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

Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs

Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs

-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

Nutrition Toolkit

-Resources for pet owners toward end of page (evaluating information in the internet, selecting a pet food)

Pet Diets

-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

FAQs About General Pet Nutrition

-Information on selecting a pet food, ingredients, raw diets, home-prepared diets


American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN)

Nutrition Resources


American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN)

Frequently Asked Questions

-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

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

FDA – Pet Food

-Information on FDA regulation of pet food

-Links to information of food safety issues, recalls, pet food labeling, selecting nutritious foods

Recent Pet Food Recalls

-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 Safety Recalls and Alerts


Pet Food Institute

Pet Food Institute

-Information on ingredient definitions, how pet food is made, labeling regulations, myths, etc.


Balance IT

Balance IT

-Allows owners to obtain nutritionally balanced home prepared recipes for healthy adult dogs and cats


National Institute of Health Office of Dietary Supplements

NIH: Information on 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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