Petdoor: Nutritional Requirements of Cats and Dogs

Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats, a 400-page report by an international team of experts, is the most comprehensive assessment of the daily nutrient and calorie requirements for dogs and cats. Updating recommendations last made by the Research Council in the mid-1980s, the report provides nutrient recommendations based on physical activity and stage in life, major factors that influence nutrient needs. It also looks at how nutrients are metabolized in the bodies of dogs and cats, indications of nutrient deficiency, and diseases related to poor nutrition.

The report provides a valuable resource for industry professionals formulating diets, scientists setting research agendas, government officials developing regulations for pet food labeling, and as a university textbook for dog and cat nutrition. It also can guide pet owners feeding decisions for their pets with information on specific nutrient needs, characteristics of different types of petfoods, and factors to consider when feeding cats and dogs.

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Click here to read the overview and purchase the book.


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