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The Brothers Complete TURKEY & EGG Advanced Allergy Formula uses Turkey Meal and Egg (nature's perfect protein with all 22 amino acids and 100% bioavailability) as its main source of animal protein. Over 90% of Brothers is animal sourced protein which is what your friendly carnivore was designed to eat. The cassava/tapioca, we use is obtained from the roots of the cassava plant (manihot esculenta) and is a natural source of low glycemic carbohydrates. The tapioca used in Brothers does not contain additional ingredients (like sugar and milk) normally added to tapioca for human consumption. This low glycemic starch allows Brothers to formulate a food that is closer to a dog’s historic diet, which is based predominantly on animal proteins. Additionally some studies have shown that up to 50% of the tapioca starch survives the digestive process and, instead of being absorbed into the blood stream as a starch, gets to the colon where it feeds the beneficial bacteria that are essential for the health and functioning of the colon, the immune system, and the body as a whole. In effect, this diversion of starch to feed the beneficial bacteria makes Brothers an even more concentrated source of protein and nutrients than the guaranteed analysis reveals.
Most pet foods today contain large quantities of grain and/or white potato and these ingredients are causing numerous problems in dogs who were designed to eat and process animal protein and fat – not grain and potato. Numerous skin conditions and allergy-related symptoms have been associated with grain and white potato in dogs.
In the last few years, some commercial pet food manufacturers have eliminated or restricted the use of grains but have substituted white potato instead. White potatoes have a higher glycemic index than white sugar (80 to 110 versus sugar at 65) so it puts a strain on the adrenal and pancreatic systems when it spikes the blood sugar and produces a large insulin response every time the dog eats. The high glycemic property of the white potato also feeds the Candida Albicans yeast in the colon which, when overgrown, becomes a fungus whose rhizomes grow into the mucosal lining of the intestine and contribute to a condition known as “leaky gut” which allows matter from the colon, including the Candida Fungus, to get into the blood stream. This causes a condition known as "Systemic Candida" which leads to a host of skin problems and allergy-related conditions.
Another problem with potatoes occurs when they are too old, sprout small roots, or are exposed to light or warm temperatures above 60 degrees F for too long. These conditions cause the potato to generate a neurotoxin called solanine which is extremely toxic. Potatoes rejected from the human food chain, and used in the dog food industry, are all too often stored under less than ideal conditions and can be a source of solanine if used in dog food.
Potatoes and grains (due to improper preparation) are also a source of "Lectins" which can cause "Leaky Gut", compromise the functioning of the colon, and severly reduce the ability of the cilia to extract necessary minerals and vitamins from the food because they are glyco-proteins that gum up the cilia and cause them to mat together, thus reducing the surface area available to extract nutrition from the dog food.
Another possible problem when potatoes are heated to high temperatures is the production of acrylamide which is a recognized carcinogen. For these, and other reasons relating to a dogs health, all of Brothers Complete Formulas are grain and potato free.
Brothers Complete products are preserved naturally with a combination of mixed tocopherals (Vitamin E). Rosemary extract, and green tea extract. Because Vitamin E is light and heat sensitive, we package our food in light-proof foil and keep it in a dark, air-conditioned storage facility at 60 F until the day it is shipped to you, to maintain the effectiveness of the natural preservatives we use.
Most dog foods can spend 3 to 6 months or longer, in hot warehouses before reaching the retail outlets. Then they can sit on shelves in pet food stores for several more months before being purchased by the customer. Brothers Complete is manufactured in small batches and one day after our food is made it is put in a dark, air-conditioned storage facility and kept at 60 F to maintain maximum freshness and nutritional bioavailability.
Ingredients: Turkey meal, Whole Eggs dried, pea starch, cassava/tapioca, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Chicken Liver dried, pumpkin, ground flaxseed, alfalfa meal, dried carrots, potassium chloride, sea salt, choline chloride, Whole Cell Algae dried (pure source of omega 3 DHA), mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, green tea extract, Encapsulated Probiotics [dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product], Enzymes [Amylase (aspergillus oryzae), Protease (aspergillus oryzae), Cellulase (trichoderma reesei), Lactase (aspergillus oryzae), Hemicellulase (trichoderma reesei), Lipase (aspergillus oryzae), Prebiotic [organic, long chain, highly branched Inulin], vegetable pomace (carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach), cranberry pomace, Lysine HCL, DL-Methionine, Lecithin, Taurine, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3 suppliment, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, folic acid, biotin, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, L-ascorbyl 2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C activity), zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, Vitamin B12 supplement, L-Carnitine.
Nutritionally complete and balanced, Brothers Complete® Turkey & Egg is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
FEEDING DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR PET
Brothers Complete is a very nutritionally dense dog food. When switching to Brothers Complete we recommend going slowly and adding Brothers Complete into the old food over a 1 week time period. Every dog is different and tolerates change at his or her own level. Below are the suggested daily feeding recommendations. The amount one feeds his or her dog varies with age, activity level, and environment. So it best to monitor your dog during the first week or two to determine to the ideal feeding amount.
SUGGESTED DAILY RECOMMENDATIONS
Dog's Weight (lbs) Amount of Food Per Day (cups)
- Up to 25 LBS ¼ to 1 Cup
- 26-50 LBS 1-2 Cups
- 51-75 LBS 2-3 Cups
- 76 LBS and Over 3-5 Cups
- Puppies Puppies can require as much as 50% to 100% more food during growth and high activity phases but it's important that they not be overfed. You should be able to feel their ribs but not see them. Check their weight at least once a week and adjust to maintain an ideal weight.
- Crude protein, minimum 37.00%
- Crude fat, minimum 17.00%
- Crude fiber, maximum 4.00%
- Moisture, maximum 10.00%
- Vitamin E, minimum 200 IU/kg
- Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), minimum 100 mg/kg
- Zinc, minimum 200 mg/kg
- Calcium 1.51%
- Phosphorus 0.96%
- Ash 8.04%
- Omega 6 fatty acids, minimum 3.07 %*
- Omega 3 fatty acids, minimum 0.73 %*
- Omega 3 DHA (Doxosahexaenoic Acid), min 0.04%*
- Encapsulated Probiotics - Lactic acid bacteria 4,000,000 cfu/gram dog food*
- Enzymes (Amylase, Protease, Cellulase, Lactase, Hemicellulase, Lipase) 10.0 FCC DU/g*
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
CALORIES: (M.E. Calculated) 3,780 kcal/kg 415 kcal/cup