My dog is not currently gluten free, is Millies Wolfheart still suitable?
Yes, your dog doesn’t have to currently be a gluten free dog to eat Millies Wolfheart. Dogs don’t need gluten in their diet at all and gluten is simply a protein found in wheat and grains. It has been used in many dog foods over the past several decades as a cheap alternative to meat/fish/poultry protein and to bulk out the food. Unfortunately for the dogs, many are now showing intolerances or allergic reactions and in some extreme cases showing aggression as well.
Why is there such high protein in Millies Wolfheart?
Quality complete protein is the single most important part of your dogs diet. Our formulas have been produced to provide your dog with what we believe to be the optimum amount of meat/fish/poultry proteins mixed with the vitamins and minerals that would be achievable in the wild. There are some other brands of dog food which contain higher amounts of protein but to be honest these higher levels are not achievable in the wild as no meat/fish/poultry contains more than 35% protein.
DISPEL THE MYTHS… High qulity meat/fish/poultry protein does not lead to behavioral problems, this is an outdated myth. Quality meat/fish/poultry protein is vital for proper functionality and it is the most important nutrient in the dogs diet for proper brain function and overall development. Generally, dogs on a higher meat/fish/poultry protein diet are calmer as they have a constant supply of nutrients, unlike an inadequate low quality protein diet containing grains, gluten and vegetable proteins.
I have been told Millies is too high in protein, is this true?
No. For example, we will use our UK Countryside Mix for an adult dog weighing 100lbs. Millies would recommend feeding around 14oz per day, this 14oz daily allowance contains 4.4oz of protein. Now, should a dog of the same weight be fed a raw meat diet of say 2% of its body weight, this would be around 32 oz. per day. Most raw contains an average of 14% protein (depending on supplier) this would add up to around 4.5oz of protein.
Where does the protein come from in Millies formulas?
All of the protein in Millies formulas comes from natural meat, fish, and poultry(all named). We don’t believe in using vegetable proteins as most of them are incomplete and they are of little use to your dog. We also don’t believe in sourcing our meat/fish/poultry from other countries around the world simply to cut costs unlike many of our competitors. We want our dog food to have the smallest carbon footprint possible.
Complete proteins found in meat/fish/poultry provide all the essential amino acids your dog needs to live a healthy and active lifestyle. These essential amino acids aid growth, help build and repair muscles, stimulate the brain, and provide all the energy your dog needs. In fact they do pretty much everything.
Why is there so much meat/fish/poultry in Millies Wolfheart?
Quite simply, the more quality meat/fish/poultry in a dogs diet the less carbohydrates there are. Unlike humans, dogs don’t technically need carbohydrates to live a healthy life, unless they need them for energy purposes. Since meat/fish/poultry is expensive and certain carbohydrates are relatively cheap, many other brands actually have very little meat/fish/poultry content in them and in our view are not suitable for most dogs. If your dog is very active this is not as much of a problem because your dog can utilize the carbohydrates as energy. But, as your dog gets older and less active, weight can become a big issue. Further to this your dog has a very simple digestive system and over time you may find it becomes intolerant to certain carbohydrates and fillers such as wheat, barley, rice, corn and so on. After all your dogs teeth weren’t designed to eat those ingredients naturally, so in the wild they don’t.
Why does Millies Wolfheart seem more expensive in comparison to other some other dog foods?
Although our food may seem more expensive, we have used only the highest quality ingredients and you don’t have to feed as much which in the long run means our food works out considerably cheaper.
How do you cook your kibble. Do you steam, bake or fry it?
Our food is produced in the normal way, which is first mixed then forced through an extruder which is heated gently by steam at low temps. This way all of the natural goodness is retained in the food itself.
I’ve noticed you use sweet potato in many of your formulas. I’ve heard this is bad for dogs, is this true?
Sweet potatoes are actually very good for dogs. They are packed full of antioxidants, have great anti-inflammatory benefits, and also are anti-diabetic. They stabilize blood sugars and they also supply a multitude of vitamins and minerals.
Why don't you use oats, barley or rice in your food?
