Taste of the Wild

A grain-free diet

  • Unique Animal Protein Sources
  • No Corn, No Soy, No By-Products
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Natural Antioxidants
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About Our Ingredients


Want to know what a particular ingredient does for your pet? Read the ingredient definitions below for more information.


A


Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin C. Acts as an antioxidant in the feed to preserve shelf life and prevent rancidity. Non-essential vitamin for dogs and cats as they can produce adequate amounts on their own.

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B


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.

Bison
Bison is a lean meat, highly digestible and an excellent source of essential amino acids. This ingredient would be considered a unique or unusual protein source, so it is a great choice for pets that have some food sensitivities or allergies.

Blueberries
Rich in fiber and antioxidants, blueberries are a natural boost to the immune system.

Brewers Dried Yeast
Non-fermentable yeast that provides B-complex vitamins and proteins. Flavor enhancer.

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C


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

Canola Oil
Naturally preserved. Provides a blend of omega fatty acids for optimal skin and coat health. Contains alpha-linolenic acid, an Omega-3 fatty acid. Also a source of vitamin E.

Chicken Meal
Lean carcass (muscle and bone). No feathers or internal organs. We use a specially processed, low ash meal. Protein, phosphorus and calcium come from the meal.

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.

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.

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D


DL-Methionine
An essential amino acid which contains sulfur. Important for both dogs and cats, but more critical in cats since they have an increased demand for this amino acid. This is also a urine acidifier.

Docosahexanoic Acid (DHA)
Our puppy and kitten formulas supply natural DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) through easy-to-digest salmon oil, optimizing your pet's potential for a healthy mind and body. DHA is a natural Omega-3 fatty acid critical for brain and vision development. A growing puppy or kitten first receives DHA from its mother's milk. Studies show that puppies and kittens can greatly benefit from DHA long after weaning.

It's just another way we are committed to the total health and happiness of your pet.

Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract
A digestive enzyme derived from yeast extracts, this ingredient helps promote healthy digestion.

Duck
Food grade duck that is mechanically deboned and is certified hormone and antibiotic free.

Duck Meal
Dry protein source used in formulas that contain duck meat as an ingredient. The dry protein ingredients are made from meat and bone that is ground and cooked. Excellent source of protein and vitamins and minerals.

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E


Egg Product
Cooked and dried whole eggs, free of shells and other non egg material. A high quality, highly digestible source of protein.

Enterococcus faecium (dried fermentation products of)
A probiotic, or beneficial bacteria, that helps promote a healthy digestive system by suppressing populations of the harmful bacteria within the GI tract. Also supports a healthy immune system.

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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.

Flavor (natural)
Natural ingredient that is applied to the outside of the kibble to enhance the flavor and acceptance of the dry pet food. Can be from vegetable or chicken sources. (It does not contain MSG.) Examples are parsley or other herbs and hydrolyzed proteins (processed so the average molecular weight of the protein is too small to be detected by the immune system which helps avoid adverse reactions in allergic pets. There is no intact protein from the chicken.)

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).

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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.

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L


Lactobacillus acidophilus (dried fermentation product of)
This is another of the probiotic ingredients included in some of our formulations. Probiotics are living bacteria that are added at the end of the cooking process. They help support the healthy populations of bacteria in the digestive system while suppressing the pathogenic bacteria that also reside there.

Lactobacillus casei
A probiotic, or beneficial bacteria, that helps promote a healthy digestive system by suppressing populations of the harmful bacteria within the GI tract. Also supports a healthy immune system.

Lactobacillus plantarum (dried fermentation product of)
A probiotic ingredient, included in some of our formulations. Probiotics are living bacteria that are added at the end of the cooking process. They help support the healthy populations of bacteria in the digestive system while suppressing the pathogenic bacteria that also reside there.

Lamb
Food grade lamb, mechanically removed from the bone. Enhances palatability, low ash. Purchased from New Zealand.

Lamb Meal
Lean carcass of lambs (muscle and bone), cooked and ground to a fine consistency. Purchased from Australia, a certified Scrapie free country. Scrapie is the sheep version of Bovine Spongiform.

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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. Naturally occurring Manganese deficiency has not been reported in dogs or cats.

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. Naturally occurring Manganese deficiency has not been reported in dogs or cats.

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N


Niacin
Vitamin B3. Important for maintenance of hair, skin, nervous system and energy metabolism. Dogs synthesize niacin from tryptophan (an amino acid) but cats must have it provided in their diet.

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O


Ocean fish meal
A high quality source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Naturally preserved. The omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources, EPA and DHA, provide nutrition for optimal skin and coat health as well as excellent overall health.

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P


Peas
A tiny legume that acts as a virtual powerhouse of nutrition. Peas are legumes and are whole food sources of protein and carbohydrates. They are rich in potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.

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 fiber
Used as a natural fiber source to help promote normal stools and a healthy digestive tract. Added to formulas that contain potatoes already to help limit the number of different ingredients.

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.

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

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R


Raspberries
These powerhouse berries are full of antioxidants that protect overall good health and may also help fight cancer.

Riboflavin
Vitamin B2. Water-soluble. Antioxidant necessary for nervous system function, utilization of energy, healthy skin and coat, and tissue repair.

Roasted bison
Roasted for great flavor, this lean protein source will help keep your pet in optimal lean body condition. A great choice for pets with food sensitivities or allergies.

Roasted duck
Roasted for great flavor. An excellent protein source to provide your pet with essential amino acids.

Roasted quail
Roasted for great flavor. This lean protein source will help keep your pets in optimal lean body condition.

Roasted venison
This meat is roasted for great flavor. Lean source of essential amino acids to help keep your pet in ideal lean body condition.

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S


Salmon
Mechanically deboned salmon. Salmon is one of the lowest mercury content ocean fish available. When salmon is fully cooked, as it is in our pet foods, there is no risk to the health of dogs consuming it.

Salmon Meal
Salmon meal is a dry protein source made from the meat and bone of salmon. It is ground and cooked under pressure and is a high quality source not only of protein, but also of omega-3 fatty acids.

Smoked salmon
Smoked for great flavor. This excellent source of protein also provides essential omega fatty acids, only available from marine sources. Fatty acids help keep the skin and coat healthy as well as supporting excellent overall health.

Smoked Turkey
Lean meat, smoked for great flavor. Not only will your pet love the taste, he will get the benefits of lean protein for overall lean body condition.

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

Sweet Potatoes
A power packed vegetable rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and beta carotene, this is one ideal complex carbohydrate source that provides all day energy.

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Taurine
Amino acid essential for cats that maintains healthy eyes and heart. Considered to be conditionally essential for dogs (meaning certain dogs require it in their diet under certain conditions - particularly true when the dog is eating a lamb formula that has low protein content).

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

Tomato pomace
A soluble fiber source that helps promote digestive health and small, firm stools. It is made from red, ripe tomatoes and is a natural source of vitamin C, lycopene and other important antioxidants.

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

Trout
Trout is an excellent source of lean protein. Sustainably harvested to protect fish populations.

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V


Vegetable Broth
Vegetable broth is used in canned food as a moisture source that enhances flavor. It is a variation of a mirepoix, made with celery and carrots.

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.

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Y


Yucca Schidigera Extract
Natural plant extract that has been proven to reduce stool odor.

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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. There is a genetically influenced abnormality in zinc absorption and metabolism in some breeds (Malamutes and Siberian Huskies) which may result in an increased dietary requirement for zinc.

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