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    How does Flint River Ranch work, why is there a distributor ID #? 
    What makes Flint River Ranch different from what I am feeding now?
    Why does my dog have loose stool or diarrhea after switching to Flint River Ranch?
    Why is there not a special puppy formula?
    Oven Baking vs. Extrusion
    Why is the Protein only 23%?
    Why is the food not an even color?
    What is the shelf life of Flint River Ranch foods?
    Further information on Flint River Ranch's Ingredients.
    How much should I feed my pet?
    Animal Testing?
    What is your return policy?
    I'm outside the Contiguous USA, what will shipping be for me?








How does Flint River Ranch work, why is there a distributor ID #?

Flint River Ranch has been in business since 1993. Flint River Ranch sells it's food through distributors like me. When you order food it comes directly from Flint River Ranch just days after being produced, and Flint River Ranch knows who sold the food by the Distributor #.

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What makes Flint River Ranch different from what I am feeding now?


-1 The ingredients  -2 The cooking process  -3 The Price

#1-THE INGREDIENTS:

Meat Quality: vThe meats in Flint River Ranch foods are human grade. Most dog foods contain meat byproducts rather than meat. Meat byproducts are simply animal proteins that are not considered fit for human consumption, including livestock that was euthanized do to illness. Samples of commercial dog foods have been shown to contain pentobarbital, what is used in the euthanasia of animals!  It is in dog and cat food due to putting euthanized animals in the food! A poison used to KILL animals in your pet's food?! Maybe not in high enough amounts to kill your animal immediately, but I feel, certainly enough to cause organ failure later in life.

Meats: It is possible for a company to put one organic chicken in 50 tons of food and legally say they use organic, range fed chicken. Some manufacturers take this option. While we purchase as much organic chicken as possible, we prefer to more correctly say that we use human quality chicken.

Our lamb is range fed.

Menhaden Fish - A herring-like fish found along the North Atlantic coast of the United States - the flesh is an excellent source of menhaden oil for coat and skin. Fish is a prime source of a complete protein - it includes all the essential amino acids. Rich in unsaturated fats (Omega 3 fatty acids), Vitamins A, K and E, and also contains iodine, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, and copper.

Fats: Flint River Ranch's fats are preserved with Vitamin E rather than Ethoxyquin. Companies can put fats preserved with ethoxyquin in their food, and not have to put it in the ingredient list, since they did not add it to the food.

Grain Quality: Flint River Ranch uses human quality grains. Not just offal of the human food industry like most pet foods. There is no corn in the Dog formulas, as dogs do not digest it well. Cats are able to utilize the nutrition in corn.

Mineral Quality: Flint River Ranch minerals are Chelated. What does this mean? They are bonded with amino acids (protein), so that they are absorbable by the body.

Lecithin: Lecithin protects cells from damage caused by oxidation. Lecithin is largely composed of the B vitamin choline - with linoleic acid and inositol.

Flax: The different proteins in flax provide a high proportion base of unsaturated, essential fatty acids and dietary fiber. Flax is recognized for its potential in reducing the risk of some chronic diseases as well as improving the thickness and sheen of the coat. It provides a great benefit to oven-baked food by resisting oxidation for the baking process and improving the product shelf life.

---So, we have good quality ingredients, but this is just the first part. The cooking process is just about as important as the ingredient quality, a poor cooking process can destroy the nutrients in food.

#2-THE COOKING PROCESS:

Most dog foods are cooked by what is called extrusion, a fast (usually less than 3 minutes) steam cooking process. The food is quickly cooked at a high temperature with steam, then extruded under extreme pressure through a metal die and expanded with air. This process makes for uniform kibble shape, but does not produce the highly digestible food that the oven baking process creates.

Flint River Ranch is not extruded quickly, but slowly oven baked. This makes for a highly digestible food that does not bloat when wetted.

Does your current pet's food company want you to know so much information on their food? Maybe there is a reason.

#3-THE PRICE:

What good is a high quality food if you can't afford it? Flint River Ranch food often costs less or the same as lesser quality foods. Flint River Ranch does not have to pay for all those fancy ads, their distributors do the advertising for them. Flint River Ranch does cost more per pound than a lot of foods, but you don't have to feed as much, sometimes a lot less. Your average 50 lb. dog will eat a little over 2 cups a day of Flint River Ranch. My dogs both eat less than Flint River Ranch recommends, despite their fair activity level. They are outside and have fields and woods to run in all day. Also, it is my belief that feeding Flint River Ranch will result in less vet bills, and anyone who has had a sick pet knows how expensive a short stay in the animal hospital can be.



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Why does my dog have loose stool or diarrhea after switching to Flint River Ranch?


    Many pet owners, when they switch to Flint River Ranch's foods, continue to feed a similar amount to what they fed previously with a regular, dog food that was full of unhealthy fillers. This may cause diarrhea or loose stool. In my opinion, even Flint River Ranch recommends more food than is typically needed for your pet. Both of my dogs, which are allowed unlimited outdoor exercise time, do not eat as much as Flint River Ranch recommends. I have spoke with other distributors who say the same. If your dog experiences bowel problems with Flint River Ranch, it is almost always due to overfeeding. Simply cut back to the amount recommended by Flint River Ranch or possibly less. Then find the amount that properly maintains you pet's weight from there. If you pet continues to have problems, he/she may have a food allergy, in which case the Lamb, Millet and Rice, or Trout and Sweet Potato may be appropriate.

