George Fahey, Ph.D.
University of Illinois
The role of beta-1,3/1,6 glucans in pet nutrition and health – George Fahey, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, discusses the importance of the role of Beta-1,3/1,6 Glucans in pet animal nutrition and health. Beta-glucans are now recognized as a functional dietary fiber with a number of important roles related to pet animal nutrition and health. Eight studies have been published with dogs and cats fed these glucans, and encouraging results have been obtained in the areas of bone and joint health, digestive health, skin and coat health, immunomodulation and obesity control. Dietary formulations prepared for dogs and cats could benefit from their presence in many instances.
Fahey is professor emeritus of animal sciences and nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has served on the faculty since 1976 and has held research, teaching and administrative appointments. His research is in the area of comparative nutrition as applied to pet animals. Fahey has published nearly 400 books, book chapters and journal articles. He retired from the University in 2010 but continues to be involved in university activities and owns a consulting company that provides nutritional advice to the human and pet food industries.