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Veterinary Research Communications

, Volume 29, Supplement 2, pp 45–50 | Cite as

Nutrition and Health of Dogs and Cats: Evolution of Petfood

  • V. Bontempo
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Abstract

Maintaining the health of dogs and cats by feeding wholesome nutritional diets is becoming an important component of responsible pet ownership. Pet owners now seek a long and healthy life for their pet and look to nutrition, as well as to veterinary medicine, to provide such support. Quality of life, measured in terms of reduced incidence of diseases and the ability to maintain an active life, would appear to be able to be enhanced by appropriate nutrition and nutraceutical supplementation. As a consequence numerous improvements in companion animal nutrition have resulted in development of a wide array of foods that provide complete and balanced nutrition. As a result emphasis also has to be placed on product safety and quality parameters, in connection with traceability. The origin of products, including product characteristics and properties, processing conditions and further handling throughout the period chain, is becoming ever increasingly an issue for collective chain management.

Keywords

cat dog health nutraceutical petfood quality 

Abbreviation

ALT

alanine aminotransferase

ALP

alkaline phosphatase

FOS

fructo-oligosaccharides

PUFA

polyunsaturated fatty acids

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Sciences and Technologies for Food SafetyUniversity of MilanItaly

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