Pet Food Ingredients

Chondroitin in petfood

How is this ingredient most effectively managed in the diet?
An increasing number of petfoods and pet supplements are targeted at joint stiffness or lameness in the aged dog and cat, or at those dogs engaged in highly strenuous activity. Most of these products contain chondroprotective agents such as chondroitin sulfate and/or glucosamine hydrochloride.
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Corn gluten meal

Consumers wonder: What exactly is it?
In 2002, much of the 1.35 million tons of corn gluten meal was consumed by the livestock market. However, a fair amount was used in petfood.
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A defining choice for petfood marketers
Paper or plastic? Republican or Democrat? Chevy or Ford? Evolution or Intelligent Design? These and many others are "defining choices" we face in everyday life. For many petfood companies, synthetic or natural has been a defining choice that has dictated which side of the fence (market) that they will participate
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Cheerios for pets?
Oats, as a whole grain, are widely promoted for their benefit to human nutrition and health, especially since the first federally-sanctioned health claim for a manufactured food was granted to makers of oat-rich foods in early 1997. The petfood industry is no stranger to oats; they are a staple in horse feed and a key component in many pet rodent diets.
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Pet problems

The role of nutrition in common pet ailments
Knowing the problems that are most commonly faced by pet owners and veterinarians is of vital interest to the petfood industry. This information can provide insight on the challenges faced and indicate where nutritional assistance might be beneficial. In a cross-section of surveys conducted in the past decade, a number of nutritionally-affected complaints were noted by pet owners.
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Common or novel carb?
Dogs and cats have been eating potatoes for years, if for no other reason than they were leftovers from Sunday dinner. However, the intentional declaration of potatoes as a key ingredient in the pet diet is fairly novel.
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Chewing the fat
For centuries tallow was essential to soap and candle making. Not until the late 20th century was fat from ruminants considered as a feed ingredient. Before then, it was much too rare and valuable.
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