Nutrition nuggets

Nutrition nuggets

What your patients eat on a regular basis can have so much impact on their health. Taking the time to assess each patient's diet is vital. And these days you have to be prepared for clients' oddball questions about diets, even the dreaded raw food discussion. These articles will get you up to speed so you're ready to delve into any topic on nutrition in the exam room.

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Shucking pet food marketing gimmicks: One nutritionist’s perspective

Aug 02, 2016

Do your research, cut through the advertising, and offer your clients your science-based opinion to quell the fears about diets you recommend. ...

Living in a GMO world: Fresh from the 2016 Nestle Purina Companion Animal Nutrition Summit

Apr 12, 2016

Consider these talking points for veterinary clients who say, "Heck no, GMO!" ...

No meat? All meat? (Neither, please)

Feb 05, 2016

Veterinary clients can go to opposite sides of a spectrum in diet preferences for their pets. But who's really in control? ...

Pet food facts—and fiction

Feb 19, 2015

Can’t stomach the dizzying array of pet food trends, fads and marketing tactics inundating the market? Let’s demystify some of the most common misconceptions so you can counsel your clients with confidence. ...

Pet food trends reflect a growing market

Jul 02, 2015

Researchers expect industry to hit $33 billion by 2018 thanks in part to treat and 'premium' pet food sales. ...

Video: What's new in veterinary nutrition?

Jan 15, 2014

Dr. Tony Buffington highlights some key updates in nutrition--from tips for feeding enrichment to managing obesity in adult animals. ...

Control the conversation

Nutrition leaving a bad taste in YOUR mouth?

You may find diet discussions distasteful, but there's value in making nutrition the 5th vital sign. ...

Out-of-the-blue diet and nutrition queries: Pick your battles carefully

Unsure of the best way to counsel your clients on nutrition? Simplify the conversation with these three questions. ...

A veterinary nutritionist’s advice on client-requested diet curiosities

Dr. Rebecca Remillard's expert opinions from the frontline ...

From CVC San Diego: How to respond to raw food questions from your veterinary clients

Be careful about launching into a scientific explanation. ...

3 excuses I’ve heard from veterinarians scared to talk about nutrition

You don’t have to be a nutritionist, run long in every appointment or shill for pet food companies. ...

Nutrition is the No. 1 way veterinarians fail pet owners

Get on your soapbox and deliver the message. ...

Clients are hungry for information

Client handout: 3 pet food myths

With so many pet food options, choosing the right diet can be tricky. Help clients with this handout. ...

Client handout: The pet food guessing game

Once you get past the marketing and product claims, what are veterinary clients really feeding pets? ...

Client handout: Forget the packaging, read the ingredient list

Provide veterinary clients with a pet food ingredient cheat sheet to better understand what's in their pets' food. ...

Client handout: How many calories is a mouse?

Ever wonder how a mouse would factor on the Weight Watchers "point" system? It may help clients with overweight cats. ...

Let your team serve up nutrition information

When it comes to homemade diets, tell and SHOW

Getting the right balance of nutrients is key. Here's a tool to help. ...

Demystifying pet food facts and fiction

This quick-start guide will get you on your way to confident pet food recommendations for your veterinary clients. ...

Nutrition nugget: Feeding tips for a multicat household

Help veterinary clients feed their cats the right amount of the right diet. ...

Nutrition myths: How veterinary technicians can bite back with facts

Ann Wortinger, LVT, VTS (nutrition), serves up nutrition facts on gluten-free, raw and other marketed diets and dishes advice for team members who want to start the nutrition discussion with pet owners. Firstline Editor Portia Stewart interviews. ...

Get pet food savvy and bring the pet food conversation back to the veterinary clinic

Helping pet owners decipher the often confusing marketing and labeling of pet foods may prevent them from making well meaning, but uneducated nutritional choices in the store aisle. ...

Propylene glycol: Educate yourself and your veterinary clients

The compound, used in pet food, human food and a variety of other products, is vilified by some, dismissed by others. But what is it, really? ...

Bottom line: Nutrition is about pet health

Do I look fat in this? 6 ways to effectively intervene in patient weight issues

A new study looks at how veterinarians can comfortably step in to facilitate weight loss, borrowing from successful human programs to help. ...

Dig into pet nutrition

You don't need a degree in nutrition to help veterinary clients make good pet food choices. All it takes is the desire to learn and a willingness to start the conversation with clients. ...

Skin diseases responding to nutritional changes (Proceedings)

The exact etiology in most clinical cases is not well understood. Food allergy is defined as an immunologically based reaction to food. Immunologic mechanisms of types I-IV have been hypothesized. ...

Pet obesity research reveals more than half of U.S. dogs and cats remain overweight

Survey also identifies 'fat gap': Nearly all owners of overweight pets do not recognize excess weight. ...

A veterinarian's view on exercising with pets

Is it ok to hit the trails with your fuzzy companions? ...