Pet Food For Dog, Cat, Bird, Or Fish Patents (Class 426/805)
  • Patent number: 10238136
    Abstract: The disclosure provides method for preparing a food product is described which includes mixing a dry ingredient composition, a protein-containing composition, and an alginate composition to provide a first mixture, mixing the first mixture with a setting composition to effect a controlled rate gelation reaction, and processing the product of the gelation reaction to provide a food product. The disclosure also provides pet food compositions comprising food products prepared according to the disclosed process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Douglas Nadeau, David Kappelman, Luis J. Montelongo
  • Patent number: 8999422
    Abstract: Improved processes for the production of engineered feed or food ingredients by extrusion comprise the steps of directing a dry fraction and a byproduct slurry fraction in serial order through a preconditioner and twin-screw extruder in order to create a wet extrudate, which is thereafter dried. The dry fraction is selected from sources of plant-derived starch and/or protein, sources of animal-derived functional proteins, and mixtures thereof. The slurry fraction comprises aqueous byproduct slurries from meat, dairy, vegetable, and fruit processing. The extrusion processes yield high-quality ingredients without the need for conventional rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wenger Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: LaVon Wenger, Marc L. Wenger
  • Patent number: 8999645
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are compositions comprising an isolated cellulose degrading fungus. Also disclosed are culture compositions and bioreactor compositions comprising the cellulose degrading fungus. Further described herein are filtration and extraction devices comprising the cellulose degrading fungus. Still further disclosed are bioprocessing facilities for and methods for producing co-products resulting from one or more bioprocesses of the cellulose degrading fungus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Menon Renewable Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Suresh M. Menon, Samantha S. Orchard, Jessica Badger, David Lipson, Sara Guidi, David Newman
  • Patent number: 8993001
    Abstract: Methods for treating feline hyperthyroidism comprising (1) administering to a feline an antithyroid agent in conjunction with feeding the feline a composition comprising from about 0.1 to less than about 1 mg/kg iodine or (2) feeding the feline a composition comprising from about 0.1 to less than about 1 mg/kg selenium on a dry matter basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Joy Wedekind, Dale Allen Fritsch, Chadwick Everett Dodd, Timothy Arthur Allen
  • Patent number: 8974778
    Abstract: The present invention provides a means to concentrate, dry and formulate biomaterials such as polysaccharides, gums and related biopolymers, and microorganisms such as cells, spores, and the like from dilute solutions using spent germ and other oil bearing residues. In addition, the spent germ can serve as a carrier for such biomaterials. The sorbed materials are useful in animal feeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventor: Sarjit Johal
  • Patent number: 8900649
    Abstract: A pet chew includes an outer layer; and an inner layer, the outer and inner layers being laminated and rolled into a cylindrical shape having knots at both ends, the outer layer including at least one of potato and sweet potato.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Wenzhou Yuxiang Pet Product Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zuxi Chen, Zuhua Chen, Xiang Chen
  • Patent number: 8894991
    Abstract: According to the invention there is provided a strain of lactic acid bacteria of the genus Lactobacilli obtainable by isolation from resected and washed canine gastrointestinal tract having a probiotic activity in animals. Methods of use and compositions comprising the Lactobacilli of the present invention are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Iams Company
    Inventors: Thomas William-Maxwell Boileau, Michael Anthony Ceddia, John Kevin Collins, Gary Mitchell Davenport, Barry Pius Kiely, Liam Diarmuid O'Mahony, Gregory Dean Sunvold, Mark Alan Tetrick, Robert Jason Vickers
  • Patent number: 8883233
    Abstract: Disclosed is an animal feed composition that comprises free indole acetic acid (free IAA) or a derivative thereof. Also disclosed is a method for enhancing animal growth by feeding the animal with a composition according to the invention. Further disclosed is the use of free IAA or a derivative thereof in a method of therapy of animals in need of a growth-promoting treatment, such as immunocompromised animals, animals with a growth deficit or slow-growing animals. Disclosed is the use of free IAA or a derivative thereof for the preparation of a therapeutical composition for increasing the growth rate and/or the feed conversion rate and/or the immunity of animals in need of such a treatment, in particular, immunocompromised or slow-growing animals. A composition may be in the form of a food or feed supplement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Veijlen N.V.
