I have been feeding my dogs Primal dog food. The nuggets for smaller dogs, Chicken, Duck, and Turkey/Anchovies.
Well they say raw food is one of the better foods to feed your dog, but since I have been feeding them Primal for the past 5 months, I noticed that my Pomeranian's fur is not as shiny or lustrious as before, and my Papillon's fur is dull, thinning, and has a huge bald area on her chest and it was getting worse.
They are both energetic and everything is fine other than their… Continue
Added by Roya on December 23, 2009 at 10:16pm —
I am ordering supplies for the first time from China, and is it true they only do T/T payments. Which is basically wire transfers. They sent me all of their bank information and are now waiting for me to make my payment.. I am not used to doing business this way, I just want to know if this is normal when doing business with companies overseas. Or am I being naive?
Added by Roya on December 1, 2009 at 9:56pm —
I just heard about the most amazing idea for providing a value added offer for a dog food promotion. Instead of providing a coupon wouldn't it be cool to insert a shrink wrapped DVD into the package that would provide owners with insight into overall Dog Wellness. I heard of one DVD that is amazing for this and could be inserted at a fraction of the cost of an actual coupon giveaway. The DVD is a Therapeutic Canine Massage Video shot in HD great quality and can be packaged with an interstitial… Continue
Added by Randy Strong on October 21, 2009 at 6:59pm —
We need your help to gather information for two articles upcoming in 2010:
1. Celebrating milestones
--has your company (or one you do business with) celebrated a significant anniversary or another milestone with the past year or two? We're compiling a list and need to the add to the few we already have. Please send the name of the company, the milestone and contact information for someone we can follow up with.
2. Rising stars in nutrition
--have you worked… Continue
Added by Debbie Phillips-Donaldson on October 13, 2009 at 4:01pm —
Fish meal in pet foods for dogs and cats. There's a regulation that fish meal with a specific percentage of fat must contain the preservative ethoxoquin. Exactly what percentate of fat requires the addition of ethoxoquin? Does anyone know or know where we can find that information? Thanks so much!
Added by Ann Rader on September 30, 2009 at 12:21pm —
It always amazes me when I encounter questions or comments from either the pet food feeding public or fellow members of the pet food industry regarding unique or exotic ingredients. Ms. Danielle Park, whom I presume is not a member of the pet food community, based on her question, posted a question on the PF-Connection one Sept. 22 regarding the use of kangaroo, beaver, emu and ostrich in pet foods. Mr. Jeffrey Bond responded to Ms. Park that he thought that the idea of one of these sources… Continue
Added by Tommy R. Willard on September 23, 2009 at 6:46pm —
1. Pet care sales were $ 28 billion in 2008.
2. Pet care category grew by 4.6% in 2008 driven largely by Supercenters ( +13.4%) and grocery( +5.2%) and club (+ 7.5%.)
3. Mass Merchandisers accounted for 29%, specialty 37% and grocery 22% of total pet care sales
4. Pet care purchase frequency ranked # 10 in grocery, # 1 in Mass, # 3 in dollar stores
5. Out of 126 categories in pet care category ranked # 2 in per capita spending $ 214/yr
6. 75% of households purchased pet… Continue
Added by Mukund Parthasarathy on September 19, 2009 at 11:30am —
In a recent poll conducted here on Petfood-Connection, you told us you are interested in online learning. Now, we at Petfood Industry
are conducting a more detailed survey
to find out what your interests are for online learning on petfood manufacturing topics. The survey was emailed last week to subscribers of our electronic newsletter, Pet eNews. If you did not receive a survey, or… Continue
Added by Joyce Neth on September 15, 2009 at 10:29am —
For any petfood manufacturer with brands being made in the US, the issue of how, when and whether to report a potential safety or quality problem just got simpler--sort of.
Starting September 8, all food manufacturing facilities must now report any serious safety problem directly to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through its new Reportable Food Registry… Continue
Added by Debbie Phillips-Donaldson on September 14, 2009 at 2:40pm —
Is there a sustainability group? Hidden in the system I found something from Marcel Blok but do not see it as a headline group.
