Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul : Products : Ingredients

By: Chicken Soup For The Pet Lovers Soul  09-12-2011
Keywords: Vitamin, Protein, Acid

Want to know what a particular ingredient does for your pet? Read the ingredient definitions below for more information.

                                          


A


Apples
A natural source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and B vitamins.
Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin C. Acts as an antioxidant in the feed (preserves shelf life, prevents rancidity). Non-essential vitamin for dogs and cats (they can produce adequate amounts on their own).

B


Barley (Cracked Pearl)
Whole grain. Has 50% more protein than rice. Slow burning carbohydrate source, helps control blood sugar levels and helps keep the pet feeling satisfied for a longer period of time.
Biotin
B vitamin required for metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, fatty acids, and non-essential amino acids. Water soluble vitamin. Required for normal skin and haircoat.
Blueberries
Rich in fiber and antioxidants, blueberries are a natural boost to the immune system.
Brown Rice
Whole grain brown rice ground to a powder. Whole grains are metabolized more slowly, providing a steady supply of energy throughout the day. Source of fiber, carbohydrates, and vitamin B.

C


Calcium Pantothenate
Source of pantothenic acid, a B vitamin. This vitamin is necessary for normal intestinal function, growth, and haircoat color.
Carrots
A natural source of B vitamins and beta carotene, an antioxidant.
Chicken
Food grade chicken that has been mechanically separated from the bone. Never frozen, arrives less than 24 hours after it is processed. Enhances palatability, low ash.
Chicken Fat
The most digestible animal fat source available. This is a liquid at room temperature which indicates a higher level of polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to fats which are solid at room temperature and are higher in saturated fatty acids. A source of Arachidonic acid (elongated form of Omega 6) and Linoleic (Omega-6) Acid.
Chicken Meal
Lean carcass (muscle and bone). No feathers or internal organs. We use a specially processed, low ash meal. Protein, phosphorus, and calcium come from the meal.
Chicory Root (dried)
A moderately fermentable carbohydrate source. Fermentation of chicory root (FOS-fructooligosaccharide) in the colon produces short chain fatty acids that are an energy source for colonocytes (cells lining the colon) as well as for the good bacteria in the colon.
Choline Chloride
A B-complex vitamin. Choline is required for normal nervous system function, normal growth in young animals, and protection of the kidneys. It can be synthesized in the liver, but is a dietary requirement.
Chondroitin Sulfate
A naturally occurring substance in the body, this is a building block for normal healthy cartilage. It also helps block harmful enzymes from damaging the cartilage. This supplement is derived from poultry cartilage.
Copper Proteinate
Chelated form of copper. Copper is an important mineral for maintaining coat color and also regulates reproduction in cats. Chelated minerals are attached to amino acids for better absorption from the digestive tract.
Copper Sulfate
An inorganic form of copper, a required mineral element. Copper is involved in normal reproduction as well as responsible for maintaining normal coat pigmentation.
Cranberry Powder
All natural source of vitamin C and potassium. May have some ability to acidify the urine, but not consistently. Some sources list it as having an ability to block bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall, thus preventing bladder infections.

D


DL-Methionine
An essential amino acid which contains sulfur. Important for both dogs and cats, but more critical in cats since they have an increased demand for this amino acid. This is also a urine acidifier.
Docosahexanoic Acid (DHA)
Our puppy and kitten formulas supply natural DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) through easy-to-digest salmon oil, optimizing your pet's potential for a healthy mind and body. DHA is a natural Omega-3 fatty acid critical for brain and vision development. A growing puppy or kitten first receives DHA from its mother's milk. Studies show that puppies and kittens can greatly benefit from DHA long after weaning.It's just another way we are committed to the total health and happiness of your pet.
Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract
A digestive enzyme derived from yeast extracts, this ingredient helps promote healthy digestion.
Duck
Food grade duck that is mechanically deboned and is certified hormone and antibiotic free.

