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Ingredients

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A


Apples
A source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and B vitamins.

Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin C, an antioxidant vitamin. Non-essential vitamin for dogs and cats as they can produce adequate amounts on their own.

B


Barley (Cracked Pearl)
Whole grain. Has 50% more protein than rice. Slow burning carbohydrate source, helps control blood sugar levels and helps keep the pet feeling satisfied for a longer period of time.

Biotin
B vitamin required for metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, fatty acids and non-essential amino acids. Water soluble vitamin. Required for normal skin and haircoat.

Blueberries
Rich in fiber and antioxidants, blueberries are considered to be a superfood.

C


Calcium Pantothenate
Source of pantothenic acid, a B vitamin. This vitamin is necessary for normal intestinal function, growth and haircoat color.

Carrots
Carrots are rich in vitamin A and like sweet potatoes and pumpkin, get their color from beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant.

Chia Seed
Chia seed contains protein, fiber and fat, and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Also containing calcium, phosphorus and manganese, chia seed is a source of minerals.

Chicken
Chicken is a highly digestible, lean protein that enhances palatability.

Chicken Fat
A digestible energy source. A source of Arachidonic acid (elongated form of omega-6) and Linoleic (omega-6) Acid.

Chicken Meal
Chicken is cooked and ground to a fine consistency. A highly digestible source of protein and minerals.

Chicory Root (Dried)
A moderately fermentable carbohydrate source. Fermentation of chicory root (FOS-fructooligosaccharide) in the colon produces short chain fatty acids that are an energy source for colonocytes (cells lining the colon) as well as for the good bacteria in the colon.

Choline Chloride
A B-complex vitamin. Choline is required for normal nervous system function, normal growth in young animals and protection of the kidneys. It can be synthesized in the liver, but is a dietary requirement.

Chondroitin Sulfate
A substance found in the body, this is a building block for normal healthy cartilage. It also helps block harmful enzymes from damaging the cartilage.

Coconut
This tropical fruit is rich in fiber and fat, and a source of omega-6 fatty acids and many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, iron and potassium.

Copper Proteinate
Chelated form of copper. Copper is an important mineral for maintaining coat color and also regulates reproduction in cats. Chelated minerals are attached to amino acids for better absorption from the digestive tract.

Copper Sulfate
An inorganic form of copper, a required mineral element. Copper is involved in normal reproduction as well as responsible for maintaining normal coat pigmentation.

Cranberries
All-natural source of vitamin C and potassium. May have some ability to acidify the urine, but not consistently. Some sources list it as having an ability to block bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall, thus preventing bladder infections.

D


Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
Our puppy and kitten formulas contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) from salmon oil. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid, critical for brain and vision development in growing puppies and kittens. DHA is a component of mother?s milk and studies show that the benefits of DHA in the diet continue after weaning.

Dried Bifidobacterium Animalis Fermentation Product
A probiotic, or good bacteria, that is added to our formulas to help support healthy digestion. It is a component of our proprietary probiotic blends, K9 Strain® Probiotics and Viables® Probiotics.

Dried Kelp
Seaweed plant that is a fiber and iodine source.

Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product
A probiotic, or good bacteria, that is added to our formulas to help support healthy digestion.

E


Egg (Egg Product)
Cooked and dried whole eggs.

F


Ferrous Sulfate
Inorganic form of iron. Added to enhance the iron content of the food. Iron is responsible for the transport of oxygen throughout the body.

Fish Meal
Whole Menhaden fish is an excellent source of protein as well as omega fatty acids.

Flaxseed
A plant source of omega-3 fatty acids that is very palatable.

Folic Acid
A water soluble B vitamin necessary for formation of red blood cells and for normal function of the nervous system and reproduction (fetal development).

G


Glucosamine Hydrochloride
A building block for normal healthy joints. It is obtained from the shells of shrimp, lobsters and crabs.

Ground White Rice
Ground rice is white rice that is received as a ground ingredient, instead of whole. Rice is a highly digestible carbohydrate ingredient that supplies energy for active pets.

I


Iron Proteinate
Chelated form of iron. Necessary for the transport of oxygen throughout the body. Chelated minerals are attached to amino acids for better absorption from the digestive tract.

K


Kale
A cruciferous vegetable that is extremely low in calories. Kale has extremely high levels of vitamins A and C.

L


L-Carnitine
A vitamin-like substance that helps maintain normal metabolism. This helps the body burn fat for energy and helps normalize blood sugar levels. Also helps large breed puppies maintain lean body condition and strong bones.

Lamb
Lamb is a highly digestible protein that enhances palatability.

Lamb Meal
Lamb is cooked and ground to a fine consistency. A highly digestible source of protein and minerals.

M


Manganese Proteinate
Chelated form of manganese. Manganese is important for proper bone formation, growth and reproduction. Chelated minerals are attached to amino acids for better absorption from the digestive tract.

Manganese Sulfate
The manganese salt of sulfuric acid is needed for proper bone formation, growth and reproduction. Manganese is a micro mineral which functions as a component of several cell enzymes that catalyze metabolic reactions.

