Each dog has a personality of his own. And each has special needs. On this page, we would like to help you better understand your four-legged friend through practical recommendations and answer frequent questions about our products.

Expert tips for dog owners

The DNA of dogs is 99.6% similar to wolves. However, the dog is a completely different animal. The difference lies especially in its ability to interact with us humans. In order to recognize a dog’s needs and to correctly interpret their behavior, Dr. Leopold-Temmler, veterinarian, has graciously provided his valuable tips.

Special adviser for owners of small dogs

Small dogs like terrier, dachshund, pug, chihuahua, Havanese or other small darlings that weigh under 10 kilograms full-grown – they win the hearts of more and more people. They differ not only through their stature from big dogs, but also through their physical demands. Veterinarian Dr. Birgit Leopold-Temmler explains this in detail and also provides tips from her experience.

Questions & answers to our products

Do you use artificial flavors or flavor enhancers?

No. We don’t use artificial flavors or enhancers in our products. If dogs like our products, then it’s because of the good, natural ingredients.

What exactly do you mean by ingredients with „animal by-products“?

We adhere very strictly to the German Feed Regulation and the European Feed Law with this term – as with all our declarations and all used ingredients. Animal by-products are thus clearly defined as meat ingredients which do not contain skeletal muscle flesh (e.g. fillet, chop, haunch).

We use as animal by-products high quality ingredients from lungs, liver or kidneys, as they are offered by every butcher. These are not however „slaughterhouse waste“, but feed ingredients, which have always been part of the natural food of predators like dogs and are standardly used today by many for barf feeding.“ „For example, for our Fruity Menu there are being used only raw ingredients in food-grade quality, this means animal ingredients suitable for human consumption.

Pure muscle flesh is not enough for a healthy and balanced feeding of a dog. Dogs are carnivores that completely consume their prey and thereby also ingest alternating quantities of plant material. The vitamins, minerals and trace elements contained in the innards are essential for your dog and also very tasty. We also do not use waste from the bread industry.

What are „fish and fish by-products“?

The term „fish and fish by-products“ is used as a so called group label. According to the food law it is authorized for the declaration of animal raw materials from fish. This group label is including all different parts of fish. Fish contains a high amount of unsaturated fatty acids, easily digestible proteins and vitamin D and shows a good calcium/phosphorus ratio; in this way, it is extremely nourishing for dogs. For our Fruity Menu we only use cooked tuna or salmon.

Often it is warned about using fish as a food ingredient for dogs. The reason for this, is the enzyme Thiaminase, which is one ingredient of fish and destroys vitamin B1. This process is prevented by the cooking of the fish products we produce. In this way your darling can enjoy our fish varieties without any hesitation.

You use poultry like chicken, for example. Why?

Here we ask: why not? We use high-quality meat meal produced in Europe with verifiable provenance. From our point of view, there is no reason not to offer snacks from it to dogs.

You specify that you use, „oil and fats“. What exactly is meant by this?

n our Little Darling-pastes, we use pure plant-based oils which also contain a high percentage of linolenic acid and play a positive role in skin diseases, so that animal nutritionist recommend a minimum intake of 50mg/day per kg body weight of the dog.

You speak for some products of „plant by-products“. What exactly is meant by this?

These are proteins, e.g. from peas. Here, too, we adhere strictly to the requirements of the German Feed Regulation, even if the term „plant by-products“ may sound rather confusing for the buyer.

ou specified that you use „chemical additives“ for some products. What do you mean by this?

This includes vitamins and minerals that can be produced synthetically, but also biologically. All of them are listed on our packaging and on our website for every product.

Why do some of your products contain grain?

Some of our snacks, for example the small Nutri Snacks in bone form can’t be technically produced without cereals as carrier material. Our motto is not to use more grain than necessary. The used amounts don’t lead to feed intolerance at healthy dogs. Our products don’t stand out as allergenic.“ „It is often said that cereals are bad and unhealthy for dogs. This is not true. Some grain varieties, such as wheat and rice, are in fact sources of energy and dietary fibers for dogs.

The carbohydrates contained in grains provide important energy to your dog, whereby he is more fit and vital. Dietary fibers promote the uptake of nutrients and are digestive. All three macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and nutrients) are important for a balanced and healthy nutrition. Grain is an important and healthy source of carbohydrates. If your dog is not suffering from grain intolerance, you can safely feed him products that contain grains. We use for our Fruity Menu between 2-5% grain. So we don’t use grain as a cheap filler, as it is often presumed.

You add sugar to some of your products. Why?

We don’t just add sugar to supplement any ingredient. Sugar is rather a flavor carrier. It is always added to a recipe if we want to improve its acceptance as regards taste. This is also practiced in the human domain, and not only in the animal feed sector. Many foods wouldn’t taste good if they were no refined with sugar, whether single or double sugar. We deliberately add dextrose to the Little Darling Energy Pudding for the rapid energy supply and not as basic supply for energy. According to animal nutritionists, a dosage of up to 1g /kg body mass is still totally fine, the proportion is much more smaller in our product.

Why does the Little Darling Fruity Menu contain fruits?

Very simple: they bring variety into the bowl and are also very healthy. Fruits are among the healthiest foods and are rich in valuable vitamins, minerals (such as calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium) and antioxidants. They also contain digestive dietary fibers. Even wolves, the ancestors of dogs, don’t eat only prey animals, but also, depending on the offering, vegetable food, such as roots, leaves, grasses and fruits.

Are vegetables, as for example in the Little Darling Fruity Menu suitable for dogs?

Fruit and vegetables form the second important pillar after meat of the dog nutrition. Dogs receive important vitamins, minerals, enzymes and secondary plant substances by eating vegetables. In addition, the fiber substances of these plant substances also play an important role in the health of the intestine, which is thus supported during the cleaning process. We use for our Fruity Menu only high quality vegetables from controlled plant cultures that are free of genetically modifications.

Why is the declaration of your products not broken down more precise?

The Feed Law allows manufacturers of animal food to decide if they want to disclose their recipes or protect them by grouping the single feed materials. This does not absolve the manufacturer from adhering to all rules and does not create a special right.“ „When declaring our products, we adhere strictly to the requirements for group identifications which are defined in the Feed Regulations (VO no. 767/2009 art. 17 no. 2c).

The group identification gathers together various raw ingredients in predetermined groups. The definitions and designations are regulated throughout the EU and are therefore comprehensible for all.“ „For example, the 4% specified in the declaration for meat and animal by-products for our Little Darling Fruity Menu refer exclusively to meat or fish ingredients that determine the taste that appears on the package (e.g. tuna fish). Our Fruity Menus have in fact an animal proportion between 39,5% and 54%.