Pet Food Ingredients

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Nutrition trends: Allergen-free petfoods

Corn-free, wheat-free and gluten-free pet diets are changing the way we formulate food
Food allergy and intolerance in dogs and cats are potentially serious problems that can result in sensitive or irritated skin, coat and ear conditions or gastrointestinal upset. Pets that have adverse reactions to food typically experience an abnormal response to the protein in their diet.
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Niacin: key compound in pets’ metabolism

Also known as vitamin B3, this ingredient is vital for healthy maintenance of pets' nervous tissues, GI tracts and skin functions
Niacin was the third B vitamin to be identified as a dietary essential for its role in treating the deficiency disease “black tongue” in dogs and a disease with a similar etiology, pellagra, in humans. The discovery was tied to pets and humans consuming diets nearly monopolized by grains and deficient in quality proteins.
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How diet change affects canine microbiomes

The proximate analysis suggests the potential for reduced digestibility, higher fiber content or resistant starches as potential causes for shifts in fecal pH and microflora
Many dietary factors influence fecal output and consistency, including digestibility, fiber and resistant starches. To better understand how dietary change can influence the microbiome and fecal characteristics, we performed a feeding trial using two different foods in six dogs.
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Amino acid profile of scarlet macaw chicks

The lower crude protein and amino acid densities could result from a combination of differences in the essential AA composition of the body tissues and other factors
Hand rearing of neonates is a common practice for the propagation of psittacines. However, nutritional requirements for their growth and development are not well understood and malnutrition is common.
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How fatty acids affect adipokines in cats

EPA may ameliorate the decrease in adiponectin and the increase in insulin and triglyceride concentrations in obese cats
The aim was to determine associations between serum concentrations of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and concentrations of adiponectin, leptin and insulin in 56 healthy, adult, client-owned cats. Body condition score (BCS) was determined and blood samples were collected after food was withheld for 12 hours.
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NASC launches raw material supplier quality assurance program

Raw material suppliers, contract manufacturers may apply for NASC Quality Supply Chain Partner Seal
National Animal Supplement Council initiated a third-party quality assurance program specifically for raw material suppliers and contract manufacturers. As an extension of the organization’s current NASC Quality Seal Program for finished products in the animal health supplement industry, raw material suppliers and contract manufacturers can now apply for a NASC Quality Supply Chain Partner Seal.
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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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