Keeping Pets Healthy
A healthful, balanced diet is as important to pets as it is to people, but with hundreds of different food brands to choose from, how do you decide what — and how much — to feed your pet. Your veterinarian will explain your pet’s nutritional needs based on age, breed, medical condition, and activity level.
The AAFCO determines appropriate levels of proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals in growth and maintenance cat and dog foods and it helps set the standards for the pet food industry. www.aafco.org
American College of Veterinary Nutrition provides resources for diet formulation and analysis. www.acvn.org
FDA Pet Food Site has information on food safety issues, recalls, pet food labels, selecting nutrition foods and handling raw foods. www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/Products/AnimalFoodFeeds/PetFood/default.htm
NRC- National Research Council offers nutrient requirements for dogs and cats. www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=10668#toc
NIH Office of Dietary Supplements evaluates supplements. www.dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/Health_information/Health_Information.aspx
Pet Food Institute offers information on ingredient definitions and labeling regulations. www.petfoodinstitute.org
Veterinary Nutrition Consultants / PetDiets.com offers information on diets, homemade diets, nutrition, supplements and more, the site is overseen by a board certified veterinary nutritionist. www.petdiets.com
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