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New Resource from the Pet Food Institute Shows the Nutrition behind a Cat’s Diet

Interactive infographics demonstrate roles of essential nutrients, from whisker to paw.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WASHINGTON, DC – The Pet Food Institute (PFI), whose members make 98 percent of all U.S. pet food and treats, recently launched a new series of interactive infographics showing the ways that key nutrients found in a complete and balanced cat food recipe help our pets. The new web resource, “Nutrition from Whisker to Paw,” provides fast facts about the essential nutrition that fuels our cats’ growth and supports their body systems, as well as non-essential nutrients that can also serve important functions.

This is the second resource examining the unique nutritional needs of pets that PFI has released. In 2017, PFI released a tool called “Nutrition from Nose to Tail” that demonstrates the value of complete and balanced nutrition for dogs and how it supports their well-being.

“U.S. pet food makers work to ensure every meal has the nutrition that your cat needs,” said Dana Brooks, president and CEO of PFI. “The new ‘Nutrition from Whisker to Paw’ resource highlights the science behind a pet’s diet and why their nutrition matters.”

A “complete and balanced” pet food recipe contains more than 40 nutrients that are identified by veterinary researchers and nutritionists as essential to supporting a healthy pet, specifically: vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and protein and amino acids. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) sets the nutritional profiles for dogs and cats, which serves as the basis for “complete and balanced.”

“Nutrition from Whisker to Paw” shows some of the key functions of the essential nutrients in a cat’s diet. For example, supporting healthy vision, providing energy, and promoting muscle development and maintenance. This new resource also examines other important non-essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates.

“This new resource will help pet lovers see the nutrition in a pet food recipe in action,” Brooks said. “Whether you are feeding a growing kitten or a playful adult cat, their diet plays a key role in supporting a long and healthy life.”

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To learn more about the essential nutrients included in a complete and balanced cat food recipe and how they help your pet, visit www.petfoodinstitute.org/whiskertopaw. To learn more about essential nutrients for dogs via “Nose to Tail,” visit www.petfoodinstitute.org/nosetotail.

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Holistic Care Webinar Replay Available Online

Topics include CBD, herbs, essential oils, and supplements.

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(PRESS RELEASE) On Nov. 2, CBD Dog Health’s founder Angela Ardolino partnered with Gregori Lukas of THEO Pet Grocery to host CBD Sessions. The free educational event featured a panel of holistic veterinarians including Dr. Gerald Buchoff, Dr. Beth Hirsch and Billy Hoekman from Answers Pet Food. The panel and presentation include information on how to holistically care for both cats and dogs with CBD, herbs, essential oils and supplements.

Pet parents who tuned in live can see their questions answered by the panel. Answers include information about Cushing’s disease, endocrine disorders, gut health, diet changes, diarrhea and constipation, what full-spectrum hemp oil means and why it is important.

To see the replay, click here. To learn more about safely caring for your pet with holistic methods, visit angelaardolino.com

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Feeders Supply Opens a Third Location in Lexington, KY

It has 24 locations across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Feeders Supply Company, “The Pet Lovers Store,” has announced the opening of its third location in Lexington, KY, in the Millpond Shopping Center. To celebrate, Feeders Supply is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 13th, followed by a five-day grand opening festivity.

“We are excited to increase Feeders Supply’s presence in Lexington,” said Brannon Dixon, CEO of Feeders Supply Company. “Our third location confirms our commitment to provide premium products to Lexington area pet lovers. Feeders Supply is proud to be Kentucky owned and operate for over 60 years.”

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The newest Lexington location features more than 11,000 square feet of space, with four private self-serve pet wash stations, expansive fish department, obedience training for dogs, plus a community event space to host adoption events with Lexington Humane Society and other local rescue organizations.

To kick-off the grand opening, the first 30 customers each day from Nov. 13 -17 will receive a gift bag filled with premium products, $5 pet washes, and will be able to enter in-store giveaways, such as six months of free dog or cat food. Winners will be announced through Feeders Supply’s Facebook page.

Feeders Supply is dedicated to carrying a great selection of pet food with advances in nutrition and an expanded collection of supplies for pets. Each Feeders Supply associate goes through extensive training to help pet lovers identify the right products for their pets.

Feeders Supply has 24 locations across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

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VA and Pet Partners Combine Efforts to Bring Therapy Animal Services to More Veterans

The partnership will provide veteran communities with volunteer opportunities.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced it is partnering with the nonprofit organization Pet Partners to help improve quality of life, social engagement and health of veterans through increased access of animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy services throughout the VA health care system.

Pet Partners and the VA will train therapy animal teams and encourage VA medical facilities to establish and expand trained therapy animal visitation and AAA and AAT programs to give patients the sense of connection, comfort and joy that comes from spending time with animals.

“This partnership will add to the health care services and programs VA offers to veterans, as emerging research recognizes the positive effects interactions with animals can have on patients,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA’s work with Pet Partners will help veterans support well-being through animal-assisted activities and therapy, which research shows can be very beneficial.”

The partnership will also provide veteran communities with volunteer opportunities and integrate veterans and their families into Pet Partners activities and events.

According to a wide range of research and studies, the human-animal bond can lead to lower blood pressure, reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, and lessened anxiety, pain, and loneliness. Time with therapy animals not only promotes physical and mental health but also supports wellness across variables such as social interaction, rate of recovery and personal motivation.

va.gov/healthpartnerships, petpartners.org

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