    Inventors: Hurbert Jean Marie Francois Gillessen, Christian Rebiere
  • Patent number: 8877272
    Abstract: An application method of 1-monopropionine compound and its isoform 3-monopropionine being used as preserving agents in animal feeds, corns, grains, and other food materials. The monopropionine compounds are obtained by esterification reaction of propionic acid and glycerol. The product is a translucent viscous liquid composition comprising monopropionine compounds and other components, such as free acid, or certain salt forms of propionate. The generated composition can be further distilled in glycerol. The final product can take a liquid form or a powder form. 1-monopropionine compound and its isoform 3-monopropionine function as preserving agent at a low effective dosage of about 0.05 to 1% (by weight), and preferably 0.1 to 0.3% (by weight). A preferable application condition of this method is to preserve animal feeds and corns under a low (about 2% to 12%) moisture condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Paulo Roberto de Lima Portilho
  • Patent number: 8865239
    Abstract: The invention relates to compositions and methods for making human consumable jerky treats. The invention provides moist, flavorful jerky treats and methods for making such treats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Levin
  • Patent number: 8834945
    Abstract: A granulated phosphate composition that provides sufficient nutritional value as well as enhanced pelleting benefits, such as abrasiveness and lubricity, compared to other granulated phosphate feed products. The granulated phosphate composition includes a phosphate source, such as monocalcium phosphate, mono-dicalcium phosphate, or dicalcium phosphate, and one or more additives such as lubricity and abrasivity additives. The lubricity additive can include a sodium additive that lubricates the die during a feed milling or pelleting process. The abrasivity additive can include silica or sand that scours the die during the pelleting process. The increased lubricity and abrasivity attributes of the composition benefits die throughput and efficiency in the pelleting process, without compromising nutritional value in the final feed product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: MOS Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Kane, Eddy Fontana, Lawrence Alan Peacock, Robert C. Fredere, David Lee, Charlotte Brittain, Andrea Williams, Pat Connors, Kai Hamang
  • Patent number: 8815316
    Abstract: A method is described for improving the digestibility of a forage diet for ruminant animals. A forage, including alfalfa, Chinese wildrye, corn silage, straw silage, corn stover, ryegrass or TMR, is treated with an enzyme product having cellulase, xylanase, beta-glucanase, pectinase, mannanase and alpha-galactosidase activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Kemin Industries (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhiyong Duan, Yongcai Liu, Ye Lao
  • Patent number: 8795744
    Abstract: The present invention relates to feedstuffs for use in aquaculture, as well as methods for producing said feedstuffs. The invention also provides methods for rearing fish and/or crustaceans. In particular, the present invention provides a method of rearing a fish or crustacean, the method comprising feeding the fish or crustacean a feedstuff comprising lipid, the fatty acid of said lipid comprising at least 5.5% (w/w) stearidonic acid (SDA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Matthew Robert Miller, Christopher Guy Carter, Peter David Nichols, Surinder Pal Singh, Xue-Rong Zhou, Allan Graham Green
  • Patent number: 8771775
    Abstract: A pet chew may be manufactured by co-extruding multiple compositions to form a layered construction. Separate extruders may be provided to tailor processing conditions to heat and/or shear sensitive compositions, such as nutritional additives, and the respective extrudates may be combined such that relatively higher levels of nutritional compositions may be provided as an outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: T.F.H. Publications, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen S. Axelrod, Ajay Gajria
  • Patent number: 8771675
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel strains of probiotics for use in the gastrointestinal tract of a pet. The probiotics of the present invention are capable of fermenting starch to produce lactic acid and/or hydrogen peroxide anti-pathogenic metabolites. The present invention also provides a novel method for identifying the effectiveness of a pet probiotic in vitro. The method simulates the introduction of a probiotic candidate in the gastrointestinal tract of a pet and measures the anti-pathogenic effectiveness of the probiotic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Ralf Zink, Roberto Reniero, Florence Rochat, Christoph Cavadini, Thierry Von Der Weid, Eduardo Schiffrin, Jalil Benyacoub, Virginie Rousseau, Pablo Perez, Ruth Knorr
  • Patent number: 8771771
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a food composition prepared by a method of sterilizing. More specifically to a sterilizing process designed to be used in an aseptic process that comprises the steps of transferring said food composition into a heating unit; passing an electric current through said composition; maintaining a power to mass flow rate range through said heating unit from about 125 kJoules/kg to about 750 kJoules/kg; adjusting a flow rate to maintain said food composition temperature exiting the heating unit from about 75° C. to about 175° C.; and cooling said food composition to a final temperature from about 5° C. to 100° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: The Iams Company
    Inventors: Scott Wayne Keller, Dean Larry DuVal, Raul Victorino Nunes
  • Patent number: 8747938
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flexible, non cellular pet chew comprising: a) 51-90 wt % based on the dry solid weight of the mixture of a (thermoplastic) cereal flour, wherein the cereal flour has a protein content below 10 wt. %, b) 5 to 30 wt. %, based on the dry solid weight of the mixture of a plasticizer, and c) 1 to 35 wt. %, based on the dry solid weight of the mixture of a fibrous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Paragon Products B.V.
