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.

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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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

Updated April 19, 2017 To celebrate Earth Day, The Pet Food Institute is sharing this past article again to offer insight into how pet food and treat makers are using sustainable production practices designed to protect the environment, while providing pets with safe, healthy food. U.S. pet food makers are playing a critical role in […]

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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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What Membership in PFI Means: Our Pet Food Principles

When pet lovers are misled or scared needlessly about the pet food choices they make for their dogs and cats, we speak up. The pet food and treat maker members of the Pet Food Institute (PFI) make a commitment to product safety and nutrition and to support consumer choice. It is our mission to promote […]

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What’s in a Label? Understanding the Guaranteed Analysis

Have you ever wondered how you should consider the Guaranteed Analysis on a bag of pet food while deciding what to buy for your dog or cat? Learn more about the Guaranteed Analysis on our new page and consider some of the following information when selecting pet food: Pet food makers must list a Guaranteed […]

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Rigorous Pet Food Regulation: Meet the AAFCO Model Bills and Regulations Committee

People are often surprised to hear that pet food is regulated on both the state and federal levels. Before an ingredient can be included in a pet food product intended for sale, it must be recognized/accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for meat. The Association […]

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