Nutritional recommendations for dog and cat commercial food in Costa Rica
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Food consumption
Body weight
Physiological stages
Comercial feed

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Torres Vargas, M., & WingChing Jones, R. (2021). Nutritional recommendations for dog and cat commercial food in Costa Rica. UNED Research Journal, 13(2), e3385.


Introduction: The nutritional analysis of commercial food helps optimize its use and the pets’ nutrition, and there are no recent analyses of this type for Costa Rica. Objective: To recommend pet foods according to the physiological state, level of activity and weight of cats and dogs in Costa Rica. Methods: Products registered at the government’s Directorate for Animal Food were analyzed for nutritional information (2017) and animal requirements using three equations for cats and nine for dogs. Results: Of the average package recommendations, 71% would provide insufficient nutrition for dogs, and 63% insufficient nutrition for cats. Conclusions: Most commercial food products available in Costa Rica recommend amounts that are insufficient to meet the needs of many cats and dogs.
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