Ingredients

 

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Alfalfa & Alfalfa Leaf

Alfalfa is one of the richest mineral foods containing abundant amounts of trace minerals (zinc, iron and manganese), vitamins (Vitamin A, Vitamin C), nutrients needed by dogs and cats to sustain wellbeing.

 

B

 

Bacillus (Also Bacteria Cultures)

Lactobacillus acidophilus, bacillus subtilis, bifidobacterium thermophilum, bifidobacterium longum and enterococcus faecium are active dehydrated cultures added to dog and cat foods after processing. They are activated on ingesting the food and help to maintain normal bacteria balance in the lower intestine. They aid in digestion and reduce the occurrence of diarrhea, contributing to colon and rectum health.

 

Barley

Whole barley is the whole grain with the hull and bran. It is a good carbohydrate source for energy, B vitamins and fiber for colon health. It is an excellent source of soluble fiber and has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Barley is a quality grain source and minimizes allergic reactions typically associated with corn or wheat.

 

Biotin

Also known as Vitamin H, it is active in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and protein, and the formation of fatty acids. It promotes normal health of sweat glands, nerve tissue, bone marrow, blood cells, skin, and hair. It is essential for growth and well being.

 

Blueberries

Blueberries are an excellent source of Vitamins A & C, potassium, and fiber. Blueberries are one of nature’s most potent antioxidants.

 

Brown Rice

A natural whole grain rice that is associated with natural health foods. The bran portion provides essential B vitamins, minerals and fiber. Brown rice is an excellent, high-quality complex carbohydrate source for energy and fiber for colon health.

 

C

 

Calcium

Calcium is vital for the formation of strong bones and teeth and also promotes healthy muscle and tissue growth.

 

 

Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5)

One of the B vitamins, it acts as a coenzyme in the conversion of amino acids and is important for healthy skin. It also promotes normal growth and development and aids in the release of energy from foods.

 

Canola Oil

Obtained by extracting the oil from canola seeds, it provides calories for energy and omega-3 & -6 fatty acids for a healthy coat.

 

Carrots

Carrots provide antioxidants and health protecting phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. They are high in Vitamin A and carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants providing protection against free radicals (cancer causing agents). Additionally they are a strong source of thiamin, Vitamin B6 and manganese.

 

Chick Peas

Chick Peas are high in fiber and protein and have a low glycemic index. They offer aid in lowering cholesterol levels.

 

Chicken

A high-quality, highly digestible protein source that provides essential amino acids, fatty acids, and certain minerals for muscle development, organ function, and energy.

 

Chicken Fat

A high-quality source of essential fatty acids and energy, chicken fat is also high in linoleic acid (source of omega-6 fatty acids), which helps promote healthy skin and coat.

 

Chicken Meal

Chicken meal is a highly digestible protein source produced by cooking chicken at high temperatures, extracting the fat and drying the meat residue. It is a meat protein that contains a fraction of the water in whole chicken. Chicken meal provides essential amino acids and fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals for muscle development and energy. It is naturally stabilized with mixed tocopherols to preserve freshness.

 

Chicory Root

Chicory root is a perennial Old World herb cultivated as a source of inulin for pets. It is known as a prebiotic that feeds the good bacteria and hinders the growth of bad bacteria in the pets' digestive track. Chicory root is the most efficient of the prebiotics based on ingredient weight.

 

Choline Chloride

Choline chloride protects nerve function and maintains fat metabolism. It also helps to regulate the liver and maintain acid and water balance.

 

Chondroitin Sulfate

A naturally occurring compound believed to be helpful in the maintenance and rebuilding of joint cartilage.

 

Citric Acid

A natural compound found in virtually all plant and animal tissue, citric acid is used in pet foods as an adjunct in preservative antioxidant systems.

 

Cinnamon

The aromatic bark of certain tropical trees that is dried and ground for use as a spice; contains calcium, iron, vitamins C and K, and manganese.

