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Ingredients 101

At Redbarn Pet Products, we take pride in the care and attention that goes into each and every treat and food item. We welcome your questions and hope you find these answers helpful.

 

FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS

Blueberries: a good source of antioxidants, selenium, zinc and iron, vitamins C, E, A and B. Can help promote good cardiovascular health. 

Brewers Yeast: is rich in antioxidants, a good source of B Vitamins and rich in protein.  It helps reduce itchy and dry skin and is a good source of B vitamins.

Cranberries: is rich in antioxidants that can help promote good vision, heart health, urinary health and the immune system. Also contain vitamin C, fiber and manganese.

Chicken Cartilage: is a natural source of Chondroitin and glucosamine which helps to support joint health.

Coconut Oil: is made of Medium Chain Triglycerides which help support immune and digestive health. It is also an immediate source of fuel, energy and Omega 6 fatty acids.

Dandelion: Provide many vitamins and minerals and is high in protein (double what spinach provides).  It is a mild liver and digestive stimulant which helps with waste elimination and optimal digestion.  Healthy digestion of food and absorption of nutrients are key to maintaining your dog’s wellness.

Dried Chicory Root Extract: Soluble probiotic fiber that helps promote nutrient absorption and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract. It acts as a prebiotic in the large intestine.

Flaxseed: Source of essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.  Essential fatty acids (EFA) are necessary for healthy skin and coat.  They moisturize the skin from the inside out, thus improving the skin’s ability to act as a barrier to potential allergic triggers and irritants.   They also play a role in nervous system functioning, including brain development, heart health and inflammatory response.

Flaxseed Oil: Rich in Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids, which help to support healthy, skin, coat and joints.

New Zealand Green Mussels: have anti-inflammatory properties.  Contain a unique combination of Omega-3s that help reduce pain and inflammation and is a natural source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin, which helps to support joint health.

Salmon Oil:  It is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that support a healthy immune system, heart health, anti-inflammatory properties, healthy skin and coat as well as cognitive function.

Sunflower Oil:  is a good source of omega-6 fatty acids (Linoleic Acid) that helps support a healthy, shiny coat.

Yucca Schidigera: plant that is used to help minimize stool odor. Also, a source of Vitamin C and iron.

RECOGNIZABLE INGREDIENTS

Agar Agar: Agar Agar is a natural, jelly-like substance, obtained from Red Seaweed.  Agar Agar is used as a thickening agent, similar to gelatin.

Beef: Provides a natural source of protein and flavor as well as many vitamins and minerals—potassium, zinc, copper, phosphorus, iron, calcium as well as folate, Vitamin B12, Niacin just to name a few. 

Beef Broth: Broth doesn’t add much from a nutrient standpoint, but provides moisture and flavor.

Beef Liver:  In moderation, liver is a nutrient-rich organ meat that most dogs readily eat.  Liver can provide your dog with protein, fat and vitamin A.  Liver is also a good source of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc.  It provides many B vitamins and essential amino acids.

Beef Lung: A protein-rich organ meat that is low in fat.  Beef lung is also full of many essential vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, vitamin B12, Niacin and vitamins A and C to name a few. 

Beef Pizzle: A fibrous muscle, pizzle provides low cholesterol yet high protein as well as vitamins and minerals.

Broccoli: Provides a natural source of antioxidants as well as carotenoids, vitamin C, Vitamin A, riboflavin, folate, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.

Carrots:  A source of beta-carotene, fiber, antioxidants, and Vitamin A. 

Cheese:   A great source of calcium and protein, cheese also contains many essential vitamins and minerals to include: vitamins A, D, K, riboflavin, and B12 as well as magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium along with many others.

Chicken: A natural source of protein as well as vitamins and minerals such as potassium, B-12, vitamin A, B-6, magnesium, Omega 6 fatty acids, and iron.

Chicken Broth: Provides moisture, which is important to healthy kidney/urinary function.

