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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.

A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P R S T V W Y Z

Agar Agar:Agar Agar is a natural, jelly-like substance, obtained from algae. 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, and 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, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids 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, copper, 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.

Betaine Hydrochloride: A digestive aid and a source of available choline

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

Brewers Yeast: This natural ingredient is rich in antioxidants, reduces itchy/dry skin and is a natural repellent of fleas and insects

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

Calcium Carbonate: 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 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.

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 and iron.

Chicken Broth: Not a significant source of nutrition but provides moisture, which is important to healthy kidney/urinary function.

Chicken Cartilage: A natural source of Chondroitin, an integral compenent of your pets' joint health.

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. It 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

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.

Chloride: An electrolyte responsible in part for metabolism and keeping the body’s acid base balanced.

Choline Chloride: Source of the essential nutrient choline. Choline is needed for fat transport 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.

Coconut Oil: This oil is made of Medium Chain Triglycerides that are antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal.  It is also an immediate source of fuel and energy.

Cranberries: Source of Vitamin C which helps support immune function as well as manganese which is necessary for the formation of bone and joint cartilage and neurological function. Cranberries also provide fiber, vitamin E, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin K. They also support a healthy urinary system and may provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.

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.

Dandelion Greens: 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 a key to maintaining your dogs wellness

Dextrose: A form of glucose that is commonly used in pet foods as a sweetener or an agent to promote browning.

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.

Dried Chicory Root Extract: A soluable fiber that helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract

Dried Egg Whites: Natural source of highly digestible protein as well as antioxidants

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

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

Fish Broth: Not a significant source of nutrition but 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.

Flaxseed: Source of essential omega 3 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 the inflammatory response.

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

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.

Green Lipped Mussels: This natural seafood ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties.  Contain a unique combination of Omega-3s that reduce pain and inflammation and is a natural source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Guar Gum:While no nutritional value, it is used in manufacturing as a natural thickening agent for the gravy so it isn’t "watery". It comes from the Guar bean.

Iron Proteinate: Chelated form of iron that provides 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.

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

Licithin: 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 electrical balance across 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.

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 but provides little or nutritional value.

Parsley: An herb used to enhance the flavor of the food or treat but provides little or nutritional value.

Peas: A natural vegetable that provides many vitamins and minerals and is a source of fiber.

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 proper production of thyroid hormones that regulate growth and the body’s metabolic rate.

Potatoes: A carbohydrate 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.

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride: Source of pyridoxine also known as vitamin B6. It is involved in over 100 enzyme reactions involved in metabolism, development of the fetus during pregnancy and immune function.

Quinoa: A gluten free source of protein and Flavonoids which are plant antioxidants

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

Rosemary Extract: A natural herb that enhances the flavor of our food or treats but provides little or no nutritional value.

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.

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

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

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.

Sucrose: A form of sugar used to enhance flavor.

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

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

Taurine: An 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.

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

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: Not a significant source of nutrition but provides moisture for gravy.

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: Plays a role in optimizing calcium absorption into bone and reduces calcium and phosphorus loss in urination.

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.

Wheat Flour: A finely ground meal from the milling of wheat that consists of mainly starch and gluten. An excellent source of highly digestible carbohydrates for energy.

Yucca Schidigera:An all-natural ingredient (herbaceous plant of the lily family) that offers anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory properties.

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.