Overview of Flint River Dog Foodby Pamela Meadors
Dogs have different dietary needs depending on allergies, age and activity.
Flint River Ranch produces six oven-baked dog food varieties with no chemical preservatives or by-products. Their product line extends from puppyhood to Fido's senior years. In addition, Flint River accommodates small and large dogs by providing different kibble sizes.
The original formula for puppies and adult dogs provides a minimum protein content of 23 percent, fat content of no less than 12 percent, no more than 4 percent fiber and a moisture content of no greater than 10 percent. The primary ingredient in this formula is chicken meal, followed by brown rice, wheat flour, oat flour, chicken fat, tomato pomace, white fish and alfalfa meal. In addition, the food is supplemented with vitamins and minerals. It should be noted, this food is not appropriate for pets with gluten allergies or pet parents who would like to feed a grain-free diet. This food also is offered in larger bites – half-inch kibble bites – appropriate for large breed dogs.
Duck Meal and Oatmeal Canine Formula
The duck meal and oatmeal canine formula consists of approximately 21 percent protein, 12 percent fat, 4.25 percent moisture and a maximum moisture content of 10 percent. In contrast to the original formula, this product is corn, wheat and chicken free. It also focuses more on omega-6 and -3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and probiotics. Apples, blueberries, cranberries and flaxseed are just some of the ingredients included. With its emphasis on probiotics, this food may be appropriate for those pups with sensitive tummies.
Lamb Meal and Millet Formula
Even more specialized for those critters with allergies to wheat, corn and chicken, is the lamb meal and millet variety. Nutritionally, protein, fat, fiber and moisture content is approximately equivalent to the original formula. However, this variety includes probiotics and digestive enzymes to accommodate sensitive dogs.
Trout and Potato Formula
This formula is fish based with primary ingredients of trout and white fish meal. It is formulated as a chicken and lamb alternative with vitamins and minerals for skin and coat health. In addition, sweet potatoes, flaxseed, natural calcium and other ingredients help maintain vision and bone health. Antioxidants are found in the blueberries and cranberries in this variety.
Senior PLUS Adult Canine Formula
Older pups have special dietary needs. They require less protein and fat for their less active lifestyles. This variety emphasizes joint health. Among the ingredient list is chicken cartilage, which helps to provide 200 milligrams of glucosamine and 400 milligrams of chondroitin sulfate per cup. Chicken meal and lamb meal are the primary sources of protein for less active pups. The formula is wheat based and thus not appropriate for those with gluten allergies. In addition, if your pup is having mobility issues, a veterinarian should be consulted prior to a switch to this diet as it isn't intended to treat or reverse existing health problems.
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