FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PRODUCTS

What products are included in the DAD'S Pet Foods line?

DAD'S Pet Foods product line includes dry foods for both dogs and cats. Our dog food products include: Bite Size Meal, Healthy Homestyle, Trail Mix, Natural Chunx and Econ-O-Mets. Our cat food products include: Gourmet Blend Natural, Indoor Blend, Special Mix and DAD'S Original. Under the DAD'S brand, we also offer Kibble Select Complete in an Original Formula and Healthy Weight option that features balanced nutrition from key food groups.

Where can I purchase DAD'S Pet Foods?

DAD'S Pet Foods are available nearly everywhere you shop for pet food, including nationally at Dollar General and Tractor Supply Company. For a complete listing, look for the "Where to buy" button at the top of every page on the DAD'S website.

Isn't DAD'S a value line of food?

Because DAD'S sources as many ingredients as possible from small, local farms, we're able to keep our transportation costs low, our ingredients fresh, and our prices competitive. We've remained a local, family-owned company for more than 75 years, which means we don't ship ingredients from across the country or overseas like some of our corporate competitors. For these reasons, DAD'S provides an excellent value and quality.

INGREDIENTS

What makes DAD'S dog products nutritious?

DAD'S dog food products are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, DAD'S products provide 100% complete and balanced nutrition for dogs as defined by the American Food & Drug Administration and the Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Each product contains:

  • Calcium and phosphorous at optimum levels for healthy teeth and bones
  • Antioxidants that support a strong and healthy immune system
  • Important fibers that support optimum nutrient absorption and healthy digestion
  • High quality proteins with balanced amino acids for strong muscles

What makes DAD'S cat products nutritious?

DAD'S cat food products are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, DAD'S products provide 100% complete and balanced nutrition for cats as defined by the American Food & Drug Administration and the Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Each product contains:

  • Taurine for healthy vision
  • Calcium and phosphorous at optimum levels for healthy teeth and bone
  • Antioxidants that support a strong and healthy immune system
  • Important fibers that support optimum nutrient absorption and healthy digestion
  • High quality proteins with balanced amino acids for strong muscles

Benefits of grains (corn/wheat)

The use of corn in pet foods allows us to incorporate starch, protein, fiber, and fatty acids from one source. There are many valuable nutrients contained by corn that complement our other ingredients. Corn is also an excellent source of energy because it contains approximately 80% carbohydrates — in fact, few other ingredients supply as much energy as corn can. What's more, corn can be over 95% digestible. In addition to the high digestibility benefit, corn contains a moderate amount of fat.

Another key nutrient that corn supplies is a blend of carotenoids, which are converted to vitamin A, which helps to support vision, skin health, reproduction, and bone and muscle growth. Carotenoids also have a role as antioxidants.

So, if these are advantages to corn, then why is there such hesitancy in the market place when it comes to utilizing corn in pet foods?

Here are some common arguments against corn:

  1. "The incidence of food allergy to corn is high." This is simply not true. If anyone makes this argument, ask for the research that shows this. Studies show an incidence corn causes rate of 1.5% of adverse reactions to food. This is no different than the incidence rate of reaction to rice.
  2. "Corn is not digestible." Not all animals can digest whole corn well, but when grinding breaks the kernel, the germ (fat), starch (carbohydrate), and gluten (protein) are accessible and digestible (>91% digestible).
  3. "Carnivores like cats and dogs do not do well on a diet high in grains." Firstly, dogs are not carnivores; they are omnivores, meaning they would eat both meat and greens in the wild (though cats are carnivores). Furthermore, there is a misconception around the definition of carnivore. Being a carnivore simply means that to get all of the essential nutrients in the diet in the wild, some animal protein would have to be in the diet. It does not mean that these animals have to subsist solely on meat.

Does my pet need vitamin K?

Soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, etc. are excellent dietary sources of vitamin K, and there is not a toxic dose of Vitamin K that can be ingested by your pet. Vitamin K is essential to your pet for normal blood function, and is manufactured by bacteria within the intestines. Without Vitamin K, blood cannot clot.

How do you know the ingredients you used in DAD'S Pet Foods are safe?

DAD'S Pet Foods product line includes dry foods for both dogs and cats. Our dog food product line includes Bite Size Meal, Healthy Homestyle, Trail Mix, Natural Chunx and Econ-O-Mets. Our cat food product line includes Gourmet Blend Natural, Indoor Blend, Special Mix and DAD'S Original. We also have our line of Kibble Select Complete dog food under the DAD'S brand that offers balanced nutrition from key food groups with an Original formula and Healthy Weight option.

Why do we include BHA?

