ADVANCING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF PET HEALTH
The more we discover about a pet’s physiology, the more we can unlock the clues to giving them long, healthy lives. Here are our top areas of focus:
Case Study: “One of our successes in dealing with weight concerns has been the use of components of soy in several of our weight management products,” says Roos. “For example, when pets are spayed or neutered, they can gain weight because their metabolism typically decreases. We use components of soy that can help increase the dog’s metabolism back to a normal rate, without requiring a low-cal, high-fiber diet to help manage weight. When dogs were fed components of soy, we saw a 50% reduction in both their weight gain and body fat accumulation.”
Case Study: “We have included colostrum in certain growth products ” explains Chausow. “It has nutrients that young pets need in their first few days/weeks of life, in particular certain proteins that help strengthen the immune system.”
Case Study: The use of probiotics, which are live microorganisms that promote health, can also be beneficial for our pets. After studying their positive effects on pets, we now use them in our Fortiflora product (only available by prescription from your veterinarian), to promote digestive health for cats and dogs.
Case Study: As dogs age into their senior years, their brains lose the ability to use blood sugar for energy, which results in a decline in cognitive health. We found an alternative energy source for the brain that enables the dog to think, behave and function like they did as an adult.
Case Study: “Kibble has beneficial abrasive properties and can help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar on a dog or cat’s teeth,” explains Chausow.
FINDING THE FUTURE OF PET FOOD
Nestlé Purina is investing in innovative new technologies and processes to manufacture pet foods that are leading-edge in nutrition, palatability, quality and safety for cats and dogs.
Here are just some of the types of discoveries we are engineering: