Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats (Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals)

Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats (Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals)

Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats (Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals)

Updating recommendations last made by the National Research Council in the mid-1980s, this report provides nutrient recommendations based on physical activity and stage in life, major factors that influence nutrient needs. It 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, gove

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  1. Expect Customer Service says:
    11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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    Dog Nuitrition, June 16, 2011
    This review is from: Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats (Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals) (Hardcover)
    Very good book to teach factual based studies that erase skuttlebutt knowledge that is rampant within dog lovers. This book gives you the facts. Information that is actionable.

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  2. Cathy says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    not a book to sit and read (unless you have a penchant for studying and love to read scientific material about dog and cat nutri, October 27, 2014
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    This review is from: Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats (Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals) (Hardcover)
    This is a reference book, not a book to sit and read (unless you have a penchant for studying and love to read scientific material about dog and cat nutrition). That said, this is the absolute bible regarding the nutritional needs of cats and dogs, a compendium of the most current research findings available. This would be the definitive reference for anyone involved in animal nutrition or who is developing diets and recipes for cats and dogs.

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  3. Melissa T. says:
    36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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    The bible of scholarly information on pet nutrition., May 23, 2012
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    Melissa T. (Under the X in Texas) –

    This review is from: Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats (Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals) (Hardcover)
    Because this book is nearly $300, I didn’t buy it – I borrowed it from my university library via interlibrary loan. However, since it only has one review so far, I want to write a review.

    I considered buying a huge variety of different books written for laypeople about canine nutrition and homemade dog food because I wanted to start making food for my dogs. However, I found all the books (including several that were very highly-rated here on Amazon) to be either not sufficiently complete or not adequately referenced. In many cases, different highly-rated books plainly contradicted one another. I decided I needed some real science.

    This book is published by the National Academy of Science and was put together by the Committee on Animal Nutrition. A team of international experts was involved – by which I mean academic experts/researchers, not celebrity veterinarians. It is a essentially a compendium of peer-reviewed research findings on canine and feline nutrition. Each macro and micro nutrient has a section describing what is known about it, and there is other information on items such as water, total caloric intake, weight, feeding times, etc. At the end of the book are tables indicating what is known about minimum, maximum, and optimal intake of a large list of macronutrients, mineral nutrients, microminerals, amino acids, etc. for dogs and cats. There are also many helpful notes on bio-availability, which I found particularly lacking in many of the popular books.

    It is important to note that this book is written for a scholarly and/or technical audience. To use it, you will have to be able to understand some of the terminology used, do unit conversions, and calculate how the recommendations apply to your dog (or cat). Some basic knowledge of chemistry, math, and nutritional science is helpful to be able to understand everything in the book. I have some undergraduate coursework in these topics under my belt but still found a few of the sections difficult to decipher. However, it is definitely the bible of pet nutrition.

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