Pet Food Ingredients

Salmon: nutrient-rich petfood ingredient

Wild caught or farm raised, salmon offers a source of digestible protein and omega-3 fatty acids for pet diets
Salmon, the supposed “last wild food” (Greenberg, 2010), has become very popular in petfoods. This may simply be marketing; however, there is some nutritional credence to the hype.
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AFIA comments on Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposal

AFIA says proposal on conditional spot-month position limits for commodity derivatives would increase costs
The American Feed Industry Association submitted supplemental comments on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding conditional spot-month position limits for commodity derivatives. In its comments, AFIA said that when input prices become distorted and do not accurately reflect supply and demand conditions, the results are felt throughout the entire supply chain, from producers to consumers.  
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Study finds maize gluten feed may be beneficial dog food ingredient

Brazilian scientist measures digestibility, metabolizable energy of MGF
A Brazilian scientist conducted a study using two different techniques to measure digestibility and metabolizable energy of maize gluten feed as an ingredient in petfood for dogs. MGF, a co-product of wet milling of maize, is composed of the structures left after most starch, gluten and germ has been extracted from the grain.  
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Controversy threatens GRAS process for petfood ingredients

In the debate over whether AAFCO will accept ‘no questions’ from FDA to allow new ingredients, our industry can learn from human foods
A single thread of controversy entangled nearly every committee discussion during the annual Association of American Feed Control Officials meeting in August 2011. That thread was the impending change in the way the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine will oversee the safety of ingredients in petfoods and other animal feeds from now on—and how that change could severely inhibit the industry’s ability to demonstrate the acceptability of its ingredients to state regulators.
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Impact of high fat and fructose diet in dogs

These data reveal a host of deleterious metabolic consequences associated with consumption of a high-fat, high-fructose diet
The aim of this study was to elucidate the impact of a high-fat, high-fructose diet (HFFD; fat, 52%; fructose, 17%), in the presence of a partial (~65%) pancreatectomy (PPx), on the response of the liver and extrahepatic tissues to an orally administered, liquid mixed meal. Adult male dogs were fed either a nonpurified, canine control diet (CTR; fat, 26%; no fructose) or a HFFD for eight weeks.
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Water intake in domestic rabbits

For optimal water provision and urolith prophylaxis, we recommend a diet high in fresh food plus hay ad libitum, with free water access offered in an open bowl
Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) often suffer from urolithiasis. A high water intake is important in the prophylaxis of uroliths.
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Can cats convert β-carotene to retinol?

The appearance of [2H4]-retinol in plasma indicates cats are capable of converting β-carotene to active vitamin A, though conversion efficiency was not calculated
Many animals convert β-carotene to retinol to meet their vitamin A (VA) requirement. However, this pathway is inefficient in many carnivores.
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Fiber analysis and digestibility in petfoods

A combination of total dietary fiber and crude fiber analyses might give good information on the content of total, unfermentable and partially fermentable fiber in petfoods
Six dry dog foods and six dry cat foods with different carbohydrate sources were investigated in digestion trials. Food and fecal samples were analyzed for crude fiber (CF), total dietary fiber (TDF) and starch.
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Greenopia's consumer tips on natural petfood selection

Greenopia research director tells consumers what too look for in organic, natural petfoods
A popular trend in the petfood industry is consumers' recent demands for natural and organic petfoods. In an article from, Doug Mazeffa, research director at, offers tips to consumers on selecting a "green" petfood.  
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Petfood professionals attend extrusion course in Kansas

Kansas State University hosts short course on petfood technologies, ingredients
Petfood professionals interested in learning about the latest extrusion processing technologies met at Kansas State University in August to participate in the Extrusion Processing: Technology and Commercialization short course. The course, hosted by the University's International Grains Program, was attended by 36 professionals from seven countries who came to Sabetha, Kansas, USA, to study the latest ingredients, technologies and applications  
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