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5 ways cats can benefit from krill
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5 ways cats can benefit from krill

Why? Because krill is rich in health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, choline, astaxanthin, and marine proteins. All these essential nutrients are important for the healthy development and maintenance of a cats' body. More than that, omega-3s found in krill play a very important role, as both cats and dogs can't produce them naturally and rely on their diet to maintain healthy levels. Here are some ways cats can benefit from having a diet that includes krill. Read more on how important is the right omega-3 1. Skin Care and Coat Health
Fat is very important for healthy skin and coat in cats. Lack of fatty acids can initially result in a dull, dry coat and itchy skin, as they are crucial for the skin and coat barrier. A regular diet based on essential fatty acids like those found in krill is therefore essential to keep the skin barrier fit and the coat shiny. They may help prevent dandruff and reduced shedding which can lead to fewer hairballs. Being anti-inflammatory, they may also prevent skin problems related to e.g. atopy or allergies. 2. Heart Support
Omega-3s are important for a healthy heart and can help reduce inflammation in cats that have existing heart disease. They may also lower blood pressure and prevent dangerous blood clots that could be damaging to the heart. 3. Healthy Joints
Krill's omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties and may contribute to reducing joint pain caused by aging or osteoarthritis. Several studies show that senior cats suffering from osteoarthritis-related joint pain had improved motion and had more energy after receiving a consistent diet based on omega-3s. 4. Improved and Stronger Immune System
Omega-3s and astaxanthin found in krill strengthen the immune system in your cat by making immune cells more flexible and resistant. A healthy, balanced diet that includes omega-3s and omega-6s can support and enhance the immune system of cats of all ages. Even perfectly healthy cats can benefit from the immune-boosting properties as their risk for serious illnesses increases with age. 5. Cognitive Function
Omega-3s and choline found in krill are essential for the cognitive and behavioral function of cats in every stage of life. They support brain development, the learning process, the nerve transmitters and affect the overall mental well-being of cats. It may also diminish the amount of neuronal loss happening when aging. Giving cats pet food or supplement with krill can therefore help their mind and vision to stay strong and focused. It is true omega-3 fatty acids can do wonders for your cat's health and wellbeing, but for that to happen your furry friend needs to get enough of these essential nutrients from diet alone. Krill is also a sustainable marine source Besides being a natural source of health-promoting nutrients for pets, krill is highly sustainable and therefore environmentally friendly, reducing your cat's carbon paw-print. by Written by Ana Dumbravescu - Marketing Manager Qrill Pet 

The importance of Vitamins and Minerals in Cat and Dog Food
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The importance of Vitamins and Minerals in Cat and Dog Food

Have you ever noticed the list of vitamins and minerals on the label of a Cat and Dog Food package?   This extensive list and the not-so-familiar terms used may scare us a bit, but Vitamins and Minerals are vital components for the well-being, health, and longevity of our Pets. Each Vitamin and Mineral plays a unique role in the body, so it is important to properly balance these nutrients in Pet Food. Vitamin and Mineral supplementation is used in all types of Food for Dogs and Cats such as: dry food, canned food, wet food. These supplements are used to provide the essential nutrients in the correct proportions that they require. In Pet Foods, Vitamins and Minerals are generally added as a premix. It means that some ingredients are included in small amounts in the formulation of dog and cat food, such as vitamins and minerals. Due to the need for high precision in weighing the micro-ingredients that make up the premix, Pet Food Factories choose to buy this ready-made product from a supplier, rather than mixing micronutrients in their own factory. In addition, with the use of the premix there is greater reliability that the mixtures are more homogeneous, guaranteeing a much safer pet food. It is important to take into account the loss of vitamins that occurred during the extrusion process and shelf life, and these losses must be taken into account when formulating a premix. And it is essential to know the sources of microminerals to choose, since there are significant differences in their bioavailability. Currently, there are several Companies specializing in developing premixes in an attempt to facilitate the process of factories that produce complete Food for Dogs and Cats. These Companies have been refining to deliver personalized pet food premixes to the market, which perfectly complete the missing micronutrients in the ingredients used in a greater proportion in the formulations of the products, as if they were missing pieces in the puzzle, being essential for any food. to become balanced and whole. As a market trend, we understand that in addition to being personalized, the premix must also offer innovation so that in addition to improving nutritional quality, it can also facilitate processes, since new technologies are emerging for the commercialization and conservation of food for Dogs and Cats, and micronutrients must be bioavailable in all types of whole foods, ensuring the safety of the food factory. By: Erika Stasieniuk y Ludmila Barbi    

