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Digestibility for dogs and cats of meat and bone meal processed at two different temperature and pressure levels


  • Presented as part of the 13th Congress of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition held in Oristano, Italy, October 15–17, 2009.

A. C. Carciofi, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, UNESP, Departamento de Clínica e Cirurgia Veterinária, Via de Acesso Prof. Paulo Donato Castellane, s/n. 14.884-900 Jaboticabal, SP, Brazil. Tel: +55 16 3209 2626;
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This study evaluated the effect of two rendering processes applied to meat and bone meal (MBM) production, associated or not with extrusion, by measuring diet apparent total tract digestibility of dogs and cats, and true digestibility of amino acids (AA) by cecectomized roosters. Four diets were evaluated, with the main protein source as follows: conventional and extruded MBM; high temperature and pressure (HPT; 135 °C, 3 bar, 20 min) and extruded MBM; conventional non-extruded MBM; HPT non-extruded MBM. Nutrient digestibility and food metabolizable energy content were evaluated with dogs and cats by the method of total collection of faeces. True AA digestibility was evaluated by a precision-fed assay with cecectomized roosters. The evaluated MBM had high-ash content. The HPT process of MBM increased the digestibility of crude protein of the diets by cats, and the true digestibility of several AA by cecectomized roosters. The extrusion process did not modify the apparent total tract nutrient digestibility of MBM by dogs and their amino acid digestibility by roosters, but increased the digestibility of the dietary protein by cats. Dogs fed HPT MBM presented a higher urea post-prandial response, suggesting reductions in bioavailability and protein synthesis from absorbed AA.