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Features January 2013 Issue

The Best in Pet Nutrition Websites

To help you in your Internet searches for reliable nutrition information for your dog, we have complied a list of the best websites out there, divided into categories.

Nutrition Guidelines

World Small Animal Veterinary Association Nutritional Assessment Guidelines

www.wsava.org/v5.htm

American Animal Hospital Association Nutritional Assessment Guidelines

www.aahanet.org/Library/Nutritional Asmt.aspx

Pet Nutrition — General Information for Pet Owners

National Research Council downloadable booklet: Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs

http://dels-old.nas.edu/banr/petdoor.html

Pet Food

Association of American Feed Control Officials: Information on regulations, labeling and other important facts about pet food

http://petfood.aafco.org/

FAQs about pet foods

www.tufts.edu/vet/nutrition/faq/general_pet_nutrition.html

Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Pet Food site: Information, links, food safety issues, recalls, pet food labels, reporting portal

www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/products/animalfoodfeeds/petfood/default.htm

Pet Food Institute: Information on ingredient definitions, labeling regulations

www.petfoodinstitute.org/Index.cfm?Page=Consumers

Pet Food Report: Consumer’s Guide to Pet Food

www.petfoodreport.com

Nutrition Consultations

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Nutrition Service

www.tufts.edu/vet/nutrition

American College of Veterinary Nutrition: Listing of board-certified veterinary nutritionists who will conduct nutritional consultations for veterinarians and/or pet owners

www.acvn.org

Homecooked Diets

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Nutrition Service

www.tufts.edu/vet/nutrition

American College of Veterinary Nutrition: Listing of board-certified veterinary nutritionists who will formulate nutritionally balanced homemade diet recipes for veterinarians and/or pet owners

www.acvn.org

BalanceIT: Commercial website which offers semi-customized balanced home-cooked diet recipes for pet owners with healthy pets. Veterinarians can customize pre-formulated recipes for animals with medical conditions

www.balanceit.com

Obesity

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Obesity Clinic for Animals

www.tufts.edu/vet/obesity

Pet Obesity Prevention: Useful information on assessing pets’ body weight, calorie needs, and weight loss tools

www.petobesityprevention.com

Dietary Supplements

Consumerlab: Site (with a small subscription fee for use) that independently evaluates dietary supplements (primarily for human supplements but some pet supplements are included))

Consumerlab.com

Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Regulatory and safety issues of dietary supplements, adverse event reporting

http://www.fda.gov/food/DietarySupplements/default.htm

Mayo Clinic drugs and supplements information: Fact sheets on human supplements and herbs

www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DrugHerbIndex

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Office of Dietary Supplements: Evaluating supplements, fact sheets, safety notices, internet health information

http://ods.od.nih.gov

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Information Center: General supplement and nutrition information, links to a variety of dietary supplement websites

http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=4&tax_level=1&tax_subject=274

United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplement Verification Program: Independent testing of dietary supplements (human supplements only)

http://www.usp.org/usp-verification-services/usp-verified-dietary-supplements

Raw meat diets

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine raw diet fact sheet

http://www.tufts.edu/vet/nutrition/resources/raw_meat_diets.pdf

FDA guidance document on safe handling and raw foods

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm048030.htm

Other

Ohio State Indoor Pet Initiative: Nutrition and other tips for optimizing the indoor pet’s environment

http://indoorpet.osu.edu/

USDA Nutrient Database: Full nutrient profiles on thousands of human foods

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search

 

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