IS NOT A WOLF
Ancestral diet? First let’s deal with the perceived wisdom your dog needs meat.
It is true our dogs evolved from wolves, but this happened at least 27,000 years ago (1), at much the same time we evolved from nomadic hunting and gathering to farming. Our dogs have evolved alongside us in remarkably similar ways, including a significant evolution in their diets. (2)
Amylase and Maltase. Two significant genetic differences between dogs and wolves.
Amylase, the gene we use to break down carbohydrates into usable nutrient and energy sources, super-evolved in our dogs. Your dog’s amylase gene is 2800% more active than a wolf’s. (3)
Your dog’s maltase gene also breaks down carbohydrates very differently to wolves. It functions similarly to herbivores, such as cows and rabbits, and omnivores, like mouse lemurs and rats, allowing dogs to thrive on a diet rich in starch, unlike wolves. (4)
Research shows us that preference for meat is not an innate behaviour for our dogs, but a learned one. (5)
The truth. Our dogs are omnivores not carnivores. Often referred to as ‘opportunivores’ – to describe a dog’s natural desire to eat whatever is available — plants as well as animals.
Don’t just take our word for it. Here is what manufacturers of meat-based dog food have to say on this (sometimes grudgingly!).
Like you, your dog needs the correct balance of high-quality nutrients to fuel their best health and longest life.
The six basic nutrients are water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. These essential nutrients are required as part of your dog’s diet and are involved in all the basic functions of their body.
Your dog can get all these nutrients from either meat or plants. It is the balance, completeness and bioavailability of these nutrients which is most important for their thriving health.
Ingredients are simply the delivery mechanism for the nutrients your dog needs.
The quality of the nutrients in your dog’s food is the most important factor for their health and wellbeing.
Read what these manufacturers of meat-based dog food, vets and canine nutritionists have to say.
NUTRITION IS THE KEY
“Understanding the impact of an anti-inflammatory diet on silent inflammation can elevate the diet from simply a source of calories to being on the cutting edge of gene-silencing technology.”
Often the food we feed our dogs does not do them justice. It is developed to include only the nutrients considered essential to your dog’s survival and little else.
Our mission is to elevate your dog’s food beyond this. To food that helps their body and mind flourish and thrive, not simply survive, at every stage of their lives, long into the future.
The answer, phytonutrients. Only found in plants, these natural, health-giving compounds give fruit and vegetables their rainbow colours. (1)
Not considered essential, it is these potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients, found in plant-based food, which help to fight off disease and boost immunity. They also offer preventative support for the most common health issues your dog is likely to face – digestive, joint and mobility, skin and coat, dental, heart, brain, eye, anxiety and fatigue. (2)
Good. Better. Bonza
Each ingredient – every superfood, super herb and adaptogen – included in your dog’s food, has been selected to serve a purpose, a purpose informed by science.
It must support your dog’s longest, healthiest life at the same time making it the most sustainable dog food on the planet.
For these reasons we will not include corn, wheat, soy – known allergens, or rice which is environmentally harmful, in your dog’s food.
We collaborated with veterinary nutritionists, climate scientists, agronomists, University academics and canine herbalists to develop a food that delivers on this purpose.
Healthier Dogs. Healthier Planet.
Bonza is cooked at gently 70°C or less, using a cold extrusion method, to help preserve the nutrient integrity of our quality plant-based ingredients including the herbs, botanicals and adaptogens.
Most dry dog food is processed using heat extrusion at temperatures ranging from 105°C – 150°C +. Not only does this significantly degrade many important vitamins and minerals but also Omega 3 and essential amino acids.
In addition to protecting vital, heat sensitive nutrients for your dog’s health benefit, cold extrusion also requires less energy and less water during cooking. Less water means less potential for harmful oxidation. A win for the health of your dog and the environment.
An area of increasing concern for scientists is the Maillard Reaction and the formation of potentially harmful advanced glycation end products (AGE’s). that result from high heat processing of food and the potentially damaging effects these have on health and ageing for both you and your dog.
36 TASTY, NUTRITIOUS, AND SUSTAINABLE PLANT-BASED INGREDIENTS
More plant-based superfood variety than any other dogfood. And each one has an important part to play in your dog’s health and the planet’s.
Highly digestible proteins to build your dog’s hair, skin, nails, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.
Complex carbohydrates to sustain their energy, manage weight, promote muscle growth and support brain and digestive health.
Fibres to promote a healthy gut, aid digestion, increase satiety, manage weight, reduce risk of chronic diseases and improve stool quality.
Healthy fats to provide energy, feeling of fullness, manage weight, promote a healthy skin and coat and aid absorption and digestion of essential fat-soluble vitamins.
Herbs, botanicals and adaptogens to provide natural and holistic, preventative health support for your dog.
Each ingredient selected for its health-giving benefits and the lightness of its impact on the environment.
Fava Beans (broad beans)
Seaweed Blend – Red, Green Brown
DHAgold® Omega 3
Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero)
Echinacea Purpurea Root
Yucca Schidigera Extract
Olive Oil Extract
Calsporin® – Probiotic for Dogs
Methylsulfonyl- methane (MSM)