Pet Food Ingredients

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Companion animal cancer and nutrition: is there a link?

Research on the role nutrition may play in preventing and controlling canine and feline cancer is limited yet represents a promising field
Cancer can be considered a multi-organ, multi-factor, long-latency degenerative and chronic disease that results, in part, from a complex interplay of genetics, diet, lifestyle, inactivity, stress and environmental toxicants. Because carcinogenesis may span up to 10 years or more for certain canine and feline cancers, veterinary researchers have emerging opportunities to seek out dietary chemoprevention strategies to suppress the disease in its early, premalignant stages before clinical, invasive disease develops.
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MOS in growing rabbits

Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) can be used as an alternative to antibiotics during the rabbit’s growth period
To evaluate the effect of mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) on in vivo performance, nutrient digestibility, fermentation characteristics and caecal microbial populations of rabbits, 144 35-day-old hybrid Hyla were equally divided into three groups: one fed the same diet without additives (control group), one with antibiotics (colistin sulphate, 144 mg/kg; tylosin, 100 mg/kg; oxytetracyclin, 1000 mg/kg) and one with MOS (1 g/kg of diet). Mortality rate, live weight, feed intake and feed conversion ratio were recorded up to 62 days of age.
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Many myths about 'senior' dog food formula ingredients, researchers find

Consumers urged to consult vet about older canine diets
A recent survey found that contrary to most Americans' beliefs, "senior" formula dog foods vary widely in ingredients and have no requirements for what must be included in these formulas for older dogs. About 1,300 people made up of 92% of dog owners responded to Tufts University's Web-based survey.
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Natural Wellness Centers celebrates five years of pet probiotic sales

Company has partnered with Nebraska Cultures, Dr. Shahani since 2006
Natural Wellness Centers recently celebrated five years of supplying pet probiotics in its Ultra-Pet Products line, Total-Biotics. Natural Wellness Centers has partnered with Nebraska Cultures Inc. to use Dr. Khem Shahani’s probiotics since March 9, 2006.
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Petfood Forum, AMI form promotional partnership for 2011 events

Both events planned for April hope to attract more visitors to Illinois locations
 American Meat Institute formed a promotional partnership between Petfood Forum 2011 and the 2011 AMI Expo. Petfood Forum will take place April 11-13, at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA.  
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TraceGains to repeat Foreign Supplier Verification Program webinar in April

Added webinar coverage on section 301 of Food Safety Modernization Act
TraceGains will repeat its Foreign Supplier Verification Program webinar on Wednesday, April 6, with added coverage on section 301 of the Food Safety Modernization Act, and its requirements and impact on business. Joining TraceGains on this webinar will be Jessica Wasserman, president at Wasserman & Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based consultancy focused on the global food, beverage and agriculture sectors.
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Alltech provides petfood industry insight at International Animal Health Symposium

Symposium includes seminars on Salmonella in petfood, companion animal obesity, traceability
Alltech will provide insight and offer solutions to challenges in the petfood industry at its 27th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium. The Symposium, entitled "The Game Changers: Creative Concepts for Agribusiness to Respond to Relentless Commoditization and to Innovate for a Greener Future," will be held at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 22-25.
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New Zealand vet offers petfood line based on diets of wild cats, dogs

Uncooked petfood range made from animals like rabbit, possum, fish for better digestion, vet says
An Auckland, New Zealand, veternarian launched a range of uncooked petfoods designed to replicate the natural diets of cats and dogs in the wild. Dr. Lyn Thomson recently opened the second shop for her petfood company, Raw Essentials, which she created because so many of her veterinary clients questioned the nutritional value of traditional, processed petfoods.  
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Mars Petcare launches Marine Stewardship Council certified products in UK

Select MSC-certified catfoods in UK stores as part of company effort to increase sustainability
Mars Petcare launched Marine Stewardship Council certified products in UK stores as part of the company's commitment to use only sustainably-sourced fish in all products by 2020. Select packs of Mars Petcare’s Sheba and Whiskas petfood lines for cats are MSC-certified and available in UK stores.
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