Ingredients Glossary

Ingredients Glossary

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  • Alfala Meal

    Alfalfa is a nutrient-rich legume from the pea family carrying plenty of calcium and other minerals, carotene, chlorophyll, protein, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. Alfalfa meal is finely ground dried alfalfa.

  • Alfalfa

    Alfalfa is a nutrient-rich legume from the pea family carrying plenty of calcium and other minerals, carotene, chlorophyll, protein, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.

  • Almond Meal

    Almonds are nuts that are rich in nutrients like protein, vitamin B, niacin, vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. Almond meal is dried and ground almonds.

  • Apple

    Apples are the fruit of the apple tree. They add flavor to our food and pack nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, dietary fiber, antioxidants, beta carotene, and potassium.

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  • Banana Puree

    Fully ripened bananas that are full of flavor are peeled and mashed. We do not add preservatives or sugar, just wholesome bananas!

  • Beef

    Beef is a complete protein containing all of the amino acids required in the diet for dogs and cats. Beef promotes healthy organ function and helps your pet maintain muscle.

  • Beef Broth

    Beef broth is made when beef is cooked in water. We add it to our pet food to enhance the flavors.

  • Beef Liver

    Beef liver is nutrient-rich, which is why we add it to our foods. It is a great source of protein and other minerals.

  • Biotin

    Biotin is another word for Vitamin H, which can be found in egg yolks, cheese, salmon, liver, alfalfa and many other fruits and vegetables. This nutrient is excellent for supporting cell growth and metabolizing fats, carbs, and protein. Including biotin in your pet's diet ensures healthy toenails and foot pads.

  • Bison

    Bison meat is a complete protein containing all of the amino acids required in the diet for dogs and cats. Bison promotes healthy organ function and helps your pet maintain muscle. Bison meat is rich in zinc and iron.

  • Blueberries

    Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, which promote health in your pet. They are also rich in Vitamin K, manganese, and Vitamin C.

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  • Cabbage

    Cabbage is a great source of fiber and is also loaded with nutrients for your pet like fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and beta carotene.

  • Calcium Carbonate

    Calcium carbonate is a natural source of calcium, which is which supports many biological functions in your pet. Calcium in your pet's diet also helps your pet develop strong bones and teeth.

  • Calcium Iodate

    Calcium iodate contains both calcium and iodine. Iodine is important for supporting healthy thyroid function. Calcium supports many biological functions, and helps your pet develop strong bones and teeth.

  • Calcium Pantothenate

    Calcium Pantothenate is the organic form of Vitamin B5, also known as Pantothenic Acid. It is an essential ingredient to just about every metabolic process in your pet's body, such as releasing energy from carbohydrates, fats, and protein.

  • Canola Oil (Preserved with mixed tocopherols)

    Canola oil is obtained from rapeseeds and is a great option due to the low saturated fat content and a significant amount of monounsaturated fat. This gives it a good Omega-3 fatty acid profile.

  • Carrot

    Carrots are the nutrient-rich roots of the carrot plant. They are a great source of carbohydrates, fiber, and have lots of beta-carotene.

  • Cassia Gum

    Derived from the sicklepod legume, cassia gum is a thickening agent that helps lock nutrients into pet food.

  • Celery

    Celery is a vegetable that adds fiber to our pet food and is an excellent source of antioxidants.

  • Chelated Minerals

    Chelated minerals are use to increase the bio-availability of nutrients in our food. They bind with amino acids, helping the nutrients to be absorbed during digestion instead of being passed in the stool.

  • Chicken

    Chicken is an incredible source of lean and easy-to-digest protein. We use high quality chicken and never include animal by-products in our pet foods.

  • Chicken Broth

    Chicken broth is produced when cooking chicken bones and meat in hot water. We use chicken broth to add flavor to our pet food just as it is used in human foods.

  • Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)

    Chicken fat is added to promote healthy skin and coat. It is a good source of Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids.

  • Chicken Liver

    Liver is an organ that not only carries protein, but nutrients like Vitamin A and iron. The liver is the organ the helps to remove toxins from the body, but it does not act as a filter. It neutralizes the toxins, which is why consuming liver is safe for your pet.

