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Turkey Meal, Whole Eggs dried, cassava / tapioca, peas, pea starch, 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 (a source of Vitamin E) Rosemary extract, Green tea extract, Encapsulated Probiotics [dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product], Digestive Enzymes [Amylase (aspergillus oryzae), Protease (aspergillus oryzae), Cellulase (trichoderma reesei), Lactase (aspergillus oryzae), Hemicellulase (trichoderma reesei), Lipase (aspergillus oryzae), Selective Prebiotics [organic, long chain, highly branched Inulin], celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, cranberries, 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.
Brothers Turkey & EggCrude protein, minimum 36.00%
**cfu = Colony Forming Units
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
(M.E. Calculated) 3,780 kcal/kg 415 kcal/cup
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.
There is a minimum of 40% protein (dry matter basis) in Brothers Complete Turkey Meal & Egg Formula, and over 90% of that is animal sourced protein from Turkey Meal, and Whole Eggs.
Eggs are considered the "perfect" food because they are absorbed easily and completely (100% bioavailable) and have all 23 amino acids, including the 9 "essential" amino acids that cannot be produced by the body and must be derived from food - all 9 of which are essential building blocks for all the proteins in the body.
Brothers begins with an abundance of high quality human grade proteins, to which we add Digestive Enzymes (to facilitate thorough digestion and nutrient availability while strengthening the immune system), Selective PREbiotics (that will selectively feed the beneficial gut bacteria and not the pathogenic bacteria, as the common short chain prebiotics do), and Encapsulated PRObiotics (protected by a unique coating that prevents them from activating prematurely and dying before they can be eaten, which is the fate of 99% of the Probiotics normally used on dog food).
The cassava / tapioca we use as a binder is obtained from the roots of the cassava plant (manihot esculenta) and is a natural source of low glycemic carbohydrates that is a large part of the diet of many equatorial countries. In the areas where Cassava makes up 80% of the carbohydrates in the diet, type 2 diabetes is practically nonexistent.This low glycemic starch allows Brothers to make a kibble that is closer to a wolf’s ancestral diet which is based predominantly on animal fat and protein.
Additionally, some studies have shown that up to 50% of the cassava starch survives the digestive process and, instead of being absorbed into the blood stream as a starch, passes through to the colon where it feeds trillions of beneficial bacteria there that are essential for the health and proper functioning of the colon, the immune system, the absorption of nutrients, and the system as a whole. Practically speaking, the absorption of much of the cassava starch by the beneficial bacteria in the colon, increases the percentage of protein delivered to the body above the amount listed in the guaranteed analysis.
In the last few years, some pet food manufacturers have eliminated or restricted the use of grains but have substituted white potatoes or sweet potatoes instead. White potatoes have a higher glycemic index than white sugar (80 to 110 versus sugar at 65) which puts a strain on the adrenal and pancreatic systems because it spikes the blood sugar and produces a large insulin response every time the dog eats. The high glycemic property of white potato also feeds the Candida Albicans yeast/fungus in the colon which becomes a fungus whose rhizomes grow into the mucosal lining of the intestine causing openings between the cells that line the inside of the gut (called enterocytes), creating a condition known as “leaky gut” which allows the contents of the colon, including the Candida Albicans Fungus, to "leak" into the blood stream. Once in the blood stream Candida Albicans becomes Systemic Candida and it is fed by the high glycemic carbs in most dog foods. This leads to a host of skin problems and other allergy-related problems.
One of the problems with potatoes, under less than perfect conditions (when too old, sprouting small roots, exposed to warm temperatures above 60 degrees F for too long, or exposed to light for too long) is that they generate a neurotoxin called solanine which can be extremely toxic. Potatoes rejected from the human food chain, and used in the dog food industry, are all too often a source of excessive solanine 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 severely reduce the ability of the cilia (the fine hair like structures that grow on the inside walls of the intestines) to extract necessary minerals and vitamins from the food because the Lectins are glycoproteins that gum up the cilia and cause them to mat down and stick together, thus substantially reducing the surface area available to extract nutrition.
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, sweet potato, and white potato free.
Brothers Complete does not use any BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin to preserve our dog food and does not buy or use any ingredients that have ever been treated with ethoxyquin at any point along the supply line, as nearly all fish is. Brothers is preserved naturally with a combination of 4 natural preservatives Vitamin E (mixed tocopherals), Vitamin C, Rosemary extract, and Green Tea extract. Because all preservatives are light, heat and oxygen sensitive, we package our food in a high-tech, metalized, 3 ply, foil and keep it in an air-conditioned storage facility at 60 F until the day it is shipped to you, which further maintains the effectiveness of the natural preservatives we use.
