I want to feed my dog/cat just one protein…. but, that doesn’t really work for them!!

Regarding both cats & dogs ~ because every animal is different (just like people), there is no once size fits all regarding the amount to feed or the protein to feed.  There are guidelines provided by commercial pet food companies (but there are a ton of ingredients in that bag that your animal will never benefit from, and there is little to no quality nutrition to absorb), but you will most definitely want to pay attention to each individual animal.  If you have two cats,  one of your cats likes beef and the other likes chicken, I would not deprive the cat that likes beef from beef and the other from chicken just because feeding only one protein is more convenient.  Different proteins offer different nutrients, and each animal knows what nutrients suite them best.  Trust what your animals are telling you!   Feeding a variety of proteins (because again all proteins are all different and offer different nutrition), offers your animals the best opportunity at a wide range of nutrients.  Animals that eat only one protein are deprived of essential nutrients offered by the other proteins they are not getting.  … eventually, their tastes may change, and you should watch for that, because that is an indication that they are searching for a different nutrient (protein).  Hence, trying to get to ONLY one protein because that would make it convenient (for you), doesn’t really work for them.
The commercial pet food industry USED to tell you to feed only one protein (because they wanted you to return and purchase their product only) wants you to think there is some sort of magical formula for feeding a cat, dog, pig, whatever – do you follow a set prescription for yourself?  Your children?   Carnivores eat meat.  There is no mystery to it.  It is not a chemistry experiment to feed a carnivore.  When an animal is satisfied with the nutrient content, they’ll stop eating, won’t be over weight, won’t have rotten teeth or bad breath, won’t poop volumes, and will most certainly let you know when they would like to be fed again.  When feeding a high quality diet, you don’t need the volume that is suggested on the package of commercial pet food.  You MUST pay attention to your animals size, energy, coat, and interest in the food.

The Skinny on FAT for Dogs (their energy source)

A HUGE amount of healthy, fresh fat is required as part of the nutritional requirement for dogs.   25-30% of a dog’s calorie intake should be from fresh trim.  Dogs LOVE fresh trim.  It’s highly palatable to them.  You won’t find this in dry kibble, no matter how much top dry brand costs.  Trim fat has a very short shelf life and is difficult to preserve without adding tons of chemicals.  Fresh trim helps keep your dog lean – Here’s why:

Unlike humans, dogs use fresh healthy fat as their energy source.  Healthy fats are essential for every aspect of your animal’s health.  @ Pack10 we use mostly fresh trim fat (animal – from local organic farms in Colorado), as well as Non-GMO olive and safflower oils that are nutrient rich in omegas..  It is the high-sugar carbohydrate component in foods, not the fat content, that causes obesity in pets, and is the leading cause of diabetes, & dental decay/bad breath in dogs & cats.

Pack10’s Commitment to sustainability – Packaging!

By the year 2020 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish :-(.  This fact makes us incredibly sad!

Every aspect of our cat food packaging is compostable.. .all the way down to the 2oz containers, which are made from corn.

In 2017 we switched our K-9 Meals from vac-seal (non-biodegradable, non-recyclable) bags to compostable tubs with recyclable lids.  

Pack10’s Production Facility in Golden, Colorado.

Pack10’s production facility in Golden, Colorado.

@ Pack10 we make hand crafted meals & snacks for dogs and cats – using only USDA Certified Ingredients.

The Pack’s Efforts on Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Achieving sustainability goals at Pack10. Did you know that 77% of the protein we source comes from farmers who have a paramount interest in chemical free, grass fed, socially responsible husbandry and agriculture? After all, when it comes down to what we do to feed our pets, we are sacrificing the life of one animal to feed another. Being socially and morally responsible for the lives of all creatures is first and foremost in our recipe book! Every ingredient that comprises our recipes is all, or almost all of these: is always a whole ingredient, is organic, is non-GMO, and is always USDA certified quality. Our products are gently cooked, and never treated with chemicals.
We also have an ongoing quest for packaging sustainability. We use paper products when packing out our shipments (no Styrofoam). Our cat food meals are packaged in compostable (made from corn) 2 oz. containers. We are still being challenged by our K-9 packaging, but continue to look for better alternatives to leak proof, frustration free packaging. We are committed to responsible, low or no footprint, positive social and environmental impact.

American Grassfed Certified Lamb, Pork, Beef!

At Pack10 it is important for us to use local, sustainable, ethically raised and treated animal protein.

The American Grassfed Association defines grassfed products from ruminants, including cattle, bison, goats and sheep, as those food products from animals that have eaten nothing but their mother’s milk and fresh grass or grass-type hay from birth to harvest – all their lives.  They are also raised with no confinement and no antibiotics or hormones, and must be born and raised in the USA

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Longmont – TheBuckner family has set the standard for truly free range 100% grass-fed beef that is extraordinarily lean and flavorful but more than that they raise all of their animals so thoughtfully that they have achieved AWA Certification, which is the most rigorous humane certification out there.

