About Our Pet Food
The most important part of a good meal is quality ingredients. Quality ingredients provide the nutrition necessary for your pet's healthy well-being, and help your pet holistically maintain a strong immune system, and a happy life!
All of our formulas are made from the highest quality ingredients. Our ingredients are purchased from human-grade suppliers, and are certified by the USDA and FDA. We do not use "feed" grade ingredients, which are often used in pet foods, but are not suitable for human consumption. We do not use meat by-products, grain by-products, color additives, or synthetic preservatives. The premium quality, natural and human-grade ingredients we use, coupled with our state-of-the-art preparation and slow oven baking of Flint River Ranch pet food formulas sets us apart from other pet food companies.
Our food is made in USA. Flint River Ranch is American owned and operated.
Extensive testing is done on all ingredients when they are received, including (but not limited to) meat temperature, salmonella and other toxins, and foreign objects. Samples are taken every 15 minutes during oven-baking, which are then sent to the quality control laboratory for testing including (but not limited to) protein, moisture, fiber and fat analysis. The finished product is tested for optimal vitamin and mineral mix.
Flint River Ranch does not test its products on laboratory animals.
Our food is naturally preserved with a combination of mixed Tocopherols (Vitamins E) and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Rosemary prevents the breakdown of fats and oils in foods (and is also a powerful antioxidant!). No harmful chemicals, such as BHA, Ethoxyquin, or BHT are ever used.
All of our meat is from human-grade suppliers, and is certified by the USDA and FDA. Our meat is hormone-free, antibiotic-free, non-GMO, and, of course, is never 4D or denatured meat.
Meal: Meat meal is simply cooked, ground meat with some moisture and fat removed. Meat is very high in moisture (approximately 75%); by cooking it and then and grinding it into meal, much of the water and fat are removed, leaving mostly protein and minerals and mmmm... flavor. Meal also allows for consistent mixing with other ingredients to ensure a well-balanced and nutritious meal! There are no rendered by-products, feet, heads, intestines, or other meat products unfit for human consumption in our meal or any Flint River Ranch products. The amino acids provided by our meats are the basic building blocks of muscle, skin, coat, bone, blood, and the immune system.
Organic Chicken: It is possible to put one organic chicken in 50 tons of food and legally say we use organic, range-fed chicken. Some manufacturers take this option. While we purchase as much organic chicken as possible, we prefer to more correctly say we use human-quality chicken that is purchased from American sources and certified hormone and antibiotic free. Like all of our ingredients, we pay a premium price for the very best available. Chicken meat provides essential amino and fatty acids.
Lamb: Lamb is free-range, certified hormone-free, and certified antibiotic-free.
Fish: Fish is a prime source of a complete protein and includes all of the essential amino acids. It is rich in unsaturated fats (Omega-3 fatty acids), Vitamins A, K, and E, and also contains iodine, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, copper, and fluoride. Our Menhaden Fish is a herring-like fish found along the North Atlantic coast of the United States; the flesh is an excellent source of menhaden oil for coat and skin. Our Trout is mercury-free, antibiotic-free, and hormone-free, and is raised in the US. Our Bonita is caught fresh and flash-frozen off the clear waters of Japan; flash-freezing is necessary so that preservatives, such as ethoxyquin, are not necessary.
The secret to Flint River Ranch's great nutrition is how many nutrients are present in the pet food and how efficiently they are used when digested.
Vitamins and Minerals: Our minerals are chelated, which means that they are bonded with amino acids, the constituents of protein. A chelated mineral is in a state that allows easy passage through the intestinal wall into the blood stream, which results in increased metabolic absorption of that mineral. Our products are preserved with a combination of mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E) and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). No harmful chemicals are used.
Flax: The different proteins in flax provide a high proportion base of unsaturated, essential fatty acids and dietary fiber. Flax is recognized for its potential in reducing the risk of some chronic diseases as well as improving the thickness and sheen of the hair and coat. It provides a great benefit to oven-baked food by resisting oxidation from the baking process and improving product shelf life.
Lecithin: Lecithin protects cells from damage caused by oxidation. Lecithin is largely composed of choline, with linoleic acid and inositol.
Copper and Iron: A deficiency of iron causes nutritional anemia. A small amount of copper will improve the body's use of iron.
Proteins: Proteins are organic chemical compounds and a major component of the structure of all living organisms. Protein functions to build and repair body structure. A good pet food should contain highly digestible protein sources that provide the essential amino acids in adequate amounts. Digestible food protein from several sources is more desirable than protein from only one source.
Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates serve primarily as an energy source while giving bulk to the diet. Plant material is made up of a high percentage of carbohydrates.
Fats: Fats are complex molecules that are broken down by the digestive system into smaller molecules known as fatty acids. Fat is a concentrated source of energy and works toward making hormones, skin and coat oils, membranes, and parts of body cells. Fats also aid in the transport of nutrients, regulate stomach emptying, and increase palatability of foods.
Essential Fatty Acids: α-Linolenic Acid (Omega-3) and Linoleic Acid (Omega-6) are important for the synthesis of hormones and for healthy skin.
GRAIN: Whole grains are a good source of fiber, and contain important nutrients such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. Recent studies comparing the genomes of wolves and dogs found that a big difference is dogs' ability to easily digest starch, such as grain.
Our grains are purchased from human-grade suppliers, and are fully tested when received. This testing ensures the very best quality and reduces the possibility of toxic molds. Grain is cheaper when purchased direct from the farm; however, the risk of toxic mold is greater.
We do not use genetically modified grains.
Wheat: Wheat is one of the most nutritionally balanced cereal grains. It is an easy-to-digest source of carbohydrates, fiber, and energy. A combination of grains, like a combination of meats, is better than just one source. You'll never find low-quality fillers like wood fiber, corn cobs, peanut hulls, cottonseed, straw, soy beans, or citrus pulp in Flint River Ranch products.
Millet: Millet is a gluten-free grain with a protein content that is comparable to that of wheat. Millets are rich in B vitamins (especially niacin, B6 and folic acid), calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.
Rice: Brown rice is used for its added nutritional value and fiber.
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