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Digestibility of a home-made diet and two dog foods, standard and super-premium, for dogs

By A. P. Felix, C. M L Sá-Fortes, A. C M Silva, S. T. Nascimento, A. C. [UNESP] Carciofi, A. C. [UNESP] Laurentiz and A. F. [UNESP] Bergamaschine


They were compared the coefficients of apparent digestibility (CAD) and the fecal quality of dogs fed a home-made diet and two dog foods, standard and super-premium. Six adult dogs were distributed in a double latin square desing (3 × 3), with three treatments and three periods, in a total of six replications per treatment. Tukey's test was used to compare the means. The home-made diet presented the highest CAD, not differing only of the CAD of acid ether extract of the super-premium food. The standard food was the lowest digestive, producting more feces. Fecal dry matter of dogs fed home-made diet was lower than in the standard and super-premium foods, which did not differ among then. Fecal score presented low variability among treatments, remaining in the considered ideal range. Home-made diet can be an alternative in the feeding of dogs

Topics: Dog nutrition, Home-made food, Pet food, Animalia, Canis familiaris
Year: 2009
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