Nutrition Links

Below are the web addresses of some useful, accurate sources of information on nutrition:

Nutrition Guidelines

• World Small Animal Veterinary Association Nutritional Assessment Guidelines
http://www.wsava.org/educational/global-nutrition-committee

• American Animal Hospital Association Nutritional Assessment Guidelines https://www.aahanet.org/Library/NutritionalAsmt.aspx
Tools for the Veterinary Healthcare Team

• World Small Animal Veterinary Association Global Nutrition Committee Nutrition Toolkit http://wsava.org/nutrition-toolkit

• Pet Nutrition Alliance – information and tools to increase awareness of the importance of optimal pet nutrition
http://www.petnutritionalliance.org

Pet Nutrition – General Information for Pet Owners

• National Research Council downloadable booklet: Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs http://dels-old.nas.edu/banr/petdoor.html
Pet Food

• Association of American Feed Control Officials: Information on regulations, labeling and other important facts
about pet food http://petfood.aafco.org/

• FAQs about pet foods http://www.tufts.edu/vet/nutrition/faq/general_pet_nutrition.html

• Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Pet Food site: Information, links, food safety issues, recalls, pet food labels,
reporting portal http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/Products/AnimalFoodFeeds/PetFood/default.htm

• Pet Food Institute: Information on ingredient definitions, labeling regulations
http://www.petfoodinstitute.org/Index.cfm?Page=Consumers

• Pet Food Report: Consumer’s Guide to Pet Food http://www.petfoodreport.com

Nutrition Consultations

• American College of Veterinary Nutrition: Listing of board-certified veterinary nutritionists who will
conduct nutritional consultations for veterinarians and/or pet owners http://www.acvn.org

• European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition: Board-certified veterinary
nutritionists in Europe http://www.esvcn.com

Home-cooked Diets

• American College of Veterinary Nutrition: Listing of board-certified veterinary nutritionists who will formulate
nutritionally balanced homemade diet recipes for veterinarians and/or pet owners http://www.acvn.org

• BalanceIT: Commercial website which offers semi-customized balanced home-cooked diet recipes for pet owners
with healthy pets. Veterinarians can customize pre-formulated recipes for animals with medical conditions
http://www.balanceit.com

• European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition: Board-certified veterinary nutritionists in Europe
http://www.esvcn.com

Obesity

• Pet Obesity Prevention: Useful information on assessing pets’ body weight, calorie needs, and weight
loss tools http://www.petobesityprevention.com

Dietary Supplements

• Consumerlab: Site (with a small subscription fee for use) that independently evaluates dietary supplements
(primarily for human supplements but some pet supplements are included)) http://www.consumerlab.com

• Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Regulatory and safety issues of dietary supplements, adverse event reporting
http://www.fda.gov/food/DietarySupplements/default.htm

• Mayo Clinic drugs and supplements information: Fact sheets on human supplements and herbs
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DrugHerbIndex

• National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements: Evaluating supplements, fact sheets,
safety notices, internet health info http://ods.od.nih.gov

• United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Information Center: General supplement
and nutrition information, links to a variety of dietary supplement websites
http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=4&tax_level=1&tax_subject=274

• United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplement Verification Program: Independent testing of dietary supplements
(human supplements only) http://www.usp.org/usp-verification-services/usp-verified-dietary-supplements

Raw meat diets

• Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine raw diet fact sheet

Click to access raw_meat_diets.pdf

• FDA guidance document on safe handling and raw foods

Click to access UCM052662.pdf

Other

• Ohio State Indoor Pet Initiative: Nutrition and other tips for optimizing the indoor pet’s environment
http://indoorpet.osu.edu/

• USDA Nutrient Database: Full nutrient profiles on thousands of human foods
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search

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