 

Cobalt

A potent antioxidant that helps to thin the blood, strengthen the heart and maintain good circulation. It contains a natural antibiotic and antiseptic called allicin and is also known to help fight cancer.

 

Copper

Copper promotes normal red blood cell formation, acts as a catalyst in storage and release of iron to form hemoglobin for red blood cells, assists in the production of several enzymes involved in respiration, promotes connective-tissue formation and central nervous system function and promotes normal insulin function. Copper is an essential mineral for preventing anemia in dogs and cats.

 

Cranberries

Cranberries contain antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body. Cranberries are natural acidifiers that contribute to urinary tract health, preventing bacterial infection in the urinary tract, and aid in the prevention of struvite crystals in the bladder and urethra. They also serve as anti-inflammatory agents.

 

D

 

D-Biotin

D-biotin is a naturally occurring biologically active form of the B vitamin biotin. It is involved in lipid, protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Because biotin is relatively plentiful among foods and can be produced in the intestines a deficiency is rare and supplements are unnecessary unless your veterinarian recommends them. Goods rich in biotin include eggs, dairy products, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, wheat bran, whole-wheat bread, wild salmon, Swiss chard, cauliflower, avocados and raspberries.

 

D-Calcium Pantothenate

D-calcium pantothenate is a supplemental aid used in the creation of energy and also in the processing and breaking down of carbohydrates and fats. D-calcium pantothenate works with B-complex Vitamins.

 

Dried Aspergillus Niger

For the supplementation of hydrolytic enzyme activity, aspergillus niger contains an enzyme that breaks down certain complex sugars and helps to decrease flatulence.

 

Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product (See Bacillus)

 

Dried Carrots (See Carrots)

 

Dried Cranberries (See Cranberries)

 

Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product (See Bacillus)

 

Dried Kelp

Kelp is a seaweed rich in essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Kelp possesses iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, several trace minerals and natural iodine.

 

Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product (See Bacillus)

 

Dried Peas

A small but nutritionally mighty member of the legume family, dried peas are an excellent source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. They are a rich source of fiber, five important minerals, three B vitamins and protein – all with virtually no fat.

 

Duck Meal

Duck meal is a highly digestible protein source produced by cooking duck meat at high temperatures, extracting the fat and water and drying the meat residue. It is a meat protein that provides essential amino acids and fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for muscle development and energy. It is naturally stabilized with mixed tocopherols and rosemary to preserve freshness.

 

E

 

Eggs

Egg is a source of high-quality protein and fatty acids. It is a complete protein source providing all the essential amino acids contributing to growth and muscle development. The fatty acid profile includes arachidonic acid, and omega-6 fatty acids associated with healthy skin and coat.

 

Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide

Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide is an organic form of iodine, an essential mineral element. Iodine is required by the body for the synthesis of hormones by the thyroid gland and to control enzymes involved in the respiratory system.

 

F

 

Ferrous Sulfate

Ferrous sulfate is a mineral also known as iron. Iron is needed for transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide.

 

Fish Meal

Fish Meal is a highly digestible protein source produced by cooking fish at high temperatures, extracting the fat and water and drying the meat residue. It is a meat protein, providing essential amino acids and fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals for muscle development and energy. It is naturally stabilized with mixed tocopherols to preserve freshness.

 

Fish Oil

Fish oil is derived from the tissues of oily fish. They contain the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The most widely available dietary source of EPA and DHA is cold-water oily fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines.

 

Flaxseed

Ground flaxseed contains flaxseed oil, which is one of the richest sources of the essential omega33 fatty acids (linoleic acid). Flax is a good source of essential amino acids and contains essential vitamins and minerals required by dogs and cats. Flax is beneficial for its anti-inflammatory effect and has been known to help arthritis and prevent cancer. Flaxseed is a great fiber source that aids in digestion and is an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that promote healthy skin and coat.

