- Are the
the recipes are 100% grain and gluten free. Our recipes include
non-grain carbohydrates (starch). Some examples in our recipes are:
flaxseed, field peas, and sweet potatoes
(extrusion) completely cooks starch and increases its digestibility
to more than 95% (depending
on the plant source). These plant sources provide an excellent
- What is in
is perhaps the most misunderstood, maligned, and misused word in the
pet industry. Despite what some pet food manufacturers want you to
believe, meal is NOT animal by-products – feathers, heads, beaks,
feet or entrails. In fact, our meal IS a combination of dry, clean
flesh and skin that has been thoroughly cooked and ground into a
fine powder. Properly handled and processed, meals are highly
digestible and provide high quality protein and other essential
nutrients to cats and dogs.
- Why meal
over fresh meat?
are pure protein, and have up to 300x more protein than fresh meat.
Meal is also an extremely high-performing protein. The
amount of meal that goes into each kibble is much easier to control
than meat, providing greater certainty on how much nutrition your
pet is actually getting.
- Is it
better to have chicken, beef, lamb, as the “first” ingredient,
rather than chicken-meal?
The “first” ingredient listed can be very
misleading for consumers. Ingredients are weighed prior to the
cooking process, with the heaviest ones usually listed first. In
the case of meats, it must be remembered that they contain up to 80%
moisture content. After cooking, dehydration occurs, and the “new”
weight of the meat is very often less than other ingredients in the diets, and should be found further down the ingredient list.
- Even though this takes
place, the manufacturer can still list chicken, beef, lamb, etc. as
the “primary” ingredient.
fruit and vegetables be a part of a pet diet?
Adding fruits and vegetables to a dog or cat diet will add to the
overall quality of the diet – very
similar to human diets – including overall palatability (taste),
flavour, and the many benefits that antioxidants deliver.
- Are there
do not use fillers in our recipes. Fillers are cheap ingredients
that offer no health benefits. Two examples of this would be corn,
and gluten meal. Every Homeward Bound ingredient plays a critical
role in the recipe, and will contribute to the fibre, starch or
protein content or will aid in digestion.
- Why is Ash
will be present in ALL ingredients in varying amounts. Ash indicates
mineral amounts in the product or ingredient. In products, it’s
the unusable volume that is in your product. The higher the ash, the
more useless mass in the product. Ash is required (up to 8 % in dog
foods) for better gut chemistry, so ingredients can be digested
properly. Since it indicates minerals, it is important to have this
range in the diet.
- Increased Ash content indicates a higher percentage of bone.
contains calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. If ash is in a good
range, your chances of health issues in general are less.
- Do our
recipes contain natural or artificial preservatives?
recipes contain natural preservatives of tocopherols and citric
acid. We do not use any artificial or chemical preservatives in our
are our products made?
products are made right here at home with wholesome Canadian-sourced
times per day do I feed my pet?
HB recommends feeding your pet 2x/ day. Divide
the amount recommended on the feeding chart into 2, and feed about
8-12 hours apart, however pets can present clues to their needs and/or preferences
(i.e. little desire to eat in the morning or evening) so if we're aware we can adapt to those signs.
- What time
in the day should I feed my pet?
recommends feeding your pet at the same time each day. For example,
feed in the morning and then late afternoon each day. This will
allow for your pet to get into a regular routine.
- How much
water do they need?
pet should always have fresh, clean water on hand at all times. It
is very important that your pet stays hydrated.
How do I
know if my pet is being fed enough?
is quite common to overfeed. For puppies and kittens, they require
more food because they are growing. Follow the recommended feeding
guidelines and keep track of their weight to help determine if they
are being fed enough.
adults and senior pets, follow the recommended feeding guidelines
and be mindful of unnecessary weight gain or weight loss.
feed my pet treats?
all know that our pets love treats, but they should be given in
moderation. Treats should only represent 5% or less or your pets
daily food intake.
- Do I
choose the food amounts based on my pets weight?
you will need to know the general weight of your pet. With that
information, you will be able to go to our recommended feeding
guidelines to find the amount that is suitable for your pet.