Introduction and aim of the work -This prospective controlled study was performed to compare two isoenergetic and isonitrogenous diets for dogs: the former (DI) was based on vegetable proteins and rich in carbohydrates, the latter (D2) was based on animal proteins and a lower percentage of carbohydrates. The aim of the research has been to evaluate the effect on fecal consistency and to highlight the possible effects on dog behavior. Materials and methods - Twenty dogs, 10 males and 10 females, were enrolled after a careful history, clinical examination and laboratory exams, confirming their good health status and lack of evident behavioural disorders. Dogs were fed each diet for 40 days at the end of whom 9 behavioral tests were performed. The behavioural reactions were evaluated by two expert behaviourist veterinarians and divided in two levels: calm and reactive behavior. Results and discussion - The subjects fed DI showed a significant increase in fecal emission. Although in absence of statistical significant difference results between the two groups of dogs a general trend to hyperexcitability in subjects fed on diet with prevailing animal protein and reduced carbohydrate content was observed.
|Autori interni:||GATTA, DOMENICO|
|Autori:||Gatta Domenico; Casini Lucia; Pellegrini Oscar; Lubas George; Gazzano Angelo|
|Titolo:||Effetto sull'emissione fecale del cane di due diete a diversi livelli di carboidrati ed origine proteica e possibili effetti sul comportamento|
|Anno del prodotto:||2013|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|