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NUTRITION (Room 2502)

1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Pet food energy
calculations: Are inaccurate equations
contributing to feline obesity?
Natalie Asaro, a nutrition assistant
at Petcurean Pet Nutrition, discusses methods for determining energy
content and feeding guidelines in
cat food, and presents novel research that proposes more accurate dietary energy
prediction models. Net energy is the most accurate
representation of dietary energy available to an
animal. However, models predicting net energy
density of food do not exist for domestic cats.
Asaro received both her bachelor's degree in biological science and master's degree in companion
animal nutrition from the University of Guelph. Her
master's degree research focused on investigating
energy and macronutrient metabolism in cats, resulting in multiple published peer-reviewed papers.
Natalie specializes in pet food formulation and has
won awards for her academic work. She is currently
the nutrition assistant at Petcurean Pet Nutrition, a
Canadian company committed to offering superior
quality pet foods.
1:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Glycemic index of
different starches in dogs and cats
Lynn Weber, Ph.D., a professor at
the University of Saskatchewan,
provides the pet food industry
with information on the debated
concept of glycemic index for a
variety of commonly used starches in pet foods
and whether the concept applies to both cats and
dogs. Glycemic index is a concept borrowed from
human nutrition that is a measure of how rapidly
carbohydrates are digested and absorbed into the
blood stream. Before trying to draw conclusions
about health benefits of low glycemic index diets
in pets, we need to test whether the concept of
glycemic index is valid in these species.
Weber obtained her bachelor's and doctorate
degrees from the University of British Columbia.
For the past decade, Weber's research program
has included a large focus on dog and cat nutrition.
Weber's pet nutrition program has been driven by
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industrial partnerships seeking novel formulations
for pet foods. Her partners include local and national
pet food companies, the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and Alliance Grain Traders, as well as scientific
collaborations that continue with Jennifer Adolphe at
Petcurean (Chilliwack, BC), and many faculty at the
University of Saskatchewan and other universities.
2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. The role of beta1,3/1,6 glucans in pet nutrition and
health
George Fahey, Ph.D., professor
emeritus at the University of Illinois, discusses the importance of
the role of beta-1,3/1,6 glucans
in pet animal nutrition and health.
Beta-glucans are now recognized as a functional
dietary fiber with a number of important roles
related to pet animal nutrition and health. Eight
studies have been published with dogs and cats fed
these glucans, and encouraging results have been
obtained in the areas of bone and joint health,
digestive health, skin and coat health, immunomodulation and obesity control. Dietary formulations
prepared for dogs and cats could benefit from their
presence in many instances.
Fahey is professor emeritus of animal sciences and
nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. He has served on the faculty
since 1976 and has held research, teaching and
administrative appointments. His research is in the
area of comparative nutrition as applied to pet animals. Fahey has published nearly 400 books, book
chapters and journal articles. He retired from the
University in 2010 but continues to be involved in
university activities and owns a consulting company
that provides nutritional advice to the human and
pet food industries.
3 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Learnings from the
livestock industry that could potentially
benefit pets
Karen Wedekind, Ph.D.,
manager and comparative animal
nutritionist with Novus International, highlights key differences
between livestock and pet food
formulations. All too frequently, the focus in pet

food formulation is based more on palatability and
consumer perception rather than is what is best for
the pet. Some ingredients that are widely used in
livestock (organic acids, enzymes, organic trace
minerals, etc.) could have potential benefit in pets.
Not only are livestock formulations less expensive,
but nutritionally balanced diets are generally
healthier.
Wedekind joined Novus in 2007 and is a manager/researcher for the comparative animal nutrition
group. Prior to employment with Novus, Wedekind
was a researcher/nutritionist with Hill's Pet Nutrition for 16 years. Wedekind's research focus has
been in the areas of trace minerals, bioavailability,
antioxidants, endocrine, arthritis and amino acids.
Wedekind received her doctorate in animal nutrition
from the University of Illinois. She was a previous
speaker at Petfood Forum in 2010, 2011 and
2013 and has published and presented research at
scientific meetings over the past 25 years.
3:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Measuring cat food
enjoyment: Beyond intake ratio
Susan Jojola, Ph.D., manager of
applied behavior research at AFB
International, covers palatability
assessment methods that quantify
behaviors cat owners are likely
to use to judge cat enjoyment of foods and treats.
Using behavioral measures to augment traditional
consumption data should increase alignment of
palatability assessments and success rates in-home.
A favorable result is also faster speed to market.
Three innovative behavioral tools that quantify cat
feeding enjoyment will be presented.
Jojola is the manager of applied behavior research
at AFB International. Since joining AFB in 2013,
Jojola has focused on developing and applying
behavioral methods to gain insight into the feeding
habits and flavor preferences of companion animals.
She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, a
master's degree in wildlife science and a doctorate
in ecology. She has worked all over the world
on diverse species, studying questions related to
animal behavior, chemical communication and
taste preference. Jojola has presented her work at
national and international venues for both technical

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