FAQ

Redpaw dog foods offer your pet a diet that is completely balanced, not only for the macro ingredients but also the micro ingredients. This attention to the micro details allows your dog to function efficiently regardless of activity level, lifestyle or age. The long-term benefits include a healthier dog as he/she matures. Learn more about the benefits of Redpaw dog food here.

Long-term health in dogs is greatly influenced by the dog's diet throughout its life span. Redpaw formulations address all the dietary needs of your dog. The details we have learned working with performance animals has helped us identify small dietary components that not only help your dog perform well, but also help him/her be healthier and more efficient. This translates into fewer diet-related health issues in the long-term. Learn more about the long-term benefits of Redpaw dog food here.

Results will occur over a period of time. Depending on the quality of the diet before switching to Redpaw, we expect you to see a change in stool color and firmness within a few days. After two weeks you should start seeing differences in energy level and coat quality. After about a month you should start seeing improvements in nail strength and footpad quality.

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Yes, you can feed Redpaw to your puppy. We recommend either Redpaw X-Series Puppy 1 or PowerEdge 32K.

Yes, you can feed many of our products to older dogs. Whether you choose an all-life-stage formula like the PowerEdge 26K or one of our adult formulas in the Redpaw X-Series line, you will fulfill your dog's dietary needs. When feeding these formulas make sure to monitor your dog's weight and not overfeed.

Redpaw does have one food secifically designed for your older dog. Redpaw X-Series Maintain 4 has the necessary nutrition and is less calorie-dense so you can feed a fuller meal.

Yes, you can feed redpaw to a large breed. Due to the high digestibility and the nutrient density of Redpaw, we recommend you feed about 20% less Redpaw dog food than your current food brand.

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An active dog is a dog that does more than just eat and sleep. We consider your dog active if he/she gets some sort of regular exercise or play. Exercise can be anything from a daily romp in the back yard, to jogging or running 4 miles a day, to performing strenuous work as part of a sled dog team.

Yes, you can and your dog will benefit. The nutritional requirements for a moderately-active dog versus a very-active dog are not different. The only difference is in the amount of food necessary to meet their metabolic needs. By feeding a diet designed to support maximum performance, even a less active dog reaps all the benefits–but in a smaller volume of food.

We recommend you use our feeding guidelines as a place to start. Adjust your dog's diet based on his/her needs and activity level. When increasing or decreasing the amount of food, do so over a two-week period to avoid over- or underfeeding.

If you are switching to Redpaw from another brand, we recommend you start feeding about 20% less Redpaw dog food than your current food brand. This allows time to adjust your dog's diet without causing the dog to gain fat. You can switch directly to any Redpaw food or, if preferred, you can gradually combine Redpaw with your current brand until you are feeding straight Redpaw food.

Redpaw is very nutrient-dense and highly digestible. Redpaw formulations also help your dog metabolize more efficiently. The combination of these three things all contribute to a need for less food intake. You'll also see a smaller stool volume and less digestive stress on the dog.

You do not have to add water but we do recommend it. Water aids in digestion, provides greater satiation with the meal, and slows down the eating process. Adding water to the food also helps keep your dog hydrated. We recommend cool water added to the dish just prior to feeding. Start with equal amounts of food and water, and increase as desired. We currently have dogs that get 3 cups of food mixed with 2 quarts of water per meal.

Redpaw produces all of its dog foods as a kibble. We determine the size of the kibble based on the conditions that allow us the most complete cook of the food without sacrificing quality during manufacturing. The slight variations in kibble size from batch to batch is a consequence of us making small adjustments during the cooking process to insure the proper cook. This approach has contributed to the high digestibility of Redpaw foods.

Redpaw does not use any artificial coloring agents that would allow a consistent color from bag to bag. The color of the kibble is dependent on the color of the ingredients we use. All of our major ingredients that most affect the color have color vartiations of their own based on several factors including the time of year harvested, enviormental conditions during development, etc. The variations are in color only and are not a reflection of overall quality.

Menhaden fish meal is the type of fish meal we use in all of our formulations that contain fish. Menhaden refers to a specific species of mid-ocean herring caught and processed in a sustainable way. The unique processing of this fish meal yields the highest-protein, highest-fat, most-digestible, lowest-ash fish meal available. Only the best goes into Redpaw foods.

