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2006 NRC Nutrient Requirements for Adult Dogs (Maintenance) a

2006 NRC Nutrient Requirements for Adult Dogs (Maintenance) a

Nutrient (Amount/1,000 kcal ME)b

Minimum

Maximum

Recommended Allowance

Protein (g)

20

25

Arginine (g)

0.70

0.88

Histidine (g)

0.37

0.48

Isoleucine (g)

0.75

0.95

Leucine (g)

1.35

1.70

Lysine (g)

0.70

0.88

Methionine (g)

0.65

0.83

Methionine + cystine (g)

1.30

1.63

Phenylalanine (g)

0.90

1.13

Phenylalanine + tyrosine (g)

1.48

1.85

Threonine (g)

0.85

1.08

Tryptophan (g)

0.28

0.35

Valine (g)

0.98

1.23

Fat (g)

82.5

13.8

Linoleic acid (g)

16.3

2.8

α-Linolenic acid (g)

0.11

Eicosapentaenoic + docosahexaenoic acid (g)

2.8

0.11

Minerals

Calcium (g)

0.50

1.0

Phosphorus (g)

0.5

0.75

Potassium (g)

1.0

Sodium (g)

75

200

Chloride (mg)

300

Magnesium (mg)

45

150

Iron (mg)

7.5

Copper (mg)

1.5

Manganese (mg)

1.2

Zinc (mg)

15

Iodine (mcg)

175

220

Selenium (mcg)

87.5

Vitamins

Vitamin A (retinol equivalents)

16,000

379

Cholecalciferol (mcg)

20

3.4

Vitamin E (α-tocopherol, mg)

7.5

Vitamin K (menadione, mg)

0.41

Thiamine (mg)

0.56

Riboflavin (mg)

1.05

1.3

Pantothenic acid (mg)

3.75

Niacin (mg)

4.25

Pyridoxine (mg)

0.375

Folic acid (mcg)

67.5

Vitamin B12 (mcg)

8.75

Choline (mg)

425

a Reprinted with permission from the National Academies Press, copyright 2006, National Academy of Sciences.

b ME = metabolizable energy