Working with DMG to help horses, dogs and cats
By Stephen Sabetti
Many of the products put out by FoodScience Corp. use dimethylglycine, or DMG. (Courtesy of FoodScience Corp.)
Much like the company, the story of FoodScience Corp. begins with dimethylglycine, an amino acid that comes from gylcine.
Found in nature in plant and animal cells, DMG, the common name for dimethylglycine, is an antioxidant that has been used to improve the immune system, as well as stimulate neurological functions.
Before starting the Vermont-based company in 1971, founder Dom Orlandi owned race horses, which led to his introduction to DMG, although it went by a different name then.
“Years ago, it was known as vitamin B-15,” said Katy Bacon, sales manager for FoodScience Corp. “Basically, it’s a meta enhancer and it increases oxygen utilization, as well as modulating the immune system.”
The third-generation family-owned company, which has been passed down to Dom Orlandi, Jr., has three animal divisions:
- Vetri-Science Laboratories of Vermont, the largest division, develops supplements for both large and small animals, and sells exclusively to veterinarians. Formulas produced under this line include Gluta-DMG, which helps with the immune system and muscle recovery in cats and dogs, and Glyco-Flex, a formula designed to promote joint health in dogs, cats, and horses.
- U.S. Animal Nutritionals of Vermont assists owners in developing nutritional programs for their animals. Each formula is designed to work with the other formulas in the line. Among the products they produce are vitamin-mineral supplements, such as Ultra-Elite Pro-Form for horses, Tabby Tabs for cats, and Canine Discovery for dogs.
- Pet Naturals of Vermont, which was started in 2003, provides supplements for everyday animal ailments, such as allergies and joint problems. Some of the products offered by this line include K-9 Slim Down, a weight loss formula for dogs, and Calming for Cats, a stress relieving formula for feline pets.
At a Glance
President: Dom Orlandi, Jr.
Location: Essex Junction, Vt.
Number of employees: 120 (corporately)
Flagship product: DMG
Number of years: 37
FoodScience Corp. also has three human divisions: Mountain Naturals of Vermont, FoodScience Laboratories of Vermont, and DaVinci Laboratories of Vermont.
On staff, the company retains the services of Dr. Roger Kendall, a nutritional biochemist who is also the president of research and development. Kendall has been with FoodScience Corp. for 25 years and has published a book on working with DMG.
“We are working on developing new products with DMG,” said Bacon. “Pet Naturals just developed a soft chew line that’s basically vitamins and minerals in soft chew form. What we’ve found is that a lot of people’s animals won’t take hard pills. Having vitamins and nutrients in soft chew formed seemed more like a treat.”
FoodScience Corp. currently produces 11 soft chew lines. The company is looking at introducing more in the next year. In the coming months, they hope to release new products, including a skin and coat formula, but not without making sure they stand firmly behind it.
“We have some formulas that we’ve really been able to develop and put on shelves in six months,” said Bacon. “We have others that we’ve been working on to perfect. We guarantee our label claims so it’s important that we do all of our testing.” <HOME>
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