- Why does the NP range not have a ‘skin diet’ in the dog range?
The NP brand has deliberately chosen to offer consumers an “easy to choose” option. This means that, different from many other brands, we intend are proud of our simple, pragmatic and transparent product line. We stay away from excessive line extensions. These line extensions are often marketing driven rather than based on true nutritional needs. They fill the shelves and very often confuse the customers.
Instead we focus on satisfying the true nutritional needs of dogs.
“Feeding the skin” was top of mind when we developed the formula’s for our super premium product range. We know that skin is in fact the biggest organ of the body with very important health related functions.
However, rather than dedicating skin care in only one of our product, we have decided to apply skin care in our entire dog product line. This way our customers are sure that they don’t have to compromise on skin care with any of our products.
How are our NP dog products assuring optimal skin care?
• .. • The amount and the quality of fat will provide the right Fatty Acids (Essential and others) to assure a smooth skin. The balance of W6 and W3 fatty acids in the product further enhances the resistance of the skin against inflammatory impact. We realize this by the choice of quality chicken fat, Fishmeal and linseed. • The vitamin and trace element mix further provide all essential elements for the well functioning and regeneration of healthy skin cells. • Last but not least, the addition of MicroZeoGen in our entire product line, offers a deep impact on the physiology of the skin cells. By stimulating the natural defense systems of the body and the skin this unique addition has a positive impact on hair structure and contributes to a lustrous coat.
But perhaps it’s better to convince yourself. Feed NP for 7 weeks and note the difference it will produce on your pet.
- My dog has chronic diarrhea, could MZG help?
Absolutely. MZG binds electrolytes such as ammonium in the intestines. This can have a regulating effect on bowel movement
- I heard that frequent use of MZG could cause a build-up of metals.
There are various suppliers of zeolite and in some cases zeolite polluted with heavy metals was used. However, the zeolite used in the production of MZG is very pure, without any build-up of heavy metals. The type of zeolite used is clinoptilolite. Dr. Pavelic has done extensive research on the negative effects of MZG. Below you will find the conclusion of his research: The toxicology research of Dynamically-Activated Zeolites (MZG) has been performed by Prof. Dr. Sc. Kresimir Pavelic in 1998 and 1999, according to all required guidelines. Research on acute, sub acute and chronic poison determined that there were no toxic side effects. Research on the influence on the reproductive development of the organism determined that there was no teratogene effect. Research of non-clinical local tolerance (eyes and skin) of the matter determined that there was no local allergic reaction whatsoever. Genetic toxicology research determined that there was no teratogenic effect. Studies on the toxicity of MZG were performed at the institute for molecular medicine Ruder Boscovic in Zagreb under supervision of Prof. Dr. Sc. Kresimir Pavelic. The FDA in the US has approved products containing MZG.
- Detoxification causes various side effects such as nausea and upset stomachs. Can these be expected after use of MZG?
No, MZG's activity excludes those effects. MZG enters the body as a clean molecule and leaves it as a dirty molecule. It does not free toxins but binds them directly to itself. The side effects of other detoxifiers can be explained due to the toxins that have been freed and then circulate in the body. This does not happen with MZG.
- There are so many beneficial effects attributed to MZG that they almost can't be taken seriously. How can this be explained?
Indeed, it seems almost unbelievable that a natural material can have so many beneficial effects. However, the explanation is simple and logical; it's because of MZG's specific properties. Zeolite molecules attract free radicals (Nitrogen and Oxygen), which has a very beneficial impact on cell metabolism. As results of the detoxifying effect on many toxins and pesticides, receptors are made available again for the body's own molecules, improving various functions. For example, arsenic could be occupying the receptors in a cell. When MZG extracts the arsenic it enables the receptors to be occupied by magnesium. This could have a beneficial impact on fatigue. MZG also binds heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead, cleansing the body and improving its functioning. Increasingly, scientists are recognizing these toxins as the cause of a decrease in the body's immune system.
- Can Nature's Protection products cause gluten allergy?
The short answer is: NO.
It is important to note that we use corn (or maize) gluten and not wheat gluten.
Indeed, corn gluten is not at all to be compared with wheat gluten. The only point of similarity is that the word “gluten” is used, which stands for ‘sticky or glutinous’. Gluten represents the protein fraction of the corn. From this perspective corn gluten could be called corn protein. In the UK the corn gluten is called Prairie Meal.
