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SSR Blog Article – Porcine Materials and the Pet Industry (5/10/21)

Porcine Materials and the Pet Industry


Porcine tissues and other pig co-products have various applications in the creation of industrial,

commercial and medical products. Another area where pig materials are a huge benefit is the pet

industry. The use of porcine materials for pet food and supplements helps increase the usage of the pig

after it has been harvested for human consumption. Since a little over half a pig’s total weight is used for

human consumption, the rest of the materials are then harvested and processed to maximize its use and

reduce waste.


Even though muscle meat is the most popular type of food harvested for human consumption, pig

byproducts are still nutritious and provide the needed protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids

essential in pet food. Since dogs and cats are essentially carnivorous, they need a diet that mimics the

nutrients that they would typically get in the wild.


Complete Pet Food

In the pet industry, food can only be labeled as complete if it has all the required nutrients to provide an

animal with a balanced diet. Because of this, the pet food industry sources their ingredients from a wide

range of meats and grains to meet the specific needs of companion animals. Porcine materials provide

high levels of vitamins and minerals, and organ meat that isn’t typically served in a Western diet are

essential in pet food for their nutritional value.


Complementary Pet Food

Complementary pet foods are designed to be only part of an animal’s diet and doesn’t provide all the

essential nutrition for a pet. However, these complementary pet foods can give pets extra enjoyment in

flavors and textures and are often used as treats. Porcine materials are again used in pet treats,

primarily in products like chews and rawhide alternatives. With pet treats, pig products are preferred

when making rawhide alternatives because pig skin is easier to chew and digest.


Pet Wellness

As porcine tissues and other materials are used to create medicines and supplements for human health

and wellness, these same ingredients are used to increase the quality of life for pets. As pet owners

move their animals to alternative diets like raw, vegan or organic, pet supplements become more

important when ensuring pets get the balanced nutrition they need. Porcine materials are used to make

these supplemental vitamins and medications with various organs, tissues, glands and fluids.

Before the development of the pet food industry, many animals were simply fed table scraps and any

other extras that needed to be consumed. Now, the pet food industry improves the lives of companion

animals by giving nutritionally balanced meals treats. Many of these ingredients come from porcine

materials, and this helps to reduce waste and promote sustainability.