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Confront DCM with dog food supplements, DNA tests

Geneticists have examined DCM in dogs, looking for unknown connections to the heart disease.
While scientists still have much to learn about what causes dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs, pet food companies do have tools to deal with DCM while researchers look for answers.
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Diet, genetics play roles in canine DCM; Mysteries remain

The ultimate causes of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) may be diverse, complex and specific to each case, as opposed to a simple cause and effect with certain grain-free dog foods.
Among more than 150 published studies related to DCM, researchers didn’t find any firm connection among cases of DCM and grain-free dog food.
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Allergy-fighting cat food safe in feeding trials

Cats naturally release an allergen, Fel d1 glycoprotein, in their saliva.
Cat allergies affect an estimated 12.1% of people older than 6, but a cat food coating derived from chicken eggs may help those folks embrace felines without sneezing fits.
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DCM connection to grain-free dog food not found in review

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s investigation into correlations among certain dog foods and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) has loomed over the pet food industry, with no resolution in sight, since July 2018.
More than 150 published studies didn’t reveal to researchers any firm connection between cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and grain-free dog food.
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Americans feel ‘guilty’ about kibble odor; French ‘joyful’

Among study participants, French and American pet owners expressed different emotional approaches toward kibble odor.
Among the pet owners of Brittany of France, Kansas in the Unites States and Réunion Island, off the east coast of Africa, scientists found differences in people’s psychological reactions to dog and cat food.
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Pet food maker nutrition, quality by ingredient studied

Knight leads an ongoing survey to examine pet food manufacturers’ approaches to ensuring balanced nutrition and quality control, depending on the main ingredient type.
However, pet owners may have trepidations about novel pet food ingredients or varieties, including raw, plant protein, cell-cultured, insect, fungal or algal-based pet foods.
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COVID-19 virus replicates in cats, transmits cat-to-cat

However, the experimental conditions did not duplicate those found in the home of a pet owner infected with the virus.
The scientists conducted similar experiments with dogs, pigs, chickens, ferrets and ducks. The virus could replicate in ferrets and cats, and could transmit from cat to cat.
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Korean foods inspire fermented chicken dog snacks

Korean scientists drew on their own culinary culture to inspire their work developing a method to ferment mechanically deboned chicken meat (MDCM) for use in dog treats.
Fermented chicken could serve as a functional ingredient in dog treats and snacks.
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