Pet Food Ingredients


Hair of the dog food: ingredients from booze byproducts

Purina PetCare introduced a dog treat made from spent brewery grains. The dog treat will be available only in their Netherlands market for a six-week trial run.
By-product from the brewing industry, such as yeast, have served as pet food ingredients since before the coining of the portmanteau “upcycling” in the 1990s.
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Emerging protein sources in pet food

Insect proteins, single-cell proteins, microalgae and pulse proteins will expand our options in the future.
Insect proteins, single-cell proteins, microalgae and pulse proteins will expand pet food's options as alternative proteins gain ground.
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Ancient dog diet Ω fatty acids: the eyes have it, guts too

Eyes and brains likely provided omega-3 fatty acids to dogs’ ancestors, but those organ tissues are not used in many byproduct pet food ingredients.
Eating what unfussy hunters and gathers eschewed, such as rodent eyes, may have provided sources of vital nutrients to dogs during domestication, including omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), along with omega-6 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid (ALA).
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Dog and cat diet omega-3 or -6 fatty acids recommendations

From outside to in, dogs, cats and other pets may benefit from omega-3 fatty acids in their diets. Learn the specific recommendations for omega-3 or -6 fatty acids at stages of dogs’ and cats’ lives.
Companion animal nutrition researchers consider both types of fatty acid as conditionally required, meaning they are most needed at certain life stages.
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High-protein cat food may reduce bird, wildlife predation

Compared to a control group, cats killed fewer wild animals in the groups that ate high-protein diets and that played with their owners. Those two groups of cats also brought down less prey than before the experiment began.
For those cat owners who let their felines roam the neighborhood, high-protein cat food may be one means to reduce predatory pressure on birds and other small wildlife.
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