 

Comparing Pack10’s Protein, Fat & Fiber content.

The trickery in Pet Food Labeling… Dry vs. Moist Food Nutrition Information:
Protein, Fat, Fiber, etc. typically appear to be greater in dry pet foods vs. that of moist pet food. In reality – it’s the other way around. Moist food converted to dry typically yields a higher protein, fat, fiber, etc. content than dry. Using a calculation to eliminate the water, here’s how our Moist food converts:
Pack10’s K-9 Organic Ground Beef Recipe contains (required labeling for moist food):
 
Protein 8.1
Moisture 78.1
Fat 5
Fiber 1.1
 
If we Converted our product to dry, our labeling content would look like this:
 
Protein 36.99%
Moisture 4.5%
Fat 22.83%
Fiber 5.02%
 
So, if you’re comparing Dry to Wet, especially protein – you need to convert to a common denominator by removing the moisture content.
Two VERY IMPORTANT elements to keep in mind when considering Protein and Fat.
1.  The QUALITY of the protein used and how it’s processed (in our case to retain it’s nutrition).  Cats and dogs, being the carnivores that they are, require good quality protein & fat to be healthy.  There is no substitute.  Plant based proteins do not provide the same benefit, and cannot be a substitute.
2. Our K-9 Meals Protein to Fat Ratio varies and there is a reason for that.  Some dogs are sensitive to higher fat content.  Eg. Our K-9 Turkey meals are super lean, as are our K-9 Elk Meals.  Dogs who are susceptible to pancreatitis look for those types of meals for their dogs and we have customers who have success with the low fat content of these meals.
Furthermore – Pack10 designs recipes that more closely resemble their ancestral diet.

Picky eater or won’t eat? There’s a reason your dog knows more than you do!

A dog’s sense of smell is said to be a thousand times more sensitive than that of humans. In fact, a dog has more than 220 million olfactory receptors in its nose, while humans have only 5 million. Because of this keen sense of smell, dogs are able to locate everything from forensic cadaver material to disaster survivors. Taking facts into account – when your dog stops eating, or doesn’t like the food you’ve presented at meal time, why wouldn’t you trust that highly specialized instinct? Consider it a form of communication between you and your best pal. Rely on your dog to tell you what’s in it and whether or not it is suitable for him or her to eat. Trust him as much as he trusts you!

Pack10 Replaces Commercial Ground Beef with USDA Certified Organic Ground Beef!

In our commitment to provide Chemical-Free meals & snacks for dogs & cats, beginning April 1, 2016, Pack10 has replaced the Commercial Ground Beef K-9 meals with USDA Certified Organic Ground Beef K-9 meals for the same price as the commercial product (without the hormones, antibiotics, or chemicals). Yippee!!!

Supplements for your pet – and Pack10’s philosophy regarding supplements

The supplement industry is unregulated, for both man and man’s best friend.  Almost all supplements come from China!

Within the body, the kidneys are responsible for producing hormones and vitamins. They are critically important to maintaining fluid balance for magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and bicarbonate. The liver detoxifies the body and must extract the needed and unwanted substances in all fluids and foods. It produces bile and stores and assimilates fat-soluble vitamins.

At Pack10 we use top-quality ingredients, so that your pet can benefit from the natural nutrition provided in the food and allow the liver and kidneys to produce the natural & necessary vitamins, & hormones without becoming toxic from artificial and synthetic supplements.

Added Vitamins a “no-no” by Pack10 standards!  Here’s more on why:

Many nutritionists are against chemically synthesized vitamins and for good reasons. A natural, whole food vitamin is different from a chemically synthesized vitamin and these differences will affect how the synthetic vitamin is absorbed and utilized by the body.

The vitamin C complex in whole foods contains over eight components whereas synthetic vitamin C has only one ingredient: ascorbic acid. Vitamin E may be d-alpha or dl-alpha. Only one is found in nature, the other is the mirror image. Synthetic alpha- tocopherols, besides differing chemically in structure, vary in absorption, metabolism, and bioactivity. Ron Carsten DVM MS states (The Benefits of Whole Food Nutrition in Veterinary Medicine,Whole Food Nutrition Journal): “Synthetic vitamins and other substances are added (to kibble) in an effort to compensate for this nutrient loss. However, these additives create ongoing metabolic stresses that, coupled with the limited ingredient selection and processing of foods, leads to situations in which cellular nutritional status can be compromised, causing tissue malnutrition.” Synthetic vitamins may even be harmful.
Certainly excesses can be harmful.     www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/raw-pet-food-and-aafco/