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Nutrition Websites: The Best of the Best

Pet Nutrition: General Information

vetnutrition.tufts.edu/petfoodology — visit Tufts’

Cummings School’s Petfoodology site, with information on everything from whether you should give fish oil to your cat to what to feed your kitten if she has a health problem to diets for certain disease conditions. You can look for any nutrition topic using the search bar.

www.nationalacademies.org — National Research Council’s booklet, “Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs.”

www.fda.gov/animalveterinary — Federal Drug Administration (FDA) pet food site: Information on food safety issues, recalls, pet food labels, etc.

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

www.petfoodinstitute.org — Pet Food Institute, with information on ingredient definitions and labeling regulations.

Nutrition Consultations

vetnutrition.tufts.edu — Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Nutrition Service.

www.acvn.org — 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.

Homecooked Diets

www.acvn.org — 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.

www.balanceit.com — Commercial website offering semi-customized balanced, home-cooked diet recipes for cat owners with healthy pets. Veterinarians cam customize pre-formulated recipes for animals with medical conditions.

The Problem of Obesity

www.tufts.edu/vet/obesity Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Obesity Clinic for Animals: FAQs and other info.

www.petobesityprevention.com — Information on assessing your pet’s body weight, calorie needs and weight-loss tools.

Dietary Supplements

www.fda.gov/food/dietarysupplements — Food and Drug Administration’s site covers regulatory and safety issues pertaining to dietary supplements and also has a place to report adverse events.

www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements — Fact sheets on human supplements and herbs (often given to pets).

https://ods.od.nih.gov — National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: Evaluation of supplements, fact sheets, safety notices, Internet health information.

www.nal.usda.gov/fnic — USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center site contains general supplement and nutrition information (click on the “Dietary Supplements” tab).

www.consumerlab.com — This site (with a small fee for users) independently evaluates dietary supplements. Primarily for people, but some pet supplements are included.

Raw Meat Diets and Their Safety

vetnutrition.tufts.edu/petfoodology —Tufts’ Cummings School Veterinary Medicine Raw Food Post (scroll down to find the search bar, then type “Raw Food Diets”).

fda.gov — FDA Guidance Document on Safe Handling and Raw Foods (type “Raw Meat Diets” into search bar).


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This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of Tufts Catnip