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Core species of dog, cat gut microbiome identified

A wide array of microbes dwell in the crevices of dogs’ and cats’ intestines, forming complex communities called the microbiome.
In dogs, 15 genera made up the core, while healthy cat guts hosted 17. Dawn Kingsbury, DVM, AnimalBiome chief veterinary officer, presented the results of a five-year research project at the ACVIM Forum 2020 in June.
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Dog, cat owners may long for pet store socialization

Dog, cat and other pet food buyers may miss socializing with store owners and employees, who also tend to be serious pet lovers. Importantly for pet food brands, those stores serve as a vital opportunity to expose consumers to new pet products.
Once it’s safe, pet food buyers may return to local pet specialty retailers precisely because those stores offer the friendly, informative, interpersonal interactions rendered dangerous by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Virtual events diversify participants, reduce pollution

Virtual conferences may allow pet food ingredient, equipment and other suppliers to connect with dog, cat and other pet food producers worldwide, regardless of many physical and economic barriers.
Going online tends to be much greener than going on a plane. Likewise, virtual conferences level the playing field among attendees by improving access for those of various economic levels globally.
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Petfood Forum 2020 will go virtual in September

Petfood Forum CONNECT will feature speakers from the Forum 2020 lineup, as well as opportunities to network digitally with fellow industry experts.
Petfood Forum CONNECT, the digital version of our annual Petfood Forum show and conference, will feature speakers from the Forum 2020 lineup, as well as opportunities to network digitally with fellow industry experts.
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