Wheat gluten has received bad press in human food because of coeliac disease. It can, in some instances, be the cause of allergic reactions with dogs and cats. This adverse reaction to food for which wheat gluten is the main cause, is referred to as “gluten allergy” in common language.
Actually, the so-called wheat gluten allergy is not related to the gluten as such. It is the Glyadine, a fraction of the protein contained in wheat gluten, which is responsible for allergic responses. Wheat gluten is very rich in Glyadine.
Corn or maize gluten is widely used in the European pet food and contrary effects have not been reported.
On the contrary, Corn Gluten offers many nutritional advantages:
• .. The protein content is high and complements the animal protein sources in a synergistic way. This means that the dog or cat fed with animal protein based formula’s, completed with corn gluten, benefit more from the food than without this combination. • It has a high Methionine level (an essential Amino Acid), which is of particular importance for cats. • It contains natural provitamin A like Lutein. Lutein is not only a powerful antioxidant, fighting toxic free radicals, but it also helps prevent age-related macular degeneration. • There is very little risk for Genetic Modification (GMO) as the corn is sourced in Europe. • It is very palatable for dogs and cats.
When formulating Natures Protection diets Terra Animalis is always on top of scientific information. We formulate based on true nutritional needs of dogs and cats and their well-being is our overriding priority.All our diets are complete and balanced and deliver a wholesome effect.
- My cat has been diagnosed with Struvite bladder stones. Should I feed canned food?
Struvite stone formation in the bladder is one of the causes of Feline Lower Urinary Tract disease. In these instances the use of canned food is sometimes recommended. But the only reasoning behind this is the water content of canned food. Indeed, canned food contains over 80% of water (leaving space for less than 20% nutrition,) while dry food delivers about 90% nutrition and “only” less than 10% of water.
A cat eating dry food will therefore have to drink more than a cat fed with dry food in order to have his/her daily-required amount of water.
It is true that some cats are poor drinkers but overall, provided an appropriate diet is fed, a cat with a struvite history can be perfectly fed on dry food.
Of major importance is that the food helps to maintain an acidic urine (ph between 6,2 and 6,5) because Struvite will avoid the formation of struvite crystals. This can be achieved by feeding an animal protein based diet, if needed supplemented with Methionine (an amino acid). This will keep the urine of the cat within the appropriate range in a total natural way. Adding acids (like phosphoric acid) to the diet is not recommended because the end-result will be demineralization of the skeleton.
It is also important that the Magnesium (Mg) level of the diet is kept low, although the urinary acidity is by far more important than the Mg content of the food.
We recommend feeding the daily portion of an appropriate dry food in frequent small meals a day. This will help to keep acidic urine as well.
We also recommend putting several drinking bowls spread in the house and in the neighborhood of the cat’s favorite places since water intake has to be stimulated by all means. The cat litter should be kept very clean and should be refreshed very regularly in order to stimulate the cat to have frequent “sanitary stops”.
Nature’s Protection Urinary Formula-S has been formulated taking into account the special needs of cats with Struvite stone problems
- My husband and me are practicing a vegetarian lifestyle. I would also like to feed our dog and cat vegetarian diets. What do you recommend?
Allow me to raise a red flag here … We can make major mistakes regarding the safeguarding of the wellbeing of dogs and cats by applying to them the same nutritional principles as we humans have. This is called “anthropomorphism” and there are many examples of well-intended wrong approaches of dog and cat nutrition.
Cats and dogs have to be fed according to their specific nutritional and physiologic needs. In that perspective dogs differ from cats and they both differ from humans.
But dogs and cats have one thing in common: a cat is an obligate carnivore and a dog thrives better when fed as a carnivore (he can survive a little while as an omnivore).
A carnivore is not an animal that eats meat exclusively, but proteins (and to a lesser extend fats) should be derived from animal sources in order to satisfy their specific nutritional demands.
I can give you at least 4 reasons why a cat will die if deprived from animal protein and fat sources. Dogs perform much better when fully considered and fed with animal meat and fat based protein and fat sources.
So for the wellbeing of your dog and cat we pledge you to feed an appropriate diet like Nature’s Protection.For all clarity: we are fully aware that there are so-called vegetarian diets on the market. These diets are supplemented with additives in order to compensate for the absence of meat-based sources. However, the “natural” thing is by far more efficient and beneficial for your cat and dog.