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Hill’s, Royal Canin renal cat foods fight kidney disease

The health of cats with chronic kidney disease improved after eating pet foods formulated to address renal problems.
In an experiment, scientists observed positive effects from both Royal Canin Renal Support A Feline dry cat food and a test food: Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Feline with chicken dry cat food.
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Science4Animals aims to fund basic research on pets

Based in the Netherlands, Science4Animals (S4A) is a non-profit organization that raises funds to finance research on pets and other animals.
S4A aims generating fundamental knowledge regarding three animal focus groups: equids, companion animals, pet exotics and zoo animals.
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Unlabeled horse, other animals found in European pet food

In their conclusions, the researchers noted that producing uncontaminated pet foods is possible, since ten products did contain only the animals listed on the label.
Dog and cat foods on the European market may contain animals not listed on the ingredient panels, which could cause problems for pets with allergies.
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Cats and dogs respond differently to similar raw pet food

The differences in cats and dogs digestive systems was exemplified in the way that their systems responded to similar raw, high-protein diets.
Pet food formulators should remember that cats are not small dogs, said David Thomas of Massey University, during his presentation at Petfood Forum 2018.
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