Pudgy pets are problematic

Posted February 27th, 2012 by administrator

Pudgy pets are problematic
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Gabby doesn’t exactly walk anymore, she sort of ambulates on her daily strolls. As she moves, her “love handles” sway from side to side.

Shamefully, we have to admit that we can no longer pass her undulating fat rolls off as rippling hind-quarter muscles.

Our rescued Jack Russell terrier was a trim and svelte 16 pounds when we got her about seven years ago from a foster home near Dayton where she landed after being found running loose along a busy highway.

Today, as an elder dog, she weighs about 20 pounds. For a dog her size, each pound she gained equates to about 20 pounds on an average woman who is 5 feet, 4 inches tall.

We cheered last week when Gabby’s doctor told us she had lost four ounces since her weigh-in last September, as trivial as that might seem. We were content that she hadn’t gained weight.

In her defense (as well as our own), I have to say that for an 11- or 12-year-old dog, she does very well. Although she takes daily medication for a chronic illness that gives her a ravenous appetite, the added bulk doesn’t seem to slow her down.

Gabby’s doctors have never expressed much concern over her weight but we know we need to watch what she eats, even when she pleads for more food with those big brown eyes.

We aren’t alone when it comes to overfeeding our pet. Apparently as Americans, we…………… continues on MiamiHerald.com

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PET blend promises new option for handleware
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By Jessica Hobrook | PLASTICS NEWS STAFF

Posted February 27, 2012

LAS VEGAS (Feb. 27, 12:05 p.m. ET) — A new PET blend from Indorama Ventures Public Co. could change the way you snack.

Polyclear EBM PET, produced by Indorama-owned Invista Polymers, can be used to make containers boasting glass-like clarity, high gloss, and handles, said Frank Embs, director of business development for Indorama Polymers Public Co., to a crowd at The Packaging Conference.

The resin was created as an alternative to PVC or glycol-modified PET at the request of H.K. Anderson pretzels. The client asked for a recyclable, high clarity, high-gloss container to replace its current wide-mouth jars of peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets. The resulting container had to be processed using the existing molds and equipment – an extrusion blow molder used for PVC — of producer CCW Products.

After some adjustments and alterations to equipment and processes, Indorama was able to meet the client’s demand, Embs said.

Polyclear is a semi-crystalline, high melt PET variation, and must be processed at a higher temperature than regular PET. In initial runs on a Bekum shuttle machine, containers had problems with poor melt strength, un-melts, runny sleeves, a lack of clarity and a weak finished product. By making alterations to machi…………… continues on Plastics News

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