Sources of our Ingredients
We want our customers to be assured of the high quality of each and every ingredient that passes through our doors and into our manufacturing facility. All of our meats are USDA inspected and graded for human consumption. We will never use anything "4D" or less than "good enough for humans" to eat, in any of our products!
MEATS, ORGANS & BONES
ALLIGATOR: We use 100% USA sourced American alligator for our Gator Bites treats. American alligator is the source of legal alligator products sold in the United States, and has been removed from the endangered species list for over 10 years. The increased abundance of American alligator products is due to conscientious conservation efforts by the producers and agencies that monitor the harvest. www.fl-seafood.com
BEEF: Our beef is imported from BSE-free countries such as New Zealand, Argentina, and Australia. These countries raise cattle naturally, with no hormones or antibiotics. The cattle are free-range and grass-fed. The beef we use is in approximately a 95:5 lean:fat ratio.
CHICKEN & TURKEY: We use poultry from Bell and Evans, of Fredericksburg, PA. "The Excellent Chicken" is all-natural, minimally processed, no artificial ingredients, no antibiotics administered, and is fed an all vegetable diet containing no preservatives and no animal by-products. Bell and Evans provides poultry to the Whole Foods grocery chain. You can read more about this supplier, and direct any questions to their representatives, through their website. www.bellandevans.com.
DUCK: We use duck from Culver Farms. This is the only brand of duck that the Whole Foods grocery chain carries. Culver ducks are raised without antibiotics. You can read more about Culver Duck Farms on their website www.culverduck.com
FISH: The fish used in our Enhance Fish Oil + Vitamin E supplement are anchovy and sardine, both wild caught off the coast of Peru. The fish used in our Fishin’ Chips cat treats is whiting, a non-oily, mild flavored fish.
LAMB & GOAT: Our lamb and goat are imported from New Zealand and Australia. No hormones or antibiotics are used, and they are free-range, grass-fed animals. We also have access to a limited supply of locally raised meat, from a certified organic farm in the state of Maryland.
OSTRICH: Our ostrich is domestically grown and produced in the US. The birds are given no hormones or antibiotics, and are pasture-raised. Ostrich meat is naturally rich in iron and contains no marbled fat. Naturally low in calories, this healthful red meat is 97-98% fat free.
RABBIT: We do not use Chinese rabbits! The rabbit we use comes from a variety of domestic sources and are raised according to strict "natural" standards, with no hormones or antibiotics used. All meat is inspected by USDA and our processors also sell the same meat that we use to restaurants for human consumption. We use the entire rabbit, including bones, as well as liver and heart. We do not use the heads, feet, or intestines. Some interesting facts about rabbit meat: it is all-white meat, very lean (95% fat free), and low cholesterol. Furthermore, the type of fat found in rabbit meat is comparable to that in fish, in terms of the composition of the essential fatty acids. In other words, this is a very "heart-friendly" protein source, and makes a great choice for allergic, overweight or sensitive pets.
FRUITS & VEGGIES
We purchase our produce through the same vendors that supply hotels and restaurants with top quality, human-grade products. In addition, we do our best to support small, local farms that follow organic farming practices. For example, we use locally produced apples straight from the orchard, with no waxy coating or pesticides.
NUTS & SEEDS
We use organic nuts and seeds grown and produced in the USA and Canada.