The Whole Bowl

We are the voice of U.S. pet food makers. Join us as we go beyond the headline and explore the whole bowl.

Reading a Pet Food Label: 3 Key Components in Ensuring Pet Health

Pet food labels are full of information, much of it mandated by strict state and federal standards. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has federal label requirements under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and states implement their own label requirements, typically following guidelines set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials […]

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Steps to Support Your Pet’s Health in the New Year

Many people make a New Year’s resolution to maintain a healthier diet and lifestyle, but are their pets part of the commitment? The Pet Food Institute (PFI), whose members make 98% of all U.S. pet food and treat products, encourages pet lovers to also consider their dog or cat’s diet and activity. Approximately 20 percent […]

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Myth-Busting False Claims about Pet Food

There’s a lot of misinformation regarding the ingredients used in pet food.  As the voice of U.S. pet food makers, the Pet Food Institute (PFI) is committed to providing factual information about pet food and treats to help consumers make informed decisions when purchasing food for their dog or cat. When we see false claims that […]

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Keep Pets Safe and Healthy During the Holidays

For many families during the holiday season, dogs and cats are part of the festivities and may even receive a present. A pet’s health and safety are still important to consider while planning for holidays. The Pet Food Institute (PFI), which provides information about pet food safety, nutrition and health to pet lovers year-round, here […]

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The Evolving History of Pets and Their Diets

Humans and animals have a long history together and, as a result, records show an evolving interest in their nutritional needs. Early dogs and cats were wild animals. Once domesticated, they guarded humans and livestock, were used to catch vermin and as hunting dogs and, of course, are pets that are part of the family. […]

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Simple Steps to Help Prevent Pet Obesity

Simple Steps to Help Prevent Pet Obesity It is estimated that approximately 20% of U.S. dogs and 28% of U.S. cats are obese. Obesity can lead to many health concerns, ranging from joint damage to increased difficulty breathing and tolerating heat, to an increased risk for cancer and a shortened life expectancy. While October may […]

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Pet Food Sustainability: Protect, Reduce & Invest

U.S. pet food makers are playing a critical role in supporting our environment and communities, now and for the future, in three main areas: Production Efficiencies Continuous innovations and enhancements in the production of pet food allows PFI members to protect our existing natural resources, such as energy and water. This includes efficiencies in manufacturing […]

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FSMA – Where Are We Now?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the single most sweeping change to U.S. food safety laws, offers a new regulatory approach to food safety – including pet food. Instead of a regulatory focus that is primarily reactive (for example: product recalls), the goal of FSMA is to establish a preventive approach to food safety that […]

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A Brief History of Presidential Pets

While Bo and Sunny have gained fame as the most recent pets in the White House, did you know that the first presidential pets were believed to have roamed the White House lawn in 1800? John Adams, the first president to live in the White House, had two mixed breed dogs named Juno and Satan. […]

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Misconceptions About Pet Food Ingredients

Pet health and nutrition are important topics for pet lovers, and were discussed today on The Dr. Oz Show. A lot of information was shared, including some misconceptions around carbohydrates and flavorings. As the voice of U.S. pet food makers, PFI is here to provide accurate information to help consumers when choosing food for their […]

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