Articles by Tim Phillips, DVM

Whole Dog Journal wants transparency

In addition to transparency, Whole Dog Journal examines the ingredients listed on the product labels and looks for, among other things, the absence of by-products, added sweetners and artificial coloring.
In addition to transparency, Whole Dog Journal examines the ingredients listed on the product labels and looks for, among other things, the absence of by-products, added sweetners and artificial coloring.
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Zoom zoom categories

The greatest sales successes are coming from natural, indulgent and specialized petfoods
Zoom zoom categories The greatest sales successes are coming from natural, indulgent and specialized petfoods BY Tim Phillips, DVM In 2008 the petfood market is rebounding, following sluggish sales that came on the heels of the petfood recalls of early 2007.  Mintel  expects US sale
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Editorial Notes: They want to get involved

As the status of pets continues to rise, many pet owners seem willing to put more time into preparing meals for their pets
As the status of pets continues to rise, many pet owners seem willing to put more time into preparing meals for their pets. Several companies are catering to pet owners who want to get more involved with feeding their pets. If the market continues to develop, which seems likely, we can expect to see more major marketers of traditional commercial diets adding high-involvement petfoods to their product lines.
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Downloading the human brain

Advances in human health will surely improve pet care
In The Singularity is Near, futurist Ray Kurzweil examines what he calls the next step in our evolutionary progress: the union of humans and computers. He believes that the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed and knowledge-sharing ability of computers
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Functional fixes

Petfoods with functional formulas can help manage pet health problems
The rising popularity of petfoods containing functional ingredients can be traced to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. This US legislation restricted some of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) authority to act against functional ingredients as unapproved food additives. This led to a vast influx of such products for people and influenced similar trends in petfood.
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The rise of petfood retailing

Developing retail markets are nuanced but offer valuable prospects
It just keeps getting better for the petfood industry. In emerging markets, the combination of income growth, increasing urbanization and better marketing is creating favorable conditions for petfood sales.
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