Challenges in developing nutrient guidelines for companion animals.

Richard F. Butterwick, John W. Erdman, Richard C. Hill, Austin J. Lewis, Colin T. Whittemore

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S24-31
JournalThe British journal of nutrition
Volume106 Suppl 1
StatePublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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