BHA, or butylated hydroxylase, is a preservative that prevents important fats in your pet's food from becoming rancid. Most humans ingest BHA in some form or another every day. This preservative may be found in our cereals, baked goods, butter, or even some beverages. BHA is regarded by both the American Food & Drug Administration and the Center for Veterinary Medicine as safe for use in both human and pet foods in the levels currently found in our foods. It should be noted that pet foods use much lower levels of BHA than human foods.

Why artificial colors?

DAD'S uses artificial colors in some of its foods to enhance their appearance.

Why propylene glycol?

Propylene glycol is used in DAD'S dog foods, but not in DAD'S cat foods. Propylene Glycol enables soft, moist pet foods to retain water and gives those products their unique texture and taste.

Why high-fructose corn syrup?

High fructose corn syrup, or corn sugar, is a natural sugar derived from Corn. It is a liquid sweetener alternative to sugar, but has the same caloric value. High fructose corn syrup also enables soft, moist pet foods to retain water and gives those products their unique texture and taste. The ingredient is recognized by the American Food & Drug Administration and the Center for Veterinary Medicine as safe for both humans and pets.

Chicken meal vs. Chicken by-product (nutrition wise)

Both chicken meal and chicken by-product is made from rendered, clean chicken parts. The main difference is the parts of the chicken that are utilized. While somewhat different in makeup, scientific evidence has shown that there is little nutritional content difference in chicken meal vs. chicken by product. There is also no evidence of digestibility differences between the two.

MANUFACTURING

Who manufactures DAD'S Pet Foods?

DAD'S products are manufactured by DAD'S Pet Care, a Division of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Inc. DAD'S Pet Care has been producing pet foods for more than 75 years, demanding high-quality ingredients from suppliers and thorough testing to ensure the utmost in product safety. DAD'S Pet Care is committed to producing outstanding products every day and takes great pride in ensuring its foods are wholesome, and most importantly, safe. The company is based in the USA and headquartered in Meadville, PA.

Does Ainsworth Pet Nutrition manufacture anything besides pet food?

Making pet food is and has always been our one and only purpose. We are a family-owned and operated company that has been making quality pet foods for five generations. It's this hands-on approach and singular focus that allows us to deliver pet nutrition as it was meant to be.

SAFETY

What safety precautions have Ainsworth Pet Nutrition/DAD'S put in place?

Because we are so committed to pet food safety, we have instituted The Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Triple Check System™. This system allows us to guarantee the safety of our products from the moment we purchase ingredients to the time we ship our products out the door. The Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Triple Check System is just one of the many fundamental things we do every day to ensure we meet our customers' expectations of quality and safety.

Check One – Our Commitment to Ingredient Safety: Check One begins with our long-term relationships with our local and domestic suppliers. Our family's team of sourcing experts have carefully chosen each and every one of these suppliers because, like us, they take pride in ensuring their ingredients are not only of the highest quality, but also safe for your pet's overall health and well-being.

Check Two – Ensuring Product Accuracy: Check Two works across our entire operational system to ensure accuracy. Our team of experienced and dedicated employees continuously monitors and verifies every step of the production process to ensure precise nutrient and ingredient levels. In addition, our internal laboratory scientists test, analyze and monitor the production process to ensure no harmful toxins or contaminates are introduced from unknown or unanticipated sources. They also verify our Guaranteed Analysis to ensure the same consistency, high quality and nutrition levels exists in each and every bag.

Check Three – Our 48-Hour Hold Before Release: Check Three is the final step we take before allowing any food to leave our facilities. Every product is held in our warehouse for 48 hours until safety testing is complete. This step confirms that there is no salmonella present and that nutritional values are accurate in accordance to regulatory and formula standards.

How do you know the ingredients you used in DAD'S Pet Foods are safe?

Our mission at DAD'S is to provide all pets with safe and nutritious foods. That's why we inspect all of our vendors' facilities and know where all of our ingredients come from. We don't outsource our manufacturing process. Instead, we manufacture our foods in all of our own facilities. By doing so we can control all systems and processes. In addition, each of our staff members is committed to delivering consistently safe and wholesome products and we take pride that in many instances, our processes exceed industry practices. In fact, we're the first pet food manufacturing company in the U.S. to receive a Facilities Food Safety audit rating of "Excellent" from the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level II International auditing standard in accordance with the Global Food Safety Initiative.

What is SQF?

The SQF (Safe Quality Food) Program is a leading global food safety and quality certification program and management system. The Program provides independent certification that a supplier's food safety and quality management system meets all exacting specifications and complies with all federal standards. This enables suppliers, like Back to Basics, to assure their customers that food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain. Ainsworth Pet Nutrition is proud to be "The Best in Class" and lead our industry as the first within the USA and South America to consistently attain this accredited global certification

Does your company do animal testing?

