We’ll explore research and scientific evidence showing how exceptional taste of food is measured and achieved and how it can help ensure cats and dogs (especially those with cancer) eat enough of the complete and balanced nutrition they need to maintain quality of life.
Using an engaging interactive format, this course will challenge you with 3 short modules; the first provides an overview of the role of great taste in pet food and how it is achieved in a healthy manner for therapeutic pet foods.
The second module focuses on the role of taste in an effective nutritional plan that encourages eating for cats or dogs living with cancer.
This focus on nutritional support for pets with cancer continues in the third module, in which you’ll learn how to talk with pet parents about the importance of both taste and nutrition. You’ll accompany general practitioner Dr. Hill and her veterinary nurse Ana as they care for a canine patient with cancer and guide his pet parent through the process of nutritional assessment, nutrition recommendations tailored for a pet with cancer, and follow-up visits.
You will need a general understanding of how to conduct a consultation with a pet and pet parent and an appreciation for pet health basics. Give yourself ample time to complete the course, ideally in a quiet, distraction-free setting. Each of the three modules in this course will take about 20 minutes to complete.
This course will give you an understanding of why complete and balanced nutrition and great taste are needed in foods for cats and dogs and how both can be achieved. You’ll also develop a greater understanding of the special nutritional needs of cats and dogs living with cancer and why these pets are at an increased risk of malnutrition.
You will gain knowledge and confidence in discussing nutritional recommendations for these pets with pet parents. You will be able to guide pet parents through implementation of a new feeding program to help avoid the malnutrition and weight loss often seen in cancer patients. Ultimately, this will help you improve quality of life for your cancer patients.
Each of the three courses is eligible for 0.25 hours of RACE continuing education credit following successful (70% or better score) completion of the quiz.
This course is comprised of three modules, including the science of taste in therapeutic pet food, taste and eating, and a case study.