Our review of the 2018 Food Trends at Your Pet Chef continues with Part 4– Single Protein Foods. This category also includes protein as the first ingredient. We’ve used these philosophies since launching Your Pet Chef. I always wanted to keep each food bar single protein to eliminate the possibility of an allergic reaction and not knowing which ingredient caused it. Also, protein is always the main ingredient in our food and treats.
Here are some additional details regarding our protein selection and how we’re going to expand it this year:
Single Protein – Our recipes were created with this premise in mind: Make each food bar with one protein so if there is an ingredient sensitivity, it can be easily eliminated. Now, with that in mind, we do want all of our dogs to enjoy a variety of proteins in their weekly diet. It makes me crazy when people say Oh, my dog can only eat turkey or beef. Ugh! Keeping several proteins in rotation actually helps reduce specific protein sensitivity as your dog’s body adapts daily to each protein. Keeping your dog on a single food for several years or months, can build up an ingredient sensitivity. Try to rotate foods to keep your pup healthy. If you’d like to get a sampler package of our single protein food bars, shop here.
Protein as the #1 Ingredient – This is something that I take for granted. Our food is 75% protein and the same goes for our treats. I need to do a better job letting people know that. There are so many different types of food on the market that have grains or “meals” as the main ingredient. We’re all about the meat, all day long baby!
Exotic Proteins – We’ve had several requests for alternative proteins lately so we’re working on adding a few to our menu selection. The ones currently being researched are bison, duck, and goat. Pricing for food bars using these new proteins will be higher (initial estimate is an increase of $1.25/large food bar, $.55/bar for small food bars, and $10/bar for tiny dog food bars) and will be posted when available. If you have a protein you’d like to see us offer please email us here.
Mixing of proteins when requested – We do offer some special diet recipes where proteins are mixed. For example, our arthritis formula adds several ounces of cod to every recipe. These recipes are discussed with the client. Also, once a client is established and food allergies are confirmed, we will also make some “special” bars which are a variety of all of the recipes we prepared for them for the week. We sometimes call these “rainbow” bars as they can be quite colorful. In addition, our Taste Testers Lucy and Dekes eat a variety of proteins with each meal. They eat the left overs from our food making. Lots of flavors and colors for sure!
Are there any proteins you would like us to include in your pup’s meals? We’d love to hear your input! Please let us know here.
Thanks for reading this blog post and stay tuned for our final post in this series: 2018 Food Trends at Your Pet Chef - Micro Targeted Foods. If you’d like to get your pup on our production schedule, start here: