Resources to help evaluate a pet's current nutrition and guide nutrition recommendations.
An extended nutritional evaluation is indicated when the screening assessment and physical examination identify the presence of one or more nutritional risk factors, such as a medical condition, an abnormal body condition or muscle condition score, or an unconventional diet (e.g., home-cooked or raw diet). These factors suggest nutrition may play an important role in a pet’s health or in the management of a health condition.
"Based on the physical exam findings and [pet’s name] medical history, I’d like to talk more about your pet’s food and nutritional needs. Is that okay with you?"
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