Ingredient Definitions

Apples – are an excellent source of pectin. Helps maintain healthy stool consistency.

Ascorbic Acid – A form of Vitamin C.

Barley, Ground/Pearled – Ground/Pearled Barley is produced from whole barley seeds that have been scoured to remove the seed hull and bran. An excellent choice for specialized obesity and diabetic pet diets due to its unique nutritional make-up, modest amounts of slowly digested starch and the soluble fiber B-glucan. It is more digestible than whole or cracked barley.

Biotin – This B-vitamin is included in most diets for pets. It is found in the intestinal tract and helps prevent dermatitis. It is essential for normal metabolism of fat and protein.

Blueberries – Blueberries are rich in Vitamin A & C, Potassium, Fiber and various carotenoids which are valuable anti-oxidants. Blueberries provide flavor, taste and color of fresh fruits.

Brown Rice/Ground Brown Rice – Ground Brown Rice is the entire product obtained in grinding the rice kernels after the hulls have been removed. An excellent source of complex carbohydrates, provides quick energy and is loaded with B vitamins and minerals.

Calcium Carbonate – Calcium carbonate is a mineral used to provide calcium. It must contain a minimum of 38% calcium.Calcium Pantothenate/Pantothenic Acid /d-Calcium Pantothenate – This water-soluble vitamin required to sustain life is also known as Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid. Pantothenic acid is needed to form coenzyme-A (CoA), and is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. This vitamin is necessary for the conversion of fat and sugar into energy and promotes wound healing and antibody formation.

Canola Oil – Canola oil is obtained by extracting the oil from rapeseeds. It cannot contain more than 3% impurities. The oil provides the animal with calories needed for energy and the essential fatty acids alpha-linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid necessary for a healthy coat.

Carrots — Carrots are an excellent source of fiber and minerals. Also a good natural source of beta carotene, an antioxidant essential for neutralizing free radicals.

Chicken – Chicken is the clean combination of skin and flesh derived from whole RAW chickens. It is an excellent source of high quality protein and fatty acids. It contains up to 70% moisture, which will affect its true placement on an ingredient list after cooking. Some times refereed to as “real chicken” (who uses fake chicken??)

Chicken Fat – Chicken fat is used to coat our foods after cooking as a highly palatable natural flavor that helps achieve the proper fatty acid profile necessary for healthy skin and coat. It is especially good for cats, because it contains arachidonic acid, a fatty acid they cannot produce on their own.

Chicken Liver – Chicken Liver, as the name implies, is liver specifically from chicken. It is an excellent source of high quality protein and a rich source of Vitamins A, D and virtually all of the B vitamins.

Chicken Meal – Chicken is the clean combination of skin and flesh derived from whole RAW chickens that is then cooked. All of the fat and water are released, creating a concentrated, highly-digestible protein and fat source.

Choline Chloride – Is a source of the nutrient Choline. Choline is necessary for a number of important functions including energy metabolism and proper nervous tissue function.

Chondroitin Sulfate – ChondroitinSulfate is part of a large protein molecule which gives cartilage it elasticity. It is believed to be helpful in maintaining cartilage in the animal.

Copper Proteinate/Copper Sulfate – Two compounds which are used as a source of copper. The copper from copper proteinate is highly available while the copper from copper sulfate is less so. A trace mineral found in all body tissues. It works in respiration, synthesis of hemoglobin and production of collagen. It is also an antioxidant and helps prevent oxidation of fatty acids.

Cranberries – We add cranberries to our food as an excellent source of Vitamin C and unique natural source of tannins (astringents found in plants) that help prevent harmful bacteria from thriving in the urinary tract.

Dried Egg Product – Dried, whole, cooked eggs (minus shells) are often added to pet foods to increase the protein biological value. Raw egg whites contain avidin which binds to biotin (B Vitamin) to make it unavailable to the pet. Therefore, it is not recommended to feed pets raw eggs.

Duck by-product meal – Duck is the clean combination of skin and flesh derived from the parts or whole carcasses of ducks, including offal meat such as kidney, liver, heart and other organ meat. It is an excellent source of high quality protein and fatty acids. It is ILLEGAL to use “beaks, feet and feathers” in pet foods.

Ferrous Sulfate – Ferrous Sulfate a source of iron. It provides oxygen to blood and helps with the digestion of fatty acids.

Flaxseed — Also known as linseeds, flaxseeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds are high in fiber that adds bulk to the diet. Omega-3 fats in flaxseed also improve the shine of the pet’s coat. It also aids in the movement of food through the digestive system.

Folic Acid – Folic acid is another B-vitamin that is added to most pet foods. It helps form red blood cells and break down amino acids.

Glucosamine Hydrochloride – Glucosamine is an amino sugar that plays a role in cartilage formation and repair and is believed to be useful in helping maintain healthy joints.

Lamb Meal – The clean flesh derived from lambs and is limited to that part of the striated muscle which is skeletal or that which is found in the tongue, or heart, with or without the accompanying and overlying fat and the portions of the skin, sinew, nerve, and blood vessels which normally accompany the flesh. An excellent source of protein. This is cooked, so the moisture is removed and is concentrated protein.