Your Questions Answered
Your peace of mind matters to us. We want to help you give your pet the best care, and we’re happy to answer any questions you have about feeding your dog or cat. If your question isn’t answered here, please contact us. We believe in transparency and are happy to explain anything about how we make our pet foods.
Red Mills pet foods are made in Ireland using premium, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. We have been making pet foods for generations, and our foods are developed by vets and experts in dog and cat nutrition.
First, that depends on what you mean by ‘high protein’. Dogs can have too much protein in their diets, and that can lead to excessive weight gain and other problems. But protein is the building block of your dog’s muscles and energy. Too little is also unhealthy. Different dogs have different dietary needs based on their breed type, activity level and age. That’s why we make such a variety of foods with different levels of protein. The more active your dog is, the more protein he needs. But less active dogs should not have a high-protein diet. Your vet is in the best position to recommend how much protein is right for your dog’s individual needs.
We source our meat from Irish farmers we know and trust. Our Go Native line uses organic salmon and herring and free run chicken and duck.
Yes! Our Go Native range of foods and treats is grain-free goodness. It’s a nutritious, complete feed for dogs who can’t digest grains well and dogs whose humans prefer them to have a paleo diet.
We have a few options for dogs with good allergies or intolerances. Our Go Native range is grain-free, making it an excellent choice for dogs who react badly to corn, wheat, maize and other grains. Our Leader line of foods also includes a range of easy-to-digest sensitive foods for small, medium and large breed dogs. And our Engage Duck & Rice recipe is a good choice for dogs who can’t tolerate other grains but are very active and need a protein-rich food to give them stamina.
Yes! While a few minor ingredients must be sourced outside of Ireland, all of our meat and other main ingredients are sourced in Ireland. This is a key company value for us, and we value the relationships we have developed with farmers around Ireland.
Pregnant dogs need premium nutrition. Their diet determines the health of their puppies. Our Engage Mother & Puppy food provides the extra nourishment to help the mother dog have a healthy pregnancy and give her pups the best start in life.
Some certainly are! But we make our Leader and Go Native treats with the same high-quality, locally sourced goodness that we use for our dog foods. Our Train Me treats have just six calories each so you can use them freely without worrying about your dog becoming overweight. Our Nutri Vigor treats promote skin and coat health and joint and hip well-being. And of course, dental sticks are an excellent way to reduce build-up on your dog’s teeth, which is very important for their dental and overall health.
Daily brushing and a food rich in omega 3 oils should help. The Leader Supreme line would be ideal, and our Nutri Vigor Skin and Coat treats would also help give your dog’s coat a nice shine. For a healthy, paleo option, try our Go Native Organic Herring with Carrot and Kale food and Herring treats.
First, we need to understand what is happening with your dog’s joints. Active dogs, especially large breeds, can put a lot of strain on their joints. If your dog is a large breed, a food specially designed for her can help. Try our Leader Supreme Large Breed food. Being overweight can hurt a dog’s joints. If your dog is carrying some extra pounds, it is important to help her shed them. Daily walks and our Leader Slimline food should help. And some dogs have a hard time with their hips and joints for genetic reasons or for no obvious reason. Our Go Native Chicken with Potato and Broccoli is rich in glucosamine and chondroitin to promote joint health.
Puppies need to eat more frequently, and between six weeks and six months of age should be fed three or four times a day. Adult dogs should be fed twice a day. The important thing is to be consistent and feed your dog at the same time every day.
Perhaps. You can try decreasing the amount of food slightly and see if the behaviour continues. If it does, it might be that your dog feels more secure knowing a little food is available. This is not unusual.
It might help more to feed him smaller amounts more often. If you are currently feeding your dog once a day, try dividing his food into morning and evening meals. Be aware of the risk of bloat in dogs that gulp their food, particularly large breeds. Smaller more frequent meals can help reduce the risk, as can the newer anti-bloat feeding dishes designed to force dogs to eat slower. Check the recommended amount of food for your dog’s size, and do not exceed the upper amount recommended unless your vet recommends doing so.