The animal testing we do is all non-invasive and deals with palatability and digestibility – with analysis of stool quality. We believe that it is important to test feed the products to animals to confirm that animals will eat and enjoy the products. You do not want to spend your good money on a product your pet doesn't like and we don't want you to either. Outside of these tests we did only analytical analysis of the food.

FEEDING

Will my pet like DAD'S Pet Foods?

We are committed to making great tasting pet foods that are wholesome and nutritious. If you or your pet is not completely satisfied with this product, just let us know and we'll gladly buy the package back. Call us at 1-800-DADSPET (1-800-323-7738) weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm Eastern time. For more information about DAD'S Pet Foods, visit www.dadspetfoods.com, call our customer service line at 1-800-DADSPET (1-800-323-7738), or Contact Us.

How should I transition my pet to DAD'S Pet Foods?

If your pet has a sensitive stomach you should change gradually over a 7-10 day period, adding more DAD'S food to the bowl of your previous food each day. If your pet has an "iron stomach" you can change more quickly, starting with 1/4 DAD'S the first meal, 1/2 DAD'S the second meal, until switched completely. It may take up to 10 days for your pet's entire system to become fully acclimated.

How much food should I feed my dog?

DAD'S dog foods are made for dogs of all sizes. The chart below represents average recommended daily portions, but you may need to feed slightly more or less, depending on your dog's activity level and overall fitness (using 8 oz. measuring cup).

Adult Dog Size Feeding Amount
3 to 12 lbs. 1/3 to 1-1/3 cups
13 to 25 lbs. 1-1/4 to 2 cups
26 to 50 lbs. 2 to 3-1/3 cups
51 to 100 lbs. 3-1/3 to 5-1/2 cups
100 lbs. + 5-1/2, plus 1/2 cup for every additional 12 lbs.
Make sure to talk to your veterinarian about your dog's ideal weight and adjust your amounts accordingly.

How much food should I feed my cat?

DAD'S cat foods are made for cats of all sizes. Indoor Blend cat food is specifically formulated for adult cats. The chart below represents average recommended daily portions, but you may need to feed slightly more or less, depending on your cat's activity level and overall fitness (using 8 oz. measuring cup).

Adult Cat Size Feeding Amount
5 to 9 lbs. 1/2 to 3/4 cups
10 to 14 lbs. 3/4 to 1-1/4 cups
Make sure to talk to your veterinarian about your cat's ideal weight and adjust your amounts accordingly.

What is the calorie content in DAD'S Pet Foods?

DOG FOOD

  • DAD'S Bite Size Meal contains 3,270 kilocalories per kilogram (kcal/kg, calculated), or 300 kilocalories per cup, of metabolizable energy (ME) on an as fed basis.
  • DAD'S Trail Mix contains 3,320 kilocalories per kilogram (kcal/kg, calculated), or 310 kilocalories per cup, of metabolizable energy (ME) on an as fed basis.
  • DAD'S Natural Chunx contains 3,270 kilocalories per kilogram (kcal/kg, calculated), or 290 kilocalories per cup, of metabolizable energy (ME) on an as fed basis.
  • DAD'S Healthy Homestyle contains 3,227 kilocalories per kilogram (kcal/kg, calculated), or 300 kilocalories per cup, of metabolizable energy (ME) on an as fed basis.
  • DAD'S Econ-O-Mets contains 3,090 kilocalories per kilogram (kcal/kg, calculated), or 280 kilocalories per cup, of metabolizable energy (ME) on an as fed basis.
  • DAD'S Kibble Select Complete Original contains 3,063 kilocalories per kilogram (kcal/kg, calculated), or 312 kilocalories per cup, of metabolizable energy (ME) on an as fed basis.
  • DAD'S Kibble Select Complete Healthy Weight contains 3,070 kilocalories per kilogram (kcal/kg, calculated), or 320 kilocalories per cup, of metabolizable energy (ME) on an as fed basis.

CAT FOOD

  • DAD'S Special Mix contains 3,360 kilocalories per kilogram (kcal/kg, calculated), or 320 kilocalories per cup, of metabolizable energy (ME) on an as fed basis.
  • DAD'S Indoor Blend contains 3,250 kilocalories per kilogram (kcal/kg, calculated), or 310 kilocalories per cup, of metabolizable energy (ME) on an as fed basis.
  • DAD'S Gourmet Blend contains 3,380 kilocalories per kilogram (kcal/kg, calculated), or 320 kilocalories per cup, of metabolizable energy (ME) on an as fed basis.
  • DAD'S Original contains 3,370 kilocalories per kilogram (kcal/kg, calculated), or 320 kilocalories per cup, of metabolizable energy (ME) on an as fed basis.