    Inventors: Willem Theodoor Martinus Pater, Maarten Willem-Peter de Weerd, Janjaap Freije, Geraldus Gerardus Johannes Schennink
  • Patent number: 8728550
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are compositions comprising an isolated cellulose degrading fungus. Also disclosed are culture compositions and bioreactor compositions comprising the cellulose degrading fungus. Further described herein are filtration and extraction devices comprising the cellulose degrading fungus. Still further disclosed are bioprocessing facilities for and methods for producing co-products resulting from one or more bioprocesses of the cellulose degrading fungus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Menon Renewable Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Suresh M. Menon, Arul Victor Suresh, Samantha S. Orchard, Kashinatham Alisala, Jagadish C. Sircar, Sara Ingegard Hash
  • Patent number: 8728559
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are pet food compositions. In one embodiment, pet food compositions which are described comprise a component selected from 2-deoxy-D-glucose; 5-thio-D-glucose; 3-O-methylglucose; 1,5-anhydro-D-glucitol; 2,5-anhydro-D-mannitol; mannoheptulose; and mixtures thereof. In yet another embodiment, pet food compositions which are described comprise an extract of plant matter selected from avocado, alfalfa, fig, primrose, and mixtures thereof. The pet food compositions may be prepared by any of a variety of processes including, but not limited to, optional processes described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The IAMs Company
    Inventors: Michael Griffin Hayek, Stefan Patrick Massimino, George Roth
  • Patent number: 8709520
    Abstract: A flexible, strip-shaped food product is made by comminuting substantially frozen meat, such as chicken, and heating the comminuted meat to at least partially denature the meat proteins and cooling the cooked meat. About 4% by weight to about 45% by weight of wheat flour is admixed with the cooked meat, with other ingredients, such as an alginate gum, to form a dough. The wheat flour unexpectedly increases tensile strength of the dough and products baked from the dough, and maintains flexibility of the strip-shaped food products over an extended period of time. Cooking of the meat in the presence of salt unexpectedly increases water activity of the pieces, resulting in a product that has a skin and moist middle, while maintaining tensile strength. The dough is rotary-molded into strip-shaped pieces. The rotary mold may have angled die cups. The strip-shaped dough pieces are then baked and dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Big Heart Pet Brands
    Inventors: Robert J. Lombard, Kenchu Tham, Haitao Ni, Paul Ziemba, Harry Levine
  • Patent number: 8697174
    Abstract: Treats have a water activity of less than 0.5 and good organoleptic properties. A method for obtaining such treats having low water activity involves injection molding a dough made from a polyol and at least one of a source of casein and a source of starch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Ainsworth Pet Nutrition
    Inventors: Andrew T. Teconchuk, Thomas N. Asquith, Lee Randall, Rhonda L. Sisson
  • Patent number: 8689738
    Abstract: Feeding method and production technology of a vegetarian feed for carnivorous fish prepared from Spirulina and Chlorella algae that are produced by cell proliferation in production tanks in electrolyzed water with chlorine-neutralizing sodium thiosulfate and are subsequently dried, pelleted and packaged. The fish feed can be employed without the fish having diarrhea. As a result, the water in fish breeding tanks does not become immoderately eutrophic and at the same time the daily weight gain of the fish is not affected. An optimum daily growth rate and a fish flesh quality can be achieved without the use of animal and fish-based proteins in the fish food ration. The fish food is also inexpensive and ecologically sustainable and ethically acceptable, since it contributes to the rescue of the remaining fish stocks in waters worldwide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Hanspeter Steffen
  • Patent number: 8679560
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods are disclosed to manufacture a plurality of edible pieces in a continuous process where each piece is generally different in thickness, shape, size and/or texture from another piece, so as to create, in the aggregate product distribution, pieces of randomly varying thickness, size, shape and/or texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: Davor Juravic, Yomayra Alvarez, Oscar Ortiz, Dwayne P. McDowell, II, Geoffrey Chase Thornhill
  • Patent number: 8679564
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention are directed to methods for manufacturing shaped, comestible articles. Multiple comestible articles are connected by flash, and stress lines in the flash surround the articles. The comestible articles are subsequently separated from the flash at the stress lines. Additional aspects of the present invention are directed to an intermediate comestible product. In certain embodiments, the intermediate comestible product comprises multiple articles, web-like flash connecting the articles, and stress lines formed in the flash and about each article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: James Suttle, Robert Brandt
  • Patent number: 8668948
