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Plant oils in pet food: olive, soy, coconut and sunflower

From a pet food perspective, the palatability of diets containing sunflower oil is well liked by dogs, but not as well received by cats.

Several types of plant oil have been covered in Ingredients Issues and evaluated for their use in dog, cat and other pet food formulations

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No confirmed human disease from raw pet food worldwide

The scientists’ findings cast doubt on a basic tenant of raw pet food use, that raw pet foods should be kept away from people’s food spaces and utensils.

Scientists classified eleven households as having experienced “probable” transmission, and 20 households experienced “possible” transmission.

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Silkworm may be novel, insect-based pet food ingredient

In Taiwan, an agricultural research station developed a means to use silkworm in cat food. Scientists in Thailand fed dogs a diet containing silkworm, house crickets or a control diet with poultry meal.

Scientists in Thailand and Taiwan have investigated silkworms as a novel pet food ingredient in dog and cat foods.

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8 big cats test positive for COVID virus at St. Louis Zoo

Biodiversity loss may have created conditions leading to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two African lions, two snow leopards, two jaguars, an Amur tiger and a puma tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri. Zoo veterinarians expect the eight cats to make a full recovery. 

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North American pet ownership demographics shifting

North American pet owner demographics continue to shift, which is creating new challenges for dog and cat food brands in a competitive marketplace.

In North America, millennials now account for 35 percent of all pet owners, and the Latino community is growing in pet ownership.

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