WHY OVEN-BAKED DOG FOOD? Pinto Canyon Super Premium All-Natural Recipes are 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 cook their food using a steam extrusion process: the food mix is steamed as quickly as possible, usually less than 3 minutes, then squeezed through a metal die under extreme pressure. 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 usually destroys natural vitamins, which then necessitates spraying on synthetic vitamins after the extrusion is completed.
Extrusion is faster and cheaper than old-fashioned baking, and is more efficient for mass production of a very consistent product; however, it affects starches, nutrients, proteins, and vitamins in ways that baking doesn't, making the food more difficult to digest, and even changing the structure of proteins, which may trigger allergic symptoms. Many pets that experience allergy symptoms on extruded foods thrive on oven-baked food.
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 22-23% 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.
TEXTURE/HARDNESS OF THE FOOD: Our oven-baked food has various shades of colors, from the soft light inside to the lightly browned crunchy outside crust. The texture and hardness is similar to that of a freshly-baked, crunchy cookie. 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.
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