Chicken Heart:  An organ meat that is rich in protein and low fat.  Provides many essential vitamins and minerals.

Chicken Liver: In moderation, liver is a nutrient-rich organ meat that most dogs readily eat.  Liver can provide your dog with protein, fat and vitamin A.  Liver is also a good source of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and iron.  It provides many B vitamins, omega-6 fatty acids and essential amino acids

Chicken Meal:  According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), is the dry rendered product from a combination of clean chicken flesh and skin.

Citric Acid:  Citric acid is a naturally occurring acid from citrus foods that is used as both a flavoring and preservative in food.

Dextrose: Also known as glucose, is commonly used in pet foods as a sweetener or an agent to promote browning.

Dried Egg Whites: Natural source of highly digestible protein

Egg Product: An Egg that is free of shells.  Egg provides one of the highest-quality, digestible proteins as well as antioxidants.

Fish Broth: Provides a source of moisture which is important to healthy kidney/urinary function.

Flank Steak: A natural, highly digestible protein source that provides many essential vitamins and minerals.

Fructose:  Fructose is frequently derived from sugar cane, sugar beets and corn.  It is naturally sweet and an easily metabolized source of energy.

Guar Gum: Used in manufacturing as a natural thickening agent for the gravy so it isn’t "watery". It comes from the beans of the legume; Guar.

Natural Flavors: Made from meat, increases meaty flavor that pets’ love.

Natural Smoke Flavor: A natural smoke flavor added to enhance the flavor of the food or treat

Lamb:  Real lamb meat is a natural source of protein as well as vitamin-B12, Iron, vitamin B6, and magnesium. 

Mixed Tocopherols:  Tocopherols are a family of vitamin E compounds naturally found in vegetable oils, nuts, fish and leafy vegetables.

Parsley: An herb used to enhance the flavor of the food or treat. Parsley is a good source of flavonoids and antioxidants.

Peas: A natural vegetable that provides many vitamins and minerals.

Pea Protein:  Pea Protein is a natural protein powder derived from peas.  Pea protein is low in fat, high in fiber and both gluten and dairy free.

Potassium Sorbate (A Preservative):  Potassium Sorbate is a potassium salt used as a food preservative.

Potatoes:  A tuber that provides a source of energy and is rich in vitamins and minerals.

Potato Starch:  A carbohydrate and a natural source of energy from the starch of potatoes.

Propylene Glycol:  is an ingredient approved by the FDA and AAFCO for use in dog food and treats.  We use it in our flavored fillings as a “humectant”, which keeps the filling mixture from drying.  It also has some antimitotic properties, which means that it helps prevent mold growth.

Quinoa: is a gluten-free source of protein, fiber, and minerals. 

Rosemary Extract: A natural herb that enhances the flavor of our food or treats. It is a good source of natural antioxidants.

Salmon: An ocean fish that is an excellent protein source.  It is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that support a healthy immune system, heart health, anti-inflammatory properties, healthy skin, and coat as well as cognitive function. It is also a good source of EPA and DHA fatty acids.

Salt: A combination of sodium and chloride.  It is essential for maintaining fluid and acid balance in the body as well as the healthy function of cells in the body.

Sea Salt:  Because sea salt is less processed, it contains certain trace minerals and elements, which adds flavor and color to it.  Sea salt contains trace amounts of iodine, an essential nutrient that helps to maintain a healthy thyroid.

Sodium Benzoate (A Preservative): Sodium Benzoate is a widely used food preservative.

Sucrose: A form of sugar used to enhance flavor. Sucrose is also used as a natural preservative.

Sunflower Oil: An oil that is made from pressed sunflower seeds.  It is a good source of omega-6 fatty acid and linoleic acid, which promote a healthy, shiny coat.

Sweet Potato: A complex carbohydrate and a natural energy source rich in vitamins and minerals.

Turkey:  An excellent source of protein that pets enjoy that also provides many other essential vitamins and minerals.