Beet pulp is the dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and freed from crowns, leaves and sand, and which has been extracted from the process of making sugar. It contains no sugar residues, flavor or pigments. Beet pulp is a naturally fermentable vegetable fiber that is called a prebiotic. Beneficial bacteria (probiotics) can metabolize this fermentable fiber–it is the probiotics' preferred food choice–and with it these beneficial bacteria flourish. Beet pulp also helps form a firm stool and aids in the establishment of the ideal intestinal transit time of 14-16 hours.

Here's some more information about beet pulp from documented sources:

"Beet pulp has been found to be an ideal source of moderately fermentable fiber. Fiber sources such as cellulose, bentonite, peanut hulls or soy bean hulls are poor sources because they are not very fermentable. The correct amount and type of fiber is necessary for a normal healthy digestive tract. There are bacteria in the normal healthy digestive track. These bacteria have the ability to ferment or digest certain types of fiber. The ideal fiber is partially fermentable or digestible, i.e., beet pulp. We want some fiber left to provide that bulk to the stool that is necessary for a healthy digestive system, but we also want some of the fiber to be digested by the bacteria. [Source:  Buterwick, Maxwell. The effect of level and source of dietary fiber on food intake in the dog. J Nutr 1994 Vol. 124]

Beet pulp in a diet encourages colonization of those bacteria which best ferment or digest that form of fiber and discourage those organisms which do not effectively ferment fiber. It so happens that many good bacteria that commonly inhabit the large intestines can deal with beet pulp (Lactobacillus acidophilus and Enterococcus faecium are just two) and many pathogenic bacteria are not supported by its presence (Clostridium sp.,Salmonella sp. and e. coli). [Source:  Collins MD, Gibson Dr. Nutritional modulation of microbial ecology. Am J Clin Nutr 1998]

Because beet pulp is an ideal food source for these good bacteria, they tend to overgrow potentially bad bacteria (pathogens and gas producers) and make the gut much more resistant to these harmful organisms. As a result of this digestive or fermentation process, vital nutrients called short chain fatty acids are produced which provide superior nutrition to the cells lining the large intestine enhancing their ability to function. These short chain fatty acids (SCFA) are the key to a healthy and efficient digestive tract. The cells that line the intestinal track feed voraciously on SCFA. These cells have a high turnover rate and rely on SCFA to provide adequate nutrition. [Source:  Hallman JE, Moxley RA, et al. Cellulose, beet pulp and pectin/gum arabic effects on canine microstructure and histopathology. Vet Clin Nutr 1995;2:137-141]

That portion of beet pulp left after the fermentation of bacterial digestive process promotes ideal nutrient digestibility. The volume of stool is not excessive thus allowing the motility of the gut to move the nutrients along at a rate which assures maximum digestion and absorption. [Source: Albert s. Townshend DVM, Wellness for Life, Am J Clin Nutr 2000]

There's also additional information about beet pulp here and here.

Whey protein is a mixture of proteins isolated from whey during the production of cheese. Hydrolysates are partially hydrolyzed whey protein for easier metabolization and absorption. Whey is an abundant source of branched chain amino acids(BCAA) which stimulate protein synthesis and may be used as fuel for working muscles.

Whey protein complements the other protein sources in Redpaw X-Series dog food. The proteins it contains are easily absorbed and metabolized. Whey proteins have been shown to increase protein synthesis and, if needed, can be used as an energy source.

All of our data in working dogs shows no ill affects from whey protein.

Blood meal is a dry inert powder made by spray-drying pork blood. It is water-soluble and high in Nitrogen (13.25%), Phosphorous (1%) and Potassium (0.6%). Blood meal is one of the highest non-synthetic sources of Nitrogen. It is also high in the essential amino acid lysine, which is important in hormone regulation and immune system function.

Blood meal is an excellent source of bio-stable minerals, calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur, copper, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc. These trace minerals are needed for many functions, but overall they increase the metabolic and physiological efficiency of dogs.

Redpaw has two formulations in our PowerEdge line of dog food that contain corn: PowerEdge 32K and 38K. The corn in those formulations is the ideal complement for the other ingredients to help balance the fatty acid and amino acid profiles. Redpaw chooses whole grains to complement the protein sources in our foods. These two foods are mostly menhadden fish meal, and corn is the ideal nutritional complement for fish. When corn is processed correctly and cooked in a thorough fashion, it is over 95% digestible and will not harm a dog. Our other foods, which contain higher amounts of chicken, use whole grain barley and oats instead of corn.

Officially since 1998.

All Redpaw dog foods and treats are manufactuered at a USDA, FDA, APHIS inspected and approved facility in Wisconsin, USA. All ingredients are sourced in North America.

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