Manganous Oxide
The oxide form of manganese that is needed for proper bone formation, growth and reproduction. Manganese is a micro mineral which functions as a component of several cell enzymes that catalyze metabolic reactions.

Millet
A whole grain. Higher in protein than corn, rich in amino acids (lysine, methionine, and threonine). Low in tannins, which limit palatability and inhibit protein digestion.

N


Natural Flavor
Ingredient that is added to enhance the flavor and acceptance of the food. (Does not contain MSG).

Niacin
Vitamin B3. Important for maintenance of hair, skin, nervous system and energy metabolism.

O


Oatmeal
Whole grain that is an excellent source of slow burning carbohydrates for all day energy and fiber for proper digestion.

Oranges
Oranges are a source of Vitamin C.

P


Papaya
A tropical fruit that is rich in vitamin A and C while also being low in calories.

Parsley Flake
A dried herb. Flavor enhancer.

Pea Protein
Peas are highly nutritious legumes that are made up of protein, starch and fiber in addition to vitamins and minerals. A special processing technique is used to separate the protein from the starch and fiber to create a digestible, low ash protein source with the added benefit of phytonutrients.

Peas
Peas, either green or yellow, are highly nutritious legumes that are made up of protein, starch and fiber in addition to vitamins and minerals.

Potassium Chloride
Potassium salt of hydrochloric acid and is required for body fluid maintenance, nerve conduction (including normal heart rhythm), and certain metabollic processes. Potassium is the main electrolyte in intracellular fluid.

Potassium Iodide
Potassium salt that is required for body fluid maintenance, nerve conduction (including normal heart rhythm) and certain metabolic processes. Potassium is the main electrolyte in intracellular fluid.

Potato Protein
The protein portion of potatoes. Excellent back-up source of protein in high-protein recipes to help keep the ash low.

Potatoes
A highly digestible carbohydrate source. Carbohydrates provide energy for everyday activity.

Powdered Cellulose
A plant fiber source. This ingredient is highly refined, a white powder that provides insoluble fiber to the diet. The purpose of insoluble fiber is to lower calories or help control hairballs in cats.

Pumpkin
This squash get its orange color from beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. It is also rich in vitamin C, potassium and fiber. It is most well-known for its fiber content, which helps support healthy digestion.

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
Vitamin B6. Water-soluble. Necessary for blood cell formation and nervous system function.

Q


Quinoa
Quinoa is a grain that contains high levels of fiber and protein. It is rich in minerals and B vitamins, nutrients important for vital functions within your pet's body.

R


Riboflavin
Vitamin B2. Water soluble. This vitamin is necessary for nervous system function, energy utilization, healthy skin and coat and tissue repair.

Rosemary Extract
Herbal extract that is added as a flavor enhancer.

S


Salmon
Salmon is a highly digestible source of protein as well as omega fatty acids.

Salmon Meal
Salmon is cooked and ground to a fine consistency. A highly digestible source of protein and minerals as well as omega-3 fatty acids.

Salmon Oil
This oil is extracted from salmon. Marine source oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA.

Salt
Source of sodium and chloride. Used in formulas for growing animals or reproducing animals. Sodium and chloride are required in higher levels by these life stages.

Sodium Bisulfate
An excellent urinary acidifier, this ingredient helps promote a urine pH of 6.1 - 6.4 in our adult cat formulas.

Sodium Selenite
Form of selenium, an essential trace mineral necessary for normal immune function and reproduction.

Spinach
A popular leafy green that is packed with vitamin A and vitamin K. Greens are also rich in antioxidants.

T


Taurine
Amino acid essential for cats, maintains healthy eyes and heart.

Thiamine Mononitrate
Vitamin B1. Required for protein and carbohydrate metabolism, as well as to maintain normal nervous system function.

Tocopherols (Mixed)
Preservative made of compounds of Vitamin E.

Tomato Pomace
A soluble fiber source that helps promote digestive health and firm stools. Sourced from tomatoes, contributes vitamin C, lycopene and other important antioxidants.

Tomatoes
A source of vitamin C and lycopene, important antioxidants.

V


Vitamin A Supplement
Active source of vitamin A, required by cats. Dogs can convert inactive vitamin A (beta-carotene) to active vitamin A. Necessary for reproduction, vision, normal skeletal and tooth development, immunity and tissue integrity.

Vitamin B12 Supplement
The only B vitamin that can be stored by the body. Necessary for formation of red blood cells and normal nervous system function.

Vitamin D Supplement
Regulates calcium and phosphorus balance and bone calcification.

Vitamin E Supplement
Helps protect cell membranes, regulates intracellular respiration and immune function.

W


Whole Grain Brown Rice
The whole grain of unprocessed rice ground to a fine flour consistency. Benefits include fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and vitamin B.

Y


Yucca Schidigera Extract
A plant extract that helps support healthy digestion.

Z


Zinc Proteinate
Chelated form of zinc. Zinc is necessary for the formation of proteins in the body, normal immune system function, skin and wound healing, growth and reproduction. Chelated minerals are attached to amino acids for better absorption from the digestive tract.

Zinc Sulfate
Non-chelated form of zinc. Zinc is necessary for the formation of proteins in the body, normal immune system function, skin and wound healing, growth and reproduction.

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