To develop a pet food with the incorporation of 35% and 10% poultry and cruciferous by product meal and to evaluate the nutritive composition and shelf-life of the prepared product. The proximate composition of the pet food as feed basis for moisture, crude protein, ether extract, crude fibre, total ash, nitrogen free extract and metabolizable energy were 4.57%, 25.41%, 17.68%, 1.32%, 9.82%, 45.77% and 420.15 kcal/100 g, respectively. The proximate composition of pet food on dry matter basis for crude protein, ether extract, crude fiber, total ash, nitrogen free extract and metabolizable energy were 26.63%, 18.52%, 1.38%, 10.29%, 43.17% and 422.28 kcal/100 g, respectively. The thiobarbituric acid value, tyrosine value and total viable count of the prepared pet food was in increasing trend and yeast and mould count could not be detected up to 50 days of storage period. The pet acceptability studies also revealed acceptability of the pet food by pets. The cost of production of pet food is Rs.70/kg.
N Brindha, V Appa Rao
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