Breakthrough for pet health and sustainability - Veramaris announces a richer, sustainable algae Omega-3 for pets
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Breakthrough for pet health and sustainability - Veramaris announces a richer, sustainable algae Omega-3 for pets

Veramaris® Pets, a new source of Omega-3 for pet food which provides twice as much EPA & DHA Omega-3 fatty acids compared to fish oil, has been launched by biotech Veramaris. It's the first of its kind in pet food; a natural, rich and sustainable alternative to fish oil to help pets enjoy long, healthy and happy lives.  Veramaris' natural marine algal oil is made from microalgae, which is particularly rich in essential EPA & DHA Omega-3. Just a little drop of Omega-3 is what pets need every day. Veramaris provides pet food companies with a stable and sustainable way to enrich their products with nature's richest Omega-3 and give pets the essential nutrition they need. This latest development for Veramaris follows an extremely successful first 12 months establishing itself in the aquaculture market. Now, the company is expanding its portfolio and its pioneering algal oil has been expertly refined to optimise the taste for pets. Veramaris Pets beats Fish Oil on taste in tests where both oils were used as coating for dry dog and cat food. Traditionally, Omega-3 has come from fish oil but demand is outstripping supply, leading to unstable supply conditions and increased risks of overfishing. Veramaris' algal oil expands the world's access to Omega-3 and reduces dependence on wild catch fish. Every 1kg of our natural algal oil replaces 60kg of wild catch fish otherwise used for fish oil in pet food formulations.  As well as coming from a guaranteed sustainable and natural source, pet food manufacturers will receive a consistent and reliable supply of algal oil. Invariably, Veramaris algal oil offers an EPA & DHA concentration exceeding 50% and is free from any ocean-borne contaminants. Karim Kurmaly, CEO of Veramaris, said: 'This is an important chapter in the story of our young company. I am delighted that our dedicated team has been able to take Veramaris Pets to the pet food market so soon. Just a little drop of this high-quality product will make a big difference to the health of companion animals, which is good news for 'pet parents' every day and everywhere. They can also be reassured in the knowledge that while improving their pet's health they are also contributing to healthy oceans.' To find out more about Veramaris Pets natural marine algal oil, visit: pets.veramaris.com Source: Veramaris  

Behavior & Protein: Does Protein in Dog Food Play a Role in Your Dog’s Behavior?
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Behavior & Protein: Does Protein in Dog Food Play a Role in Your Dog’s Behavior?

We've previously talked about protein in commercial pet foods and home-cooked diets. Typically, our focus is meeting your pet's biological needs. However, you may have heard friends, dog trainers, or even veterinarians talking about feeding a low protein diet to treat behavior issues. But what does a low-protein diet really mean, and how do these testimonials compare to the science? What is a 'Low Protein' Diet? Unfortunately using terms like low or high can be rather confusing in pet nutrition. Healthy adult dogs (over one year of age) need a minimum of 4.5 grams of protein for every 100 calories they consume (Unsure how this compares to the percentages on the back of a pet food label? You can convert the numbers by using the calculator here. Beyond this minimum requirement, there is no legal definition or even a general consensus of what exactly a 'low' or 'high' protein diet actually is. Each trainer, veterinarian, or nutritionist might have different ranges for what they consider in each category. In research or in recommendations, it's important to clarify the actual amount of protein recommended and compare that to the minimum amount a pet needs and the current amount consumed by the pet. What Protein Level is Safe to Feed to My Dog? So long as diets are nutritionally complete and balanced for your pet (are above the minimum 4.5 grams protein per 100 calories and meet all the other nutrient requirements) and include an appropriate AAFCO statement, they are formulated to be balanced for healthy pets. There is also no maximum or safe upper limit for protein, but some pets may have limitations on the protein they can safely consume due to medical conditions. You should always consult your veterinarian about diet changes, especially if your pet is growing, pregnant, lactating, or has any medical conditions. What Does the Research Have to Say About the Link Between Diet and Behavior? Although certain amino acids from food have been found to alter the synthesis of neurotransmitters (chemical 'signals') in the brain, neurotransmitter release and behavior can also be influenced through training or changes in routine. A couple of studies have been done specifically on the relationship between protein and 'problem' behaviors with conflicting results. For example, one study of a lower protein diet found that the behavior of dogs with owner-directed aggression (described as 'dominance aggression in the study) and hyperactivity were unchanged, but that territorial aggression appeared reduced. Conversely, another study found that owner-directed aggression was the only behavior that seemed affected when dogs were fed a lower protein diet. There were some design problems with both studies – when the two diets that were tested were compared more carefully, the two diets tested were actually very similar in protein content and the two groups of dogs had similar overall protein intake, so it's uncertain whether the changes seen were really due to variations in dietary protein versus other factors. More research is needed to fully understand the potential behavioral impacts of various protein content in diets (and not just the total protein content but also the composition of the individual amino acids). Given the limited number of studies currently available, potential benefits of such diets are not strongly supported. However, as long as the diet chosen is good quality and is  complete and balanced for your pet, it may be appropriate to see if it improves your pet's behavior (talk with your veterinarian first!). Overall, the best way to ensure healthy behavior for your dog is working with the right experts. Healthy dogs in need of training (e.g., pulling on leashes, jumping up on visitors to lick faces, etc.) should be seen by qualified force-free trainers. Dogs with abnormal behaviors (e.g., aggression, or normal behaviors that are displayed excessively or out of context) should be seen by a Board-Certified Veterinary Behaviorist. It's also helpful to speak with your veterinarian as well, since many medical issues can look like behavioral issues so you'll want to have your veterinarian examine your pet for pain or illness that may be making them act out of the ordinary. by Deborah E. Linder, DVM, MS, DACVN - Clinical Nutrition 

