This year’s hashtag we all used at the event that you can all use too is, #LetsLiveBig which shows how pets allow us to live bigger lives together.
Panel #1 was about quality and safety, discussed by the Factory Manager at the Allentown Plant, Jason Christofferson, Steve Dale, a board certified Animal Behavior Consultant, John Bear, the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, and Shaun Kennedy, an Associate Professor of the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
At Purina, every ingredient has a purpose..and they adhere to some of the strictest quality and safety standards in the dog food industry when they produce each and every bag of food. They go through multiple series of tests from their ingredient suppliers and routine third party inspections, to thousands of quality checks during manufacturing.
Panel #2 was about how connecting pets and people builds stronger communities that will improve the wellbeing of both pets and people, discussed by Roben Harris, a member of the St. Louis Children's Hospital family, Kurt Venator, the Director of Veterinary Strategy and Programs, Brent Bauer, the Research Director of Integrative Medicine and Health Program at the Mayo Clinic, Flip Becker, the Senior Director for Corporate and Foundations at the St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation, Nathaniel Fields, the President and CEO of the Urban Resource Institute, and Joanne Yohannan, the Senior Vice President of Operations at the North Shore Animal League of America.
Over the years, we have used pets to be a factor on healing, and a source of therapy.
The Purina Family Pet Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital is the first center of its kind in the region, and the fourth in the world, where hospital patients can reunite with their furry family members for comfort and healing.
Purina and The Urban Resource Institute have an ongoing partnership to support URI's People and Animals Living Safely program, which allows victims of domestic violence to heal in a safe environment with their families and their pets.
Panel #3 was about the science of innovative nutrition for pets, and how nutrition responsive conditions enable better lives and futures for our pets, discussed by, Gwyn and Adam Laug, a Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind Aduly 7+ family, Dottie Laflamme, a Scientific Communications Consultant at the Purina Institute, Steve Ettinger, the Founder at Berkley Veterinary Medical Group and Author, Lisa M. Freeman, a Professor at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Steven Hannah, the Director of Molecular Nutrition at the Nestle Research Center, and Joseph Wakshlag, an Associate Professor at Cornell University.
The two innovative products Purina has recently introduced is Just Right by Purina, where you can create your own personalized blend for your dog tailored for their nutritional needs, and Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult 7+ formula, that supports nutrition for cognitive health for older dogs.
Also at the summit, there were other activities that we were able to have a hands-on experience with, such as a Puppy and Kitten Therapy Booth with puppies and kittens available for adoption, the Urban Resource Institute's Philanthropic Activity of creating care packages for the families with pets that go to the domestic violence shelters, a cat and dog tag engraving station, Purina cat and dog food product information and samples, and the Imagine Purina innovation stations, where you can learn more about quality, safety, and innovation within Purina.
Overall, I believe that the advancement that is going to make the most positive impact on the lives of pets is the innovation of new lines of pet food Nestle Purina has been creating. The two lines we had focused on during the Summit was my choice of food, the Just Right by Purina line, as well as the Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult 7+ formula, and both are perfect examples of Purina being innovative when creating pet food. The idea that every dog, is different, whether it be their gender, age, characteristics, or breed, Just Right by Purina allows you to customize and select these options to tailor to your dog’s needs. As for the Purina Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult 7+ formula, it is a great way to transition your dog into feeding them a food that will meet their needs as they age.
It was amazing to see so many people under one roof, that all have the same love and passion for their pets. Listening to all of the speakers, special guests, and panelists testimonials about their four legged and two legged family members, and how Purina has impacted their lives, really hit to home. It is great to see how so many families have also had success by using Purina products, and how much it means to feed their pet good quality and safe products.