Making Recommendations

The Savvy Cat Owners Guide to the Internet

A guide for cat owners, i.e. “The Savvy Cat Owner’s Guide: Nutrition on the Internet”. Full of tips on how to evaluate health information on the Internet. In PDF format called “Nutrition on the Internet Cats” by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.

Myths & Misconceptions Surrounding Pet Foods

A concise explanation of common myths and misconceptions surrounding pet foods. The terms grain-free, natural, holistic, organic, and raw are defined as well as several common ingredients.

UC Davis Client Information Sheets

A library of printable client information sheets on nutritional management of chronic renal disease, diabetes mellitus, gastrointestinal disease, hepatic disease, uroliths, and weight management.

What are some specific considerations when choosing a dog or cat food?

Answer: First, a nutritional assessment should be performed on the pet by evaluating the following factors: the animal, the current diet, feeding management, and environmental conditions. Below are some of the recommendations suggested in the AAHA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Cats on choosing…

What are the essential factors for a satisfactory diet for any animal?

Answer: There are animal, pet owner, and product factors to consider when selecting a diet: Animal factors: Species—cats have more stringent nutrient requirements than dogs. Life stage—puppies and kittens have more stringent nutrient requirements than adults. Spay/neuter status—intact animals typically require more calories and may…

Balance IT Guaranteed Analysis Converter Tool

It can be difficult to compare the protein, fat and carbohydrate levels between different foods by using the information on a package’s label. This is especially difficult when comparing pet foods with large differences in moisture (can vs. dry) or fiber level.