 

Folic Acid

Folic acid, also known as Vitamin B9, is essential for numerous bodily functions. Although data is limited regarding synthesis of folic acid in dogs and cats, it is known that folate is needed to synthesize DNA, repair DNA, and methylate DNA as well as to act as a cofactor in certain biological reactions. It is especially important in aiding rapid cell division and growth.

 

G

 

Glucosamine

Glucosamine is part of the structure of the polysaccharides chitosan and chitin, which compose the exoskeletons of crustaceans and other arthropods, as well as the cell walls of fungi and many higher organisms.

 

Grain Sorghum

Grain sorghum provides many health benefits. Not only is it whole grain, gluten-free and high in antioxidants, it is also rich in Vitamin B1, niacin, iron, zinc, dietary fiber and Vitamin B2. It also aids blood sugar behavior in dogs.

 

Ground Basil

Basil is one of the oldest and most popular herbal plants brimming with notable health-benefiting phytonutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamin A, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.

 

Ground Sage

Sage is aptly known for its pleasant aroma. It is also exceptionally rich in several B-complex groups of vitamins, such as folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine and riboflavin. It also contains very good amounts of Vitamin A and beta-carotene levels.

 

H

 

Herring Meal

Herring meal is the clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole herring or herring cuttings. Herring are small oily fish much like sardines that inhabit shallow temperate waters in the Atlantic. They are sustainably caught and processed fresh. Our high-quality herring meal is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and is naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols.

 

Herring Oil (Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids)

Herring oil is a source of omega-3 fatty acids. Fats and fatty acids are the energy source for the body.

 

I

 

Inulin

Inulin is an insoluble plant fructan, also known as a prebiotic, that stimulates growth of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the digestive system. It is harvested from plants such as chicory, dandelion, and Jerusalem artichokes. Inulin is a natural storage carbohydrate present in more than 36,000 species of plants, including wheat, onion, bananas, garlic, asparagus, sunchoke and chicory.

 

Iron Amino Acid Chelate

Iron is an essential mineral for preventing anemia, stimulating the bone-marrow production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the red-blood cell pigment that carries oxygen to body cells and forms part of several enzymes and proteins.

 

L

 

Lamb

Lamb is a highly digestible protein source providing essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for muscle development, energy, and coat condition. Amino acids and fatty acids are more readily available in lamb used by Hi-Tek since it is not subjected to a high heat process.

 

Lamb Meal

Lamb meal is a highly digestible protein source produced by cooking lamb at high temperatures, extracting the fat and water and drying the meat residue. It is a meat protein, providing essential amino acids and fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals for muscle development and energy. It is naturally stabilized with mixed tocopherols and rosemary to preserve freshness.

 

Lentils

Lentils are rich in B vitamins, protein and fiber that promotes a healthy heart and lower cholesterol. With about 30% of their calories from protein, lentils have the third highest level of protein, by weight, of any legume or nut, after soybeans and hemp.

 

M

 

Manganese Amino Acid Chelate/Manganese Proteinate

Manganese is a trace mineral critical for brain and nervous system function. The manganese used by Hi-Tek is specially bonded (chelated) with amino acids to enhance absorption and assimilation. Manganese is also a key component of several cell enzymes that catalyze metabolic reactions and help the body use Vitamin E and B1. Manganese is necessary for normal bone development and reproduction. Foods that are good sources of manganese include legumes and whole-grain cereals. Naturally occurring manganese deficiency has not been reported in either dogs or cats.

 

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite

Menadione, also known as Vitamin K3, is a synthetic version of Vitamin K. The naturally occurring compounds are Vitamin K1 (Phylloquinone, from plant sources) and Vitamin K2 (Menaquinone, synthesized by bacteria in the digestive tract and absorbed by the body).

