the european pet food industry

Requirements of the pet animal

Dogs

  • Dogs need a careful balance of calcium/phosphorus and sufficient vitamin D for strong bones and healthy teeth.
  • Fats and oils are a source of energy which is important for active and large dogs.
  • Protein is required to maintain the body muscles.

 

Cats

 

  • A cat needs almost twice as much protein as a dog.
  • Vitamin A is necessary but within very precise limits. Too much liver (rich in vitamin A) can be harmful.
  • The wrong balance in essential fatty acids will take the shine out of a cat's coat.
  • Taurine - a vitamin-like substance - is essential to prevent eye and heart disease. 

 

 

Small Mammals

  • Contrary to widespread belief, each type of rodent or small mammal has its own specific nutritional requirements.
  • For example, a hamster needs high levels of protein (meat), whereas a dwarf rabbit is strictly herbivore.
  • The guinea pig has an imperative need of vitamin C as it cannot synthesize it. It is therefore either systematically present in prepared foods or offered in the form of vitamin supplements.