The Diet Tracker module lets you keep a detailed diet history for your cat or dog. Record any quantity of meals and snacks by weight, volume, and individual ingredient amount. So powerful it even lets you record partial recipes and any fraction or multiple of a recipe.
There may be times where your veterinarian may ask to see a diet history (especially if you create homemade food) or you may want to analyze your pet's past diet. We have made it very easy to record this information. Just drag and drop a recipe onto the calendar and a dialog pops up. With this dialog (explained below) you can record exactly how you have fed your pet.
You can also use the Diet Tracker module to balance multiple meals over a single day (see How to Balance Multiple Recipes in a Day).Record Entry into Diet History
Recording a meal (or snack) entry into the diet history for a pet is very easy. Just drag a recipe onto a time slot on the diet history calendar, and a dialog will pop up, letting you record the meal (entry) in any number of ways.As Fed
The easiest way to record a meal into the diet history is the 'As Fed' dialog. When you first add a meal to the Diet History calendar, a 'diet history record' dialog will pop up presenting you with the 'As Fed' form. This is to be used when you are feeding the exact recipe (in it's entirety) to your pet. Just select the SAVE button and all nutrient information is recorded into the pet's diet history. To edit, just double-click the entry and the dialog will re-appear. The image below shows the 'As Fed' form.
Perhaps you are feeding the recipe split into 2 or more meals throughout the day. In this case, you may want to feed by volume. For example, one-half of the recipe in the morning and the other half in the evening. The image below shows the 'Adjust by Volume' form. In the image, the radio button labeled '1/2' is selected. Next press the SAVE button and all nutrient information for half of this recipe is recorded into the pet's diet history. Of course, you would repeat this for the other half of the recipe in the evening. To edit, just double-click an entry and the dialog will re-appear showing your previous selection.
You can also feed a recipe by weight. The image below shows the 'Adjust by Weight' form. In this example, you are feeding only 135 grams of the total weight (932.35 gram) of the recipe. You may feed the remainder (or any amount) at other times throughout the day. There is no limit to how many meals you can feed except what you deem to be good judgment. Of course, you can work with ounces, pounds, or kilograms; instead of grams. Just select the appropriate unit measure. Next press the SAVE button and all nutrient information for the weight amount you have specified is recorded into the pet's diet history. To edit, just double-click the entry and a dialog will re-appear showing you exactly the weight amount you previously selected.
Amount We recognize that sometimes you might make a recipe with one or two ingredients missing. Or perhaps you will feed more or less of an ingredient amount than is specified in the recipe. If so, no problem! Choose to feed by ingredient amount and adjust the recipe any which way you want. The image below shows the 'Adjust Ingredient Amount' form. In this image we have deselected (unchecked) 2 ingredients: Bone Meal, and Omega-3 Fish Oil. When you press the SAVE button, all nutrient information for this recipe, minus the nutrient values for bone meal and omega-3 fish oil, is recorded into the pet's diet history. Of course, you can also change the amount and unit measure of any of the ingredients. To edit, just double-click the entry and the dialog will re-appear with the values you previously entered. Note that any ingredients you deselect (uncheck) will show up with a zero (0) amount.
How to Use the Diet Tracker
This tutorial video shows you how to record your pet's diet history. You can record exactly what you feed your pet, even incomplete recipes.