Table 3

Useful Websites for Client and Staff Education

1. AAFCO—Association of American Feed Control Officials (profiles, feeding, trials, ingredients)http://www.aafco.org
2. AAHA — American Animal Hospital Associationhttp://www.aahanet.org
3. ACVN—American College of Veterinary Nutrition (specialty college for board certification; list of institutions that provide consultation; continual updates of links to resources for diet formulation and analysis)http://www.acvn.org
4. AVNT—Academy of Veterinary Nutritional Technicians (pending approval in 2010)Website under construction Info: email to nutritiontechs{at}aol.com
5. FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (regulatory and safety issues, adverse event reporting, meetings, industry information)http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/centersoffices/cfsan/default.htm
6. FDA Pet Food Site (information, links, food safety issues, recalls, pet food labels, selecting nutritious foods, handling raw foods)http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/Products/AnimalFoodFeeds/PetFood/default.htm and http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm048030.htm
7. Indoor Pet Initiative (comprehensive recommendations for environmental enrichment for dogs and cats)http://indoorpet.osu.eduhttp://vet.osu.edu/indoorcat.htm
8. NRC—National Research Council (nutrient requirements of dogs and cats)http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=10668#toc
9. Downloadable booklets for pet owners Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs
 Your Dog’s Nutritional Needshttp://dels.nas.edu/banr/petdoor.html
10. NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (evaluating supplements, Internet health info, and more)http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/Health_Information/Health_Information.aspx
11. UC Davis Nutritional History Form (downloadable Word document)http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/small_animal/nutrition/newsletters.cfm
12. Pet Food Institute (information on ingredient definitions, labeling regulations, etc.)http://www.petfoodinstitute.org/Index.cfm?Page=Consumers
13. United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplement Verification Program (voluntary program)www.usp-dsvp.org
14. USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center (general supplement and nutrition information, links to various dietary supplement websites)http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/etext/000015.html
15. USDA Nutrient Database (full nutrient profiles on thousands of human foods)http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/