Along with exercise, nutrition will be an important area to explore, by educating the owners about best practices for their pet’s size, breed age and of course, weight. Nutritional health can be confusing, owing to the number of factors that contribute to the animal’s weight.
A program customized by your staff is the safest, most effective treatment plan.
The goal of treatment will be to balance the nutrients from the six required groups: water, protein, fat, carbohydrate, minerals and vitamins. With overweight dogs, it’s important to balance essential nutrients with moderation and correct proportions.
It’s recommended that dogs on a weight reduction program lose no more than one to two percent of their body weight each week.12
More than a Caregiver, A Coach:
Thanks to our support from Purina Veterinary Diets, The Pets RXercise program is able to provide easy access to the latest nutritional discovery and tools. Purina Veterinary Diets® certified Weight Coach Program gives your clinic professional training to establish and lead a weight management programs for your patients.
The program offers more than resources, it offers rewards in the form of up to 15.5 RACE-approved CE credits for you or your staff. To qualify and gain greater competency in nutritional evaluation and treatment planning, medical professionals must complete three modules:
1.) Nutrition 101 – Basic Nutrition 1A & 1B.
2.) Nutrition 101 – Feeding Dogs/Cats 2A & 2B.
3.) Project Pet Slim Down.
To begin, click here to register.
Implement a Weight Management Program.
Becoming a weight coach, allows you to distinguish your clinic as a knowledgeable, efficient resource for treating obesity. The program involves six steps:
Step 1: Identify and assess overweight pets
Step 2: Create a partnership with your client, making sure he or she is able and willing to and able to help the dog achieve its target weight.
Step 3: Give thorough physical exam (to rule any diseases that may contribute to obesity) and obtain an accurate diet history.
Step 4: Make appropriate dietary and activity recommendations
Step 5: Follow up to help ensure success
Step 6: Celebrate success
Allowing access to food 24/7 is just as bad for an overweight dog as feeding it too much at mealtimes.
In addition to the educational content you can review online for CE credits, Purina Veterinary Diets has developed some robust tools that will prove extremely useful when customizing a nutritional weight management program for each of your patients.
These resources include an interactive, feeding software tool that will help you determine the most effective plan, taking into account specifics like breed, size weight and amount of daily exercise. Simply click on this link, create a user name and password, and you’ll discover a powerful resource to help you treat patients.