Tim Wall

Tim Wall covers the dog, cat and other pet food industries as senior reporter for WATT Global Media. His work has appeared in Live Science, Discovery News, Scientific American, Honduras Weekly, Global Journalist and other outlets. He holds a journalism master's degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia and a bachelor's degree in biology.

Wall served in the Peace Corps in Honduras from 2005 to 2007, where he coordinated with the town government of Moroceli to organize a municipal trash collection system, taught environmental science, translated for medical brigades and facilitated sustainable agriculture, along with other projects.

Contact Wall via https://www.wattglobalmedia.com/contact-us/

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Longer life reported with plant-based dog food

Vegetarian and vegan pet owners may have perceived the effects of plant-based diets on their pets as more beneficial than they really were.

Vegetarian and vegan pet owners may have perceived the effects of plant-based diets on their pets as more beneficial than they really were.


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Obese owner was ‘most important factor’ in dog obesity

Physicians and veterinarians collaborated to use a One Health approach to study pet obesity. The scientists identified demographic groups of pet owners that correlated to higher rates of dog obesity.

Physicians and veterinarians collaborated to use a One Health approach to study pet obesity. The scientists identified demographic groups of pe towners that correlated to higher rates of dog obesity.


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Cat owners report no plant-based diet health problems

Feeding and health intertwine in pet obesity, one area where cat owners’ perceptions may be wrong. Reported body conditions scores (BCS) in Dodd’s study didn’t match up with companion animal obesity statistics collected by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention and other groups.
As vegetarian and vegan diets become increasingly mainstream, pet owners want their companion animal’s diets to match their own edibility ethics.
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Stop fake news, beliefs about dog and cat food with games

Games may help inoculate both pet owners and those in the industry from inaccuracies and prepare pet owners to debunk fake pet food news on their own.

From dilated cardiomyopathy to by-products to pentobarbital, a wide range of topics in the pet food industry have spawned their own sets of rumors and false beliefs. Along with these specific myths, pet owners often harbor wider misunderstandings about pet food formulation, processing and regulation.


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Throw-away pet food bags make biogas energy in landfills

Pet food packaging suppliers provide options for bags that degrade into biogas.

Most pet food packaging ends up in landfills, even the recyclable or return-to-store types. While recycling is familiar and popular, flexible materials used for recyclable pet food bags often are not collected by curbside pick-up.


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Cost may hinder fresh dog, cat food sales growth

Price was the primary block to fresh pet food purchasing. Forty-four percent of survey respondents stated that they didn’t buy fresh because it was too expensive.

Dry kibble remains the most frequently bought dog and cat food, but pet owners’ choice of that format may be driven by price and presence in stores more than preference.


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Freshpet recalls one lot of fresh dog food over Salmonella

Freshpet Inc. voluntarily recalled of a single lot of Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe (4.5 lb. bag), with sell by date of 10/29/22, due to potential contamination with Salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Freshpet Inc. voluntarily recalled of a single lot of Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe (4.5 lb. bag), with sell by date of 10/29/22, due to potential contamination with Salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


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Champion Petfoods explores sale for US$2 bil as in 2018

In July 2018, Nestle Purina Petcare was in talks to purchase Champion Petfoods for more than US$2 billion.

In July 2018, Nestle Purina Petcare  was in talks to purchase Champion Petfoods for more than US$2 billion. Champion Petfoods executives are exploring options for a potential sale of the company.



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