Dog and Cat Food Nutrition

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DCM fear lingers as vets say grain-free pet food unhealthy

In the 2021 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey, veterinarians especially believed that grain-free diets were not healthy for dogs or cats.

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has largely abandoned their investigation into correlations among certain dog foods and canine dilated cardiomyopathy, dog food buyers still make purchasing decisions influenced by the investigation.


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Smart device syncs pet food formulation with dog behavior

A collaboration between two Mars divisions, IAMS dog food brand and Whistle pet activity trackers, resulted in a system that uses data on a dog’s behaviors to determine what diet may be best for that pet specifically.

A collaboration between two Mars divisions, IAMS dog food brand and Whistle pet activity trackers, resulted in a system that uses data on a dog’s behaviors to determine what diet may be best for that pet specifically.


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Wood-eating yeast in cat food highly palatable, digestible

Researchers compared cat food made with torula yeast to diets using pea protein concentrate, soybean meal and chicken meal.

Raising fungus as pet food ingredients on otherwise discarded material reduces the environmental impact of companion animal nutrition. For example, torula yeast (Cyberlindnera jadinii) feed on woody biomass left as waste or residues from making wood products.


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Fresh meat kibble higher in amino acids than meat meals

According to results of an in vitro experiment, the fresh chicken meat formulation held the highest concentration for most essential amino acids and branched-chain amino acids, the lack of which can cause health problems for pets.

According to results of an in vitro experiment, the fresh chicken meat formulation held the highest concentration for most essential amino acids and branched-chain amino acids, the lack of which can cause health problems for pets.


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Rendered pet food ingredients digestibility helps environment

Increasing digestibility improves the amount of nutrition extracted in the rendering process. This makes more pet food ingredients per the quantity of energy used and pollution produced.

Increasing digestibility improves the amount of nutrition extracted in the rendering process. This makes more pet food ingredients per the quantity of energy used and pollution produced.


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