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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…

How to Report a Pet Food Complaint

You can report complaints about a pet food product electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or you can call your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.

Is feeding dry food the best way to prevent dental disease in dogs and cats?

Answer: No. Unfortunately, there is a lack of long-term research providing evidence that any one method, including a dry dental diet, is “best” for preventing dental disease (i.e. gingivitis, periodontitis).1 Dental disease is even more complicated because there isn’t a clear relationship between the amount…

How are dietary supplements for animals regulated?

Answer: For animals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) regulates two classes of products: food and drugs. Depending on the intended use, an animal dietary supplement is considered either a food or drug. There is no separate category for…

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…