Free webinar!

12th December at 8:00 p.m. (GMT)

By Julie A. Churchill

Elder dogs are a large part of the patient base and an increasing proportion of the population. Pet owners seek diets and products marketed specifically for senior pets without knowing the facts or fiction behind senior pet foods. Is there evidence or is this just a marketing claim?  Without an established nutrient profile for the “senior” life stage there is a wide variety among commercial products marketed for aging pets, making choices about a pet food even more confusing for pet owners and veterinary healthcare teams alike. In addition, as a pet ages, the risk of diseases and number of medical conditions increase. At times the veterinary team is challenged about how to prioritise and manage comorbidities.

Veterinary primary care healthcare teams have many aspects of care to consider in their busy day, yet pet owners seek nutritional advice to maintain health and longevity. This discussion will consider ways to leverage efforts of the veterinary health care team with practical tips to complete a nutritional ‘risk assessment” , prioritise comorbidities and make a feeding recommendation to optimise health and quality of life of elder dogs.

Learning objectives

After participating in this session, attendees will:

  • Be able to quickly perform a nutritional assessment of senior pets
  • Describe the most common concerns of senior pets
  • Consider comorbidities when developing a nutritional recommendation
  • Develop a nutritional treatment plan to optimise health and quality of life of senior pets

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Meet the speaker

Julie A. Churchill

DVM, PhD, Diplomate DACVN


Dr. Julie Churchill received her B.S and DVM from Michigan State University.  She completed a small animal internship in medicine and surgery University of Georgia.  She then completed combined residencies and her PhD program in small animal internal medicine and clinical nutrition at University of Minnesota. Her PhD research was in the area of renal aging in geriatrics. In the final years of her graduate work, Dr. Churchill developed a small animal clinical nutrition service at the UMN Veterinary Medical Center and remained in newly created faculty position at the Univ. of Minnesota. Within 5 years of creating the nutrition service she developed a model to make it financially self-sustaining.

Dr. Churchill is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN). She is currently the Associate Medical Director for Specialty, Primary and Urgent Care Services, an Associate Professor, and director and of the Nutrition Service at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.

Dr. Churchill is passionate about all aspects of small animal clinical nutrition including the role of nutrition in maintaining wellness and preventive care, obesity prevention and treatment, the nutrition needs of geriatric patients, nutritional management of kidney diseases, and critical care nutrition. She is also interested in teaching and improving client communication to successfully integrate nutrition into the care of every patient.  She served on the task force to develop the AAHA guidelines for weight management.  She  serves as president-elect of  the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA) and on the educational tools committee of PNA working to develop  a” Go-to” website for credible nutritional information for veterinary practice teams and consumers.  Dr. Churchill also serves on the Board of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.