Resources to help evaluate a pet's current nutrition and guide nutrition recommendations.
Making a Diet Recommendation
Nutrition is one of the most important contributors to health. It can help pets live long, healthy lives and can help reduce risk for some health conditions. Nutritional assessments, performed as often as needed, can help ensure pets receive appropriate nutrition.
"Every pet has unique nutritional needs, and those needs can change over time. Like you, we want to make sure your pet gets the nutrition [he/she] needs for a long, healthy life. The best way for us to do that is to learn about what [pet’s name] eats and how [he/she] is fed."
This short, screening diet history form is a practical, easy-to-use document that can help clients provide important information about their pets’ diets.
Eirmann, L. (2016). Nutritional assessment. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, 46(5), 855─867. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2016.04.012
Laflamme, D. P. (2020). Understanding the nutritional needs of healthy cats and those with diet-sensitive conditions. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, 50(5), 905─924. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2020.05.001
WSAVA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines Task Force Members, Freeman, L., Becvarova, I., Cave, N., MacKay, C., Nguyen, P., Rama, B., Takashima, G., Tiffin, R., Tsjimoto, H., & van Beukelen, P. (2011). WSAVA nutritional assessment guidelines. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 52(7), 385─396. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2011.01079.x