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods are disclosed for manufacturing semi-moist meatballs. An illustrative embodiment provides a method of manufacturing generally spherical pet treats comprising: (a) providing a ground mix of proteinaceous material, flavor enhancers and preservatives to a portioning device that divides said mix into smaller portions of roughly uniform volume, (b) placing said portions on a first belt of a first conveyor moving at a first speed in a longitudinal direction, (c) periodically pressing said portions with a second belt of a second conveyor, where said second belt operates in a plane at a height above, and substantially parallel to, said first belt, said second belt moving at a second speed in substantially the same longitudinal direction as said first belt, while also oscillating back and forth in a lateral direction that is at an angle to said longitudinal direction, such that said portions are transformed into generally spherical shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: Davor Juravic, Yomayra Alvarez, Oscar Ortiz, Dwayne P. McDowell, II, Geoffrey Chase Thornhill
  • Patent number: 8669282
    Abstract: The invention encompasses compositions and methods for treating or preventing disorders in companion animals, wherein the compositions and methods include feeding the companion animal a composition including lipoic acid or a salt thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Zicker, Nolan Zebulon Frantz
  • Patent number: 8663729
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are pet food compositions. In one embodiment, pet food compositions which are described comprise a component selected from 2-deoxy-D-glucose; 5-thio-D-glucose; 3-O-methylglucose; 1,5-anhydro-D-glucitol; 2,5-anhydro-D-mannitol; mannoheptulose; and mixtures thereof. In yet another embodiment, pet food compositions which are described comprise an extract of plant matter selected from avocado, alfalfa, fig, primrose, and mixtures thereof. The pet food compositions may be prepared by any of a variety of processes including, but not limited to, optional processes described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Iams Company
    Inventors: Michael Griffin Hayek, Stefan Patrick Massimino, George Roth
  • Patent number: 8632830
    Abstract: A rearing fodder of extruded fodder type, comprising proteins, fats and carbohydrates, for freshwater fish, wherein the fish is larger than 2 grams, and wherein the freshwater has a content of CO2 being above 5 milligrams/liter, wherein the fodder has an increased content of at least one of the minerals: phosphate (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), sodium (Na) and magnesium (Mg) beyond what exists naturally in the used protein raw materials, fat raw materials and carbohydrate raw materials, wherein the collective amount of minerals in the extruded fodder is at least 10%, on a dry substance basis, of the total weight of the fodder, and wherein one or more of the minerals phosphate (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), sodium (Na) and magnesium (Mg) is/are added beyond what exist in the used protein raw materials, fat raw materials and carbohydrate raw materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Trouw International B.V.
    Inventors: Alex Obach, Laura Gil Martens, Wolfgang M. Koppe, Vibeke Vikeså
  • Patent number: 8623434
    Abstract: There is provided pet food comprising astaxanthin and/or an ester thereof as an active component and having an effect of deodorizing excrement such as urine and feces, effects of improving sleep, sensibility such as perception and cognition, and visual sense, and an effect of treating, improving or preventing diabetes and diabetic complications. The pet food can deodorize excrement such as urine and feces, improve sleep, sensibility such as perception and cognition, and visual sense, and treat, improve or prevent diabetes and diabetic complications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Honda, Jiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8617587
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the supply and production of an animal medicine consisting of a substrate in pellet or tablet form, which is attractive to livestock and domestic animals, in which fine-grained particles of a neutral-tasting, physiologically compatible, solid carrier material are embedded, which is characterized in that said fine-grained particles of carrier material have an average diameter of 0.09 to 0.8 mm and are coated with an active substance from veterinary medicine, and said active substance layer is covered with a protective layer of a physiologically compatible polymer matrix, and to the production of this animal medicine. It also relates to the usage of said double-coated, fine-grained particles of carrier material in the production of a preparation for veterinary medicine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Hubert Thoma, Uwe Thomas Schote, Ute Isele
  • Patent number: 8609166
    Abstract: The invention concerns a food composition, in particular an animal food composition, comprising a coating designed to provide a roasted appearance to the cooked product, said coating including at least a pigment or colorant source and a protein source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Laborbe, Frédéric Lefebvre
  • Patent number: 8603556
