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Purina has been a pioneer in the science of pet health through research that not only resulted in more than 500 peer-reviewed publications and 7,000 granted and pending patents, but also in breakthroughs that have redefined and shaped the understanding of pet nutrition.
We have been pushing the boundaries of pet nutrition for nearly 100 years, and we continue
to deliver new advancements today. Here are some of the highlights of Purina’s contributions to the field of pet nutrition.
Purina created the first widely used and scientifically validated body condition score system. The tool provides a simple method for estimating body fat coverage and determining a pet’s optimal body condition, regardless of breed or body weight.
Purina research showed that denaturing proteins through hydrolysis makes it less likely to trigger an immune response. The result is the first clinical diet using only hydrolyzed proteins for dogs with food allergies.
Purina’s work is revolutionary in addressing feline diabetes through a low carbohydrate, high protein diet. This is significantly different from traditional diets that typically use high fiber. A clinical study showed that 89% of cats fed Purina’s diet had an overall reduction in insulin requirements, with 33% no longer needing any insulin.
The expression of multiple genes is altered in osteoarthritis, resulting in inflammation and the production of destructive enzymes. Purina identified specific amounts of omega-3 fatty acids to help improve mobility. Clinical research confirms the efficacy of this nutritional intervention through a reduction in lameness.
Probiotics can help promote intestinal balance and a healthy immune system. Purina was the first to launch a shelf-stable probiotic supplement proven to enhance immune function and help manage diarrhea.
At approximately age 7, the glucose metabolism in a dog’s brain begins to change, affecting cognitive function including memory, learning and decision-making. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) provide an alternative energy source for the aging brain. Purina research revealed significantly enhanced cognitive function in older dogs when fed a diet that included MCTs.
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