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2006 NRC Nutrient Requirements for Puppies after Weaning a

2006 NRC Nutrient Requirements for Puppies after Weaning a

Nutrient (Amount/1,000 kcal ME)b

Minimum

Maximum

Recommended Allowance

Protein, Growing Puppies 4–14 wk Old

Protein (g)

45

56.3

Arginine (g)

1.58

1.98

Histidine (g)

0.78

0.98

Isoleucine (g)

1.30

1.63

Leucine (g)

2.58

3.22

Lysine (g)

1.75

>20

2.20

Methionine (g)

0.70

0.88

Methionine + cystine (g)

1.40

1.75

Phenylalanine (g)

1.30

1.63

Phenylalanine + tyrosine (g)

2.60

3.25

Threonine (g)

1.63

2.03

Tryptophan (g)

0.45

0.58

Valine (g)

1.35

1.70

Protein, Growing Puppies ≥14 wk Old

Protein (g)

35

43.8

Arginine (g)

1.33

1.65

Histidine (g)

0.50

0.63

Isoleucine (g)

1.00

1.25

Leucine (g)

1.63

2.05

Lysine (g)

1.40

1.75

Methionine (g)

0.53

0.65

Methionine + cystine (g)

1.05

1.33

Phenylalanine (g)

1.00

1.25

Phenylalanine + tyrosine (g)

2.00

2.50

Threonine (g)

1.25

1.58

Tryptophan (g)

0.35

0.45

Valine (g)

1.13

1.40

Fat, minerals, and vitamins, all puppies

Fat (g)

330

21.3

Linoleic acid (g)

65

3.3

α-Linolenic acid (g)

0.2

Arachidonic acid (g)

0.08

Eicosapentaenoic + docosahexaenoic acid (g)

11

0.13

Minerals

Calcium (g)

2.0

18

3.0

Phosphorus (g)

2.5

Potassium (g)

1.1

Sodium (mg)

550

Chloride (mg)

720

Magnesium (mg)

45

100

Iron (mg)

18

22

Copper (mg)

2.7

Manganese (mg)

1.4

Zinc (mg)

10

25

Iodine (mcg)

220

Selenium (mcg)

52.5

87.5

Vitamins

Vitamin A (retinol equivalents)

3,750

379

Cholecalciferol (mcg)

20

3.4

Vitamin E (α-tocopherol, mg)

7.5

Vitamin K (menadione, mg)

0.41

Thiamine (mg)

0.34

Riboflavin (mg)

1.05

1.32

Pantothenic acid (mg)

3.75

Niacin (mg)

4.25

Pyridoxine (mg)

0.375

Folic acid (mcg)

68

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