Q & A
All of our products are formulated to meet all standards set by AAFCO.
Q. I’m looking for a top-quality food for my pet. What ingredients should I look for on the label?
A. A healthy food for your dog or cat offers your pet true nutrition. At Hound & Gatos we believe true nutrition begins with a balanced diet similar to what they would eat in nature: a diet high in protein. The first ingredient on all of our labels is a meat source such as beef, chicken or fish. Our products are made from human-grade protein sources and are manufactured in the USA. No bi-products, fillers, inferior ingredients, or artificial preservatives are added into our products.
Q. What ingredients can cause my pet allergies and other health issues?
A. As you read labels, be sure to steer clear of products containing the following ingredients:
- Companies that fill their products with Beef or Chicken Liver! You're buying Rabbit or Chicken -not 99.9% Beef or chicken Liver. Beef & Chicken Liver is very cheap to buy.
- Meat by-products
- Rendered animal fats
- Added sugar
- Artificial preservatives
- Artificial flavors, colors or dyes
Q. Why is a high-protein diet a balanced diet for my pet?
A. Cats are Obligate Carnivores – meaning they must have meat in order to survive. Dogs are Omnivorous Carnivores – meaning they can survive without meat, but only thrive on a high-protein diet. In the wild, dogs only used grains and plants to survive when meat wasn’t readily available. At Hound & Gatos we believe pets should be given diets that reflect their diets in the wild, which is why we developed an all-meat diet.
Q. Why do pet foods contain grains and other ingredients that can damage their health?
A. When a dog is given a diet with grains, the dog goes from thriving to merely just surviving. Cats can’t function without a diet based of animal protein. However, manufacturers of pet food began adding grains and other inferior products to pets’ diets to save on costs. As a result, consumers have misunderstood the meaning of true nutrition for their pets and they feed them a diet that more closely resembles a human diet than that of a cat or dog in the wild.
Q. How do I know if the diet my pet currently eats is harming its health?
A. It’s often difficult to know if pets are suffering from diabetes or heart disease until it’s too late, but you can inspect your pet for early indicators that their food is not offering them true nutrition. Look at its skin. Is it flaky or itchy? How about its weight? If your pet packs on the pounds, even though it regularly gets exercise, you can bet it’s most likely from a lack of balanced nutrition.
Q. Will an all-meat diet damage my pet’s kidneys?
A. Dogs are meat eaters by nature and their bodies were created to excrete the protein waste in ways that humans and other animals aren’t capable. A healthy pet should have no problem digesting protein-based diets. Grain-based diets were invented by manufacturers trying to cut costs by using cheaper ingredients.
Q. What about a senior pet?
A. As long as your senior pet is in good health, and does not have a kidney condition, it should thrive on the diet. The increased protein in the diet could help your pet shed excess weight and even give it more energy.
Q. Will it cost me more to switch over to an all-meat diet?
You’ll save money because your dog will eat less of the food. You can compare costs by looking at the cost per serving versus cost per pound.