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What’s the purpose of pea protein in recipes?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 23:17

Pea protein is a concentrated source of protein which is very valuable in pet food as it is a highly digestible source of vegetable protein. It’s great when used in combination with animal based proteins as they can complement each other to meet an animal’s nutritional requirements.

You might wonder why some recipes within a range of products contain pea protein when others don’t, this is because different meat sources contribute different levels of protein to a recipe. So for example, if a lamb based recipe doesn’t meet the overall desired level of protein just from the meat ingredients, then we can include some pea protein to help increase the protein level of the recipe to ensure that the animal is getting enough protein in their diet.

 

We always look to include meat proteins as the main source of protein within a recipe as these are complete proteins which means that they contain all the essential amino acids required by an animal, however pea protein is a nutritious complementary protein source which is still easily digested and beneficial to the animal.

What are Oils and Fats and why are they in your recipes?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 23:16

Fats come in all shapes and sizes and have a whole host of functions within the body. The most common form of dietary fats are triglycerides which are the bodys’ primary form of stored energy. Fat is found deposited in various locations in the pets’ body, surrounding vital organs, under the skin and surrounding the intestines. These deposits have extensive nerve and blood supply which is essential to be able to provide energy when required and store energy when intake is surplus.

 

Not only do fats provide energy, but they also have metabolic and structural functions, serving as insulators against heat loss and as a protective layer for the vital organs. When it comes to carbohydrates as an energy source, animals have limited capacity to store energy in this form, they do however, have a limitless capacity to store that extra intake of energy in the form of fat.

 

 

Dietary fat provides the pets’ body with the most concentrated form of energy out of all the nutrients they intake alongside this, the digestibility of fat is typically higher than that of proteins and carbohydrates.Dietary fat also provides pets’ with sources of (EFAs) essential fatty acids, these nutrients are called essential as the body has a physiological requirement for them. The body requires two distinct types of EFAS, omega 3 and omega 6. Omega 3 and 6 are essential for normal physiological functioning of the body, cells and cell structure.

 

 

Fat within pet food also contributes significantly to the palatability and texture of the kibble. Something which is critical to GA, as regardless of how well formulated our recipes are, it cannot be nutritious if it cannot be eaten!  Although a higher fat content (25-40% fat) may be preferred over lower fat diets it’s important to realise that an increased fat level also increases the energy density of the kibble.Higher density kibbles with an increased energy density are required to be fed at a lower level, however it is important to note that this increased density teamed up with increased palatability of foods can encourage pets to over-consume which can very rapidly lead to over eating. For this reason, we ensure that your recipes are formulated to meet the individual needs of pets’ and are perfectly balanced with moderate fat levels that are still highly palatable! When it comes to senior and light diets, they are formulated to have at least 15% less fat content than the average product.

 

Where do I find the oil/fat level?

Oils and fats (sometimes referred to as lipids) come under the same category and are required to be listed as ‘Crude Oils & Fats’ under Analytical Constituents in accordance with the ‘Code of Good Labelling Practice for Pet Food (FEDIAF, 2011).

All you need to know about Freshly Prepared

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 23:14

Why does Freshly Prepared increase digestibility?

Freshly prepared meats are gently cooked at 90c. This gentle cooking process protects the nutrients therefore allowing the pet to have optimal nutrient bio-availability. Gently cooking the food means nutrients, such as proteins, stay intact rather than them being denatured when subject to extremely high cooking temperatures. This means more proteins are readily available and can be easily digested resulting in less waste.

 

What is bio-availability and why is it good for a pet?

Nutrient bio-availability is the amount of nutrients which are absorbed and used within the pet’s body. These nutrients will then be carried to the relevant tissues and be made available for their specific use. Feeding high quality & highly digestible foods mean the body has more utilisable nutrients.

 

Why is there sensory acceptance of Freshly Prepared kibbles?

Pet preference differs dependant on the individual pet. Sensory properties include aroma, texture and flavour. Freshly prepared meat has shown to reduce any bitter taste in extruded pet food compare to when only dried meats are used (Koppel et al., 2014). Fresh ingredients are naturally more palatable and attractive to the pet. Pets prefer the taste as it much more closely represents their natural diet.

 

How do Freshly Prepared products offer better health & wellbeing?

Pets would naturally feed on fresh food including meat. Using freshly prepared ingredients in dried pet food provides high level of nutrients and antioxidants which helps to support everyday health and well-being of pets.

 

 

Why is the flavour fuller on low pressure cooking? 

 

Using lower pressure cooking means that the nutrients are not as denatured compare to when high pressure cooking is used. This allows to the food to retain is full flavour and provide a highly nutritious food for pets.

Why Grain Free?

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 15:40

Grain Free recipes are ideal for dogs with sensitivity or intolerance to grains or gluten; a great alternative to rice or cereal based recipes. Pet food formulated without grains may help to alleviate common symptoms of grain sensitivity and intolerance. Potential benefits of Grain Free diets can include: Less and smaller stools, reduced shedding, improved skin and coat condition, improved breath odour, reduced wind, reduced itching, scratching and digestive upsets.