Custom-Formula Nutritional Info
Our Formulations - Your Ingredients
You may have read about "crude values" or the "crude analysis" on the nutritional panel of a particular pet food. Crude Analysis refers to the method used to test a formula's nutrient content, and does not refer to the quality of the nutrients. With the limitless number ingredient variations we offer, it would be impossible to have a crude analysis performed on every variation - without a small fortune, which we don't have. Instead, you can rest assured that every variation option has been carefully thought out by our very own Certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist - Angela Gertino.
We have received feedback from some of our customers that it's a bit overwhelming to try to decide what ingredients to choose. If you find yourself feeling the same, please contact us so we can help.
Ground bones offer a great natural, whole food source of calcium. For recipes made with chicken, duck, rabbit, or any other small game, we will finely grind the bones (unless otherwise instructed, i.e. dogs/cats that can't consume bones for dietary restrictive reasons). For those looking for additional optional meat sources, we offer meat exchanges to easily allow you to omit the chicken. When meat is exchanged for a protein source that doesn't include ground bones, we can use USA sourced beef bone meal, ground egg shells, calcium citrate, or calcium carbonate to replace the bones. For those who may be monitoring their furbaby's intake of calcium for medical reasons, we can create batches specifically tailored to your needs.
Omegas & EFA's
Flaxseed oil contains higher levels of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) than fish oil, and also contains omega-6 fatty acids. ALA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is ultimately converted to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in some species. It's this compound that acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body.
What about fish oil?
Oil obtained from predatory, “top of the food chain” fish (albacore tuna, swordfish, king mackerel, sharks etc.) often contains toxic substances due to biomagnification, or the increase in the concentration of pollutants as they pass from one food chain link to another. Mercury, chlordane, dioxin, and PCBs are toxins potentially ingested by people (or pets) who consume fish oil. Fish oil can also spoil very easily. Fish oil also produces peroxides that may cause severe gastrointestinal irritation.
Vitamins, Minerals, and Other Beneficial Nutrients
A mixture of clean, healthy, whole foods that are void of byproducts, chemicals, artificial flavors, preservatives, and syntheticly created vitamin supplements is the best source of nutrients available on the planet for any living body, and our furbabies are no different. By providing a balanced meal of fresh whole foods, you are proactively ensuring your furry companion will be getting the most nutrient rich combination of species specific nutritional benefits found anywhere.
To see some of the nutritional benefits of the ingredient example options we offer, click here.
Some great information regarding vitamins for your dog can be found here.
What exactly is Turmeric, and why do you recommend it?
Turmeric is a root that has been used for centuries because of its health benefits. There have been some amazing studies done with turmeric. Since we need to be careful about our verbiage and "claims", some state regulations don't allow us to direct our customers to resources that would be viewed as such. For those reasons, we encourage anyone looking to learn more about this amazing root to research it for themselves.
To learn more about the individual ingredients, click here.