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  1. A Survey of Dog Owners' Attitudes toward Treats

    Contributor(s):: Morelli, G., Marchesini, G., Contiero, B., Fusi, E., Diez, M., Ricci, R.

  2. The Pet Food Recall Puzzle: Who, What, Why, and How Much

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    | Contributor(s):: Roxanne Greitz Miller

    Last spring, North America was gripped in the largest pet food recall in history. News outlets reported tens of thousands of dogs and cats becoming ill, and many dying, as a result of ingesting contaminated pet food. Several pet owners have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers and...

  3. Identification of Meat Species in Pet Foods Using a Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Assay

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    | Contributor(s):: Tara A. Okuma, Rosalee S. Hellberg

    Product mislabeling, adulteration, and substitution are increasing concerns in highly processed foods, including pet foods. Although regulations exist for pet foods, there is currently a lack of information on the prevalence of pet food mislabeling. The objective of this study was to perform a...

  4. “Their Pets Are Loved Members of Their Family”: Animal Ownership, Food Insecurity, and the Value of Having Pet Food Available in Food Banks

    | Contributor(s):: Rauktis, Mary Elizabeth, Rose, Lynda, Chen, Qi, Martone, Rachel, Martello, Amy

    National estimates of household food security fail to take into account the animals in the household, and studies conducted by animal welfare, veterinary, and pet product associations have not estimated the extent to which pets experience food insecurity. Yet the proliferation of dedicated pet...

  5. Behaviour in order to evaluate the palatability of pet food in domestic cats

    | Contributor(s):: Becques, Aurélie, Larose, Claire, Baron, Céline, Niceron, Cécile, Féron, Christophe, Gouat, Patrick

    Palatability of pet food has been mainly assessed by intake ratios. In the present study we have searched for behavioural clues of food palatability in domestic cats Felis catus. Two diets differing in palatability (Very Palatable Kibbles and Low Palatable Kibbles) were evaluated by a panel of 17...

  6. Evaluation of Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead and Mercury Contamination in Over-the-Counter Available Dry Dog Foods With Different Animal Ingredients (Red Meat, Poultry, and Fish)

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    | Contributor(s):: Hyun-Tae Kim, John P. Loftus, Sabine Mann, Joseph J. Wakshlag

    Objectives: To examine the relative levels of heavy metals and arsenic content in commercial dog foods (arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury) of 51 over-the-counter maintenance or all-life-stage dry dog foods. All products were chosen and segregated based on meat sources (fish, poultry,...

  7. Expanding on current methods employed for investigating pet food stability

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    | Contributor(s):: Jessica Jayne Learey

    The Australian petfood sector continues to grow due to the 'humanisation' of pets. Ingredients added to petfood have the potential to degrade to harmful products making detection important. In this research various analytical methods were adapted to improve detection of products found...

  8. Company human-animal interaction in the municipality of Paragominas, southeast of ParaInteracao homem-animal de companhia no municipio de Paragominas, sudeste do Para

    | Contributor(s):: Santos, R. C. B., Moura, K. B., Sousa e Sousa, E., Oliveira, R. A. de, Soares, B. C., Melo, W. de O.

    Objective of this study was to characterize the creation of companion animals raised in the southeastern region of Para. The study was conducted in the municipality of Paragominas-PA, from June to July 2015. The method used in data collection was the survey with questionnaires containing open and...

  9. A Perspective from Pet Owners toward the Development in Pet Supplies Industry

    | Contributor(s):: Chen Chunsheng

    From the 1950s onwards, pets were generally obtained by picking up, sheltering, donating or adoption, until the 1950s, the phenomenon of pet commodity trading began on the market, and the pet was never a commodity to a "exchange value" generation. According to the statistics of the COA,...

  10. A two pan feeding trial with companion dogs: considerations for future testing

    | Contributor(s):: Jodi C. Vondran

    Palatability of pet foods is judged by the use of animals in colonies. Pet food manufacturers would like to understand how palatable a food is compared to another food. This generally is accomplished by a two pan test where a pet has the opportunity to freely choose between two foods. Preference...

  11. Vegetarian versus Meat-Based Diets for Companion Animals

    | Contributor(s):: Andrew Knight, Madelaine Leitsberger

    Companion animal owners are increasingly concerned about the links between degenerative health conditions, farm animal welfare problems, environmental degradation, fertilizers and herbicides, climate change, and causative factors; such as animal farming and the consumption of animal products....

  12. The influence of human behaviors in the increased prevalence of overweight dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Nora J. Nealon, Julie M. Fagan

    An increasing number of dogs are falling into the overweight and obese categories, paralleling the rise in obesity over the past few decades in people. This suggests that dogs, which interact closely with people, have been influenced by our sedentary lifestyles, over-sized portions and diets high...

  13. Why Don't Dogs Live Forever? Rodney Habib at TEDxNSCCWaterfront

    | Contributor(s):: Rodney Habib

    Are we doing enough for our pets? Rodney Habib is a voice for dogs around the world. After one of his dogs, Sammie, was diagnosed with Cancer, Rodney went on a journey to discover why? What he learned along the way will surprise you and leave you with an idea that will change the way you look at...

  14. Nutritionism and the making of modern pet food

    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Wrye

    This dissertation considers the creation of nutritionally 'complete and balanced' commercial pet foods. Specifically, I am concerned with understanding the conditions that made it possible for pet animals to consume commercially-manufactured pet foods exclusively. I argue that...

  15. What You Can and Can't Learn From a Pet Food Label

    | Contributor(s):: Angela Witzel

  16. Frieda's Foundation

    Frieda's Foundation is dedicated to keeping pets at home, with the family that loves them, by providing pet food and supplies to those that need them, as well as financial  for veterinary care.

  17. Quantitative assessment of human and pet exposure to Salmonella associated with dry pet foods

    | Contributor(s):: Lambertini, E., Buchanan, R. L., Narrod, C., Ford, R. M., Baker, R. C., Pradhan, A. K.

    Recent Salmonella outbreaks associated with dry pet foods and treats highlight the importance of these foods as previously overlooked exposure vehicles for both pets and humans. In the last decade efforts have been made to raise the safety of this class of products, for instance by upgrading...

  18. Household demand for pet food and the ownership of cats and dogs: An analysis of a neglected component of U.S. food use

    | Contributor(s):: Malcolm J. Purvis, Daniel M. Otto

    Since 1972/3 there has been a growing realization that U.S. food production is not unlimited and that man and animals are competing for a scarce resource at the “global dining table”. Much has been made of the inefficient conversion of feedgrains by animals into animal protein for...

  19. Consumer Acceptance of Dry Dog Food Variations

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    | Contributor(s):: Brizio Di Donfrancesco, Kadri Koppel, Marianne Swaney-stueve, Edgar Chambers Iv

    The objectives of this study were to compare the acceptance of different dry dog food products by consumers, determine consumer clusters for acceptance, and identify the characteristics of dog food that drive consumer acceptance. Eight dry dog food samples available in the US market were...

  20. The Effects of Cooking Process and Meat Inclusion on Pet Food Flavor and Texture Characteristics

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    | Contributor(s):: Kadri Koppel, Michael Gibson, Sajid Alavi, Greg Aldrich

    The pet food industry is an important portion of the food and feed industries in the US. The objectives of this study were (1) to determine cooking method (baking or extrusion), meat inclusion (0 or 20%), and extrusion thermal to mechanical energy ratios (low, medium, and high) effects on sensory...