Turkey Liver: In moderation, liver is a nutrient-rich organ meat that most dogs readily eat.  Liver can provide your dog with protein, fat and vitamin A.  Liver is also a good source of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc.  It provides many B vitamins, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and essential amino acids.

Vegetable Broth: Provides moisture for gravy.

Vegetable Glycerin:  Vegetable glycerin, or glycerol, is a clear, odorless liquid produced from plant oils, typically palm oil, soy or coconut oil.  It is a humectant that also serves as a sweetener to improve palatability.

Whole Wheat Flour:  A finely ground meal from the milling of wheat that consists mainly of carbohydrate, fiber and gluten proteins.  An excellent source of highly digestible carbohydrates for energy. It is also a good source of B vitamins.

 

ADDED VITAMINS AND MINERALS

Betaine Hydrochloride is a digestive aid which supports healthy protein digestion and digestion of nutrients. It’s converted to Choline in the body.

Biotin (Vitamin H): Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that helps convert carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy.  The body does not store biotin; in addition to added biotin from ingredients, it is made by bacteria in the digestive tract.  Biotin also contributes to healthy skin, coat and claws.  Biotin also assists the body to rid itself of by-products from protein, and since cats are carnivores, they need sufficient biotin to process and excrete it. Lastly, biotin helps to support the thyroid, adrenal glands, and the reproductive and nervous system. 

Calcium Carbonate: Natural source of Calcium. Calcium is a vital nutrient in many bodily functions such as teeth formation, blood clotting, milk production, muscle contraction, heart pumping, vision and the metabolism of hormones and enzymes.

Calcium Iodate: A source of the essential micro-mineral iodine. Iodine is needed for the proper production of thyroid hormones that regulate growth and the body’s metabolic rate.

Calcium Pantothenate: A source of pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5).  B5 is a water-soluble vitamin that is an essential nutrient for many animals.  Animals require vitamin B5 to synthesize coenzyme-A as well as to synthesize and metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

Chloride: An electrolyte responsible in part for metabolism and controlling the body’s acid-base balance. 

Choline Chloride: Source of the essential nutrient choline. Choline is needed for fat transport from the intestine, as well as protects nerve function. It is also a component of cell membranes and neurotransmitters.

Copper Proteinate: A source of copper, which is chelated with amino acids to improve the bioavailability.  Copper is a mineral that has many roles, including reducing cellular damage caused by free radicals, synthesis of hemoglobin and the synthesis of collagen.

Copper Sulfate:  A source of copper, which supports many functions in the body of a dog including reducing free radical damage, the synthesis of hemoglobin and the synthesis of collagen.

D-Activated Animal Sterol: Animal sterol is a substance found in fat and skin.  D-activated means that it was treated with UV-light to produce vitamin-D.  In simple terms, it is lab created vitamin D.  Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption into bones and reduces calcium and phosphorus loss during urination.

Dicalcium Phosphate: Source of calcium and phosphorus which are essential for healthy teeth and bones.

DL-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate:  A synthetic form of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important for a dog’s muscles, circulatory system and injury healing as well as an anti-oxidant.  It also keeps skin and coat healthy.

Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide: A water-soluble salt derived from ethylenediamine and hydroiodic acid used as a source of iodine. Iodine is needed for the proper production of thyroid hormones that regulate growth and the body’s metabolic rate

Folic Acid (Vitamin B9): Provides a variety of benefits to cats, including synthesis of DNA, elevation of blood oxygen levels, production of oxygen, assistance in the metabolism of fat and promotion of proper growth and development.

Iron Proteinate: a Chelated form of iron that improves iron absorption from the intestine. Iron helps provide s oxygen to the blood as well as helps with the digestion of fatty acids.

Iron Sulfate: A source of iron, which is an essential component of hemoglobin, the molecule that transports oxygen in the body.

