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on September 1, 2020

Pet food energy estimates exclude dog, cat body heat

Pet nutritionists use what's known as the modified Atwater equation to predict the energy density of food, she said, rather than running feeding trials in every situation.

Feeding trials provide the “gold standard” for determining the energy content of pet food, but trials using live animals may be too expensive or otherwise unavailable when pet food formulators test products, Natalie Asaro nutrition assistant for Petcurean Pet Nutrition, said in a video from Petfood Forum (below).

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