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Pet Food Analysis with Unique Enzyme Technology

This all really started in London England in 1860 with an American chap called James Spratt. Spratt's gift to the world was the ‘Meat Fibrine Dog Cake' and since that innovation the Pet Food Industry has helped ensure the health and wellbeing of our canine (and other) chums and developed into a multi-million pound industry. 

It has also meant that now pet food analysis, such as measuring % Cook and dextrose levels, has become an important component of modern preparation procedures.   The YSI Analyser has become a vital tool for carrying out such tests quickly, simply and accurately, using its proprietary enzyme technology.

A pet food naturally should provide everything that an animal requires to remain healthy and in tip-top condition. Which is where pet food analysis and the YSI 2700 and 2900 Biochemistry Analysers come in. In order to ensure that a pet food is doing its job it is not enough to ensure the diet is adequate nutritionally, and balanced, it must also be palatable, digestible and safe - hence the analysis.

Digestibility is crucial, as of course is palatability. It's no good a food having all the protein, fats and vitamins that man's (or woman's) best friend in theory need if they won't actually eat it - or can't eat it if their metabolism cannot cope! And that is where Pet food analysis comes in. To take one example, dry dog foods are made palatable by adding starch-binding agents. These can be from a variety of sources, such as tapioca, corn, wheat, rice, oats, potato and barley.

During processing these starches gelatinise to help form a cohesive ‘kibble'. However, these starches may break down during digestion into sugars that the dog is not physiologically equipped to easily metabolise. Evolution probably did not have the potato in store for wolves as a fall back option when woolly bison wasn't available.

Pet food analysis, as carried out with the enzyme technology of the well established YSI 2700 and the new innovative YSI 2900 Biochemistry Analysers can ensure that the optimal levels of sugars, such as dextrose are found, and then maintained, during the manufacturing process.   Also, it is critical that starches in pet food are cooked adequately, and the YSI Analyser prevents the risk of a batch being shipped outside the stringent % cook specifications.

Mr Spratt, however, wasn't quite so above board. He was a very savvy marketer and the first man in London to use an advertising hoarding.  On it he rather cleverly implied that his dog ‘biscuits' were made from bison!

Date added: 2015-05-25 11:56:34