Expert Report

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Updating recommendations last made by the National 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 pet foods, and factors to consider when feeding cats and dogs.

For more information on this report, including info sheets for cat and dog owners, click here.