    Abstract: The invention provides fried-chunk food compositions comprising (1) food chunks that have been fried in oil at a temperature of from about 110 to 205° C. to produce fried food chunks having a moisture content of about 16% and an Aw of about 0.7 and (2) from about 5 to about 35% plasticizer applied to the fried food chunks, wherein the fried food chunks with applied plasticizer have a moisture content of about 12% or less and an Aw of about 0.65 or less. The compositions are made without using preservatives, have a desirable texture and appealing meat-like appearance, and are shelf-stable and therefore do not spoil due to unwanted microbial growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventor: Dan K. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8603551
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for improving meat, or egg production, or improving feed efficiency in poultry. An amount of GI digestible starch component in relation to the dry matter of a feed is manipulated to within defined levels or ranges, where meat, or egg production or feed conversion are optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Forage Genetics International, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis L. Novak, David C. Weakley
  • Patent number: 8592479
    Abstract: The invention encompasses compositions for enhancing the ability of a companion animal to resist and/or overcome viral infections. The compositions of the invention include an amount of lipoic acid that is effective in enhancing the antiviral immunity of a companion animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Zicker, Jeffrey A. Brockman, Nolan Zebulon Frantz
  • Patent number: 8592478
    Abstract: A food composition comprises an antioxidant component comprising at least one of alpha-lipoic acid and L-carnitine, said composition meeting ordinary nutritional requirements for an adult canine or feline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Curtis Zicker, Karen J. Wedekind
  • Patent number: 8557322
    Abstract: A canola protein isolate useful in aquaculture is formed by a procedure in which canola oil seed meal is extracted to cause solubilization of protein in the canola oil seed meal to form an aqueous protein solution having a protein content of about 5 to about 40 g/L and a pH of about 5 to about 6.8. After separation of the aqueous protein solution from the residual canola oil seed meal, the protein concentration is increased to at least about 50 g/L while maintaining the ionic strength substantially constant by using a selective membrane technique. The concentrated protein solution is dried to provide a canola protein isolate having a protein content of at least about 90 wt % (N×6.25) d.b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Burcon Nutrascience (MB) Corp.
    Inventors: Martin Schweizer, Brent E. Green, Randy Willardsen
  • Patent number: 8535745
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods are disclosed for manufacturing slices of sausages that appear to have been cut from a conventional round sausage log at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: Davor Juravic, Yomayra Alvarez, Oscar Ortiz, Dwayne P. McDowell, II, Geoffrey Chase Thornhill, Mark P. Donatucci, Franjo Baltorinic
  • Patent number: 8524299
    Abstract: The wet pet food product of the present invention has more appeal to a consumer and ease of access for a pet. The wet pet food product contains a base food; a first layer; optionally a coating associated with said base food; and wherein said first layer is bonded with the base food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: John Leslie Brent, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8507026
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods are disclosed for manufacturing semi-moist meatballs. An illustrative embodiment provides a method of manufacturing generally spherical pet treats comprising: (a) providing a ground mix of proteinaceous material, flavor enhancers and preservatives to a portioning device that divides said mix into smaller portions of roughly uniform volume, (b) placing said portions on a first belt of a first conveyor moving at a first speed in a longitudinal direction, (c) periodically pressing said portions with a second belt of a second conveyor, where said second belt operates in a plane at a height above, and substantially parallel to, said first belt, said second belt moving at a second speed in substantially the same longitudinal direction as said first belt, while also oscillating back and forth in a lateral direction that is at an angle to said longitudinal direction, such that said portions are transformed into generally spherical shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: Davor Juravic, Yomayra Alvarez, Oscar Ortiz, Dwayne P. McDowell, II, Geoffrey Chase Thornhill
  • Patent number: 8491950
    Abstract: A pet treat having a sugar-based edible portion including a palatant material and a support portion. Incorporation of starch provides a hard-candy texture for the edible portion. The pet treat may be formed as a lollipop, a toy, or a lozenge using either a batch process or a continuous process. Features to interest a pet include a resilient mount, or a rotatable mount. An adhesive mount can attach the support to a variety of surfaces. A replaceable cover and rejuvenant container may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: Tracy Grammer, Davor Juravic, William Keehn, Steven Bautista, Eric J. Lew
  • Patent number: 8455025
    Abstract: An edible pet chew has a single sheet of a hardened chewable material dimensioned large enough and thin enough to be initially malleable for flexing, folding or rolling into a final shape. The single sheet is shaped into a final shape by flexing, folding or rolling and then hardened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Petmatrix LLC
    Inventors: Mark Stern, Peter B. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 8449937