Most dog foods spend 4 to 8 months in hot wholesale warehouses before reaching the retail outlets, where they can sit on shelves in pet food stores for several more months before being purchased by the customer. Brothers manufactures small batches frequently and uses a combination of 4 natural preservatives (rather than the normal 1 or 2) so Brothers is the freshest food you can buy.
Brothers Complete is a beautifully balanced, extremely nutritious dog food and you usually feed less of it, often a lot less, than other dog foods, even those considered to be among the best.
Four Hundred calories of a dog food with low amounts of protein (in the 15% to 25% range), along with high carbohydrate levels from grain, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, or other refined carbs. does not begin to compare with the superior nutrition that 400 calories of Brothers brings to your dog with 33% to 40% human grade protein, Digestive Enzymes, Selective Prebiotics, Encapsulated Probiotics, low glycemic Cassava Root as a carb binder, and the intricate balancing of nutrients to each other. Food calories are not created equal. Superior nutrition is the optimum amount of high quality calories and nutrients intricately balanced in relation to each other first, and then to the whole.
We suggest you feed the recommended amount of Brothers to begin with, regardless of how much you were feeding of the old dog food, and adjust slowly from there. Overfeeding can cause a soft stool or diarrhea and is a sign to cut back on the amount of Brothers you are feeding.
When switching to Brothers Complete we recommend mixing Brothers Complete with the old food for a few days to as much as a week. Every dog is different and tolerates change at his or her own level but usually the worst that happens if the change is too fast is a loose stool. 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 few weeks after switching to determine the ideal feeding amount.
SUGGESTED DAILY RECOMMENDATIONS
Dog's Weight Amount of Food Per Day (cups)
6 LBS 1/4 Cup / Day
12 LBS 1/2 Cup / Day
25 LBS 1 Cup / Day
50 LBS 2 Cups / Day
75 LBS 2 1/2 to 3 Cups / Day
100 LBS 3 1/4 to 4 Cups / Day
Puppies can require as much as 50% to 100% more food during growth but it's important they not be overfed, especially with large breed puppies. You want to give the joints time to develop fully before the dog puts on too much weight. 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.
BROTHERS IS PERFECTLY BALANCED FOR ALL BREEDS AND LIFE STAGES. (Brothers Complete Dog Food meets the nutritional levels established by AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles for all life stages)
We source HUMAN GRADE INGREDIENTS to produce our exceptionally healthy high quality dog food.
Brothers is HIGH IN PROTEIN to provide the necessary building blocks for a healthy dog in all life stages (30% to 36% is the guaranteed minimum protein depending on the formula).
OVER 90% OF PROTEIN IN BROTHERS IS ANIMAL SOURCED which is an abundant source of natural Taurine for heart health. Animal sourced protein (versus vegetable protein) is the protein that dogs are designed to eat by Mother Nature.
We add DIGESTIVE ENZYMES to ensure complete digestion and absorption of essential nutrients, help eliminate food intolerance, and strengthen the immune system.
The UNIQUE PROBIOTICS we use are encapsulated by a proprietary process that prevents them from being activated prematurely so they deliver 99.8% active cultures to the gut, which is as much as 1,000 times more than normal probiotics. They promote gut wall integrity, increase nutrient absorption, keep the destructive bacteria in check, and strengthen the immune system.
We add LONG CHAIN PREBIOTICS which feed the Probiotics (beneficial gut bacteria) but do not feed the potentially destructive bacteria (such as Candida Albicans) like short chain prebiotics do.
We use a LOW GLYCEMIC BINDER (cassava root/tapioca, not high glycemic, highly processed carbs, grains, potatoes, or sweet potatoes, etc.).
Our food is kept fresh with 4 NATURAL PRESERVATIVES ( mixed tocopherols, Vitamin C, Rosemary extract, & Green tea extract) No Ethoxyquin, BHA, or BHT is ever used.
Our food is packaged in a 3 PLY METALIZED POLYESTER BAG that protects the food from heat, light, air circulation, and insects.
Brothers is KEPT EXTRA FRESH @ 60 F in our climate controlled warehouse.
Brothers has NEVER HAD A RECALL (a perfect record in our 9 year history).
