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Table 1 Comparison of number of ingredients and nutrients per 1000 kcal in diets for dogs

From: Influence of number of ingredients, use of supplement and vegetarian or vegan preparation on the composition of homemade diets for dogs and cats

  Number of ingredients
NRC FEDIAF
Mean ingredient number of diets below (± SE) Mean ingredient number of diets above (± SE) p Mean ingredient number of diets below (± SE) Mean ingredient number of diets above (± SE) p
Crude protein 3.00 ± 1.73 5.86 ± 0.28 0.251 5.71 ± 0.64 5.85 ± 0.31 0.847
Ether extract 4.50 ± 0.61 6.08 ± 0.31 0.042 4.50 ± 0.61 6.08 ± 0.31 0.042
Calcium 5.81 ± 0.33 5.87 ± 0.51 0.919 5.82 ± 0.31 5.75 ± 0.69 0.884
Phosphorus 4.84 ± 0.61 6.03 ± 0.31 0.112 5.74 ± 0.38 5.92 ± 0.41 0.757
Ca:P1 ratio 5.86 ± 0.32 5.86 ± 0.91 0.961
Potassium 5.65 ± 0.33 6.21 ± 0.51 0.351 5.70 ± 0.28 8.00 ± 1.41 0.069
Magnesium 3.87 ± 0.70 6.06 ± 0.30 0.019 5.58 ± 0.38 6.08 ± 0.41 0.371
Sodium 5.29 ± 0.47 6.08 ± 0.35 0.192 5.54 ± 0.37 6.18 ± 0.43 0.257
Copper 5.00 ± 0.71 5.95 ± 0.30 0.249 5.50 ± 0.63 5.90 ± 0.31 0.576
Iron 5.12 ± 0.45 6.18 ± 0.35 0.078 5.72 ± 0.37 5.97 ± 0.43 0.661
Manganese 5.83 ± 0.49 5.82 ± 0.34 0.987 5.87 ± 0.44 5.80 ± 0.36 0.907
Selenium a a a a a a
Zinc 5.82 ± 0.34 5.84 ± 0.48 0.9731 5.86 ± 0.32 5.70 ± 0.58 0.815
  1. Legend: NRC Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats [16], FEDIAF Fédération Européenne de l’Industrie des Aliments pour Animaux Familiers [15], SE standard error; 1Ca calcium, P phosphorus
  2. aAll diets had a deficiency of this nutrient