  • Chicken Meal

    Chicken meal is a concentrated and dried from of that meat, and is an great source for lean protein. At "I and love and you", we never use animal by-product meals. It is important to select pet food with protein-specific(chicken meal, lamb meal, etc.) meal rather than generic meat meals. These can then contain any species of animal.

  • Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans

    Otherwise known as garbanzo beans, these legumes are packed with protein while keeping a low glycemic index.

  • Choline Chloride

    This is added to our pet food as a source of choline. Choline helps the development of healthy cell membranes.

  • Cobalt Proteinate

    This is a proteinated version of cobalt, which makes it easier to absorb during digestion (see chelated minerals). This helps with synthesis of Vitamin B12.

  • Coconut Oil

    Coconut oil is great for the skin and coat and helps with the metabolizing fat in the body. It is a source of medium-chain triglycerides.

  • Cod

    Cod is a fish that is a great source of protein and a flavor that pets love. The Omega-3 fatty acids help metabolize fat and support a shiny coat and healthy skin.

  • Copper Amino Acid Chelate

    Copper Amino Acid Chelate is source of Copper with increase bio-availability. See chelated minerals for more. Copper supports iron absorption, protein metabolism, blood clotting, and the development of strong bones.

  • Copper Proteinate

    This is the most bio-available additive for copper. Copper supports iron absorption, protein metabolism, blood clotting, and the development of strong bones.

  • Copper Sulfate

    This is copper with added minerals to help absorption. Copper supports iron absorption, protein metabolism, blood clotting, and the development of strong bones.

  • Cranberries

    Cranberries are a great source of antioxidants and help support a healthy urinary tract.

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  • D-Calcium Pantothenate

    This is an organic version of Vitamin B5 found in plants and animals. It is also know as Pantothenic Acid and supports metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fatty acids. It also helps to synthesize cholesterol, hormones, and hemoglobin.

  • Dicalcium Phosphate

    This ingredient adds calcium and phosphorus to our recipes which aid in building healthy teeth and bones.

  • DL-Methionine

    This is an essential amino acid that promotes a healthy urinary tract

  • Dried Aspergilius Niger Fermentation Product

    This is a probiotic(good bacteria) that is added to our food to support healthy digestion.

  • Dried Aspergilius Oryzae Fermentation Product

    This is a probiotic(good bacteria) that is added to our food to support healthy digestion.

  • Dried Beet Pulp

    This is the fiber from sugar beets, with the sugar removed. Dried beet pulp is a great source of fiber that naturally contains prebiotics.

  • Dried Beets

    Our dried beets have the sugar removed and are used as a source of fiber and prebiotics.

  • Dried Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation Product

    This probiotic additive helps with digestion for your pet.

  • Dried Brewers Yeast

    A flavorful addition to our pet food, brewer's yeast adds protein and B vitamins to promote healthy muscles, skin, coat, and provide energy.

  • Dried Carrots

    Carrots are the nutrient-rich roots of the carrot plant. They are a great source of carbohydrates, fiber, and have lots of beta-carotene.

  • Dried Chicory Root

    This is also known as soluble fiber. It is a good source of fiber that aids in digestion.

  • Dried Egg Product

    Eggs are an excellent source of protein, lutein, and antioxidants. Dried egg product makes it possible to use eggs in our pet food. Our dried egg product is free of any shells.

  • Dried Egg Whites

    Eggs are an excellent source of protein, lutein, and antioxidants. Dried egg product makes it possible to use eggs in our pet food. Our dried egg product is free of any shells.

  • Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product

    This is a probiotic(good bacteria) that is added to our food to support healthy digestion.

  • Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product

    This is a probiotic(good bacteria) that is added to our food to support healthy digestion.

  • Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product

    This is a probiotic(good bacteria) that is added to our food to support healthy digestion.

  • Dried Vegetable Pomace

    Dried vegetable pomace usually consists of a combination of carrot, celery, beet, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, and more. It is a common pet food additive to increase fiber and vitamin levels.