E


Egg Product
Cooked and dried whole eggs, free of shells and other non egg material. A high quality, highly digestible source of protein.
Enterococcus faecium (dried fermentation products of)
A probiotic, or beneficial bacteria, that helps promote a healthy digestive system by suppressing populations of the "bad" bacteria within the GI tract. Also supports a healthy immune system.

F


Ferrous sulfate
Inorganic form of iron. Added to enhance the iron content of the food. Iron is responsible for the transport of oxygen throughout the body.
Flavor (natural)
Natural ingredient that is applied to the outside of the kibble to enhance the flavor and acceptance of the dry pet food. Can be from vegetable, chicken, lamb, or pork sources. (It does not contain MSG.) Examples are parsley or other herbs and hydrolyzed proteins (processed so the average molecular weight of the protein is too small to be detected by the immune system which helps avoid adverse reactions in allergic pets. There is no intact protein from the chicken, lamb, or pork.)
Flaxseed
An all-natural plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Grown in Canada. Very palatable and stable.
Folic Acid
A water soluble B vitamin necessary for formation of red blood cells and for normal function of the nervous system and reproduction (fetal development).

G


Glucosamine Hydrochloride
This is a naturally occurring substance that is a building block for normal healthy joints. It is obtained from the shells of shrimp, lobsters and crabs.

I


Iron Proteinate
Chelated form of iron. Necessary for the transport of oxygen throughout the body. Chelated minerals are attached to amino acids for better absorption from the digestive tract.

K


Kelp
Seaweed plant that is a fiber and iodine source. Helps produce small firm stools. May reduce stool odor.

L


L-Carnitine
A vitamin-like substance that helps maintain normal metabolism. This helps the body burn fat for energy and helps normalize blood sugar levels. Also helps large breed puppies maintain lean body condition and strong bones.
Lactobacillus acidophilus
A probiotic, or beneficial bacteria, that helps promote a healthy digestive system by suppressing populations of the "bad" bacteria within the GI tract. Also supports a healthy immune system.
Lactobacillus casei
A probiotic, or beneficial bacteria, that helps promote a healthy digestive system by suppressing populations of the "bad" bacteria within the GI tract. Also supports a healthy immune system.

M


Manganese proteinate
Chelated form of manganese. Manganese is important for proper bone formation, growth and reproduction. Chelated minerals are attached to amino acids for better absorption from the digestive tract.
Manganese Sulfate
The manganese salt of sulfuric acid and is needed for proper bone formation, growth and reproduction. Manganese is a micro mineral which functions as a component of several cell enzymes that catalyze metabolic reactions. Naturally occurring Manganese deficiency has not been reported in dogs or cats.
Manganous oxide
The oxide form of manganese that is needed for proper bone formation, growth and reproduction. Manganese is a micro mineral which functions as a component of several cell enzymes that catalyze metabolic reactions. Naturally occurring Manganese deficiency has not been reported in dogs or cats.
Milk (skim)
Dairy source of protein and calcium.
Millet
A whole grain. Higher in protein than corn, rich in amino acids (lysine, methionine, and threonine). Low in tannins, which limit palatability and inhibit protein digestion.

N


Natural chicken flavor
A natural product made mostly from chicken livers. This ingredient is used on the outside of the kibble to enhance flavor.
Niacin
Vitamin B3. Important for maintenance of hair, skin, nervous system, and energy metabolism. Dogs synthesize niacin from tryptophan (an amino acid) but cats must have it provided in their diet.

O


Oatmeal
Whole grain that is an excellent source of slow burning carbohydrates for all day energy and fiber for proper digestion.
Ocean fish meal
A high quality source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Naturally preserved. The omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources, EPA and DHA, provide nutrition for optimal skin and coat health as well as excellent overall health.