We don’t believe in feeding any sort of grain such as wheat, barley, rice, corn and especially oats (commercially harvested oats cannot be classed as gluten free) These cheap fillers give no benefit to the dog as they contain incomplete proteins which are not digestible for dogs and of course they are full of carbohydrates which dogs do not need whatsoever. Some dog food producers state that their food is hypoallergenic and gluten free when oats are included in the ingredients, this of course is misrepresentation.
How did you decide what ingredients to use in your formulas?
We started off with a wish list and then painstakingly researched every ingredient to make sure it was of high quality and healthy for the dog. We specifically excluded any ingredient that was questionable as we wanted to ensure our food was as good as it could possibly be. We then spent several weeks with a top UK nutritionist to ensure the diet was perfectly balanced. This whole process took about two years.
Why are there sometimes variances in Millies kibble color, size, and shapes?
Millies Wolfheart is made with natural ingredients in small batches. Therefore, there will be small variances in color, shape and size although the kibble will still provide the same levels of taste and nutrition.
Northern cold-water fish such as salmon contain the most easily digestible and beneficial protein’s known to man, with the added benefit of Omega 3 and 6.
Can I use Millies as a mixer with raw meat?
There is no reason why you can not. It is down to personal choice, but you will need to work out exactly how much to feed. To split feed simply use 50 % meat to 50% Millies, this way you can control the protein intake and also the weight by simply adjusting the ratio. If your dog is putting weight on simply reduce the Millies, and if your dog is losing weight increase the Millies.
What preservatives are used in Millies Wolfheart?
We on use natural tocopherols in our formulas. Tocopherols (part of the vitamin E family) are powerful antioxidants are able to slow down the spoilage of food.
What is salmon and lamb gravy?
During the manufacturing process while steaming the kibble, juices are collected. Imagine roasting a piece of meat with all the juices left in the roasting tin. Being as they are full of flavor they get used for gravy. This is exactly what salmon/lamb gravy is. At the end of the process these juices are added to the finished kibble to add more flavor.
I have recently started feeding Millies and my dog is losing weight?
You may see your dog losing weight during the first few weeks as your dog is burning off all of the excess fat it has built up from carbohydrate rich foods. Your dog may have looked healthy but body fat tends to fill the gaps where muscle should be. Once your dog has stabilized in weight you will start to see an increase in muscle tone, this can take a month or two. The quality complete proteins in the food are being used to build muscle which takes longer to form than the existing body fat takes to burn.
Is Millies Wolfheart suitable for puppies growth and development?
Our formulas are suitable for All life stages. All of Millies Wolfheart formulas can be fed to puppies as the nutrient levels are more than sufficient for their every need. Although new AAFCO regulations force us to state that our recipes are (not suitable for growth in large breed puppies 70lbs or higher as an adult) do to our slightly higher calcium content. We would disagree however as they have based this new rule on outdated calcium content test results where the calcium was fed to the puppies intravenously rather than thru the stomach where the dogs body could regulate how much calcium it needs/ absorbs.
Our calcium also occurs naturally from our quality meat/fish/poultry ingredients rather than being added synthetic calcium like many other brands. The meat/fish/poultry protein and fat levels in Millies Wolfheart are much higher than those found in most carbohydrate packed dry puppy foods and adults foods. We recommend that when your puppy gets to full height you switch to Adult Recommended Daily Allowance feeding amounts. As at this stage your dogs protein needs for upward growth is less. It can take up to 2 years until your dog has filled out.
Are any of Millies Wolfheart formulas suitable for older dogs?
All varieties of Millies Wolfheart are suitable for older dogs. As older dogs are more prone to joint problems. Our formulas contain natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin to aid in joint health and assist with the creation of new cartilage. Millies formula’s have been created with the dogs health being the most important consideration. The naturally occurring glucosamine and chondroitin ingredients also offset the onset of age related joint problems, so your dog can live a longer more enjoyable life.
How many times a day should I feed my Adult Dog?
Our recommendation is to feed your dog at least twice a day.
How many times a day should I feed my puppy ?
Our recommendation is to feed your puppy a minimum of three times a day.