Nutrient Requirements In Pet Food

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Across the world, pet owners are becoming overwhelmed with choices of dog food. So how does the dog food Companies know what to put into their products? If I told you, that practical knowledge what would you think? In review of Nutrition through Life. Assessment of Nutritional Adequacy of Pets Through Life Cycle by Morris and James Rogers we will discuss the current standards the Pet Food Industry and those evaluating pet foods and discuss where standards need to be changed.

Nutrient Requirements - First, we need to define what a nutrient requirement is. A nutrient requirement is an essential nutrient needed to sustain health and the longevity of life in our pets. If we look at the label on the bag of dog, food these nutrients are broken
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The first one is Milling and grain products such as gluten and corn (Morris and Rogers 1994.) The second one is Animal tissue and by products sold to them by meat packing plants and fish canneries (Morris and Rogers 1994.) The problem with these products is never batch of cat and dog food will be the same as although the grains can be kept consistent the meat tissue varies significantly and is dependent on how much fat and meat is taken off at the packing plant. Again, the data provided by the “NRC databank” (Morris and Rogers, 1994) needs to be revised and expanded and provide a list of all byproducts listed just not say by products. The article also suggests that the Pet Food Industry needs to come together and make their own database too mere all their information and studies and findings together. Respectfully, the article suggests this will not happen as the Pet Food Industry’s probably don’t have a detailed description of their “raw ingredients as well as the vitamins and minerals’ (Morris and Rogers 1994.) Therefore, if both the nutrient and the bioavailability as well as the variation then they can determine one single value by interrogated into one …show more content…
By looking at the bioavailability of the dietary ingredients, which has no essential information on the nutritional outlook for companion animals. The ingredients commonly used as a part of common companion animal diets are ingredients that do not make the grade for consumption of humans. The ingredients used are ingredients that come from the food industries meat, poultry and fishing industries as well as the canning industry that provides a wide variation of nutrients received by our pets. “AAFCO or Association of America Feed Control Officials” (Morris and Rogers, 1994) only provide a nutritional guideline of allowances and does not give support of the claim of nutritional adequacy (Morris and Rogers, 1994). “AAFCO or Association of America Feed Control Officials method of assessing nutritional adequacy provides limitations therefore until other methods are discovered the adequacy of nutritional profiles in pet food will continue to provide false scientific information to every pet and the allowances should be followed on a pet to pet basis (Morris and Rogers,

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