet Nutrition Reference Manual”, “5VA Quick Reference Guide”, and “Helpful Communication Tips”.