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A Dry Diet for the Police Dogs (German Shephard) in the Sudan

A Dry Diet for the Police Dogs (German Shephard) in the Sudan

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Title: A Dry Diet for the Police Dogs (German Shephard) in the Sudan
Author: Ammar Mohamed El Bagir, Ibrahim
Abstract: This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of feeding a dry diet as substitute for the present classic semi moist bulky diet on growth performance and digestibility in growing German Shepherd dogs. Ten dogs 16 weeks old were used as experimental animals. They were divided into two groups and fed two types of diet the classic one which is composed of fresh meat, milk and bread and the dry one which was composed of sorghum, rice, meat, bone meal and raw animal fat, and allotted to the treatments in a completely randomized design. The classic diet contained 1146.07kcal/kg diet while the dry one contained 4588.75 kcal/kg diet. Because of the nature of experimental diets, they contained different levels of moisture, CP, EE, NFE, ash and crude fiber (29.70%, 23.70%, 36.5%, 1.00%, 8.90%) for the classic diet and (46.00%, 18.36%, 10.71%, 1.53%, 18.37%) for the dry diet. The metabolisable energy was 3897 kcal/kg diet and 4830.26 kcal\kg diet for the classical and the dry diets, respectively. Feed intake and weight gain were weekly recorded, FCR and PER were also calculated. Weighed amounts of the classic and dry diets were fed once and twice a day, respectively. Water was provided ad libitum. Feed intake, live weight, and weight gain were weekly-recorded. FCR and PER were calculated. The experiment duration (16weeks) was divided into two periods (8 weeks for each). Results showed that feed intake in dogs fed the test dry diet was significantly lower than those fed the classical diet (P<0.000I), but the weight gain was not significantly different in the two groups(5.1 kg and 3.6 kg, respectively) during the first period and 4.1 kg and 4.9 kg, respectively during the second period. Dogs fed the dry diet showed better FCR and PER than the group fed the classical diet (4.9 and 0.87 versus 7.4 and 0.33) during the first period and (6.6 and 0.59 versus 9.2 and 0.34) for the dry and classic diets, respectively during the second period. The group fed the dry diet recorded significantly higher digestibility values of 81.5% for the crude protein and 87.5% for the crude fat compared with the group fed the classical diet which recorded 77.4% for the crude protein and 81.5 for the crude fat.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/14398
Date: 2015-06-23


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