Never a Compromise on Quality

It is believed that all dogs have the same ancestry which is the “Wolf”. While this may be true for some breeds there are thousands of breeds between these links. Let’s not forget that most domesticated dogs would indeed perish if they were left to inhabit the wilderness of the Wolf!

The modern dog still needs quality meat proteins

In the wild, the wolf is predominantly a meat eater with semi digested plant matter making up only a part of their diet (in the form of animal stomachs and intestines), add this to thousands of years of domestication and a wolf’s diet would probably not be suitable for a modern dog. We certainly cannot see a Chihuahua or a Pug taking down a Deer or an Elk, can you? That being said, the modern dog still needs quality, complete meat proteins.

While Millies Wolfheart shows no physical resemblance to its natural ingredients, its contents and most importantly its nutritional value does. For many years people have purchased dog food based on the crude protein content. While this can be seen as a good reason, the reality is that not all proteins are created equal. This is why quality “meat/fish/poultry proteins only” are of utmost importance.

All proteins are NOT created equal

Meat/fish/poultry from any source contains protein and its quantity in a raw state ranges from 13% up to 35%. While protein content is extremely important, its source is the key.

It is actually possible to buy high protein dog food that has no meat/fish/poultry in it what so ever, being as all of its protein originates from plants. This can be very cheap, but again all proteins are not equal. Meat/fish/poultry contain “complete proteins” which are what dogs need. While almost all other plant based proteins are classed as “incomplete proteins” and in most cases are not digestible for your dog, or take too long to digest which is pointless as the dog will pass the food through it’s system too quickly. These are added simply to boost the crude protein figures on the label as meat/fish/poultry derived protein is considerably more expensive and most brands see them as not profitable enough.

Protein is broken down into essential amino acids (essential means the dog is unable to produce them) which help build and maintain muscles, stimulate growth and the immune system, control metabolism and so on. The type of protein is very important if you want a long lived and healthy dog.

The dogs digestive system is somewhat underdeveloped in comparison to that of a human. For this reason, Millies Wolfheart only uses large quantities of meat, fish, and poultry as the valuable proteins in our recipes to ensure your dog gets what it needs.

The quantity of protein in Millies Wolfheart is based on the amount that would be available in the wild. This is achieved by simply using plenty of meat, fish, or poultry in both dry and wet form.

The dogs digestive system is somewhat underdeveloped in comparison to that of a human. For this reason, Millies Wolfheart only uses large quantities of meat and fish as the valuable proteins in our recipes to ensure your dog gets what it needs.
The quantity of protein in Millies Wolfheart is based on the amount that would be available in the wild. This is achieved by simply using plenty of meat or fish in both dry and wet form.

Quality Meat/Fish/Poultry Protein is Vital for Proper Functionality

For many years people have purchased dog food based on the crude protein content. While this is a very important factor, not all proteins are created equal. Unlike other brands, Millies uses complete meat, fish, and poultry proteins that are easy for your dog to fully digest.
Why such a high protein content?
Quality protein is the dogs most important requirement, and the correct amount is crucial as it provides all of the essential amino acids needed for muscle growth and repair, organ maintenance, bone growth and maintenance, immune system strength and so on.
What happens when the dog is fed insufficient protein?
Unfortunately, this list is pretty much endless. It can range from muscle mass loss, a reduced ability to fend of illnesses, increase in aging and increase in age related disabilities such as arthritis, reduced hearing and sight. Muscle mass loss can still occur even if a dog appears overweight, as the build up of body fat is caused by calories and carbohydrates which are not used as energy. Should the diet have insufficient protein the actual muscle tissue will still decrease. (see weight control)

Gluten Free?

“My dog is not gluten free, so why should I use a gluten or grain free dog food?”
Dogs Don’t Need Gluten
For many years it has been added to dog foods for the following reasons. Gluten is a protein which is mainly found in wheat, and as wheat is commercially very cheap it is used to bulk out dog foods. As it also contains protein, the manufacturers can claim a higher crude protein content to make their food appear to be of a good nutritional value. It also acts as a binding agent to help hold the stool together. While all this may appear ok, the truth is gluten protein has no nutritional value for your dog what so ever. The majority of dog foods available in the US and indeed around the world contain either wheat gluten or other forms of grain and plant proteins which for the most part have no nutritional value for your dog what so ever. You must understand that feeding your dog a food that contains gluten or indeed any other plant based protein may potentially lead to some form of ailment or intolerance in the future. They may already be suffering without your knowledge as the associated gluten and grain intolerance/allergic ailment list is an extremely long one and still growing.

Weight Loss & Senior Dogs

Healthy weight control is very important for your dog. Many dogs that may appear to be healthy due to their size and weight may not be as healthy as you think.
Protein = Muscle & Maintenance including Growth & Energy Source
Carbohydrates = Simple Sugars and Starches, Energy Source
Meat Fats = Energy Source
Healthy weight control is very important for your dog. Unfortunately, many dogs that may appear to be healthy due to their size and weight may not be as healthy as you think. You first have to understand the basics. There are two types of body mass that you can control, the first is called Lean Body Mass (LBM) the second if Body Fat (BF). It is quite common for a dog to look healthy where in fact its BF is filling the gaps where the LBM should be. You can also have a situation where the dog looks skinny because it has minimal BF, but is extremely healthy and athletic.
Quality protein is the single most important element in a dogs diet. It is processed to build/repair muscle, for growth, for maintaining & repairing organs and so on. Any unused protein is simply expelled from the body in the feces and urine. Once the body has converted the protein into muscle it can then be converted into energy, although the body will need sufficient protein to replace the muscle mass that has been used. Meat, fish, and poultry fat from the dogs diet is processed for energy and if not used it is then stored as fat for use at a later time. Excess fat, lack of exercise or both will result in a dog showing signs of obesity. However, if there is adequate protein in the diet the LBM will still be healthy.
Most, if not all dog food manufacturers carefully calculate the fat content so this should not really be an issue. However, should you feed your dog table scraps this may lead to an excess of BF. Carbohydrates on the other hand are a source of energy that is very easily absorbed and this makes it very difficult to control. Quite simply if the energy is not spent the dog will gain weight. When your dog eats, the carbohydrates are absorbed first as they are the easiest energy source to convert. Unfortunately, this is where the weight control problem lies as all commercial dog food contain carbohydrates in varying degrees with some as much as 80%.