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Silkworm may be novel, insect-based pet food ingredient

In Taiwan, an agricultural research station developed a means to use silkworm in cat food. Scientists in Thailand fed dogs a diet containing silkworm, house crickets or a control diet with poultry meal.

Scientists in Thailand and Taiwan have investigated silkworms as a novel pet food ingredient in dog and cat foods.


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102 cat, 92 dog COVID-19 virus outbreaks globally

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) received reports of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in twelve different animal species.

Learn about the World Organization for Animal Health's reports of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in twelve different animal species, including pet dogs and cats.


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8 big cats test positive for COVID virus at St. Louis Zoo

Biodiversity loss may have created conditions leading to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two African lions, two snow leopards, two jaguars, an Amur tiger and a puma tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri. Zoo veterinarians expect the eight cats to make a full recovery. 


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Robotic pets for veterans sponsored by pet food brand

The robo-rovers and cyber-cats have sensors that respond to voice and touch allowing them to react when someone enters the room. The robots even have simulated heartbeats that can be felt while petting them.

While the benefits of pet ownership for humans have been established, even synthetic pets help those who couldn’t otherwise have a furry companion.


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Map of Japanese dog, cat and other pet food companies

Although the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused a 10-15% surge in pet food sales in Japan in early 2020, that boost may have been temporary.

Domestic production accounts for more than half of all dog, cat and other pet food sales by volume in Japan. The companies in this map created much of that pet food.


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Vets may influence sustainable dog, cat food purchases

By reaching out to veterinarians, pet food producers and their suppliers could help inform consumers about how their purchases affect the wider world.

By reaching out to veterinarians, pet food producers and their suppliers could help inform consumers about how their purchases affect the wider world.


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