Patient Assessment

Patient Assessment

In addition to evaluation of signalment, medical history, physical exam, and diagnostics, please make sure to include the following nutritional assessments:

  1. Diet history – Obtain a complete diet history to include brand, flavor, and form, feeding amount per meal and amount per day, treats, dental chews, supplements and food used to medicate are all important to create an effective assessment. The WSAVA Short Diet History Form is a useful tool for the team to collect information.
  2. Weight and weight trends – Ensure patient is weighted each visit and body weight is record in medical record to watch for trends and changes.
  3. Body condition score – BCS is an estimate of % body fat and is used in conjunction with body weight (BW) and muscle condition score (MCS). All three tools (BW, BCS, MCS) must be used to create an accurate estimate.
    1. Canine BCS chart
    2. Feline BCS chart
  4. Muscle condition score – MCS assess lean body mass and is used in conjunction with BW and BCS. All three tools (BW, BCS, MCS) must be used to create an accurate estimate.
    1. Canine MCS chart
    2. Feline MCS chart

What’s Next? Creating a Nutritional Plan!