Added by John Adams on September 7, 2009 at 2:59pm —
Hello friends, I just started this job and will be working with resurch helping my Company to creat new products, every single experience will be very welcome, specially from you guys who have a lot to say about Pet food. Thanks
Added by Rodrigo Dionisio Pontello on September 2, 2009 at 5:30am —
At the risk of getting giddy or overconfident, the petfood industry has reason to celebrate. Most industries and business sectors around the world are still really struggling in this down economy. Sure, we're seeing signs of recovery (or at least that we've hit bottom), but it's still tough out there for most businesses and consumers.
Yet among all the dismal news and financial reports, one of the most consistent bright spots is petfood. Consider big conglomerates like Nestle Purina,… Continue
Added by Debbie Phillips-Donaldson on August 21, 2009 at 10:17am —
Recently someone described to me what he sees as two basic regulatory approaches:
1. If it’s done right, all will be right—which seems to be the European Union (EU) model; or
2. If all turns out all right, it must have been done right—the US approach.
Now, this is a very simplistic view of a very complicated issue, and it was part of a casual conversation, not an educational or information-oriented venue. But considering all the pending legislation in the US that could… Continue
Added by Debbie Phillips-Donaldson on August 10, 2009 at 3:20pm —
Did you hear the news
a couple weeks ago that Walmart is launching a new sustainability index with the aim to eventually require all its suppliers to prove their products and practices are green and sustainable?
According to this article on FoodProductionDaily.com
, "The goal… Continue
Added by Debbie Phillips-Donaldson on July 31, 2009 at 10:41am —
As you may be aware, AFIA’s Ingredient Approval & Definition Committee (IADC) recently sent a letter to AAFCO urging the organization to consider “recognizing” FDA’s GRAS process by listing the ingredients in which FDA issues a “no questions asked letter” in the AAFCO Official Publication.
Keep in mind the FDA has only noted verbally they will promulgate the rules… Continue
Added by Jarrod Kersey on July 27, 2009 at 4:01pm —
Hello every one !
Can anyone give a substitution of ammonium chloride (NH4Cl) in cat-petfood ?
This authorised additive in Europe is incorporated at very low rate (round 0,5 %) to acidify urine, and so to avoid struvites.
I have written the same request in the Ingredients and Nutrition Group, but do not have any answer yet ... Maybe they are all on holidays !
Thanks for your ideas.
Added by Regis LESAFFRE on July 23, 2009 at 2:06am —
To respond to Debbie Phillips comments on consumer activism: I too think there are various reasons people become activist, and that is reason for my title.
The Good, entails consumers that want to find out the truth about what is going on when some issue comes up. Most of us have unfortunately, become accustom to not believing what we hear, read, are told, nor most of what we see. We assume that we are being lied to or at best, not being told the whole truth. Part of this comes from… Continue
Added by Tommy R. Willard on July 20, 2009 at 1:13pm —
Is there anybody help me that i want to build a pet food production line in Turkey.I want to work with a specialist or a company who advise me entering to market ?
Added by Halim Tekkesin on July 15, 2009 at 4:14am —
, a group of ethanol distillers, has petitioned the US Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) to allow blends of up to 15% ethanol in gas for cars. The National Chicken Council is encouraging the EPA to oppose the petition
, citing potential damage to the engines and other parts of… Continue
Added by Debbie Phillips-Donaldson on July 13, 2009 at 5:57pm —
Did you notice the "Quick Poll" on the main page? From time to time, you'll be seeing a poll in that space. This time, we're trying to learn how many of you need formal "continuing education units" for your job. We've kept the poll brief, but we're interested in hearing more. If you have further comments, please add them to this blog post.
At Petfood Forum this year, we at Petfood Industry heard industry professionals asking our speakers about continuing education opportunities,… Continue
Added by Joyce Neth on July 7, 2009 at 3:07pm —