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Egg antibodies in cat food may fight human allergies

Researchers found that when egg IgY antibodies are introduced to cats’ diets they result in reduced activity of the Fel d1 allergen in cats’ saliva.
Scientists found an antibody in eggs that, when included in cats’ diets, can neutralize a chemical involved in human’s allergic reaction to felines.
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Potato, oat, wheat advised for mid-size, adult dog kibble

After extrusion processing, certain carbohydrate sources may be more fermentable by the gut bacteria of adult dogs than others.
Food meant for medium-size breed dogs six months and older should be made with more potato, oat and wheat flours rather than other sources, said scientists.
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Conflicts of interest may harm trust in pet food science

Although most published research didn’t mention any conflicts of interest, many of those studies did receive funds from pet food manufacturers.
Since the researchers didn’t explicitly state that their funding sources could have influenced their results, yet their funding came from pet food companies, people could see that as an omission.
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Dogs and cats readily accept insect-based protein and oil

Dogs readily accepted the kibble with black soldier fly meal at up to 20% inclusion and with insect-based oil at up to 5%.
In feeding trials with both dogs and cats, pet foods made with insect-based ingredients had similar palatability and digestibility to kibble containing conventional pet food protein and oil sources.
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