Lecithin: Natural source of naturally occurring phospholipid and source of choline.  Choline is needed for fat transport as well as protects nerve function. It is also a component of cell membranes and neurotransmitters.

Magnesium Proteinate: Source of magnesium, which is chelated with amino acids to improve bioavailability.  Magnesium is required for many metabolic functions, it is an activator for more than 300 enzyme systems as well as being an important cofactor in maintaining an electrolyte balance across cell membranes.

Manganese Proteinate: A source of manganese is chelated with amino acids to improve bioavailability.  Manganese is necessary for the formation of bone and joint cartilage and neurological function. 

Manganous Oxide: A source of manganese that is a vital nutrient that plays a vital role in the proper function of cells that are necessary for the formation of bone and joint cartilage and neurological functions in the body.

Phosphorus: Necessary for healthy bones and teeth. It is also needed for; digestion of riboflavin and niacin, nerve impulse transmission, kidney function and protein synthesis in your pet’s body.

Potassium Chloride: A source of potassium and chloride. Potassium is the primary positive ion in cells. It is needed for proper blood, muscle and nerve function. It is also necessary for protein synthesis and carbohydrate metabolism. Potassium is constantly being excreted from the body and must be replaced regularly.

Potassium Iodide: A source of potassium as well as the essential micro-mineral iodine.  Potassium is the primary positive ion in cells and is essential for the proper blood, muscle and nerve function in the body.  It also helps to maintain the acid-base balance in the body. Iodine is needed for the proper production of thyroid hormones that regulate growth and the body’s metabolic rate.

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride:  Source of pyridoxine also known as vitamin B6.  Involved in over 100 enzyme reactions involved in metabolism, development during pregnancy as well as immune function.

Riboflavin Supplement: Also known as vitamin B2, it is essential for healthy skin and coat as well as normal vision.

Sodium Selenite: Source of sodium and selenium. Selenium is essential for normal cell function in the body while sodium with potassium helps to maintain a fluid and acid balance.

Sodium Tripolyphosphate: Source of the minerals sodium and phosphorus. Sodium is a necessary ion in extracellular fluids. It is needed to maintain a balance of ions in body fluids and tissues. It is also needed for proper muscle contraction.

Taurine: essential amino acid for cats. This means that cats must have it for normal vision and heart function, but they cannot make it themselves so must come from their food. Deficiency causes central retinal degeneration (Blindness) and dilated cardiomyopathy (Heart failure).

Thiamine Mononitrate: Source of vitamin B1, it is more digestible than thiamine by itself. Thiamine is needed for proper nervous system function, metabolizing carbohydrates and maintaining appetite.

Titanium Dioxide Color:  Titanium dioxide (Ti02) is a naturally occurring mineral used as a bright white coloring agent in the food industry.

Tricalcium Phosphate-Source of Calcium to help support growing bones and teeth


Vitamin A Supplement:  Fat-soluble vitamin that is required for healthy vision, skin, coat as well as bone and tooth growth and immune system support.

Vitamin A Acetate: A source of vitamin A which helps support healthy vision.

Vitamin B12 Supplement: Essential vitamin that works with iron and folic acid to ensure healthy nervous system function as well as cell growth.  It also helps to maintain a dog’s normal energy level.

Vitamin D3 Supplement:  Source of Vitamin D3, also known as Cholecalciferol. Plays a role in optimizing calcium absorption into bone and reduces calcium and phosphorus lose in urination. Fun fact: Vitamin D is a hormone not a vitamin.

Vitamin E Supplement:  A fat-soluble vitamin that is important for a dog’s muscles, circulatory system and injury healing as well as an anti-oxidant.  It also keeps skin and coat healthy.

Zinc Oxide: A source of zinc that is an essential element for healthy coat, skin and wound healing.

Zinc Proteinate: Zinc proteinate is a source of zinc, which is chelated with amino acids to improve the bioavailability. Zinc is an essential element involved in skin and coat health and wound healing.