Scout and Zoe's Launch Nutritional Treats Carpius Maximus with Assistance from HORN Animal Nutrition

Scout & Zoe’s, an all-natural pet treat company, has launched a new line of treats called Carpius Maximus with technical assistance from HORN Animal Nutrition.

November 17, 2017

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Scout and Zoe's Launch Nutritional Treats Carpius Maximus with Assistance from HORN Animal Nutrition

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Scout & Zoe’s, an all-natural pet treat company, has launched a new line of treats called Carpius Maximus with technical assistance from HORN Animal Nutrition. The Carpius Maximus treats include chewable strips called Carp Spears and crunchy carp skins called Carp Planks, both safe and healthy for canines and felines.


Scout & Zoe’s chose the carp as a healthy source of U.S.-sourced protein and amino acids. Each treat is high in nutritional value due to an abundant natural concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients. They support growth and early development in young pets and promote joint and overall health in aging pets. The treats are produced in the U.S., and the carp is gathered fresh from Kentucky rivers and lakes by local fishermen. Carp is free from pollutants such as pentachlorophenol (PCP), mercury, and other metals due to their filter-feeding mechanisms.


“Unlike what may happen at other pet treat companies, I actually eat the pet treats myself,” noted Cindy Dunston Quirk, founder of Scout & Zoe’s premium pet products. “These new Carpius Maximus carp treats are safe for our furry friends.”


A friend of the environment, Dunston Quirk selected carp to launch Scout & Zoe’s latest product in part due to the impact it has on rivers and lakes; carp are known to be prolific and to clog the waterways. The company helps American waterways by using the services of local fishermen to gather the invasive carp, which are then turned into treats by a family owned contract manufacturer and then packaged by adults who are intellectually disabled and are learning job skills to help them live life on their own terms. 

HORN Animal Nutrition was a strategic partner in the formulation of the treats. Jane Petrolino, vice president of HORN Animal Nutrition, was hands on during the research and development of the Carp Spears treats to ensure the final product’s structural integrity without compromising Scout & Zoe’s philosophy of creating products with limited ingredients and the absence of additives or fillers of any kind.


“The Scout & Zoe’s project was especially rewarding to participate in due to the passion Cindy has to create quality products for pets,” said Petrolino. “The story for choosing carp as the next hero ingredient for Scout & Zoe’s was intriguing. Naturally, the HORN team was ‘all in’. The team effort executed by myself, account manager Ian Poole, and formulation expert Gary Lynch, Ph.D., demonstrated HORN’s commitment to customers by supplying them with world class ingredients, as well as dedicated formulation expertise. Our collaborative effort in turn assists our customer to take their ideas to a successful market launch.”


“Jane was right beside us all the way guiding the development of our Carp Spears for dogs and cats,” says Dunston Quirk. “She engaged the HORN Animal Nutrition expert brain-trust to assist with the ultimate culmination of a perfectly lovely, healthy and nutritious treat. Scout & Zoe’s is very fortunate to have Jane and all of the HORN team as trusted partners on this and future product development.”


To learn more about Scout & Zoe’s and the Carpius Maximus Carp treats please visit Scout & Zoe’s website at For additional product information, images or samples, please contact Ella Pochay at 714-562-7678 or [email protected] or Cindy Dunston Quirk at 317-457-7722 or [email protected].


About Scout & Zoe’s

Founded in 2010 in Anderson, Ind. by Cindy Dunston Quirk, Scout & Zoe’s is a premium, all-natural pet treat company. Dunston Quirk’s love and passion for animals drove her to build the company, which is named after her German Shorthaired Pointer, Scout and her German Shepherd, Zoe. Both Scout and Zoe suffered with severe allergies and were unable to enjoy common treats, which inspired Dunston Quirk to develop her antler chews and treats. Scout & Zoe’s was named to the Entrepreneur 360™ List in 2017 based upon the company’s impact, innovation, growth and leadership. Dunston Quirk believes strongly in social and environmental values include employing individuals with disabilities, using the services of local fishermen, sourcing raw ingredients in the U.S., producing product in USDA inspected facilities and helping to improve American waterways. For more information, please visit


About HORN Animal Nutrition

Established in 1961, HORN is North America’s premier distributor of specialty ingredients and raw materials. HORN is an entrepreneurial-driven company with a team of technically-expert and trained professionals. Headquartered in La Mirada, Calif., its specialized market segments encompass six distinct distribution business units: Animal Nutrition, FoodTech, Nutraceuticals, Care Elements, Advanced Materials and Coatings and Building Materials.


As an employee-owned/ESOP company, HORN’s unique approach to customer service embraces challenge and opens opportunities to reinvent and improve on traditional business models. Contact 800-442-HORN or visit for more information.


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