Quality Minerals in Your Pet Food?

Another way to analyze the quality of the food that you are feeding your pet is to consider whether or not the minerals it contains are chelated or non-chelated.

What are chelated minerals?  They are necessary dietary minerals that have been chemically combined with organic molecules – molecules like amino acids or polysaccharides (complex sugars). The scientific process of attaching inorganic minerals with organic compounds is called chelation.

Minerals come from the earth and are naturally absorbed by plants. Our pets get the necessary minerals that they need from plants or from eating (meat) plant-eating animals. The most common minerals that our pets need to grow and live a healthy, normally functional life are calcium, copper, iron and zinc.

Some minerals can be difficult digest and are therefore wasted and passed through the system in their stool, without being absorbed or beneficial to the pet.  However, if the minerals are chelated, they can become easier to digest and absorption is greatly improved.

What does a chelated mineral look like? They can usually be identified by the suffixes added to their chemical names. For example:

copper proteinate

manganese proteinate

calcium pantothenate

Note that not all minerals are difficult to absorb or need to be chelated yet chelation can improve the absorption of some minerals by significant amounts (5-15%) – [Aldrich G. “Are Chelated Minerals Worth It?”, April 2008]

Chelated minerals should be considered a welcome addition to any dog food product. And their presence on an ingredients list can also be a tip-off that your a feeding a better quality food. [Dog Food Advisor]

Does Multi Menu use chelated minerals in our pet food formulas?

Yes, we do.

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Cranberries in Pet Food

img_2831There are always a lot of questions when it comes to pet food ingredients. Probably our biggest hurdle in the pet food business is overcoming pet owner’s opinions and misinformation about what is good and bad as far as ingredients go.

A few of the reasons we chose to partner with Multi Menu Pet Foods are that it is Canadian-made, the ingredients (other than New Zealand lamb) are sourced & processed here in Canada, and the quality of the processing is excellent. Multi Menu provides good, wholesome food for your pets.  The results and our testimonials speak for themselves.

Our feature today is cranberries, extract or dried, as a functional ingredient.

Whole cranberries have been added to pet foods for several years, but rarely as an extract.  Extract is concentrated in active components (90-100% pure) and is more effective than the whole fruit.

Cranberries prevent colonization by E. Coli of the epithelial cells of the bladder and urethra by urine acidification, support urinary tract health and have bacterial anti-adhesion properties.

Cranberries are a source of organic acids, flavonoids, antioxidants and phytonutrients.

“The cranberry doesn’t stop the bug from being there in the first place but it might help lessen the clinical signs the animal experiences. Antibiotics are needed to treat bacterial infections. Cranberry is a supplemental therapy only.” – More Here

Cranberries are present in our Feline formula for cats as well as our No Grain kibble for dogs.