Friday, October 17, 2014

Dr. Tim, Dr. Tim's Pet Food, wins America's favorite vet award

    The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) has named Dr. Tim Hunt of Bayshore Veterinary Clinic in Marquette, Michigan, as the 2014 winner of the "America's Favorite Veterinarian" contest. Hunt was nominated by Kris Mitchell, a client at Bayshore Veterinary Clinic (which Hunt established in 1993). Mitchell nominated Hunt because he willingly performed a cesarean section on her bulldog on Christmas morning.
    The contest was inaugurated in 2013 via the AVMF’s Facebook page, and celebrates the relationship pet owners share with their veterinarians. In 2014 the contest grew to allow the public to vote to select the winner. The twenty finalists selected received over 86,000 votes from across the country. Hunt received over 12,000 votes to secure the title.
    Hunt is a Detroit native. He earned his undergraduate degree and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University. In addition to his work as a small animal veterinarian, Hunt serves as a volunteer veterinarian in Alaska for the Iditarod and has founded the Alaska Veterinary Rural Program, where he conducts spay/neuter clinics and provides veterinary care in impoverished villages.
    "I am very proud and honored to have been voted the winner of the 2014 America's Favorite Veterinarian contest conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation," said Hunt. "I cannot say just how thankful I am for all that voted. I am so lucky to have such a great staff at Bayshore Veterinary Hospital and supportive family in that we all share a mutual love for animals and it really shows. Thank you Marquette, Michigan, a small town of 20,000 people and all those from various places around the USA. Honestly, I am speechless.

    "To the 19 other finalists in the contest, thank you for being such great vets. Your great work has surely been noticed by many people and is appreciated more than you will ever realize."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Registration open for AFIA 2014 Import & Export Seminar

    Registration is open for the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA)'s 2014 Import & Export Seminar in Arlington, Virginia, Dec. 9–10. The seminar is a collaboration of educational courses and discussions to address issues related to regulatory trade requirements for feed, ingredients and petfood.
    The educational event is open to industry professionals interested in learning about current trade industry constraints and how they can support the efforts of the varying agencies. It is ideal for anyone responsible for the importing and/or exporting of products for their company. Foreign Service Agriculture Administrator Phil Karsting will deliver this year's keynote presentation on "Linking US Agriculture to the World." Other speakers include individuals from the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Foreign Agriculture Service, and the US Food and Drug Administration.
    "AFIA is thrilled yet again to host an interactive event that benefits an array of key industry professionals who focus on regulatory trade issues," said Gina Tumbarello, AFIA director of international policy and trade. "With the recognized need for education on importing and exporting products, this unique, every-other-year event offers an opportunity for key industry professionals to engage in discussions with various government agencies and their role in regulatory trade."
    The early-bird registration is available through Nov. 10.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Glowing dog food in New Zealand blamed on bioluminescent bacteria

    Glowing dog food discovered by a New Zealand woman might be due to sea-based bioluminescent bacteria, according to microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles.
    A fluorescent blue glow was emanating from a pair of Jimbo's Pet Food bones Fiona Wallis bought for her dog. Jimbo's is considering a recall, but the exact cause of the glowing is still being investigated. The bones are kept in a kind of brine during production, which is hospitable to certain sea bacteria. While there are a couple strains of bacteria that could be dangerous, said Wiles, that's not likely the case with this particular strain.
    Jimbo's general manager, Dave Allan, said the glowing meat was packaged at the beginning of September, so most of the product has likely been consumed. "We are not aware of any risks to the animals," he said.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mars Petcare opens US innovation center

    Mars Petcare has officially opened the doors of its new, state-of-the-art, Gold-LEED certified US$110 million Global Innovation Center in Thompson's Station, Tennessee. The new campus, designed to help the company make "A Better World for Pets" through petfood innovations, is the third Mars Petcare innovation center and first in the US. It will serve as the global center of excellence for the company's portfolio, according to the company.
    The center will join with similar Mars Petcare Global Innovation Centers located in Verden, Germany and Aimargues, France, and will focus on dry cat and dog food in both the natural and mainstream petfood categories. "Everything about this campus is dedicated to helping pets live longer and happier lives," said Larry Allgaier, president of Mars Petcare North America. "Mars has been doing business in Tennessee for the past 35 years, employing nearly 1,700 Associates across our petcare, chocolate and Wrigley business segments. Our US$110 million Global Innovation Center marks the sixth Mars site in Tennessee and will employ more than 140 Associates."
    Much of the activity at the Global Innovation Center will be focused on caring for the pets—up to 180 dogs and 120 cats when fully staffed—many of which will be adopted from area shelters and rescues. In accordance with the caring science approach developed by Mars' Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition in the United Kingdom, each pet will be treated like a member of the family, regularly receiving grooming services, veterinary care, training and exercise. The campus also includes outdoor space designed for pets to relax and play with caretakers and their other furry friends, says Mars.
    The center will include a product development center, pet feeding center and learning center. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Petfood Forum launches new website, opens registration for 2015

    Information on the Petfood Forum conferences is now available via a new website, as registration opens for Petfood Forum 2015 and Petfood Innovation Workshop: Next Generation Treats. The new site,, features full information on upcoming Petfood Forum and Petfood Innovation Workshop events, access to registration for attendees and exhibitors for Petfood Forum 2015, photos and videos from past events, and more.
    Making its debut in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Petfood Forum 2015 will run April 27-29, starting with an opening reception on April 27. From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm that day, Petfood Innovation Workshop: Next Generation Treats will offer expertise and insights on pet treat trends and projections, an ask the experts panel and an interactive, new product development exercise.
    Early bird registration savings are available for both Petfood Forum 2015 and Petfood Innovation Workshop through February 15, 2015, with additional savings on Workshop registration when also registering for Petfood Forum. For more information, visit

Friday, October 10, 2014

Meow Mix sponsors country love song 'Country Cat'

    Meow Mix has brought together country music and cats with "Country Cat," a song by J.R. Moore that features Cowboy Jake and his cat Coco.
    The song is available on YouTube: It can also be downloaded on SoundCloud.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul to donate petfood to SPCALA

    In honor of National Adopt a Shelter Dog month, Chicken Soup for the Soul will join forces with Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) to encourage pet adoptions beginning October 1 through October 12, 2014.
    Along with donating 6,000 pounds of Chicken Soup for the Soul petfood to support the shelter’s homeless animal initiatives, Chicken Soup for the Soul is also encouraging adoption by gifting a bag of Chicken Soup for the Soul petfood and a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? or Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? to all new pet parents who adopt a dog or cat from spcaLA during this time frame. “All of us at Chicken Soup for the Soul are passionate about helping shelters and promoting the adoption of cats and dogs,” said Amy Newmark, publisher, editor-in-chief and author of the last 100 Chicken Soup for the Soul books. “We use rescue dogs and cats as models on the packaging for our petfood, and we have been contributing to shelters for years. We wanted to find a way to make an impact in Los Angeles and spcaLA seemed like a perfect partner.”
    spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein said, “spcaLA is honored that Chicken Soup for the Soul chose to help the abandoned and abused animals in our shelter with this donation. Because spcaLA is an independent nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of donors to help thousands of animals each year.”