Monday, June 11, 2012

Behind the Paw: P&G Pet Health and Nutrition Center and Leipsic Manufacturing Plant

We recently attended Behind the Paw, the influencer summit organized by P&G Pet Care and its Iams and Eukanuba brands. After spending the first evening engaging in a fun and tasty cooking challenge at  the Dorothy Lane Cooking School,  we got down to business on day two, boarding the MegaBus...
No ordinary bus, the MegaBus became our home away from home for the next two days!
... and spending a full day visiting the P&G Pet Health & Nutrition Center (PH&NC) and the Leipsic Manufacturing Plant.  First stop, the PH&NC.

Staff at the PH&NC spend plenty of time playing with the dogs
Here we learned more about the types of testing done to help make the Iams and Eukanuba brands both tasty and nutritious. We also toured the facility where some 300 dogs and 350 cats live while they participate in the testing. The dogs and cats are given plenty of room to play and socialize, and when they are ready to retire -- at about age six for dogs and eight for cats -- the dogs and cats are adopted out as part of the Companion Connections adoption program.

Another interesting innovation we learned about was the change from traditional dog doors to a saloon style, above. It turns out the doors with a split in the middle help reduce neck strain and eliminate symptoms of arthritis that can be caused from the repetitive motion of pushing open traditional style pet doors.

 The cat areas were equally impressive ...
...with plenty of places for the kitties to play and relax.

Since I spent more time running with the Greyhounds at the PH&NC and soaking up the ambiance than taking detailed notes, you might  want to check out a great post written by Dr. Lorie Huston on Pet Health Care Gazette for even more details about the PH&NC.

It truly is an impressive facility with employees who are passionate about the welfare of the animals, and dogs and cats who are well cared for and prepared for life in their future adopted homes.

Next we boarded the MegaBus again for the two-hour drive to a little town in Ohio known as Leipsic, home of P&G Pet Care's Manufacturing Plant.

The plant was equally impressive, with all sorts of quality control and safety measures, nifty electronics and machinery, and employees who were super proud of the work they do.

The plant runs 24/7, producing 24,000 tons of food per month and can run four different kinds of food at the same time.  Here's a look at the plant and some of the terrific folks we met with during our behind the scenes tour.

It was a super opportunity to be able to go behind the scenes at the Manufacturing Plant as well as the Pet Health and Nutrition Center and we'd like to thank Iams and Eukanuba for opening their doors and arms to us!

Next up, a day in the life of a VP of Canine Communications and visit to P&G Pet Care headquarters!

Disclosure: Our trip to Behind the Paw Influencer Summit was fully paid for by P&G. Our opinions expressed herein are entirely our own.


  1. Hi Diane.

    I'm just catching up on reading some of my favorite blogs (yours is one of them!) and I wanted to thank you for the link. The Pet Health and Nutrition Center was pretty impressive. I really enjoyed our visit there.

    See you in a few days at BlogPaws. :)

  2. The P&G pet health and nutrition center is taking good care of the pets. These pets are further adopted by the people. I think the manufacturing plant is the best that runs day and night preparing pet foods.

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