I and Love and You Dog Food
Yes, I and Love and You is the weirdest name for a dog food we have ever encountered, but it’s still a pet food manufacturer and we are happy to review their dog foods. The company is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Their pet food, considered all-natural, debuted for sale online in 2012 though it was for sale locally earlier. It does seem to be a fun-loving, earth-friendly company – something which is important to many dog owners today. You can read more about the company’s employees and ethics here. I and Love and You makes both dog and cat food. Their dog foods include raw, raw freeze-dried, grain free kibble, and canned. They also make biscuits, daily supplements, natural remedies, and flea & tick products for dogs.
According to I and Love and You, their dog foods do not usually use GMO ingredients or artificial preservatives, artificial colors, or artificial flavorings. They do not use additives or fillers. And they do not contain soy, corn, by-products, or unnamed meats. Most ingredients come from the United States whenever possible. They use select wild-caught, grass-fed, free-range and cage-free meats raised without the use of antibiotics and growth hormones when available. They also say that they make their foods with human quality ingredients and never with by-products or rendered meat.
I and Love and You dog food can be purchased at many grocery stores, as well as online. It is a premium dog food and therefore rather expensive, but you don’t have to go to a pet superstore or a pet food boutique to buy it.
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I and Love and You Recalls 2017
We did not find any recalls for I and Love and You products when reviewing the FDA and AVMA pet food recall databases. Bear in mind that this pet food has only been on the market for a couple of years.
I and You and Love Dog Food Coupons 2017
I and Love and You Power Pucks Freeze Dried Patties Review:
I and Love and You makes grain free dry dog food, canned food, raw dog food, and raw freeze dried patties. We have chosen their freeze dried patties – I and Love and You Power Pucks Freeze Dried Patties – for review.
Unlike some other raw freeze dried dog food products, such as Nature’s Variety, the I and Love and You Power Pucks Freeze Dried patties are made to meet AAFCO approval for all life stages. They can be fed to pregnant and nursing dogs, to senior dogs, as well as to adult dogs who require a maintenance diet. The patties come in a beef and a chicken recipe. The calcium to phosphorus ratio of the beef recipe looks like it would be suitable for puppies but the chicken recipe looks like it would be problematic.
As with many raw freeze dried foods, the food has a high protein percentage. It also has a very high fat percentage. The fiber percentage is low but this is not unusual for a freeze dried food. Raw freeze dried foods don’t usually contain any grains. The fiber in the food comes from added vegetable matter, as it does here. Raw freeze dried foods usually contain few ingredients compared to kibble and even canned foods. They don’t contain a lot of the added vitamins and minerals found in more processed foods. They can do this because the raw food is freeze dried and not cooked at high temperatures as it is with kibble. This means that the natural vitamins and minerals in the food are not cooked away. If you like the idea of feeding your dog a simpler diet, you will probably like a raw freeze dried food. For example, this chicken recipe only contains nine ingredients total. Many kibbles contain that many added vitamins and minerals to replace what is lost during the cooking process.
The first five ingredients in the I and Love and You Power Pucks Freeze Dried Patties are: Ground Chicken with Bone, Chicken Heart, Chicken Liver, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli, Apples, Herring Oil (Natural Source of Vitamin D), Natural Vitamin E, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Antioxidants). That means that the first three ingredients in the food are meat or muscle/organ meat which are very good for your dog. Ground chicken with bone provides calcium for your dog. Chicken is 80 percent protein and 20 percent fat. It’s also a good source of Vitamin B6 and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Niacin and Selenium and omega-6 fatty acid. Chicken heart is 61 percent protein and 39 percent fat. It’s a good source of Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B12, Iron and Zinc. It’s also a good source of Omega-6 fatty acid. Chicken liver is 63 percent protein, 35 percent fat, and 2 percent carbs. It’s a good source of Thiamin, Zinc, Copper and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Phosphorus and Selenium. No wonder dogs love it.
The fourth ingredient in the food is sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are 93 percent carbohydrates, 6 percent protein, and 1 percent fat. They are a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6 and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Manganese. Most dogs like sweet potatoes. They are frequently used today as an alternative to grains in dog food. Sweet potatoes also rank low on the glycemic index meaning they are not absorbed too fast into the blood stream.
The fifth ingredient in the food is broccoli. Broccoli is made up of 71 percent carbs, 20 percent protein, and 9 percent fat. It’s a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Selenium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.
The food also contains apples – mostly carbs but a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C; and herring oil (a natural source of Vitamin D). Herring oil is also an excellent source of the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Natural Vitamin E is often added to pet food to act as a natural preservative. Mixed tocopherols (natural antioxidants) are also used as natural preservatives. Mixed tocopherols are different forms of Vitamin E.
If you were going to make a raw diet for your dog, it would probably contain ingredients like these. Plus the company uses good sources for their ingredients and avoid undesirable ingredients. I and Love and You Power Pucks Freeze Dried Patties looks like it would be a very good food for most dogs.
The food contains 230 calories per patty. This is only a modest amount for most dogs but the company provides good suggested feeding guidelines based on your dog’s weight. The freeze dried patties can be served as-is or rehydrated by adding some water to the patties.
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I and love and you Power Pucks is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
Crude Protein (min) 45.8%
Crude Fat (min) 27.0%
Crude Fiber (min) 2.3%
Moisture (max) 6.0%
Ash (max) 9.8%
Calcium (min) 2.5%
Phosphorus (min) 1.3%
*** The dry matter basis figures for this food are: 48.7 percent protein; 28.7 percent fat; 2.4 percent fiber; 9.7 percent carbohydrates.
The food contains a high percentage of protein and a high percentage of fat. You will need to watch your dog’s condition if you feed this food since it would probably be easy to gain weight. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. However, the carb percentage is quite low, as would be expected with a raw freeze-dried food.
This looks like a very good raw freeze-dried dog food. If your dog has problems with grains or if you like to feed a food with fewer ingredients, this might be a good food to try. Freeze-dried foods are typically more expensive than kibbles but they tend to last longer. You should not feed them in the same amounts as you feed a kibble. You can see from the guaranteed analysis that they contain a lot of protein and fat so feed accordingly.