Clinical Nutrition Links

Nutrient Data & Nutrition Resources: We like to provide you with the most trusted resources.

Reputable nutrition information for pets can be difficult to find, while deciphering fact from fiction can be confusing and daunting. We’ve composed a collection of links to reliable sources you can trust.

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A complete diet consists of recommended essential nutrients at the adequate levels for canine/feline requirements.

A balanced diet has all the required nutrients in the appropriate proportions and ratios.

NRC, AAFCO, and FEDIAF are all organizations that set nutritional guidelines for companion dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals.

Basic knowledge of clinical nutrition of canines and felines is required, beginning with nutrient profiles as an essential necessity of canine and feline nutrient formulation for unconventional diets.

AAFCO Nutrient Requirements for Dogs

2006 NRC Nutrient Requirements for Adult Dogs (Maintenance)

2006 NRC Nutrient Requirements for Puppies after Weaning

AAFCO Nutrient Requirements for Cats

2006 NRC Nutrient Requirements for Adult Cats (Maintenance)

2006 NRC Nutrient Requirements for Kittens After Weaning

FEDIAF Nutritional Guidelines

Cat Body Condition Score

Dog Body Condition Score

Fecal Scoring Chart

(AAFCO) The Association of American Feed Control Officials

The government organization that sets the pet feed industry guidelines.

(AAVN) The American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition

Advances in Nutrition

American Society of Clinical Nutrition

Association for Pet Obesity

Balance IT

Online formulation software and supplements; generate custom balanced recipes.

Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists®

Full list for referring veterinarians (from Balance IT)

Canadian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition

Canadian Nutrient File (CNF)

A comprehensive, computerized bilingual database that reports up to 152 nutrients in over 5690 foods. The database can help you find values for nutrients.

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