Why we are no longer including the free mineral, vitamin pack with our dog food:
As long as dogs are eating healthy meat, there is no evidence that dogs require supplemental vitamins or minerals unless they are suffering from ill health. If the dog is not in ill health, then the supplement is not used in their body, is eliminated and therefore wasted.
We prepare our dog food with real food. The grains--rice or rolled oats--are not cooked, canned, heated or processed in any way, they are as natural as can be.
The veggies are not cooked; they are dehydrated to preserve all the nutrients and only diced for your easy preparation and serving.
When you add healthy fresh meat to our formulas, you are adding other essential nutrition and amino-acids, that complete the essential nutrition for dogs. Healthy meat would be fresh or frozen, not canned or processed or mixed with unhealthy products.
WHY DO OTHER DOG FOODS CONTAIN ADDED VITAMINS, MINERALS & OTHER
The are multiple reasons that most commercial pet food manufacturers add these ingredients, including: because they may be using meats that do not provide adequate levels of essential nutrition, they are processing the pet food at temperatures that destroy nutrients, the cans and bags sit in warehouses, stores for longer than essential nutrients can survive and more.
WHAT IF MY DOG NEEDS ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTATION?
If you suspect your dog is in ill health, then consult your health professional, perhaps perform lab tests if necessary and get informed by reading articles from established, professional sources, not blogs or forums.
Then, you can always purchase supplements according to what is needed, there are many good companies supplying these at stores or online.
Note: It is from personal and our business experience
that there are some veterinarians that like to promote their own brand of dog food and in order to do so put our food or other pet food down as unhealthy or responsible for what they may find or not find in tests; even if they do not run tests. Make your own intelligent decisions regarding your dog's health. In our opinion, real food is the best food you can feed your dog, just like real food is the best for any living creature.
Much of this information is common sense and quite a bit of it is from 30 years of reading sources, books on canine nutrition, too many to list here.
Lately, the last bit of education concerning the publicity behind such elements as Carnitine and Taurine was derived from the webpage https://www.heartdoghealth.org/taurine-and-carnitine.html. HeartDogHealth.com whose editor Carolyn Kinsler derived information from many including UC Davis veterinarians
More of our education on this topic came from VCA, Veterinary Centers of America and particularly the webpage https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/carnitine.
We thank all of them.