Nutrition is a very important aspect of your pet’s health and well-being. Deciding on the right pet food for your dog or cat can be a daunting task. This page is dedicated to helping you navigate the pet food aisles.
Nutrition Resources provided by Laura Eirmann, DVM, DACVN
National Research Council publications
-Very good science-based guide for pet owners written by a panel of veterinary nutrition experts
World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Global Nutrition Committee Toolkit
-Resources for pet owners toward end of page (evaluating information in the internet, selecting a pet food)
-Excellent website written by a board certified veterinary nutritionist for pet owners
-General pet nutrition and pet foods information (Nutrition Library, FAQ, and Myths)
-Nutrition consultation including diet formulations by veterinary nutritionist
-Well referenced article on raw diets (cost $5) – This article, “Feeding Raw Diets – Be Informed”, presents the food safety issues around feeding raw diets to household pets.
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
-Information on selecting a pet food, ingredients, raw diets, home-prepared diets
American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN)
American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN)
-How to choose the best diet, how much to feed, natural/human grade terminology, raw foods, safety of foods, supplements, home prepared diets
Association for Pet Obesity Prevention
-Information regarding body weight, caloric needs, and weight loss tools (always confirm caloric information with the specific pet food manufacturer)
Federal Drug Administraton (FDA) Pet Food Site
-Information on FDA regulation of pet food
-Links to information of food safety issues, recalls, pet food labeling, selecting nutritious foods
-Review this FDA link for pet food recall information
AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials)
-Discusses regulatory requirements for pet food (ingredients, safe food handling, pet food labeling, etc.)
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Pet Food Safety Recalls & Alerts
Pet Food Institute
-Information on ingredient definitions, how pet food is made, labeling regulations, myths, etc.
-Allows owners to obtain nutritionally balanced home prepared recipes for healthy adult dogs and cats
National Institute of Health Office of Dietary Supplements
-Geared to human dietary supplements but much of the information is applicable to pets (pet owners should always consult with their veterinarian before giving a dietary supplement to a pet since some supplements that are safe for humans can be toxic to dogs or cats)
-Article on evaluating health information on the internet, how to spot fraud, etc.
-Look up specific supplements to see what scientific evidence exists to support use in humans
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