 

Menhaden Fish Meal

A meal obtained from processing fish of the menhaden species. It is an excellent source of high-quality fish protein and omega-3 essential fatty acids including EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and arachionic acid; fatty acids associated with preventing coronary artery disease and protecting against arteriosclerosis. Omega-3 fatty acids are also associated with improved immune response and are potential anti-inflammatory aids.

 

Mixed Tocopherols

Tocopherols are a mixture of Vitamin E isomers. When mixed with rosemary and citric acid, they provide a potent natural preservative, which also supplies a small amount of the benefits of dietary Vitamin E.

 

Monocalcium Phosphate

Monocalcium Phosphate is a supplement added as a source of calcium, an essential nutrient.

 

N

 

Natural Flavor

Natural flavors consist of parts of processed fruits, vegetables, spices or fermentation products that are used for flavoring.

 

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

Vitamin B3, also called Nicotinic Acid or Nicotinamide, is essential for healthy nerves and skin. It is important in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats and reduces cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Niacin is important for the proper health of the central nervous and gastrointestinal systems.

 

O

 

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is an excellent carbohydrate source for energy. It is a high-quality grain source that is rich in B vitamins and minimizes allergic reactions typically associated with wheat and corn. Whole oats are the whole grain with hull and bran. Oatmeal is known to help protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer as well as help to lower cholesterol and maintain the proper levels of blood sugar.

 

Oats

Nutritionally beneficial, oats are high in protein, soluble fiber and levels of iron, manganese, zinc and B vitamins.

 

Ocean Whitefish Meal

Ocean whitefish meal is the clean, cooked, dried ground tissue of undecomposed whole ocean fish or ocean fish cuttings. Ocean fish is a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and rich in natural vitamins and minerals.

 

P

 

Peas (See Dried Peas)

 

Pork Meat Meal

Pork is the meat from hogs, or domestic swine. Of all animal-based protein, pork protein is the most digestible and has the most favorable amino acid profile. Pork meat meal is a highly digestible protein source produced by cooking pork at high temperatures, extracting the fat and water and drying the meat residue. It is a meat protein, providing essential amino acids and fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals for muscle development and energy. It is naturally stabilized with mixed tocopherols to preserve freshness.

 

Potassium

Potassium is important for a healthy nervous system and a regular heart rhythm. Potassium aids in proper muscle contraction and maintaining stable blood pressure.

 

Potato

Whole, fresh potatoes provide B vitamins, carbohydrates, Vitamin C, potassium, iron and magnesium.

 

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)

Pyridoxine is Vitamin B6. Pyridoxine is important in the breakdown of protein, fats, and carbohydrates from foods into products needed by the body. Pyridoxine is used to treat or prevent vitamin B6 deficiency and is also used to treat a certain type of anemia.

 

R

 

Raspberry

Raspberries contain high levels of assorted vitamins and minerals needed for healthy body functions – including potassium, calcium, lutein and zeaxanthin.

 

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Riboflavin is important for the digestion of fats and carbohydrates and for healthy skin and coat. Riboflavin is key for normal growth and development.

 

S

 

Salmon

Salmon is an excellent source of protein and omega fatty acids that help skin and coat, growth and development.

 

Salmon Meal

Salmon meal is a highly digestible protein source produced by cooking salmon at high temperatures, extracting the fat and water, and drying the remaining meat. Because it is a meat protein, salmon meal provides essential amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for muscle development and energy.

 

Salt

Salt is a supplement for sodium and chloride, essential nutrients required by dogs and cats. Sodium and chloride are electrolytes that help regulate water balance in the body, aid in muscle contraction and nerve transmission and regulate the body's acid-balance.

 

Sea Salt

Sea salt is a natural form of salt obtained from processing seawater. It is a supplement for sodium and chloride, essential nutrients required by dogs and cats. Sodium and chloride are electrolytes that help regulate water balance in the body, aid in muscle contraction and nerve transmission and regulate the body's acid-balance. Sea salt also contains trace minerals associated with animal health.

