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Coming Attractions in the Pet World

Posted: July 15, 2014, 3:45 p.m. EDT

Discover upcoming events for pet owners and pet industry members alike.

By Clay Jackson

FDA Seeks Comments on Nanotechnology in Pet Foods

Breaking up pet food ingredients into nanoparticles to view them under a microscope might not seem like a big deal. 

Hwoever, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) thinks the use of nanotechnology bears closer scrutiny and issued a draft guidance addressing its use in processing food for animals.

Nanotechnology can be used to enhance flavors and colors of foods but it also can change the chemical composition of some ingredients.

"For example, some tea polyphenols are antioxidants in their bulk form, but the same tea polyphenols are pro-oxidants in their nanoscale form,” the FDA stated.

The draft guidance addresses the legal framework for ingredients in food for animals and includes recommendations for submitting a Food Additive Petition for a nanomaterial animal food ingredient.

The FDA is seeking public comment on this draft guidance through Sept. 20.

The overvaccination of dogs will be the hot-button topic during the Vaccination Quandary [sic] webinar.  

Natural Canine Health Webinar 

Vaccination Quandary [sic] is a new webinar that tackles the issues of overvaccinating dogs and natural canine healthcare alternatives.

The webinar is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. (PDT).

Catherine Driscoll, founder of Canine Health Concern, a canine health awareness organization, and author of "What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines,” will give a presentation and provide opportunities for feedback during a question-and-answer session.

Cost: $31; registration:  

Registration Opens for Dog/Cat Conference

For the first time, the Cat Writers’ Association, a Texas-based professional organization for journalists, bloggers and editors covering felines, is partnering with the Atlanta-based BarkWorld Pet Expo and Social Networking Conference to present BarkWorld/MeowWorld.

The jointly run conference is scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 and will be held in Atlanta at the Westin Buckhead.

Registration is two-for-one, meaning anyone registering for MeowWorld can also attend BarkWorld and vice versa.

The MeowWorld conference will include the annual Cat Writers’ Association awards banquet, during which recipients of the CWA Muse Medallions will be announced and winners of the CWA Special Awards will be recognized.

Several MeowWorld learning sessions, an editor panel and expert panels discussing feline health and behavior will be featured.

Confirmed MeowWorld speakers and panelists include Susan Logan McCracken, editor of Cat Fancy; Vicky Walker, managing editor at and; and Drew Weigner, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, hospital director and founder of The Cat Hospital in Atlanta.

BarkWorld/MeowWorld also will feature a pet expo with top companies in the pet industry.

Those interested in attending can register at either or at



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