MAIN PROTEIN SOURCES
Protein is found in a wide variety of food such as meat. It is an important part of a dog’s diet because it allows a dog’s body to function properly. Protein is needed to form new skin cells, grow hair, build muscle tissue, and more. It also assists in creating hormones and enzymes that are needed for functions within the body, provides energy and ensures the immune system stays strong.
Canine bodies can’t store protein like they can fat and other nutrients, so this means that it has to be supplied in their daily diet. Protein needs can vary, especially between different life stages, for example puppies require a high protein diet to meet their body’s demands during growth and development.
This means it is important that pet food has sufficient amounts of protein. However, a high percentage of protein doesn’t always mean that dogs are getting better quality food as this can depend on how digestible the proteins within the recipe are.
Turkey is full of good nutrients and is also highly digestible, so it can be used for pets with digestive issues. Turkey is low in calories and high in Selenium and Tryptophan both of which benefit the immune system. It is a good alternative for dogs with food sensitivities/allergies.
Chicken is considered a lean meat and it provides many benefits. It builds lean muscle mass in dogs and delivers Omega 6 fatty acids that help sustain healthy skin and shiny coats. It’s also a great source of essential amino acids and glucosamine, which helps promote bone health.
Lamb is a great protein option for dogs who suffer from food sensitivities or food allergies caused by other protein sources. Lamb is packed with essential amino acids and is a good source of dietary fats, which help sustain energy. This red meat also offers up plenty of vitamins and minerals that support muscle development and encourage optimum skin and coat health in dogs.
While a fantastic protein source in it’s own right, duck is also an excellent alternative for those dogs that may show signs of intolerance (e.g. skin irritation, gastrointestinal upset) to other protein sources.
As well as being a valuable source of protein providing essential amino acids it is also rich in B vitamins and the essential minerals potassium and phosphorus. Potassium plays an important role in maintaining the fluid balance in the body as well as having a vital role in the normal functioning of nerves and muscles while phosphorus is essential for strong bones and teeth.
Among other essential nutrients found in duck, selenium plays an important role in normal immune function and thyroid hormone metabolism and provides antioxidant protection while together the zinc and omega-6 fatty acids can contribute to supporting a healthy skin and shiny coat.
Beef is a highly digestible protein source which is very palatable. It is the only protein source that contains all 9 essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Angus cattle are known for meat that is more tender, flavorful and well marbled. Good marbling means fat is dispersed thinly and evenly throughout the meat, ensuring consistent texture, juiciness and flavor. Angus Beef is also a great source of Vitamin B12, which is a nutrient that keeps the body’s nervous system and blood cells healthy.
Salmon is a common ingredient in high-quality dog foods because it is a great protein source as well as omega-3 fatty acids, which support the immune system, may decrease inflammation, and can keep your dog’s coat looking shiny and healthy. If your dog is allergic to more common sources of protein, like chicken, salmon may be a good alternative.
Sweet Potato is a key ingredient in all of your Grain Free Range.
It’s packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals
It’s naturally gluten free
It helps to aid digestion due to sweet potatoes being high in fibre which promotes a healthy digestive system and good stool formulation
They are great for sensitive animals because they are soothing on the stomach
They are a complex carbohydrate with a lower glycemic index which means it releases it’s energy slowly throughout the day
One of the best sources of Vitamin A which is an antioxidant powerhouse and is thought to have anti- aging properties along with helping to maintain good eye sight and aid skin and coat condition
They are rich in beta- carotene, an antioxidant thought to have anti- inflammatory and immune boosting properties
Sweet potatoes contain a lot of magnesium, which is thought to help with stress and promote calmness, good mood and relaxation
VEGETABLES, FRUITS AND HERBS
Rich in vitamins A, C and K plus folic acid which all help contribute to general health & well-being.
Known for being a good source of vitamin A in the form
of Beta Carotene which helps support eye health and vision.
Well-known for being rich in vitamin C, an
anti-oxidant which can help support the immune system.
Mint is thought to help aid digestion and is a good source of
iron and vitamins A & C.