Articles by Tim Wall


Pet adoptions down in pandemic, masked by fosters

Overall, since the onset of the pandemic, dog and cat adoptions declined by 25% compared to the same period last year.
Despite feel-good stories about new pandemic pets and empty shelters, pet adoptions may be declining during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
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Grains rise in pet food as amino acids insure against DCM

The gravitas of the FDA influenced pet owners to take the announcement seriously. This wasn’t an irate blogger, this was the United States federal government.
To avoid DCM and future problems, pet food formulators may need to reevaluate what humanization means in terms of ingredient diversity.
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Ingredient substitution adapts pet food to disruption

Pet food ingredient supply chains can snap, or at least get tangled, for many reasons.
Whether because of a global health crisis, or simply a stalled delivery truck, pet food formulators may need to find ways to replace a missing ingredient while staying within labeling regulations and ensuring pet nutrition.
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14 blogs on AAFCO, apples in pet food, DCM in Oct. 2020

In October 2020, Petfood Industry’s editors and columnists wrote 14 blogs or feature articles, which covered AAFCO, apples, ownership trends and dilated cardiomyopathy.
In October 2020, Petfood Industry’s editors and columnists wrote 14 blogs or feature articles, which covered AAFCO, apples, ownership trends and dilated cardiomyopathy.
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Key points of FDA meeting on DCM correlation to dog food

The event was a forum where scientists with research into DCM could share information, collaborate, and discuss many different – and even conflicting – theories on the condition.
Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine released several documents and statements about the agency’s investigation into correlations between specific dog foods and cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy.
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Sustainability expands scope with pandemic, protests

Professionals from more than 80 countries employed in 18 different industries participated in two Euromonitor International surveys. Euromonitor International’s Sustainability and COVID-19 Surveys were conducted in June and July 2020, respectively.
The pandemic and other events of 2020 may have influenced business professionals’ attitudes toward sustainability, which means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
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Pet love, industry growth may attract new pet food pros

While approximately half of respondents working in the human food business had never considered a career in pet food, nearly half expressed interest in the industry.
Overall, pet food industry employees may feel loyal to their sector and be among the least dissatisfied in their roles compared to others in the human or animal feed businesses.
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Spectrum Brands acquires Armitage Pet Care in UK

According to Petfood Industry’s Top Pet Food Companies Current Data, Spectrum Brands now controls more than a dozen pet care brands with global reach.
Missouri, USA-based Spectrum Brands acquired Armitage Pet Care based in Nottingham, Great Britain, producer of brands Good Boy, Meowee!, Wildbird and Wafcol.
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