Questions answered, for your cats and dogs.
Questions About PetGuard
Q: My pets have allergies, can I feed them PetGuard?
A: A: Proteins and chemicals in foods can cause reactions in pets. Also, airborne substances such as pollen, dust, mold and contact with paints, plastics, soaps and even grass can cause allergic reactions. PetGuard is free of chemical additives and preservatives and has created a variety of foods with varying sources of protein to accommodate the tastes and sensitivities of our animal companions.
Q: When I switched to PetGuard, my pet had diarrhea. Why?
A: Problems with diarrhea often occur because pets overeat. PetGuard is a nutrient- dense food, with no fillers, artificial preservatives or by-products. You may find that pets will require a smaller amount of food at each meal using PetGuard than they needed using many other products. Also, an abrupt change in a pet’s diet may cause discomfort so it is important to gradually change from your pet’s present food to PetGuard. Be sure to follow the feeding directions on each product and within a short time, your companion pets should experience normal bowel movements. If diarrhea-type problems continue, speak with your veterinarian.
Q: My cat has urinary tract problems, can I feed her PetGuard products?
A: The importance of urinary tract health is highly understated in this country. While PetGuard does not have a prescription diet or claim to cure an infection or blockage, we do formulate our products to produce an acidic urine (pH) and contain the essential amino acids (taurine and dl methionine) to help in the prevention of these problems. In all concerns regarding health matters, your veterinarian is the first and best source for treating any illness.
Q: Why doesn’t PetGuard state that “human grade” ingredients: are used in your products?
A: According to the USDA and FDA, it is illegal to use or promote the use of the verbiage “human grade ingredients” because there is no legal term as “human grade”. PetGuard uses ingredients that we would eat ourselves. The best ingredients that PetGuard uses in the foods we bring to your pets are the result of 25 years of working with our suppliers and careful monitoring of the quality demanded for products manufactured to our specifications.
Q: What are by-products?
A: Animal by-products include such things as feathers, fur, tendons, hooves and beaks. There are no by-products in any PetGuard product.
Q: Do you use GMO’s in your foods?
A: GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) are not used in PetGuard products.
Q: What preservatives are used in PetGuard products?
A: PetGuard dry foods are preserved with mixed tocopherols and vitamins C and E. These natural preservatives serve two functions: they prevent the food from spoiling and they scavenge free radicals which are known to cause cancer and cell damage.
Q: What is Ester-C?
A: Ester-C is calcium ascorbate that is used to deliver Vitamin C. It is metabolized very easily in the body so the vitamin is absorbed into the cells of the body. The strong antioxidant effect prevents cell damage from free radicals that can cause cancer.
Q: How do you judge the quality of the beef that you purchase to produce your products?
A: PetGuard uses Coleman Natural Beef in its beef products. The Coleman name is synonymous with beef that was raised with NO hormones, NO antibiotics, NO steroids and beef that was NEVER fed animal by- products. The Coleman story is worthy of everyone’s reading at www.colemannatural.com.
Q: Why does the color and texture of your products change from time to time?
A: Because we use only all natural ingredients in our formulas, the finished products may vary slightly in color or texture. Remember, there are no fillers, artificial colors or flavors in PetGuard foods to assure that every product would look exactly like the one before it.
Q: Explain what are organic foods and why are your products better.
A: Unlike many foods produced today, organic foods are grown without pesticides or harmful chemical fertilizers. Organic foods do not contain artificial products of any kind. For example, Coleman Beef, which is used exclusively by PetGuard in all its beef dinners, are cattle raised from birth without artificial hormones or antibiotics. The chicken used in PetGuard chicken dinners is USDA hormone-free poultry. Every PetGuard product is prepared from wholesome ingredients including fresh vegetables and whole grains, complete with fiber and nutrients to offer your pet companion a flavorful, highly digestible food free of artificial ingredients and by-products. Just good wholesome food.
Q: What is the shelf life of your products?
A: All PetGuard products, including all PetGuard supplements, have an expiration date printed on the label or the can. Just like with foods that humans consume, to take advantage of maximum freshness, products should be used in a timely manner.
Please remember that we offer this section as a source of education only. We are not operating as your veterinarian, but only providing general information. This information is provided with the understanding that we are not engaged in rendering professional veterinary services or advice. Information in this column does not replace consultation with a qualified veterinarian.
Testimonials from fellow pet lovers
“Your food is just fabulous! Stevie licks the bowl clean and is a very, very content kitty after that! Since we have started feeding him Pet Guard, he has the energy of a cat much younger than his 10 years! Thank you! I believe your food will enable Stevie and I to enjoy each other for many more years to come!.”
— Stevie and Jayne
“My husband and I have found no better and healthier product on the market than PetGuard. Our cats are so happy with this food and the ingredient list is the only one I have found that mimics nature.”
— Sarah, Scott, Rooibos and Maui
I am thrilled that I found a reasonably priced high quality canned food that my cat actually enjoys eating.
“Thanks for making my cat a happy one!”