WE NEVER USE any GMO, grain, potatoes, sweet potatoes, soy, chemical preservatives (BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin), artificial flavoring or coloring, hormones, or antibiotics.
Gut Health is Critically Important
100 Trillion Bacteria in the Gut
The number of bacteria in the colon is about 10 times the number of cells in the entire rest of the body. About 10 Trillion cells make up the body. In a healthy colon there are about 100 Trillion bacteria.
The foundation of health in a mammal is the gut - a healthy gut equals a healthy animal.
The HUGE number of beneficial bacteria in the colon suggests that a correspondingly high level of importance be assigned to their purpose there which is to maintain the integrity of a healthy, functioning system. The massive colony of beneficial bacteria in the gut is not only 10 times the number of cells that make up the rest of the body but they are crucial components of a healthy system.
The 100 Trillion bacteria in a healthy colon are designed to:
• Maintain healthy functioning of the Enterocytes that line the inside wall of the colon and the Cilia that grow out of the colon wall and extract nutrients from the food.
• Maintain a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria (90 Trillion or so) to keep the pathogenic bacteria, like Candida Albicans, from over populating, penetrating the colon wall, and escaping into the blood stream to cause Systemic Candida.
• Remove excess moisture from the fecal matter and return it to the body.
The Gut is the CORE OF THE ORGANISM and is the primary basis for creating health or disease.
A) Most of the Immune System (70% to 80%) is generated in the gut wall so if the health of the gut is compromised the ability of the body to defend itself is compromised as well.
B) The gut wall is lined with hairs (Cilia) that effectively increase its surface area from 2 sq. ft. to about 1,200 sq. ft. If the cilia are not kept clean and functional then the ability of the body to absorb necessary nutrients from the food it eats becomes limited.
C) The Cilia also plays a part in returning excess water in the fecal matter to the body. If they are compromised then loose stool or diarrhea is usually the result.
The lining on the inside of the gut wall that separates the fecal matter from the blood stream and the rest of the body is only one cell thick and is made up of rectangular cells called Enterocytes that fit together like little bricks.
Leaky Gut occurs when gaps form in the joints between the enterocytes and fecal matter leaks out of the colon into the blood stream.
Leaky Gut can be caused by a diet that contains grain, potato, sweet potato, or sugar in any form (molasses, sucrose, etc.) because these foods all turn into sugar which feeds the ever present Candida Albicans yeast/fungus and the fungus rhizomes can penetrate the joints between the enterocytes.
The overuse of antibiotics is also a cause of Leaky Gut because antibiotics kill the beneficial bacteria which maintain the health of the gut lining as well as keep the Candida fungus in check. It is very important for the integrity of the gut lining to keep the healthy bacteria healthy and strong which is why Brothers adds special Encapsulated Probiotics and PreBiotics.
The constant flow of pathogens into the blood stream through a Leaky Gut makes the immune system highly overreactive. In time it causes an auto immune response as the immune system becomes hyperactive and begins attacking healthy tissue that has similar amino acid sequences as the partial proteins that are leaking into the blood stream.
Another problem caused by a Leaky Gut occurs when Candida Albicans Fungus, which is naturally in every gut, gets through a Leaky Gut wall into the blood stream and becomes a condition called Systemic Candida.
When Candida Albicans leaks into the blood stream the condition is called Systemic Candida because the fungal form of Candida is in the blood stream and spreads throughout the entire system. Systemic Candida causes no end of skin and fungus problems throughout the body. It can change from hot spots to itching, to hives, to yeasty ears, etc.
Grain, potato, and sweet potato are a form of sugar that feeds the Candida Fungus and helps it get stronger and do more damage to the system. It is not practical to use medicine to kill the Systemic Candida because it is too damaging to the dogs liver and as the Candida dies off it releases toxins that will make the poor dog go crazy if it dies too quickly. It's better to slowly starve the Candida back over a period of three to six months so the die off is not too painful and uncomfortable for the dog.
Once the Systemic Candida is weak enough the immune system will eliminate the rest of it in the blood stream and your dog will be healthy and happy again.
Brothers is designed to heal Leaky Gut over a period of 3 to 6 months and prevent it from recurring in the future by eliminating the grain, potato, sweet potato, and other ingredients that cause the problem in the first place.
By adding Digestive Enzymes, long chain PreBiotics, and Unique Encapsulated ProBiotics that deliver a thousand times more active cultures to the gut than normal probiotics, Brothers helps the gut heal and restore itself to full healthy functioning.