Nutrition and feeding of dog and cat

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Provide the basics of dog and cat nutrition, as well as practical information for the correct dietary regime in the different physiological phases and in the management of the main metabolic disorders. Provide knowledge of the qualitative characteristics of feeds according to the preparation of industrial feeds suitable and safe for the nutritional needs of pets
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student must be able to develop appropriate diets for the dog and cat in the different stages of life, choosing with a critical spirit the most appropriate feeding for the conditions and lifestyle of the animal to which it is destined. It will also need to be able to develop feeds according to the different types available on the market, in accordance with the different needs of the owners and the economic sustainability.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
During the emergency teaching phase, lectures will be held in the presence in compliance with the distance, the maximum number of students required by the capacity of the classroom and the use of safety devices. Lessons will also take place on Microsoft Teams in synchronous mode at established times and will be recorded and available on the platform itself in asynchronous mode.
The course will alternate different teaching techniques: lectures, exercises (feed formulation, data base consultation) and seminars. Lessons may also include pre-recorded materials. Educational outings will be replaced by remote seminars.
The program will remain unchanged, however the content of the individual lectures could be modified according to the teaching methods described above. Reference materials are unchanged. The teaching material will be uploaded to Ariel. The methods for verifying learning and the assessment criteria will not be subject to changes, it being understood that the exam will take place in person in writing or through the platforms made available by the University according to the directives in force at the time of the exam.
Course syllabus
Nutrient utilization in dogs and cats (1 hour)
Basic nutrient requirements of healthy dogs and cats (2 hours)
Nutrition and Feeding in lifestage (5 hours)

Petfood types (1 hour)
Dry petfood: ingredients, formulation, processing, characteristics (2 hours)
Wet petfood: ingredients, formulation, processing, characteristics (2 hours)
Ensuring nutritional adequacy (2 hours)
Quality and safety assessment (2 hours)
Additives and functional foods for petfood (3 hours)
Dietary foods (2 hours)
Palatability: factors affecting, testing, packaging (1 hour)
Labelling and communication (1 hour)

Practical activity
Evaluation of the nutritional status of dogs and cats (2 hours)
Formulation methods in lifestages (8 hours)
Formulation methods in main metabolic diseases (6 hours)

Software formulation (6 hours)
Seminars with industry professionals (4 hours)
Visiting petfood industry (6 hours)
Prerequisites for admission
Preliminary knowledge to deal with the contents of the course are biochemistry, physiology and animal nutrition
Teaching methods
The course includes lectures and exercises aimed at developing home and commercial diets for pets. There are also visits to farms and industrial plants for the production of pet food as well as meetings with professional experts in the sector.
Teaching Resources
Didactic material provided by the teacher
We also recommend consulting the following texts:
Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats, The National Academies Press, 2006.
Nutritional Guidelines For Complete and Complementary Pet Food for Cats and Dogs - Fediaf December 2018
Guide to Good Practice for the Manifacture of Safe Pet Food - February 2018
Assessment methods and Criteria
Verifications of ongoing learning are foreseen through practical tests to control the learning process and a final written exam to verify the skills acquired at the end of the teaching units through a written test with open and closed (multiple choise) questions both theoretical and practical.
AGR/18 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING - University credits: 5
Practicals: 32 hours
Lessons: 24 hours