The World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Global Nutrition Committee has updated its Global Nutrition Toolkit which helps veterinary healthcare teams educate clients on optimal nutrition for their dog or cat.
The first update is a revision to its ‘Selecting a pet food’ tool. While many owners regard the ingredient list as the most important factor in choosing a pet food, a list alone gives no reassurance as to the quality of the products used, nor does it give an indication as to whether a fully qualified nutritionist was involved in the food’s formulation.
The revised version points out the most useful advice to be found on the label and highlights the importance of the manufacturer providing contact details so that follow-up questions can be asked. It also reminds veterinarians and owners of the benefits but also limitations of Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) adequacy statements.
With ‘raw feeding’ growing in popularity, the GNC has also created a new and engaging infographic to illustrate the potential risks of the use of raw foods in pet diets.
Both are available for free download, together with the other tools in the GNC’s Nutrition Toolkit, from the WSAVA’s website.
“Owners want to best for their pets but there is so much confusing or simply wrong information out there that it can be hard for them to navigate their way,” WSAVA GNC co-chair Dr Marge Chandler said.
“Veterinary healthcare teams should, of course, be the first port of call for advice on nutrition and, we hope they will find that the educational resources we have created in our Toolkit, together with the WSAVA’s Global Nutrition Guidelines, give them the confidence to engage proactively with owners on the subject of nutrition and put them on the right path to feeding their pets an appropriate and well-formulated diet.”