Foodie I don't think you'll get your answer this is an old thread. Don't think kk3 is on here any longer.
The NRC actually set the standards for dog nutrition, AFFCO, use to use their numbers, but then decided to set their own standards for commercial food use to reflect manufacturing processes not included in NRC's numbers. If feeding a homemade diet, it would probably make mores sense to look at NRC numbers over AFFCO because you'd probably be using whole foods, not processed, so no manufacturing processes to consider.One of the valuable things that the dog food industry has done is to publish various and many dog food profiles as to a canine need for protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, minerals, etc. The profiles printed on most dog foods reflect the findings of AFFCO which sets standards for dog food nutrition. Please keep these in mind when you are putting together a combination of meat, vegetables, and other nutrients to feed your beloved canine or your health challenged dog.
If it's of "no particular consequence", why did you suggest to "keep AFFCO's nutrient profile in mind when you are putting together a combination of meat, vegetables, and other nutrients to feed your beloved canine or your health challenged dog." ?It may make more sense to you or to the NRC but does it make more sense to the dog. The fact is that when it comes to dog nutrition, what the NRC or AFFCO sets as the standard(which is usually the absolute minimum plus 10 to 20 per cent) is of no particular consequence. Many phases of nutrient fortification operate on one principle, increased fortification equals increased performance. There are numerous lifestyles of canine animals and those lifestyles represent different nutritional profiles. In actuality, the mineral needs of a dog that is in a growth and maintenance mode is about three fourths or four fifths less than a canine in reproductive mode. How does one single feeding program address that? Also, geography can enter into mineral nutrition and that has absolutely nothing to do with the NRC or AFFCO.
This part was a little confusing to me...Notice I said when you add the vitamin/mineral supplement not when you add the vitamin/mineral supplement