Proud Paws Dog and Cat Food products are formulated by
professional nutritionists to meet or exceed the nutritional
requirements established by the American Association of Feed
Control Officials (AAFCO) for all life stages of the dog or cat.
The AAFCO nutrient requirements are based on National Academy of
Science publications. Ingredient quality and the latest in
nutrition technology are major considerations in developing Proud
Paws formulas, and ingredients must provide essential nutrients in
a highly digestible form. Proud Paws products are continually
tested to maintain the high quality standards that our customers
expect and deserve. Your pet's nutrient needs for growth,
development, performance, breeding, activity levels, and special
needs through its life stages are very important to us, and we are
proud to put the Proud Paws name on these high-quality products.
Meat and bone meal and chicken by-product meal used in Proud Paws
formulas are rendered (cooked) products derived from animals and
poultry processed for human food purposes under USDA inspection.
These body parts are not typically consumed by humans, but are
among the first body parts consumed by canines and felines in the
wild. Cooking kills bacteria that could possibly cause disease,
just as we cook most of our meats before consuming them. Blends of
these meat sources are frequently used to optimize the balance of
needed amino acids (building blocks of proteins). Soy and corn
gluten meal are plant-based protein sources that are also used to
optimize the balance of amino acids. Beef and chicken, when listed
as ingredients, indicate the use of fresh or frozen meat sources,
which are added just before final cooking.
Corn, wheat, rice, and
barley are the major carbohydrate sources used in pet foods and
human foods. Other wheat sources, such as wheat midds or wheat
shorts, are also used to meet carbohydrate and fiber needs. Fats are added for energy and
Beet pulp is also used
as a fiber source. Just as human nutrition stresses the need for
adequate fiber intake, animals also need adequate fiber for normal
intestinal function and health.
As with human
foods, antioxidants are added to protect the quality of the fats
and to maintain nutritional quality. Without antioxidant
protection, fats will easily oxidize and rapidly result in food
spoilage and food rejection.
Minerals & Vitamins:
and vitamins are added to meet specific nutrient requirements.
Proud Paws formulas utilize a proprietary blend of minerals and
vitamins to optimize nutrient availability, digestion, and
ADM Proprietary Ingredient:
Research shows natural-source vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) is more
than synthetic vitamin E
and is used in all Proud Paws formulas.
Vitamin E protects the body from oxidative damage and is vital to
immune system function.
An ADM innovative prebiotic manufactured using a patented process.
PremiDex may have a positive effect on healthy digestion.