Delivering Nutritional Recommendations

Delivering nutrition recommendations to clients must be specific and include brand, product, form, amount, and frequency, including treats/snacks. Be sure to include supplements, edible dental products, edible toys, and foods used to hide medication. If it is not water and is ingested, it contains calories (and nutrients)!

  1.  Client communication is critical when communicating with clients.
  2. If dietary changes are being implemented, it is recommended to follow up with the client in 2 weeks. Following up with clients is the key to compliance. Take into consideration patient acceptance, palatability, gastro-intestinal signs, or adverse behavior, and client acceptance. Recheck the patients’ BW, BCS and MCS at 4 weeks, and adjustments can be made if needed.
  3. Remind clients to transition diets over several days to a week if needed. 
  4. Feeding multi-cat households and mulit-dog households can be tricky. Help clients navigate solutions that will employ success!
  5. There are some picky eater’s out there! Understand where the client is coming from and seek solutions that are best for the pet. 

What’s Next? Understanding Pet Food!