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General pet nutrition questions and answers


Veterinary Nutrition Care has answered some of the most common general pet nutrition questions. You should always discuss how these apply to your pet with your pet's primary care veterinarian.


How can I tell if my pet is overweight or underweight?

See the body condition scoring tools for dogs or cats, or watch a video, available from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's Global Nutrition Toolkit. Even when taught how to do body condition scoring, many pet owners still score their overweight pet as "ideal," so you should also discuss your findings with your veterinarian. 


Where can I find some good general information about the nutritional needs of dogs and cats?

The National Research Council has published information for dog and cat owners about the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats.