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Challenges in developing nutrient guidelines for companion animals

Updated: May 9, 2020

DATE: 2011


CITATION: Butterwick RF, Erdman JW Jr, Hill RC, Lewis AJ, Whittemore CT. Br J Nutr. 2011 Oct;106 Suppl 1:S24-31


The purpose of the present review is to highlight some of the challenges and issues in developing nutritional guidelines for companion animals, and to provide some insights that may influence their future direction. For this purpose, we have chosen to provide a brief historical review of the development of dog and cat nutrient guidelines, and an analysis of current recommendations and of key institutions and bodies (notably the National Research Council) that are influential in defining nutrient guidelines for companion animals. In addition, we have also included a review of current approaches for defining nutritional guidelines for humans and farm animal livestock, as they provide differing perspectives and insights that may be instructive for the future development of nutritional guidelines for companion animals.


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