    Abstract: A pet chew includes an outer layer and an inner layer, the outer and inner layers being laminated and rolled into a cylindrical shape having knots at both ends, the outer layer including, in weight percent, 28 to 49 percent plant-based material, at least 30 percent meat-based material and at least 20 percent animal hide-based material. Preparation methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Wenzhou Yuxiang Pet Product Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zuxi Chen, Zuhua Chen
  • Patent number: 8420138
    Abstract: A method for producing broiler chickens comprising feeding to the chickens a chicken feed comprising from 103 to 1011 CFU Bacillus bacteria per gram feed, characterized by that the chicken feed has a reduced metabolizable feed energy (ME) level of from 85% to 98% ME of the ME in a standard chicken feed (full ˜100% ME).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Chr. Hansen A/S
    Inventors: Inge Knap, Bente Lund, Nelson Carvalho, Abilio Alessandri
  • Patent number: 8414947
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a pharmaceutical preparation for oral application for treatment of fish, in particular for vaccination of fish of the salmon family and other fish having a comparable digestive system against bacterial and/or viral infections, in particular against VHS and IHN. The invention is also directed to a method for producing the preparation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Riemser Arzneimittel AG
    Inventors: Malte Adelmann, Dieter Fichtner, Bodo Lange, Werner Weitschies
  • Patent number: 8394438
    Abstract: A molded animal chew toy including a resin, a fluid such as water, and meat jerky, particularly chicken jerky, is provided. Processes for forming such resin/water/jerky composition into shapes by direct injection molding, including a desired screw design, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: T.F.H. Publications, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen S. Axelrod, Ajay Gajria
  • Patent number: 8367144
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pet's chew prepared from natural materials of renewable sources. The chew is both edible and biodegradable, and furthermore has excellent mechanical properties giving it a long lasting time, even if used for strong animals such as large dogs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Paragon Products B.V.
    Inventors: Willem Theodoor Martinus Pater, Richard Volk, Geraldus Gerardus Johannes Schennink
  • Patent number: 8349381
    Abstract: An edible pet chew that is made of rehydrated hide about an inner fill via a positioning sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventor: Christopher Alan Weinberg
  • Patent number: 8337935
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of processing porkhide dog chews. The method includes the step of first subjecting pigskin rawhide to defatting and depilation treatment. Then the rawhide is split to obtain a first, a second, a third and a fourth layer of rawhide material. The rawhide material undergoes defatting, rinsing, and sun-drying to produce a finished hide product. The hide product is smoked to achieve objectives of dying and flavoring to result in a finished porkhide dog chew product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Prestige Pet Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Zhu Zhao Chong
  • Patent number: 8309157
    Abstract: A flexible, strip-shaped food product is made by comminuting substantially frozen meat and heating the comminuted meat to at least partially denature the meat proteins and cooling the cooked meat. About 4% by weight to about 45% by weight of wheat flour is admixed with the cooked meat, along with other ingredients, to form a dough. Use of the wheat flour unexpectedly increases tensile strength of the dough and products baked from the dough, and maintains flexibility of the strip-shaped food products over an extended period of time. Cooking of the meat in the presence of salt unexpectedly increases water activity of the pieces, resulting in a product that has a skin and a moist middle, while maintaining tensile strength. The dough is rotary-molded into strip-shaped pieces. The rotary mold may have angled die cups. The strip-shaped dough pieces are then baked and dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Lombard, Kenchu Tham, Haitao Ni, Paul Ziemba, Harry Levine
  • Patent number: 8293278
    Abstract: Compositions, methods for forming compositions, and methods for using compositions for reducing tadpole shrimp populations in temporary pools using the hormone methyl farnesoate. Compositions can include a dry base having a bulk ingredient, a viscous additive having an oily compound, a saline solution, and preparation having an effective amount of phospholipid-encapsulated methyl farnesoate. The composition can be formed by combining the dry base and the viscous additive into a first mixture and adding all or a portion of the saline solution to form a crumbly consistency. Then, the methyl farnesoate preparation can be added. The composition may then be formed into a plurality of particles having shapes and sizes for consumption by the tadpole shrimp. In use, the particles may be dispensed prior to, or immediately after, the temporary pools are flooded with water. The particles may be formed such that they can withstand exposure to water for between about 4 to about 14 days.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Fresno California State University
    Inventor: Brian K C Tsukimura