Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital

4616 Commerce Valley Road
Eau Claire, WI 54701

(715)835-0112

oakwoodhillsanimalhospital.com

Our goal in providing this page of information is to direct you to the best information  for choosing food for your pet. 

Links that are helpful: The Savvy Cat Owner's Guide: Nutrition on the Internet and The Savvy Dog Owner's Guide: Nutrition on the Internet

Canine and Feline Diets Recommendations - The following considerations should be researched in choosing the best nutrition for your furry friend:

Manufacturer contact information

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) lists these excellent questions to ask of manufacturers:

  • Does the company have a veterinary nutritionist or equivalent on staff and available to answer questions?
  • Who formulates the diets and what are their credentials?
  • Are diets tested using AAFCO feeding trials or formulation tests?
  • What is the caloric value (per can or cup)?
  • Will you provide nutrient analysis and digestibility of your products?
  • Describe your quality control measures to assure consistency and quality?
  • Have there been recalls of any of your products?
  • Where are your diets produced and manufactured?
  • What kinds of research have been conducted on your products? Where is it published?

Nutritional Adequacy
       
All pets foods should have a statement indicating if nutritional adequacy has been proven through feeding trials or formulation tests. Trials are preferable to formulation tests.

Life Stage Claim 

  • Two profile standards are available from AAFCO: Maintenance and Growth/Reproduction. 
  • If the label states it is appropriate for “all life stages” it must meet the standards for both standards.         
  • In meeting these standards, excessive amounts of some nutrients may result in overfeeding.  
  • No standards exist for the senior life stage.

Caloric Content Disclosure

  • Caloric disclosure in not required by law and remains optional.
  • Companies that report caloric content are preferred.
  • Suggested feeding volumes are usually overstated by about 25% because these values are based on sexually intact adult pets.
  • Most of our pets have been surgically altered.

Ingredients
 
      
Evaluation of ingredients is the most controversial aspect of interpreting pet food labels.

 

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Science Based Nutrition: link to Royal Canin's website