Features February 2012 Issue

Whose Dog Food Standards? AAFCO vs. NRC

When I compared a nutritional analysis of Preference plus turkey to the 2006 National Research Council (NRC) nutrient recommendations, the minerals zinc, copper, and selenium, vitamins D and E, and possibly some B vitamins were all low. This is because commercial dog foods are designed to meet nutrient profiles established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAF CO), which are based on older research published by the NRC in 1985.

To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe today for instant access to thousands of dog training, health, and nutrition articles and tips. The Whole Dog Journal will...

  • Recommend the best and safest foods and products for your dog.
  • Guide you through the most effective positive dog training methods.
  • Help you understand when your dog is bored, anxious, tired, or hungry. You won't believe some of the signs!
  • Show you the healthiest and most effective homeopathic and mainstream remedies, diets, and medicines.

Your satisfaction to The Whole Dog Journal is guaranteed. Subscribe today to see why hundreds of thousands of dog owners trust us as the #1 source of information.

 

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.
Already subscribed but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.