  • Duck

    Duck is an alternative protein to other poultry like chicken, giving your pet protein variety. Protein helps sustain muscle mass and gives your pet energy.

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  • Egg Product

    Eggs are an excellent source of protein, lutein, and antioxidants. Egg product makes it possible to use eggs in our pet food. Our egg product is free of any shells.

  • Egg Whites

    Egg whites are an excellent source of protein and antioxidants. Removing the yolk makes this protein source lower in cholesterol.

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  • Ferrous Sulfate

    This is a source of iron which supports healthy levels of hemoglobin in the blood and transports more oxygen around the body.

  • Fish Broth

    Fish broth is produced by cooking fish meat and bones in hot water. Fish broth adds flavor to our pet food.

  • Fish Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)

    Fish oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids that help pets with a healthy skin and coat, aid brain function, and support joint health.

  • Flaxseed Meal

    Made from ground flaxseed, this is a plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Flaxseed Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)

    Made from pressed flaxseed, this is a plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Folic Acid

    Folic acid is a B Vitamin that supports cellular growth.

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  • Ginger Root

    Ginger root helps with the palatability of our pet food and aids in digestion.

  • Green Beans

    Green beans are a great source of fiber, protein, and Vitamin A.

  • Ground Miscanthus Grass

    This is an excellent source of fiber for pet food that can be farmed sustainably.

  • Guar Gum

    Guar gum is the product made from ground up guar beans. We use it in our pet food to thicken gravy and sauces in our wet food.

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  • Herring Meal

    Herring is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and is sustainably raised in the Atlantic Ocean. Herring meal is ground whole herring.

  • Herring Oil

    Herring oil is a source of protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and DHA.

  • Hydrolized Chicken Liver

    Liver is an organ that not only carries protein, but nutrients like Vitamin A and iron. The liver is the organ the helps to remove toxins from the body, but it does not act as a filter. It neutralizes the toxins, which is why consuming liver is safe for your pet. Hydrolyzing is a process that breaks down the protein into the component amino acids, making them easier to digest.

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  • Inulin

    Inulin is a prebiotic derived from plants such as chicory root, dandelion, and artichoke.

  • Iron Amino Acid Chelate

    This is a more bio-available version of iron. See chelated minerals for more about how they help with nutrient absorption.

  • Iron Proteinate

    This is one of the best sources of iron, with the highest levels of bio-availability.

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  • Kelp

    Kelp is an excellent source of iodine. Iodine supports thyroid health. Kelp is also a great source of nutrients like beta-carotene, B vitamins, and Vitamin C.

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  • Lamb

    Lamb is a sheep that is under a year in age. Lamb meat is an excellent source of protein and other nutrients like zinc.

  • Lamb Broth

    Lamb broth is made from cooking the meat and bones of lamb in hot water. The broth adds lamb flavor that pets enjoy

  • Lamb Liver

    Liver is an organ that not only carries protein, but nutrients like Vitamin A and iron. The liver is the organ the helps to remove toxins from the body, but it does not act as a filter. It neutralizes the toxins, which is why consuming liver is safe for your pet.

  • Lamb Meal

    Lamb meal is a concentrated and dried from of that meat, and is an great source for lean protein. At "I and love and you", we never use animal by-product meals. It is important to select pet food with protein-specific(chicken meal, lamb meal, etc.) meal rather than generic meat meals. These can then contain any species of animal.

  • Lentils

    Lentils are a great source of fiber and protein, which is why they help pet's to maintain a healthy metabolism.

  • Lettuce

    Lettuce a great source of fiber to help with digestion.

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  • Manganese Amino Acid Chelate

    Manganese promotes healthy bones and a strong immune system. Manganese Amino Acid Chelate makes it easier for the manganese nutrients to be absorbed during digestion.

  • Manganese Proteinate

    Manganese promotes healthy bones and a strong immune system. Manganese Proteinase makes it easier for the manganese nutrients to be absorbed during digestion.

