How are the palatability studies carried out at the centre?
The pet owner comes to the centre few times during the trial period. The neutral/control food and the test food are served both -at the same time- to the animal. The food intake is recorded in a controlled environment : any external interference is noted/taken into account (positioning of the trial food, times of feeding etc.).
When they are not coming to the centre, pet owners record the food intake – at home (use of a daily record notebook and standard weighing scales). Whenever it is possible, the studies are double-blind, the interference for the pet owner or the investigator of knowing the product is thus removed.