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Nutritional assessment

Synonym(s): 5th vital assessment

Contributor(s): Daniel L Chan, Marge Chandler

Introduction

  • Good nutrition is vital for the health of animals and for treating many disorders. The World Small Animal Association (WSAVA) Global Nutrition Committee (GNC) has launched an initiative to make nutritional assessment the fifth vital assessment; the other four assessments being temperature, pulse, respiration and assessment of pain. To aid in this nutritional assessment a nutritional assessment checklist is now available.

WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee guidelines and toolkit

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What is a nutritional assessment?

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Nutritional assessment parts: screening and extended

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Body Condition Score (BCS) and Muscle Mass Score

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Nutritional recommendation

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed.
  • Hutchinson D, Sutherland-Smith J. Watson A l and Freeman L M (2012) Assessment of methods of evaluating sarcopenia in old dogs. Am J Vet Res 73(11),1794-800 PubMed.
  • Laflamme D (1997) Development and Validation of a Body Condition Score System for Dogs.
     Canine Pract 22(4), 10-15.
  • WSAVA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines Task Force Members; Freeman L; Becvarova I; Cave N et al WSAVA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines. J Small Anim Pract 52(7), 385-396 PubMed.
  • WSAVA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines Task Force: Freeman L; Becvarova I; Cave N; et al(2011) WSAVA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines. Compend Contin Educ Vet 33(8), E1-9 PubMed.
  • World Small Animal Veterinary Association Nutritional Assessment Guidelines Task Force (2011)
    2011 nutritional assessment guidelines. J S Afr Vet Assoc 82(4), 254-263 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA.org)


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