Trusted Resources

Reputable nutrition information for pets can be difficult to find. We’ve collected a list of links to reliable nutrition-related websites you can trust for more information.

American College of Veterinary Nutrition

The American College of Veterinary Nutrition website provides information on the College, guidelines for residency training programs, and a frequently asked questions section, among other information.

FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts

This FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts site contains up-to-date information on safety recalls of all human foods, pet foods and medical devices.

National Research Council Reports

The National Research Council, the scientific organization that is responsible for determining nutrient requirements for companion animals and livestock, provides excellent brochures on both basic dog and cat nutrition.

Association of American Feed Control Officials

The Association of American Feed Control Officials, the governmental organization that sets guidelines for dietary ingredients, labels and determines the nutritional adequacy of pet foods.

Balance IT

Balance IT is a company run by board-certified veterinary nutritionists and produces the Balance IT Supplement products that we use frequently in home-cooked diets.

National Institute of Health Office of Dietary Supplements

The National Institute of Health Office of Dietary Supplements website provides information on various dietary supplements commonly used by people. Although the site does not address use by pets, many human supplements are also used for animals. The site has fact sheets on various supplements and also discusses regulation (or lack therefore) of dietary supplements.

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center

The USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center includes general nutrition information and links to human nutrition resources.

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

The USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference provides full nutrient profiles on thousands of human foods and can be helpful to determine the amount of calories, fat, or other nutrients in human foods fed as pets as treats.

World Small Animal Veterinary Association

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has recently developed a number of resources for both pet owners and veterinarians pertaining to selecting pet foods and determining how much to feed as well as vetting information found on the internet.

The Pet Nutrition Alliance

The Pet Nutrition Alliance pet nutrition information for pet owners and the veterinary healthcare team on how to feed dogs and cats, including a calorie calculator to determine pets’ energy needs.