Commercial pet foods are a relatively new concept in the history of man’s association with dogs and cats. The role these animals play in society has changed from working and predator animals, whose diet consisted of table scraps and prey to that of companion animals whose diets are controlled by their owners.
Since our human diets of processed and fast foods require additional supplements either incorporated in them or taken independently, our logic tells us that the same rules apply to the foods we feed to our pets. Despite our increased knowledge of nutrition and what is appropriate to feed our pets, and ourselves, inadequate or inappropriate nutrition is a major cause of serious health problems in our children, our pets and us.
Problems such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, food allergies, heart disease and cancer are in the headlines of our media on a daily basis. The evils of trans fats, fat, refined sugars, synthetic antioxidants, and dietary carcinogens and the benefits of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, nutriceuticals, and probiotics are buzzwords that are heard but poorly understood.
Every other brand of balanced pet “food “ made today requires additional supplements or special chelated supplements because they have main ingredients that are lacking in these nutrients or the nutrients have been destroyed during the processing the diet.
At NRG we start with the original whole food ingredients with all the required nutrients present and active. Our diet recipes are then formulated to meet the requirements for the life of your pet. Our unique manufacturing process was developed to retain nutrient content, quality, integrity, digestibility and bioavailability of original whole food ingredients used. Our diets are analyzed on a routine basis by a certified independent laboratory to insure that the nutrients are balanced to the needs of your dog.
The chart below details the nutrition contribution of the whole food ingredients we use:
Whole Food Ingredient
Excellent Source of:
|Free range whole chicken, beef, and buffalo from a local federally inspected slaughter plant, wild caught salmon from the BC coast||Protein (essential amino acids), saturated and unsaturated fats, essential fatty acids, calcium, phosphorous, trace minerals, glucosamine, chondroitin||Nutrients present in their natural state, as nature intended. Raw meat is gently processed to preserve nutrient integrity for optimal digestibility. Ingredients are sourced from a local supplier so we have control over the freshness and quality of the meats.|
|Fresh whole Liver from a local federally inspected slaughter plant||Protein and amino acids, taurine, lipoproteins, glycogen, iron, fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and B vitamins||Nutrients present in their natural state, as nature intended. Ingredients are sourced from a local supplier so we have control over freshness and quality.|
|Cooked whole eggs and egg shell||Protein, essential fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins and calcium||Nutrients present in their natural state, as nature intended. Ingredients are sourced from a local supplier so we have control over freshness and quality.|
|Naked (hulless) oats, grown locally under our instructions or purchased from farmers in western Canada who meet our strict quality standards||Complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, protein, phosphorous, soluble and insoluble fibre||Hulless oats were developed in the Orient several centuries ago. Hulls are present but are loosely attached to the oat kernel and easily removed when handled leaving the hull free as an excellent source of insoluble fibre. Oats are the least likely of the grains to cause an allergic response.|
|Wheat germ is the nutrient dense reproductive core of the wheat kernel. By weight it is less than 3% of the kernel.||Rich in essential nutrients including Vitamin E, phosphorus thiamin, zinc, magnesium, and essential fatty acids and fatty alcohols. Contains no gluten|
|Oils||A source of Omega 3 fatty acids||Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and are needed to off set the inflammatory component of Omega 6 fatty acids|
|Vegetables are purchased fresh from a local supplier||Complex carbohydrates with a low glycaemia index, antioxidants (lutein, flavinoids, carotinoids,) B vitamins, calcium, soluble and insoluble fibre||Our vegetables and fruits are raw and processed whole (includes the skin and seeds where appropriate) Our unique processing and dehydration methods optimizes nutrient digestibility, and stabilizes and preserves antioxidant and enzyme activity. Soluble fibre insures the health and function of the cells lining the large intestines. Insoluble fibre controls the passage of the food through the intestines to optimize nutrient digestibility and to remove the waste products associated with the digestive process and the body's metabolism.|
|Fruits||Fructose, soluble and insoluble fibre, antioxidants (lutein, flavinoids, and carotinoids), vitamins A, D, E and C|
|Minor Ingredient: Flax, Cider vinegar, parsley, garlic, Kelp||Are chosen to enhance and balance the nutrients available in our major ingredients as well as having unique nutriceutical benefits of their own|