Science diet reformulated

Hill’s Pet Nutrition to reformulate Science Diet petfoods

Release Date: 09/12/2012
Hill’s Pet Nutrition will reformulate its Science Diet dogs and cat foods to add more natural ingredients.

The company made the decision to reformulate the Science Diet petfoods because some consumers were making product choices based primarily on a set criteria for ingredients, rather than the overall promise . . . → Read More: Science diet reformulated

Merrick acquires natural, organic petfood company Castor & Pollux

Acquisition allows Merrick to expand its petfood brand into the super-premium petfood segment
Merrick Pet Care Inc. signed an agreement to acquire Castor & Pollux Natural PetWorks, a privately held natural and organic petfood company based in Oregon, USA.

Although specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, Merrick Pet Care says the acquisition of Castor & Pollux further advances its key growth strategies of expanding the company’s brands in the super-premium petfood segment and allows for greater utilization of its manufacturing facilities located in Hereford, Texas, USA. Continue reading Merrick acquires natural, organic petfood company Castor & Pollux

Obesity in Dogs

Quality of life is reduced in obese dogs but improves after successful weight loss
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Obesity is thought to affect quality of life, but limited objective data exist to support this supposition. The current study aim was to use a questionnaire . . . → Read More: Obesity in Dogs

Nutri-Scan saliva test patented by Dr. Jean Dodds

NutriScan is our novel patented diagnostic test based on saliva, which can reveal the latent or pre-clinical form of food sensitivity or food intolerance. Our first test panel for six of the most common allergens has been available since May 2011. Additional allergen panels will be offered in 2012.
Dr. Jean  Dodds has introduced NutriScan, a novel, patented food intolerance and canine food sensitivity testing system. This assay system utilizes an important new approach in nutrition – that salivary diagnostics can more accurately identify the foods to be avoided rather than focus on those less like to be reactive. Continue reading Nutri-Scan saliva test patented by Dr. Jean Dodds

Saliva test for Food allergy in Dogs

Using Saliva to Detect Food Sensitivity and Intolerance in Dogs to Gluten And Other Food Ingredients
Summary: Surveys of purebred dog clubs have identified food sensitivity or intolerance as a common health concern.  Other than time-consuming feeding trials, which eliminate potential reactive ingredients every several weeks, testing for this condition has used expensive and unsightly skin patch testing or screening of serum samples that often lacks specificity.  An accurate and efficient canine food sensitivity and intolerance test can help owners recognize the symptoms and take the right steps to treat and alleviate this problem by using individualized case-specific nutrition. Continue reading Saliva test for Food allergy in Dogs

Flaxseed, soy and low thyroid

From the American Thyroid Assn (an association of professional

“This is the first study to show that dietary supplementation with very high
doses of soy phytoestrogen (at levels typical of a vegetarian diet), may
result in a 3-fold increase in the risk of progression from subclinical to
overt hypothyroidism, suggesting that vegetarian patients with mild
subclinical hypothyroidism may need more careful . . . → Read More: Flaxseed, soy and low thyroid

What you need to know about Pet Food Labels

Pet Food Labels – General

Pet food labeling is regulated at two levels. The federal regulations, enforced by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), establish standards applicable for all animal feeds: proper identification of product, net quantity statement, manufacturer’s name and address, and proper listing of ingredients. Some states also enforce their own labeling regulations. Many states have adopted the model pet food regulations established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). These regulations are more specific in nature, covering aspects of labeling such as the product name, the guaranteed analysis, the nutritional adequacy statement, feeding directions, and calorie statements.

Continue reading What you need to know about Pet Food Labels