Dogs are natural carnivores but are able to digest a reasonable amount plant-based carbohydrates as well. However, the foundation of s dog's well-balanced diet should always be meat. Meat is an essential ingredient for dog's muscle conditioning and overall well-being. Dogs can benefit from plant-based carbohydrates mainly for their digestive system. Fibers from carbohydrates help matter to travel in dog’s short digestion system. Dogs' main source of energy is fat, as dogs aren't able to utilize carbohydrates entirely as humans do.
Meat is always the main ingredient in our food. For carbohydrates we use gluten free potato, dried apples and easily digestible maize. This can’t be said for all other brands in the market not even among pet shop brands. Many manufacturers often use wheat or soy as cheap fillers to increase weight of the food. This is because meat is the most expensive raw material used in dog food. Wheat and soya can also cause allergies. See our comparison below between leading supermarket- and pet shop brands.
Composition: dehydrated chicken 25%, potato, chicken meat meal 15%, maize, chicken fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E) 6%, dried apples, brewer´s yeast, hydrolyzed chicken liver 3%, salmon oil, yucca schidigera extract, mannan-oligosaccharides, fructo-oligosaccharides, lingonberries 100 mg/kg, ripe cloudberry 100 mg/kg (Rubus Chamaemorus), sea buckthorn 100 mg/kg (Hippophae rhamnoides), dill 100 mg/kg (Anethum graveolens).
Composition: Corn, maize wheat, wheat flour, dried meat (beef, pork)*, poultry protein (dried), animal fats, wheat, animal protein (hydrolysed), beet pulp, fish oil, minerals, yeasts, soya oil, yeast hydrolyzate (source of mannan-oligosaccharides).
Pedigree Adult Complete Vital Protection
Composition: Grain (incl. grain 10%, rice 4%), meat & meat by-producs (incl. 10% chicken), oils & fats (incl. 0.25% fish oil, 0.4% sunflower oil), vegetable by-products (incl. 2.5% sugar beet pulp), minerals, vegetables (incl. carrots 4% in the orange chunks, incl. 4% in the green beans, chunks), vegetable protein extracts.
All of our complete foods include mixture of healthy Nordic berries and herbs. These natural berries and herbs are excellent natural source for multiple vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids.
Lingonberries have various health benefits. They contain especially vitamin E, which is the antioxidant for all fatty acids in the body. Lingonberries are a good source of fibers and manganese, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. In addition to these nutrients, they also contain phytochemicals called proantocyanidins (the PAC's) which can counteract urinary-tract infections.
Some of the most important health benefits of cloudberries include their ability to protect against cardiovascular disease, detoxify the body, strengthen the immune system and prevent certain cancers. Cloudberries are rich in Vitamin A, E and C, and folic acid. They also slows signs of aging, stimulate the blood circulation, prevent diabetes and improves digestion. Cloudberries have a unique component that most fruits lack – omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Cloudberries contain antioxidant polyphenols and more fibers than other wild berries and can prevent harmful bacteria to grow in the colon.
Sea buckthorn fruit consists various vitamins such as B1, B2, K, C, A, E, and folic acid. It contains over 60 antioxidants, at least 20 minerals, and healthy fatty acids including omega-3, -6, -9 and the rare omega-7. For irritated skin, sea buckthorn can be extremely therapeutic and it has high anti-inflammatory properties.
The health benefits of dill include its ability to boost digestive health, as well as provide relief from diarrhea to respiratory disorders. It is also good for oral care and can be a powerful boost for the immune system. It is also an anti-inflammatory substance. Furthermore, it can reduce excess gas. The health benefits of dill are derived from its organic compounds, vitamins, and minerals. These include powerful monoterpenes like limonene, carvone, and anethofuran, as well as flavonoids like vicenin and kaempferol. As for vitamins and minerals, dill has a significant amount of vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as trace amounts of folate, iron, and manganese.