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FAQ: INGREDIENTS

Ingredients

Why do you put salt in your diets?

The answer to this question is simple! Dogs and cats require it in their diet. Sodium and chloride are important minerals for dogs and cats, especially for young puppies and kittens. Dietary sodium must be at a minimum of 0.3% on a dry matter basis for growth and reproduction for dogs and 0.2% on a dry matter basis for cats. If we didn’t add salt, we would not meet these minimum requirements. For adults, the minimum required is much lower. However, there is some research that supports higher “recommended” amounts. For adult to middle aged dogs, that amount is 0.2-0.4% on a dry matter basis. For cats in the same life-stage, it is 0.2-0.6%. As dogs reach senior status, the recommended amount drops slightly to 0.15-0.35%. As cats reach senior status, the recommended amount drops to 0.2-0.5%. Although our diets are not “salt restricted” like some prescription formulations, they are certainly not high in salt.

Is Premium Edge Pet Food irradiated?

Food irradiation is a process in which foods are exposed to radiant energy, including gamma rays, electron beams, and x-rays to eliminate foodborne pathogens.

We do not irradiate Premium Edge Pet Food for a number of reasons, the most important of which is that it is not guaranteed to kill 100% of pathogens present. Irradiation also has the possibility to accelerate the oxidation of the fat in the food and make it spoil faster. If misapplied, irradiation has proven to be hostile toward vitamins, especially B1 (thiamin), activity. A thiamin deficiency in cats can cause numerous health concerns, including neurological disorders.

Does this food contain ethoxyquin?

Premium Edge sources all ingredients from vendors that do not use ethoxyquin.



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