DSM highlights Preferences for Immune-Boosting Pet Diets
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DSM highlights Preferences for Immune-Boosting Pet Diets

DSM reports immunity is priority in pet food formulations Pet owners are getting keen on reading labels and looking for functional ingredients, namely searching for formulas that contain added vitamins and nutrients that boost immune system health, according to a recent pet owner survey by Royal DSM. The survey included 500 dog and cat owners living in the United States. A majority (72%) were dog owners, 48% were cat owners, and 6% owned a bird or reptile. Some households represented mixed-species ownership. DSM reported 69% of pet owners said they are more likely to purchase pet food products that offer optimized vitamin and nutrient levels that support healthy immune systems. Another 70% said they believe the inclusion of vitamins and nutrients in pet food is of peak importance to pet health. Additionally, 73% of pet owners surveyed said they believe the brand they already purchase provides the correct amount of vitamins and nutrients to support immune health. 'In recent months, keeping our immune systems and those of our pets has become keenly important,' said Julia Novita, marketing manager for pet food, North America at DSM. 'By offering our pets the right foods — rich in key vitamins and nutrients —  we can help maintain our pet's health. We know, for example, the right amount of vitamins D, C and E, key B vitamins with beta carotene plus essential minerals and omega 3 fatty acids nourish the immune function which helps aid our pets against everyday challenges. Because we've all been spending more time at home, the bond with these four- legged family members is especially strong right now.' As the pet industry continues to trend toward functional ingredients and solutions-based formulas, it's crucial to keep a finger on the pulse of pet owner preferences and priorities. By Jordan Tyler Source: Royal DSM  

Primary Yeast Solutions are Helping Boost Pet Health and Well-Being
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Primary Yeast Solutions are Helping Boost Pet Health and Well-Being