 

Sodium Selenite

Sodium selenite is a source of selenium. Selenium is important to healthy muscles and nerves. It is also important in fertility and enhances the antioxidant characteristics of Vitamin E.

 

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, B vitamins and beta-carotene. They provide phytochemicals and carotenoids; sources of antioxidant agents providing natural protection against free radicals (cancer causing agents).

 

T

 

Tapioca

Tapioca is an all-natural ingredient that is extracted from the root of the cassava plant via a series of washing, peeling, grating, and drying steps, a process that removes any cyanogenic glycosides. Tapioca is a unique, 98% digestible, grain-free, gluten-free starch used in some Hi-Tek Rations foods.

 

Taurine

Taurine is an amino acid required by cats and kittens that is associated with growth, eye health, and cardiac health.

 

Thiamine Mononitrate

Vitamin B1 is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates and protein. It is also important for a healthy nervous system, keeps mucous membranes healthy, and maintains normal function of the nervous system, muscles and heart. Vitamin B1 promotes normal growth and development.

 

Tocopherols

Tocopherols are a family of Vitamin E compounds naturally found in vegetable oils, nuts, fish and leafy green vegetables. The natural benefits of Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol) and the importance as a daily part of the diet have been well documented. Mixed tocopherols are used by Hi-Tek to stabilize and preserve the fats in its dog and cat foods.

 

Tomato Pomace (Source of Lycopene)

Tomato pomace is a mixture of tomato skins, pulp and crushed seeds. It is an excellent source of soluble fiber and rich in the antioxidant lycopene.

 

V

 

Vitamin A Supplement

Vitamin A is essential for healthy bones, teeth, hair, skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. It is an oil-soluble vitamin and is important to the immune system especially for respiratory infections. It is a building block of rhodopsin, a compound in the retina responsible for sight in partial darkness.

 

Vitamin B12 Supplement

Vitamin B12 is a coenzyme in nucleic acid, protein and lipid synthesis. It is necessary for growth and normal processing of carbohydrates, protein, and fat in the body.

 

Vitamin D3 Supplement

Vitamin D3 promotes healthy skin, bone, connective tissue and heart. It is necessary for the proper absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus.

 

Vitamin E Supplement

Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that helps to improve circulation and cardiac output.

 

W

 

Whitefish

Whitefish consists of non-rendered, deboned, clean whitefish meat. An excellent source of protein, as well as niacin, phosphorus and selenium, whitefish is also low in sodium.

 

White Rice

White rice is also known as brewer’s rice, rice flour, and ground rice. During the process of collecting and milling, whole white rice sometimes becomes broken. The non-broken kernels make up the rice you purchase at the store and the broken pieces are then used as brewer’s rice, rice flour or ground rice. It is used as a source of highly digestible carbohydrates that produce quick energy. White rice has better starch conversion than corn and is added for its high digestibility and reduced fiber level. White rice is also less allergenic than other grain sources.

 

Whole Carrots (See Carrots)

 

Whole Ground Barley (See Barley)

 

Whole Ground Brown Rice (See Brown Rice)

 

Whole Ground Potatoes (See Potato)

 

Whole Sweet Potatoes (See Sweet Potatoes)

 

Y

 

Yeast Culture

Yeast culture is an excellent source of protein and flavor. Yeast helps promote strong muscles, aids in tissue repair, provides energy and helps support a healthy immune system. Yeast culture is also included in Hi-Tek foods as a probiotic.

 

Yucca Schidigera Extract

Yucca schidigera extract is a natural extract made entirely from the stem of the yucca schidigera plant. Yucca schidigera extract is purported to support anti-inflammatory processes in tendons and joint cartilage.

 

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Zinc & Zinc Amino Acid Chelate

Zinc is an essential mineral important in helping to support healthy skin, hair and mucous membranes. It has antioxidant properties, helps maintain normal taste and sense of smell, aids in healing and promoting a healthy immune system, helps synthesize DNA and RNA and promotes normal growth and development.