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An Urban Experience
WSVA7-0503
GLOBAL NUTRITION
POST LUNCH DIGESTIVE: NUTRITIONAL ASSESSMENT
G. Takashima1
1Animal Care Group of Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
INTRODUCTION
In 2011, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Global Nutrition Committee introduced its Nutritional Assessment guidelines (1), following the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) 2010 introduction of Nutrition as the 5th Vital Assessment; that should
be measured, recorded, and addressed in veterinary patients at each visit (2).
While this might  rst appear tedious and time consuming, just as measuring temperature, pulse, respiration and pain, this 5th assessment can easily be incorporated into a routine exam.
The introduction of the WSAVA Global Nutrition Toolkit, http://www.wsava.org/nutrition-toolkit, containing 19 tools useful for the general practitioner, has made this process all the easier.
The process to routine nutritional assessments are easily completed in 3 steps: First is the nutritional screening, followed by the assessment of risk factors, and  nally determining if an extended nutritional assessment/ diagnostics/treatment are needed or not.
Risk factors are further de ned as patient factors, diet factors, and management and environmental factors (3).
• Patient Factors: age, life stage, activity, nutrient sensitive disorders, body condition score (BCS), muscle condition score (MCS)
• Diet Factors: nutritional balance or imbalance, spoilage, contamination, unconventional diets
• Management and Environmental Factors: frequency
of feeding, timing, location, method of feeding, housing, other pet in uences, access to outdoors, and enrichment
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