“Baxter, Oscar and Felix are all rescued cats. I have had them since they were kittens when I began feeding them PetGuard Chicken and Wheat Germ. They are fed twice a day as my veterinarian recommends. I add some filtered water around the food so they have plenty of fluid in addition to their water bowl. Their coats are shiny and soft and they are trim and fit. I consider how much I would increase my own health and vitality if I fed myself food as high in quality as PetGuard!”
“My finicky kitty loves your canned cat food! Also I love the fact that you do not test on animals. Good job, and keep it that way!”
“I can’t even begin to tell you about the change in my dog. He is an 18yr old peekapoo and since he’s been eating the PetGuard (about a year now) the thinks he’s a puppy again! The vet can’t believe how healthy he is for his age, No other food has had near this type of impact on him.”
“Thank you for providing such a quality product. My dog and cats are always so healthy and their coats are so shiny! It’s been such a relief to know I can trust your products!”
“I started feeding my dogs your organic vegetarian dog food for two reasons. First of all, all of my rescued babies have experienced digestional issues from the time I adopted them and I wanted to feed them something that was really good for them and would provide the nutrients they had not been able to previously absorb. Secondly, as a vegetarian, I am elated that Petguard has provided me with environmentally-friendly and more humane options to feed my fur-babies. While some will say that the food is pricey Buddy, Joey, Cubby and I all agree it is well worth it!! For the first time, none of them have experienced digestional issues and they love it.” Much thanks and please keep up the good work!
Daily nutrition tips for happy pets
Preventive health care can help add to the length and quality of your pet’s life, too. All pets deserve the benefits from a lifestyle of optimum nutrition, exercise and regular veterinary visits. The PetGuard philosophy embodies a commitment to you and your pets to provide only natural alternatives for a healthier environment and lifestyle. Our complete line of natural pet care products offer discriminating pet owners the opportunity to provide their pets with the same healthy benefits that we all seek for ourselves.
DAILY NUTRITION TIPS
The Natural Approach
We recommend varying your pet’s diet occasionally by adding portions of fresh meat and vegetables as a part of a natural approach to nutritional well-being.
Switching to PetGuard
To accustom your pet to a new food, we suggest mixing the new food with the current food. Gradually reduce the amount of the current food until your pet is eating the proper ration of PetGuard Premium pet food. Generally this change should take place over 7 to 10 days unless you are instructed differently by a veterinarian. Abrupt changes in your pet’s diet can cause indigestion.
Remember the Water
Be sure your pet always has plenty of fresh drinking water in a clean bowl. An adequate water intake is necessary to maintain your pet’s good health and body functions. Supply fresh water daily.
Your pets are not able to read labels, therefore it is up to you to be their guard dog and pay particular attention to the ingredients contained in your pet’s daily meals.
The very best ingredients
PetGuard Premium Dog Foods provide 100% complete and balanced nutrition for the growth and maintenance of a healthy and happy lifestyle for your pet.
Each unique dinner is prepared from wholesome ingredients, specifically formulated and correctly balanced with the proper amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and chelated minerals. Excess sodium, magnesium and other nutrients that may harm pets are avoided. You will find no by-product ingredients in PetGuard foods- just good wholesome food.
PetGuard Dog Foods are an excellent source of carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and dietary fiber, which help to facilitate the absorption of essential nutrients. PetGuard foods avoid the use of fillers and by-products.
Your pet receives concentrated energy at mealtime from good wholesome food, and you benefit from the reduced cost of feeding less. PetGuard foods result in stools that make cleanup easier and help create a healthier environment for you and your pets.
The proper blending of natural ingredients creates a great taste that dogs eagerly accept. Dogs love the taste of PetGuard foods – and we guarantee it.
Only pure natural preservatives are used in PetGuard dog foods. Vitamin E (natural mixed tocopherols) and Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) are antioxidants which naturally preserve and protect the freshness and quality of the food.
No Artificial Colors or Flavors
Our ingredient specialists carefully select all food products to assure that PetGuard Premium foods are products that are free of artificial colors, flavorings, or preservatives.
The very best ingredients
Each unique dinner is prepared from wholesome ingredients including meat, fish, chicken, vegetables and fresh-milled whole grains. Each dinner is specifically formulated and correctly balanced with the proper amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and chelated minerals, avoiding excess sodium, magnesium and other nutrients that may harm pets. You will not find By-Product ingredients in PetGuard Premium. Just good wholesome food.
Taurine: An Essential Amino Acid
Taurine is an essential nutrient in a cat’s diet to help prevent heart disease and blindness. PetGuard Premium food products are an excellent resource of taurine, derived from selected natural sources such as meat, eggs, chicken and fish.
High Digestibility: Palatability
PetGuard’s choice of wholesome, fresh ingredients helps create a food that is highly digestible with a great taste and texture that will satisfy the most finicky appetite. Because our products are highly digestible your cat will have smaller, firmer stools with less odor.
No Artificial Flavors or Colors
Our ingredient specialists ensure that PetGuard Premium foods are free of artificial colors, flavorings, or preservatives.
The Natural Approach
We recommend varying your cat’s diet occasionally by adding portions of fresh meat and vegetables as a part of a natural approach to nutritional well being.