Our Top 5 Research Areas of Focus

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:

  1. Healthy Weight Management
    We know that weight isn’t just a cosmetic concern.  An unhealthy weight can make life shorter and less enjoyable for pets. That’s why we’re researching new ways to address the concern.

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.”

  1. Healthy Early Development
    Kittens and puppies are in a growth and development stage, and have special nutritional needs. So we study the nutrients, exercise and stimulation that is key for the first year of a pet’s life.

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.”

  1. Digestive Health
    Healthy digestion is necessary for a pet to absorb nutrients and put them to work, so they can have positive results on health.

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.

  1. Healthy Aging
    Understanding how nutrition affects aging can give us the keys to help keep pets healthy as they grow older.

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.

  1. Oral Health
    Since pets can’t take care of their teeth with the same rituals and regularity that humans do, it’s important that pet food contributes to oral health.

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:

  • How to develop pet food with textures that resemble foods that pets eat in nature
  • How to develop pet food that owners can’t wait to feed their pets, like our Beneful®Baked Delights dog snacks
  • How to make our manufacturing processes more efficient and environmentally stable
  • How to use technology to trace, down to an individual batch, the quality of the ingredients and the way they were cooked