Yeast-based ingredients are playing an increasing role in pet foods premiumization as a source of improved health and well-being for pets around the world says Rodolphe Rabot.  'Yeasts have been widely used in pet foods in the past to assist cat food palatability and protein supply,' said Dr Rabot. 'What we're seeing now, however, is a growing interest in the value and impact of yeasts in boosting immunity levels in pets and helping to improve gut health.' Current industry statistics for pet food launches in the last 10 years show yeast-based ingredients are declared and valorised in only around 20% of new products, although with clear evidence of a growth in usage taking place across all segments and global markets. While the increasing use of yeasts in pet foods is well accepted by industry specialists, Dr Rabot believes many aspects of today's 'yeast revolution' aren't well enough understood by users.  'All yeasts are not just a yeast! The family is extremely large, involving several thousands of different strains,' he said. 'In looking at the future use of yeast strains in pet foods, therefore, we are potentially at the beginning of a huge change.' A key question for yeast product users is whether or not to work with primary yeast ingredients, which have been specifically selected for pet purposes, or to use second hand yeasts, such as spent yeasts which have already been used in the brewing industry, or similar. 'Spent yeasts come from an initial industrial process and are then re-used as by-products of the beer or ethanol industry, or similar,' said Dr Rabot. 'Residues of such processes are passed to people who are trying to recover some money by creating a cheap end product. I say cheap because these products use yeast strains which have already been depreciated by their original use. 'Even after industrial by-products are processed again, a lot of variability exists in the spent yeast batches which are received, while blending by collectors to minimize inconsistencies fails to deliver health guarantees. In short, it's a playground!' Speaking in his role as global species manager for pets and horses for Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care, France, Dr Rabot said that, as a producer of yeast-based items for use for humans and domestic animals, Lesaffre has always been highly focused on the way it selects yeast strains and the benefits which it can deliver to pets. 'Our strains are selected to help boost the health of pets while spent yeast strains are selected to make beer or ethanol,' he said. 'The first direct advantage we look for in pet food, is to deliver consistent and constant health benefits. In that context, we have carefully developed a yeast 'library' containing thousands of species, constantly working on the basis that the more strains you have to choose from, the more chance there is of finding something which is in line with our targeted benefits, such as boosting disease resistance, immunity, microbiota biodiversity and so on.' Lesaffre has been focusing on primary yeasts for 160 years, driven by the fact that they offer much higher activity levels than spent yeasts, many of which will have been through eight or nine beer processes. Primary yeasts, in contrast, can be selected and grown under fully controlled processes and quality standards to have higher bioactive compound content than spent items. As a result, they bring much more value to pet foods, while insuring safety and complete traceability. 'Recent studies in pets have also confirmed that some selected strains of live yeast should be considered, alongside some live bacteria, as real probiotics with proven health benefits when given orally at the right dose,' said Dr Rabot. 'Additional yeast autolysis and purification processes enable selected yeast fractions to be delivered with a high concentration in certain active components, such as Mannans to bind pathogens, betaglucans to modulate innate immunity or nucleotides to aid cell renewal. 'My last word! Natural primary yeasts are the basis of the health promise that our beloved companion animals deserve and that pet parents are expecting. In short, primary yeasts are more than an ingredient, they're the solution.' by Dr Rodolphe Rabot, DVM Global species manager for Pets and Horse • Phileo by Lesaffre

Scoular, Gray ‘turn the dirt’ at New $50 Million Freeze-Drying Facility
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Scoular, Gray ‘turn the dirt’ at New $50 Million Freeze-Drying Facility

Scoular officially broke ground August 6 on its new manufacturing facility for freeze-dried pet food ingredients in Seward, Nebraska. The company announced plans along with a $50 million investment into the 105,000-sq.-ft. plant in March 2019. The plant is expected to be up and running by fall of 2020, operated by an 'indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Scoular,' according to the company. Scoular's new freeze-dried facility will include a warehouse, cold storage for raw meat, freeze dryers and clean rooms to manufacture high-quality, safe pet food ingredients as the market for them continues to grow. 'We are continually identifying new ways to meet our customers' needs and help solve their business requirements. This new facility reflects this commitment, as one of the first in the country to bring multiple phases of the freeze-drying manufacturing process under one roof for the pet food industry,' said Paul Maass, CEO of Scoular. The ceremony featured Stephen Gray, president and CEO of Gray, the design firm tasked with engineering, architecture and construction of the facility, as well as Maass, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Seward Mayor Josh Eickmeier and Jonathan Jank, president and CEO of Seward County Chamber and Development. 'We're thrilled to be part of this exciting endeavor,' Gray said. 'The state-of-the-art facility is sure to make a positive impact on the industry and local economy.' A 126-year-old employee-owned company with more than $4 billion in sales, Scoular has more than 100 strategic offices, grain elevators and processing facilities in North America, South America and Asia. The company's more than 1,000 employees are engaged in the business of buying, selling, storing, handling and processing grain and ingredients as well as managing transportation and logistics worldwide. by Scoular   

Cats are not Small Dogs: Unique Nutritional Needs of Cats
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Cats are not Small Dogs: Unique Nutritional Needs of Cats

Different from dogs, who are omnivores (meaning they are designed to eat a combination of animal and plant foods), cats are carnivores and have unique metabolism compared to many other domestic animals. Cats have special dietary needs that omnivores do not have and for this reason they should not be fed as vegetarians and should always have some animal protein (meat) in their diets. That does not mean that they can safely eat only meat – cats can digest and utilize nutrients from plants and a very high or all meat diet is dangerous for cats! Some of the unique nutritional needs of cats: Protein: Cats need more protein than other species like humans or dogs. Kittens need more protein than most other animals and adult cats need 2-3 times more protein than dogs or herbivores like cows or horses. Arginine: Arginine, an amino acid (which is a building block of protein) found in meat, is another unique requirement of cats. Most other animals can make some arginine (so their dietary needs are lower), but cats lack the enzyme needed to make arginine in their own bodies, so it needs to be provided in higher amounts in their diet. Arginine is important because it is involved in removing ammonia (the waste product of protein breakdown) from the body. If cats cannot remove the ammonia from their bodies, they can suffer weight loss, vomiting, neurological signs, and even death. Taurine: Taurine is another amino acid that cats cannot make themselves like many animals can. It is important in kittens for them to grow normally and in adult cats to remain healthy. In addition, when cats are fed a diet too low in taurine they can become blind as a result of retinal degeneration and their heart can become enlarged and not be able to pump blood appropriately (dilated cardiomyopathy). Queens (adult female cats) can also develop reproductive problems. Because of these serious issues that develop with taurine deficiency, all cat foods should include taurine. The total amount in the diet, however, is not the only important factor. Other ingredients in the diet can affect how taurine is broken down in the gut and how available it is to the cat so it's important to feed a diet that has been carefully formulated and tested. Vitamins: When it comes to vitamins, cats require some vitamins like niacin in higher amounts than other animals like dogs. In most animals, vitamin A can be made in the body from compounds that are present in plants like carrots and green leafy vegetables (carotenoids). The enzyme needed to do this is not very active in cats, therefore diets for cats must include pre-made vitamin A.  Vitamin D is normally made in the body in many animals including humans when they spend time in the sunlight. Cats (as well as dogs) are not able to make adequate amounts of vitamin D in their bodies, so they must always get it in their diet. Unlike dogs, cats cannot use the plant form of vitamin D as efficiently as the animal form, so feline diets should include the animal version of vitamin D (vitamin D3) or the levels of D2 need to be adjusted to compensate for its lower efficiency.  Because of limited production of the vitamin niacin in cats' bodies, feline diets must also contain more niacin than diet for other animals. Cats also have a number of other unique needs, including those that affect their essential fatty acid metabolism, higher requirements for some B vitamins, and differences in carbohydrate metabolism. These special needs of cats are the reason cats should not be fed dog food and require a very carefully formulated diet. If you pick commercial cat foods that say they are formulated to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles or have passed animal feeding trials for cats (and are from a manufacturer with good quality control), then these special needs are already taken into account! by Deborah E. Linder, DVM, MS, DACVN, Written in conjunction with veterinary student, Sasha Santiago.

Green Tea Extracts: Product of Green Source Organics
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Green Tea Extracts: Product of Green Source Organics

Green Tea is an excellent source of polyphenols as well as vitamin C, chromium and selenium. Polyphenols stimulate fat oxidation and metabolic processes in the body making Green Tea a useful application for weight loss. Green Tea also contains catechin, an antioxidant chemical which may help to reduce incidences of tooth problems. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of Green Tea have lead to its use in many anti-aging formulas and topical applications for sun damage. Products: Green Tea Powder – #1173 Powder Extract (95% Poly, 50% ECGC) – #1218 Powder Extract (60% Polyphenol, 20% ECGC) – #1218 Powder Extract (45% Poly, 12% ECGC) – #1218 Green Tea Seed Oil – #1101 Tea Saponin (60-90%) – #1290 Functional Foods: Foods and beverages, baked goods, nutritional products, supplements, confections, snacks and nutiritional bars, trail mixes, dairy products, flavorings. Nutraceuticals: Supports healthy blood levels of cholesterol, boosts immune system, used in weight management, supports gut, heart and digestive health, provides energy, supports prostate health. Cosmeceutical: Adds suppleness and moisture to the skin (anti-aging), nourishes damaged hair. Animal Nutrition: Adds antioxidants, supports eye and cardiovascular health, palatant, masking agent, feeding stimulant, odor inhibitor, rich source of minerals to support healthy system function. by Green Source Organics All Extruded 

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