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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…

Recommendations on Selecting Pet Foods

Factual information must be provided on pet food labels but it is important to be aware that the label is also a promotional tool to attract pet owners. This means that much of the information provided – including the ingredient list and use of unregulated…

AVMA Raw Foods and the AVMA’s Policy

An in-depth, broadly developed frequently asked questions document (FAQ) from the American Veterinary Medical Association on raw or undercooked animal-source protein in dog and cat diets. Covered topics include food safety concerns. Answers are well researched with accompanying citations.

Are grains unhealthy for dogs and cats?

Answer: No, whole grains contribute valuable nutrients including minerals, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and fiber to pet food.1 Grains help to keep calories and fat at lower levels in pet foods. Most dogs and cats are efficient at digesting and utilizing nutrients from grains. Some…

WSAVA Diet History Long Form

An example of a patient history form incorporating diet history and nutritional assessment for use in veterinary practices. In PDF format called, “Extended Diet History Form” by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.

What is the nutritional adequacy statement and why is it on a pet food label?

Answer: Nutritional adequacy has been defined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) by establishing nutritional criteria (minimums and in some cases, maximums) for essential nutrients for dogs and cats. These AAFCO recommendations of nutritional adequacy are called the AAFCO Dog and Cat…