Pet Food Ingredients

Whey your protein options

As an ingredient, whey represents a quality, high protein component with nutritional and functional properties
It is becoming increasingly common to find petfoods that contain whey, a milk protein, as a prominent ingredient on their labels
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Ingredients as nutrient delivery devices

A valuable exchange of new science and information from around the world of companion animals
Companion animal researchers and industry professionals gathered recently at the annual American Society of Animal Science meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA, for research presentations/posters and a companion animal symposium entitled "Ingredients as nutrient delivery devices." Here are highlights from the symposium.
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Wheat gluten

The contamination and mislabeling of this ingredient has affected almost every corner of the petfood industry
The contamination and mislabeling of this ingredient has affected almost every corner of the petfood industry
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Beet pulp

It's good for the gut
Sugar beets (Beta vulgaris var. altissima) are grown around the globe and are a valuable option in modern crop rotation strategies. Last year, US farmers harvested 29.9 million tons of sugar beets on 1.3 million acres. Over the past 10 years, sugar beets accounted for more than 53% of US sugar production.
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Cellulose

Fiber to the max
Cellulose is the structural carbohydrate that provides strength and rigidity to trees, blades of grass, stalks of wheat, bolls of cotton and is one of the most abundant biological polymers in the world. It is where most of the carbon from the photosynthetic conversion of CO2 to O2 is deposited. 
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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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