The 3 big areas of our dog's lives are: Eat, Walk and Play. It is evident that the 'Eat' aspect is the main influencer of our dogs health. When seeking advice on nutrition, there are different level of expertise in the market;
1) A pet nutritionist
3) Vet nutritionist
The above are professionals specializes in providing dietary guidance and nutritional expertise for animals, but they have different areas of focus and qualifications.
-Specializes in animal nutrition and dietary guidance.
-Typically lacks a veterinary degree but has expertise in nutrition.
-Creates custom diets and recommends commercial pet foods.
-Tailors diets based on factors like age, breed, and health conditions.
-May or may not hold degrees in fields like animal science and may be certified by organizations like ACVN
-A licensed medical professional with a DVM degree.
-Provides a wide range of medical services, including diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and preventive care.
-Can offer basic nutritional advice and recommend commercial pet foods.
-May refer more complex nutritional cases to vet nutritionists for specialized guidance.
-Primarily focuses on overall health and well-being, in addition to nutrition.
-The first point of contact for general pet healthcare concerns
-A veterinarian with specialized training in animal nutrition.
-Holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and nutrition qualifications.
-Diagnoses and treats nutritional issues in animals.
-Develops therapeutic diets for pets with medical conditions.
-Offers a comprehensive approach due to a deeper understanding of medical aspects.
-Essential for pets with complex medical conditions or specialized nutritional needs.
In summary, all the above professionals can offer valuable advice on animal nutrition. The choice between either depends on the specific needs of the pet. For general dietary guidance and custom diets, a pet nutritionist may be sufficient. However, for pets with complex medical conditions or specialized nutritional requirements, a vet nutritionist, who is a licensed veterinarian with additional training in nutrition, is often the preferred choice as they can provide a more comprehensive and medically informed approach to nutrition.