Articles by Tim Wall


Fixed pets’ high appetites met with specific food recipes

Post-operation pet food formulations for spayed and neutered pets involve more than simply reducing calories.

Following their spaying or neutering, dogs and cats’ metabolic rates decline. Yet while their bodies burn fewer calories each day after being fixed, those animals’ appetites tend to grow.

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Pet owners plan to stick with e-commerce post-pandemic

Less than half said they planned to usually continue shopping in-person at brick-and-mortar locations both now and after the pandemic.

Even after a hypothetical end to the pandemic, many pet owners plan to continue purchasing products online and have the pet food, treats and other items shipped to their homes.

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Boomer, millennial owners lost pets for different reasons

The younger age groups showed more variability. Baby Boomers had different reasons for losing pets than Gen Z or millennials.

Pet ownership may not have changed for two-thirds of American pet owners surveyed in late 2021. However, for those who did lose or gain a pet, the person’s age may have influenced their decision.

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Retest of soy, corn and peanut byproducts for pet food

Researchers tested soy flakes, peanut flour, soybean meal and corn gluten meal for the digestibility of the amino acids contained in the byproducts.

Byproducts from seeds and grains have traditionally been used in pet foods as sustainable, inexpensive and protein-rich ingredients.

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Cat food subscriptions fueled by convenience, pandemic

Some established pet food companies launched or acquired subscriptions services. New companies emerged to deliver dog and cat foods to customers’ homes on a regular basis.

Direct-to-consumer pet food sales had already been gaining momentum prior to the COVID-19’s appearance, but dog food subscription services outnumbered those for cat food.

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Antibiotic-resistant germs grown from pet food in Europe

Antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus bacteria, including vancomycin-resistant strains, most frequently infect hospital patients and people with immune system issues.

Microbiologists grew antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus bacteria found in pet foods bought in Europe. Although pet food hasn’t been documented passing these germs to people, a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes could be created in the gut of dogs.

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Pandemic pet ownership at 14% 2021, but uneven

Twice as many survey participants said that the pandemic had a positive effect on their pet ownership as negative. However, the influence of the pandemic differed by age and economic groups.

Explore how the increasingly endemic pandemic seems to have continued fueling U.S. pet ownership in 2021.

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Dog owners had less depression signs in pandemic

Analysis of their answers revealed respondents’ attitudes towards pets and perceived levels of emotional support, while looking for symptoms of depression and anxiety.

During the pandemic, dog-lovers felt better if they had a dog to love than if they did not.

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