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"label friendly" they can be to the pet food purchaser.
In addition, onions and garlic have been a part of
companion animal diets for as long as dogs and cats
have been associated with people via table scraps and
leftovers.

Use in pet food adds palatability
Several pet food companies use onion flavor or
onion powder in their products and actively promote
them. Further, a number of pet food companies incorporate garlic into their formulas, more frequently in
dog foods than cat foods. These are established and
mainstream pet food companies that have conducted
feeding trials to substantiate these foods.
More often onion flavor can be found in treats and
jerkies. Most likely it is added to improve palatability
for the dog and possibly as an aroma mask for both
pet and owner. Garlic is often added to dog foods as a
flavoring agent, but its utility for this purpose is most
likely more about perception than enhancing palatability, as a greater increase in palatability can be
achieved with a similar amount of fat or meat ingredients. Garlic is also a common ingredient in dog and
cat supplements.
For pet food applications, onions and garlic can be
sourced through the market for human food ingredients, as few feed ingredient brokers carry them.
For those with the capacity to utilize them in the raw

TOP 5 takeaways

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Onions, garlic and similar herbs have been documented as food and medicine for more than 5,000
years, especially for humans.

2

These herbs have been associated with a number
of health benefits including cholesterol lowering,
anti-hypertensive, anti-thrombotic, anti-neoplastic, antiinfective, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

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4

For dogs and cats, onion and garlics can add flavor
and palatability to their pet food diets.

At higher doses - 5 g/kg body weight for cats or
15-30 g/kg body weight for dogs or above -
onions can cause anemia.

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With garlic, low levels and the right form may be fine
for dogs; similar data regarding garlic ingestion by
cats is missing.

form, onion bulbs and garlic cloves are available. They
can also be found as a puree, dried bits, powder or
a flavored salt. Oil extracts, especially for garlic, are
available. Aged garlic extract appears to be a popular
form.

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Petfood Industry - January 2020
Contents
DCM and grain-free pet food: What will 2020 bring?
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Smalls takes cat-first approach to customized pet food
Quality, sustainability to dominate 2020 pet food trends
Dissecting DCM: How genetics can impact canine nutrition
China’s 2019 urban pets consumer market hits 202.4B yuan
Combination feeding a popular option for pet parents
Petfood Forum Asia highlights pet food sustainability
CBD in pet foods: Has anything changed with legal status?
Onions and garlic offer flavor in the right amounts
Cat owners want first-class citizenship for their pets
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Contents
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - DCM and grain-free pet food: What will 2020 bring?
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - 5
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Speaking of…
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - CT3
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - CT4
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - News and Calendar
Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Smalls takes cat-first approach to customized pet food
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Quality, sustainability to dominate 2020 pet food trends
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Dissecting DCM: How genetics can impact canine nutrition
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - China’s 2019 urban pets consumer market hits 202.4B yuan
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Combination feeding a popular option for pet parents
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - Petfood Forum Asia highlights pet food sustainability
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Petfood Industry - January 2020 - CBD in pet foods: Has anything changed with legal status?
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