Beagles prefer fermented pulses in their chow: U of S study
Pack of lab pups retiring after years of eating
A pack of beagles at the University of Saskatchewan's veterinary college are about to retire, even though they're only about seven years old.
"We're just finishing up the last of the studies with these guys so we're actually adopting them out this fall," said lead researcher and professor Lynn Weber.
Weber and her team of student researchers have been working for about a decade on various areas of pet nutrition.
A big part of this work involved studying the food preferences of the four-legged posse. Now, it's time for the canines to move on.
"We've already found homes for all of them."
The beagles will soon head to their new families to live out the rest of their years.
Beagles prefer fermented pulses
"We know they're healthier for the dogs and the cats, but the cats don't like the taste of it," said Weber.
"We're improving the taste by fermenting the peas or lentils, or other ingredients, with yeast first."
According to Weber, beagles "will eat just about anything," which is why they're perfect lab dogs, but they weren't quite sold on the pulses.
The team found that fermented pulses taste better to the dogs due to its meaty flavour.
Weber expects the dogs to adjust well to family life and a more leisurely pace. They're used to cuddling.
"It's an absolute necessity. So I have my graduate students and I have a whole raft of volunteers that come in every day that walk these guys and cuddle with them."
A new generation of beagles will replace the pack retiring this fall.