  • Manganous Oxide

    Manganese promotes healthy bones and a strong immune system. Manganese Oxide makes it easier for the manganese nutrients to be absorbed during digestion.

  • Menhaden Fish Meal

    Menhaden are cold water fish and an excellent source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. They are caught in the wild and frozen at sea for freshness. Menhaden meal is ground whole menhaden.

  • Mixed Tocopherols

    Tocopherol is a form of Vitamin E used as a natural preservative.

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  • Niacin Supplement

    Otherwise known as Vitamin B3, this helps the body to release energy from carbohydrates, protein, and fats.

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  • Parsley

    Parsley is an herb that improves the aroma of pet food.

  • Pea Flour

    This is a ground pea product that provides a good source of protein when compared to wheat flour.

  • Pea Protein

    Pea protein is a concentrated protein source that can be easier on the stomach for some pets when compared to other protein sources.

  • Pea Starch

    Pea starch is an ingredient derived from peas that is a great substitute for grain-based starches.

  • Peas

    Peas are a great grain-free alternative carbohydrate that is also rich in vitamins, fiber, and minerals that are gentle on our pets' digestive systems.

  • Pork

    Pork is meat from pigs and is rich in protein to help support your pet's muscle growth.

  • Pork Liver

    Liver is an organ that not only carries protein, but nutrients like Vitamin A and iron. The liver is the organ the helps to remove toxins from the body, but it does not act as a filter. It neutralizes the toxins, which is why consuming liver is safe for your pet.

  • Potassium Chloride

    This ingredient is a great source of potassium and chloride and looks like table salt. They combine to support healthy cell membranes.

  • Potassium Iodide

    Potassium Iodide is a great source of potassium and iodine. Potassium supports healthy cell membranes while iodine supports thyroid health.

  • Prebiotics

    Prebiotics promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in your pet's digestive tract. Prebiotics consist of non-digestible fiber that is fermented when it reaches the large colon.

  • Probiotics

    Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in your pet's digestive tract. They ferment and break down amino acids, vitamins, fatty acids; helping your pet to get the maximum nutritional benefit from their food.

  • Pumpkin

    Pumpkin is a great source of fiber for your pet's diet and contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride

    This is an organic version of Vitamin B6, which helps to support a healthy metabolism for your pet.

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  • Rabbit

    Rabbit is a great source of lean protein, helping to build muscle mass for your pet.

  • Riboflavin supplement

    Riboflavin is also known as Vitamin B2, which helps to support a healthy metabolism for your pet.

  • Rosemary Extract

    The rosemary bush is an evergreen with aromatic leaves. We use it to enhance the flavor of your pet's food.

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  • Salmon

    Salmon is an excellent source of protein and fatty acids high in Omega 3. This combination helps your pet maintain a healthy muscle mass, skin, coat, and cognition.

  • Salmon Broth

    Salmon broth is made from boiling salmon meat and bones. We use it to enhance the flavor of your pet's food.

  • Salmon Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)

    Salmon oil extracts the highly beneficial fatty acids from salmon meat. The oil has an abundance of Omega 3s which help with brain function.

  • Salt

    In order to meet AAFCO requirements, salt must be added to our pet food. Maintaining proper salt levels is key to sustaining pH balance in your pet.

  • Salt (Sodium Chloride)

    In order to meet AAFCO requirements, salt must be added to our pet food. Maintaining proper salt levels is key to sustaining pH balance in your pet.

  • Sodium Phosphate

    This is a combination of sodium and phosphorus. Sodium helps to maintain balance in the cells of the body. Phosphorus assists with maintaining energy levels in the body.

  • Sodium Selenite

    This is the combination of sodium and selenium. Sodium helps to maintain balance in the cells of the body. Selenium can help regulate thyroid function and improves blood flow.

  • Spinach

    Spinach is a great source of fiber and nutrients such as calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin, C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.

  • Sunflower Oil

    This plant-based oil comes from pressed sunflower seeds. It is low in saturated fats and rich in Vitamin E.

  • Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet potatoes are a great starchy food that also packs a lot of nutrients like beta carotene, calcium, iron, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E. They are naturally sweet and grain-free, making them a great choice for pet food.

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  • Tapioca

    Tapioca comes from the roots of the cassava plant. This gluten-free starch root is gluten-free, making it a good choice for grain-free pet food.

  • Taurine

    This is an essential amino acid to cat and kitten health. Since their bodies do not synthesize it, we include it in our pet food!

  • Thiamine Mononitrate

    Thiamine is also know and Vitamin B1, which helps the digestive system to break nutrients in food and turn them into energy.

  • Tricalcium Phosphate

    This is a combination of calcium and phosphorus. It helps to make sure your pet has healthy bones and teeth, and helps us to emulsify our canned products.

  • Trout

    Trout is an excellent source of protein and fatty acids high in Omega 3. This combination helps your pet maintain a healthy muscle mass, skin, coat, and cognition.

  • Tuna

    Tuna is an excellent source of protein and fatty acids high in Omega 3. This combination helps your pet maintain a healthy muscle mass, skin, coat, and cognition.

  • Turkey

    Turkey is an incredible source of lean and easy-to-digest protein. We use high quality turkey and never include animal by-products in our pet foods.

  • Turkey Broth

    Turkey broth is made by boiling turkey meat and bones to release flavors into the water. We use this water to enhance the flavor of our pet food.

  • Turkey Liver

    Liver is an organ that not only carries protein, but nutrients like Vitamin A and iron. The liver is the organ the helps to remove toxins from the body, but it does not act as a filter. It neutralizes the toxins, which is why consuming liver is safe for your pet.

  • Turkey Meal

    Turkey meal is a concentrated and dried from of that meat, and is an great source for lean protein. At "I and love and you", we never use animal by-product meals. It is important to select pet food with protein-specific(turkey meal, lamb meal, etc.) meal rather than generic meat meals. These can then contain any species of animal.

  • Turmeric

    Turmeric is a spice that is made like ginger from the root of the plant. It is a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant for your pet.

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  • Vegetable Broth

    Vegetable broth is used in our pet food to enhance the flavor.

  • Venison

    Venison is an excellent source of lean protein for pet food, especially when trying to avoid more common meats like beef or chicken.

  • Vitamin A Supplement

    Vitamin A is an important nutrient that supports healthy vision as well as bone and soft tissue growth.

  • Vitamin B12 Supplement

    Vitamin B12 helps with digestive metabolism and helps your pet to absorb the nutrients from their food. It also helps with the formation of DNA and iron absorption.

  • Vitamin D3 Supplement

    Vitamin D3 is most important for helping the absorption of calcium in your pet, which in turn helps them to develop healthy teeth and bones.

  • Vitamin E Supplement

    Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

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  • Watercress

    Watercress is an aquatic plant from Asia. It is an ingredient that is unique to "I and love and you" and is loaded with vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, and K, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium.

  • Whitefish

    Whitefish is an excellent source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Whole Egg

    Eggs are an excellent source of protein, lutein, and antioxidants.

  • Whole Ground Flaxseed

    Flaxseed is a plant-based source of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids, making it a great addition to pet food.

  • Wild Boar

    Wild boar is rich in protein to help support your pet's muscle growth.

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  • Xanthum Gum

    This is a natural additive that helps to thicken our gravies.

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  • Yeast Culture

    This is a great source of protein and enhances the flavor of our food.

  • Yellow Split Peas

    These are an excellent plant-based protein source for pet food.

  • Yucca Schidigera Extract

    This is a plant from the desert and when used in pet food, it can reduce stool odor.

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  • Zinc Amino Acid Chelate

    This is a version of zinc that is more bioavailability. See Chelated Minerals for more about bio-availability. Zinc supports a healthy immune system.

  • Zinc Proteinate

    This is the best source of zinc that can be added to a pet food. Zinc supports a healthy immune system.

  • Zinc Sulfate

    This is a great source of zinc, which supports a healthy immune system in your pet.

  • Zucchini Squash

    This is a great source of fiber that is also rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, and Potassium.