Frequently Asked Questions
Chicken Meal VS Chicken Meat:
Chicken Meal outperforms Chicken Meat by far.
By name alone, it’s easy to assume that chicken meat would be a better ingredient than chicken meal. This is not true, Chicken Meal was specifically chosen over Chicken Meat to be the lead protein source for Earthblend.
Well, for one, dog food manufacturers are required by law to list ingredients in their order of % of weight, with the first ingredient being the ingredient that makes up the largest percentage of the food. The ingredient listing is where consumers are directed to look to decipher the quality of the dog food. Many dog foods that are claiming to be “protein-based”, Can actually list chicken meat as the lead ingredient, although in reality in its final form, this is not true. Chicken meat is preferred as an ingredient by most manufacturers because it is weighed BEFORE processing into its applicable recipe form. Chicken Meat’s make-up at the weighing is 60%- 70% water, which gets counted toward the weight. Chicken meat is cheaper to use, so the manufacturer increases his profit while depriving the customer and his dog of the daily requirements for protein that they believe they are paying for. You see, chicken meat must still go through other preparation before it can become part of the dog food, and that removes the water leaving only the actual chicken which now weighs about 1/3rd of the total weight that was used to get that product first on the ingredient list, when it should be 6, 7, or depending on the other ingredients, even 10th. Chicken meal describes the state of the protein source as opposed to the quality. “Meal” simply means that it is already in a form that is ready to add into the dog food. It is 100% protein source in a dry form. This weight is a true count of the actual amount of protein the dog will actually get. Both chicken meal and turkey meal are the dry, rendered products from a combination of clean flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the poultry, exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, and entrails. It is an excellent protein source and highly digestible. Earthblend is committed to providing the very best in a protein-based, super-premium dog food.
Protein-Based VS rice or Grain-based:
Dogs are carnivores… their physical make-up and good health demands a protein-based diet… “Have you ever seen a coyote attack a cornfield?” Protein, without a doubt, should be the lead component in a dog’s diet.
Are there dairy products in Earthblend?
NO, there are absolutely no dairy products in Earthblend.
There is no such thing as 100% digestibility. First of all, there is always something left to come out the “other end”. Even a claim of 90% digestibility couldn’t really be possible, and if it was, it wouldn’t be at all healthy to a dog’s system. Earthblend is 73% to 75% digestible, which makes it one of the most digestible dog foods available and way ahead of leading grocery brands. Because of the high percentage of digestibility, your dog retains all of the nutritional benefits of the food, requires noticeably less food (Meaning your dog will eat less because superior quality ingredients satisfies dogs system and meal requirements without ingesting abundance of “nutritionally empty” food kibbles), and, in almost every case, will only need to “use the backyard” once a day, greatly reducing “backyard doggy duty.”
What are Beneficial Enzymes, Fermentation
Products, and “probiotic” Bacteria?
Along with the “bad” bacteria’s (the bacteria we usually hear about that cause disease and sickness), there exists an equal amount of beneficial bacteria’s that live within the same microbial world that do “good”. This beneficial bacteria is supplied to the body via the diet at every meal to replace lost bacteria. These bacteria are necessary to control outbreaks of pathogenic (bad) bacteria. It is a natural process known as “competitive exclusion”. The beneficial bacteria is comprised of more dominant bacteria that most common pathogenic bacteria, and “outcompetes” the “bad” bacteria for such essential components as oxygen, food supply, and living space. This controls the pathogenic population and activity, keeping the entire system, and dog, healthy and happy.
What is Earthblend’s shelf Life?
Earthblend’s recipe contains ingredients that are familiar and maybe not so familiar to dog owners. We chose our ingredients based upon their ability to provide the maximum amount of the desired nutritional needs. We can utilize many of these unique, nutritionally-rich sources that other dog foods can’t, because of our attention to delivering maximum freshness for optimum ingredient absorption. This “extra attention” includes packaging the product directly from the ovens at the manufacturing facility into specially selected, air-exchange controlled dog food bags, sealing the bag on the production line, and delivering directly to our specially-built, temperature-controlled storage facility via refrigerated semi-truck within 48 hours. We also only purchase “best quality” ingredients to help support optimal shelf life and ensure complete, as promised, nutritional availability.
Where is the best place for storage of Earthblend?
We recommend Earthblend be kept in the house, where the temperature is moderate and stable, instead of a garage, carport, patio, etc… outdoor environment. Earthblend is a naturally preserved product, so it is sensitive to higher temperatures and radical temperature variables. It’s one thing to just throw beneficial ingredients into a recipe, Earthblend wants to make sure that what our customers are paying for (super-premium benefits and performance) is provided in the most effective way. Earthblend is guaranteed to provide 100% viability for one year if kept under 90 degrees and not exposed to extreme temperatures that would allow the product inside the bag to reach over 90 degrees.
Who or what is AAFCO?
AAFCO is the agency that sets standards for and regulates pet food manufacturers in the United States.
Earthblend donates a portion of its profits to animals in need.
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