P


Parsley
A natural herb. Flavor enhancer.
Peas
Natural source of dietary fiber and B vitamins.
Potassium Chloride
Potassium salt of hydrochloric acid and is required for body fluid maintenance, nerve conduction (including normal heart rhythm), and certain metabollic processes. Potassium is the main electrolyte in intracellular fluid.
Potassium Iodide
Potassium salt that is required for body fluid maintenance, nerve conduction (including normal heart rhythm), and certain metabollic processes. Potassium is the main electrolyte in intracellular fluid.
Potatoes
A highly digestible carbohydrate source. Carbohydrates provide energy for everyday activity.
Powdered cellulose
A natural plant fiber source. This ingredient is highly refined, a white powder that provides insoluble fiber to the diet. The purpose of insoluble fiber is to lower calories or help control hairballs in cats.
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
Vitamin B6. Water soluble. Necessary for blood cell formation and nervous system function.

R


Riboflavin
Vitamin B2. Water soluble. Antioxidant necessary for nervous system function, utilization of energy, healthy skin and coat, and tissue repair.
Rice (white)
Inner grain of the rice (outer bran is removed).
Rosemary Extract
Natural antioxidant added to help preserve the shelf life of the food.

S


Salmon (real)
Mechanically deboned salmon. Salmon is one of the lowest mercury content ocean fish available. When salmon is fully cooked, as it is in our pet foods, there is no risk to the health of dogs consuming it.
Salt
Source of sodium and chloride. Used in formulas that are labeled for growing animals or reproducing animals. Sodium and chloride are required in higher levels by these life stages.
Sodium Bisulfate
An excellent urinary acidifier, this ingredient helps promote a urine pH of 6.1 - 6.4 in our adult cat formulas.
Sodium Selenite
Form of selenium, an essential trace mineral necessary for normal immune function and reproduction.
Spinach
Natural source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, folic acid and potassium.

T


Taurine
Amino acid essential for cats that maintains healthy eyes and heart. Considered to be conditionally essential for dogs (meaning certain dogs require it in their diet under certain conditions - particularly true when the dog is eating a lamb formula that has low protein content).
Thiamine mononitrate
Vitamin B1. Required for protein and carbohydrate metabolism, as well as to maintain normal nervous system function.
Tocopherols
Natural preservative made of compounds of Vitamin E. Used to prevent rancidity in the chicken fat and the overall formula.
Tomato pomace
A soluble fiber source that helps promote digestive health and small, firm stools. It is made from red, ripe tomatoes and is a natural source of vitamin C, lycopene and other important antioxidants.
Tomatoes
A natural source of vitamin C and lycopene, important antioxidants.
Turkey
A food grade ingredient, mechanically deboned. Quality source of digestible protein.

V


Vitamin A Supplement
Active source of vitamin A, required by cats. Dogs can convert inactive vitamin A (beta-carotene) to active vitamin A. Necessary for reproduction, vision, normal skeletal and tooth development, immunity, and tissue integrity.
Vitamin B12 Supplement (Cobalamin)
The only B vitamin that can be stored by the body. Necessary for formation of red blood cells and normal nervous system function.
Vitamin D Supplement
Regulates calcium and phosphorus balance and bone calcification.
Vitamin E Supplement
Helps protect cell membranes, regulates intracellular respiration, and immune function.

W


White Rice
Inner grain of rice (outer bran is removed). Highly digestible carbohydrate ingredient.
Whole Grain Brown Rice
The whole grain of unprocessed rice ground to a fine flour consistency. Benefits include fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and vitamin B.

Y


Yucca Schidigera Extract
Natural plant extract that has been proven to reduce stool odor.

Z


Zinc Proteinate
Chelated form of zinc. Zinc is necessary for the formation of proteins in the body, normal immune system function, skin and wound healing, growth and reproduction. Chelated minerals are attached to amino acids for better absorption from the digestive tract.
Zinc Sulfate
Non-chelated form of zinc. Zinc is necessary for the formation of proteins in the body, normal immune system function, skin and wound healing, growth and reproduction. There is a genetically influenced abnormality in zinc absorption and metabolism in some breeds (Malamutes and Siberian Huskies) which may result in an increased dietary requirement for zinc.

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