Research Notes

Find the latest dog, cat and companion animal health scientific research and news from the editors of Petfood Industry magazine to help pet food manufacturers improve pet health through pet food ingredient, vitamin and mineral analysis as well as information focusing on pet diseases and palatability issues. Register for free to access premium content.



COVID-19 virus replicates in cats, transmits cat-to-cat

However, the 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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Human, pig, rooster nutrition studies inform pet food

Comparative nutrition research may help pet food formulators understand the effects of ingredients or whole diets on the health of dogs, cats and other animals.
Scientists use data from studies on other animals, including Homo sapiens, to inform her own work on dogs and cats.
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Hill’s DCM study seeks 1,000 dogs for genetic screening

Once researchers have this DNA data, they will map the genes looking for patterns common to dogs with DCM.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition allied with Embark, a DNA analysis company focused on dogs, to look for potential connections between canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and specific codes in the dogs’ DNA.
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Scientific tip for seaweed palatability in dog food

Scientists compared the palatability of dog kibble made with the seaweed Ascophyllum nodosum to a diet without the algal ingredient.
While high levels of seaweed inclusion reduced dogs’ preference for the kibble, the researchers offered advice for maintaining palatability while using seaweed-based pet food ingredients.
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Bacillus subtilis bacteria probiotic boosts dog digestion

Addition of a commercially available Bacillus subtilis probiotic may improve the digestive health of dogs compared to a diet without the additive.
The makers of Calsporin, a strain of Bacillus subtilis, and University of Zaragoza, Spain collaborators published evidence that Bacillus subtilis improves fat and carbohydrate digestibility in dogs’ guts.
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