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Publication type: Diploma Thesis

Year: 2013

Author(s): Schulze, Susanne

Title: Gemüse und Obst als sinnvolle Ergänzung zum Vollfutter (von Hunden und Katzen): Welche können einen gesunden Beitrag leisten und wie kann man diese ins Futter integrieren? Erste Produktkonzepte, Rezepturen und Akzeptanztests mit Tieren.

Other title: Fruits and vegetables as a useful component of complete diets (in cats and dogs): What makes a healthy contribution and how to integrate it

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 104.


Zitterl-Eglseer Karin

Khol Annabella

Vetmed Research Units:
Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds

Graduation date: 25.04.13

Feed ingredients derived from vegetables or fruit increasingly gain importance in dog- and catfeed, not only due to their nutritional value, but mainly due to their functional plant compounds. The vast variety of products increases. For this reason, the current project gives an overview on the plant compounds of vegetables and fruit and their biological and clinical effects, as well as on the products currently found on the german market containing vegetables or fruit. The following plants are described in detail: carrot, artichoke, potato, tomato, pumpkin, apple, cranberry, blueberry and pineapple; The aim of the study is to review the literature and use the acquired information to formulate recipes containing the most effective plants with different clinical applications. Two of the proposed recipes were chosen by the company “Pepperfish” to be fed to 10 healthy dogs in a field trial, testing palatability and tolerance of these new products. The two recipes were formulated to modulate intestinal functions, especially in animals with diarrhea. The two products were fed to the dogs for 5 days, following a detailed feeding plan, and the owners were asked to fill out a questionnaire to describe palatability and tolerance. Both products were very palatable and were tolerated very well by the animals. This work summarizes the functional compounds of vegetables and fruit currently used in dog feed and gives some information on their usefulness in dognutrition and –dietetics.

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