How Pinto Canyon Pet Food is Made

WHY OVEN-BAKED DOG FOOD? Pinto Canyon Super Premium All-Natural Formula is slowly OVEN-BAKED under carefully controlled conditions and proper temperatures. This unique baking process changes the hard-to-digest molecules of "raw" starches into easy-to-digest dextrins. This process acts as a "pre-digest" of the kibble food, resulting in less strain on the dog's digestive system, and produces a greater degree of food absorption. A dog's intestinal tract is short; it functions in the most efficient manner when the food is concentrated and can be quickly digested. The important vitamins, minerals, and food ingredients are then easily assimilated into the dog's digestive system.

EXTRUSION vs. QUALITY OVEN-BAKING: Most companies prepare their food by steaming it as quickly as possible, usually less than 3 minutes, then extruding it under extreme pressure through a metal die (a steam extrusion process). This process expands the food with air creating a uniform shape. This method does not produce the highly digestible food that your dog's system requires. This extruded food (cooked in a very short time) usually requires the addition of what many nutritionists feel are harmful synthetic preservatives (Ethoxyquin, BHA, and BHT) to maintain a reasonable product shelf life. These synthetic products may be associated with cancer, allergic reactions, dental disease, dry skin, poor health, and degenerative organ dysfunction.

OVEN-BAKING PROCESS: In our oven-baking process, grains are freshly ground just before blending and forming into kibbles. Kibbles are baked as they move slowly through multiple ovens, producing a highly digestible and vitamin-rich food for your dog.

WHY 23% PROTEIN? It is not the amount of protein in a dog food that is important, it is the type of protein and how easily it can be digested. The protein is the right amount for all stages of life. In some cases of working dogs or dogs under high stress, you can consider adding meat protein.

BAKING TEMPERATURES: Any cook can mix ingredients—the secret is in the total cooking process. This is one of the reasons our food is not easily duplicated.

COLOR OF THE FOOD: An oven-baked food will have various shades of colors, from the soft light inside to the heavy brown crunchy outside crust. Oven-baked food is food in its natural state. Like all natural things in our environment, and also because of the baking process, the color of the food will vary from time to time.

CONCENTRATED TO FEED LESS: Since the food is concentrated, there is more value with less food consumed. Feeding oven-baked foods requires 20-25% less food than feeding steam-extruded foods. Pet owners will find fewer odors and stool clean up. Feeding Pinto Canyon quality products, you will be able to see the difference in your pet's health, skin, coat, energy level, and vitality.

OVERWEIGHT DOGS: We find many pet owners still feed the amount of oven-baked food they normally would feed with other brands—about 3-4 cups for a 55-pound dog. With concentrated premium foods, it is best to feed about 25% less. Dogs may require a little adjustment over a period of time to shrink their stomach and reduce their food intake. Lightly cooked vegetables of all types can help while the dog's system adjusts. Improper feeding is the greatest cause of a dog being overweight, not the quality of the food.

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