     We don't generally have the overeating problem with cats because cats aren't quite the gluttons dogs are most of the time. ;)



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Why is there not a special puppy formula?

The Flint River Ranch Puppy/Adult is the best puppy food on the market. It is easy to eat and quickly digests into the puppy's system. Some feel that a growing puppy should have more fat and protein; however recent studies support our belief that too much protein can cause problems with their future growth, water can be mixed with the kibble for young puppies.
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A Natural Choice Mobile Veterinary Clinic Conventional & Holistic Pet Care Debra J. Mack, DVM, CVA

" Dear Jim,
I quite often get asked the question by clients as well as my distributors as to why there is not a separate puppy formula in your product line. To be quite honest, it was a question in the back of my mind as well when I became a distributor. I have raised several litters of puppies on most of the well known premium brands of puppy food and this summer raised my first Flint River litter. I purposefully did not supplement with other puppy food or use supplements other than yogurt and vitamin C, to determine for myself if the regular formula was adequate for weaning and growing puppies. The results - the food moistens quite readily into a soft gruel for starting the puppies on solid food. Other products take much longer soaking to completely reduce the food to a gruel consistency. There were no problems with soft stools as long as the puppies did not overeat. I have now raised three of the puppies to the age of six months with nicely controlled growth rates, beautiful coat and condition, and to this point, excellent overall health and soundness. I cannot claim this for the "premium puppy foods" I have used in the past. I also have a client who has recently weaned a litter of Rottweilers on Flint River and is very pleased with her results, as well as numerous other client raising healthy, sound structured puppies on regular formula Flint River Dog Food. My question now would be, "Would it ever be necessary to have a separate puppy formula if the quality of the food was high enough to provide high quality, highly digestible ingredients which would render the necessary nutrients needed for proper (controlled) growth and development?" It appears at this time from my observations, that the answer is "No", and if so, would not be the first pet food fallacy I have discovered. I have been breeding and showing English Setters for 15 years and practicing veterinary medicine for nearly that long, and felt you would appreciate hearing of my personal results with Flint River, as well as those of some of my clients. I feel very fortunate to have such an excellent line of pet foods available for myself and my clients, as I firmly believe it is the first and most important part of a preventive or restorative health program. Sincerely, Debra J. Mack, DVM "

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Oven Baking vs. Extrusion

Any cook can mix ingredients. The secret is in the total cooking process. This is one of the reasons our food is not easily duplicated by other manufacturers. Most companies prepare their food by steaming it as quickly as possible, usually less than 3 minutes, then extruding it under extreme pressure through a metal die. This process expands the food with air creating a uniform shape. This method does not produce the highly digestible food that your dogs' system requires. Many professionals believe extruded food can be a cause of bloat. Place a few pieces of extruded food in water, and do the same with a few pieces of Flint River Ranch. While Flint River Ranch simply breaks down, the extruded food will bloat up. Also, this extruded food (cooked in a very short time) is usually almost "raw" and requires the addition of what many nutritionist feel are harmful chemical preservatives (Ethoxyquin, BHA , and BHT) to maintain a reasonable shelf life. These chemical preservatives may be associated with dry skin, allergic reactions, dental disease, poor health and degenerative organ-dysfunction. In our oven baking process, a small 2 inch size biscuit is baked, moving slowly through the oven, then broken in smaller, irregular kibble ranging in size from tiny morsels to about 1/2 an inch.The smaller morsels are important, as they will digest very quickly in the dog's system helping create immediate nutritional value for your pet. The larger, crunch kibble naturally cleans teeth, exercises the gums and freshens breath. Since the food is concentrated, there is more value with less food consumed. Feeding over-baked foods require 20-25% less food than steam-extruded foods. Pet owners will find fewer odors and stool clean up. Feeding Flint River Ranch quality products, you will be able to see the difference in your pets, health, skin, coat, energy level and quality life-style.

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Why is the Protein only 23%?

It is not the amount of protein in a dog food that is important, it is the type of protein and how easily it can be digested. The protein is the right amount for all stages of life. In some cases of working dogs or dogs under high stress, the addition of meat protein can be considered.

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Why is the food not an even color?

An oven-baked food will have various shades of colors- from the soft light inside to the heavy brown crunchy outside crust. Oven-baked food is food in its natural state. No oil or liver digest are sprayed on the food to encourage the dog to eat. Like all natural things in the environment, as well as the baking process, color of the food will vary from time to time. This is an important part of the manufacturing process-the light, smaller kibble for quick digestion- the heavy crunch to benefit teeth and gums. The senior formula-1/3 less protein and fat- is made from the same ingredients as our regular puppy and adult food. However, because the ingredient mix is different, it will appear lighter in color. The Nugget formula is the same as the regular puppy and adult; only shaped differently (but still not extruded!). The various sizes will appear to be a crustier, darker brown color.

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What is the shelf life of Flint River Ranch foods?

When properly stored in a cool place away from moisture, oven-baked, naturally preserved (vitamins e and c) food can be fed for about 11 months. However, the ideal period is 5-6 months.

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Further information on Flint River Ranch's Ingredients.

Grain: Whole wheat and selected parts of the wheat berry are used as our base grain. Wheat grains are not only more digestible than corn, it is one of the most nutritionally balanced cereal grains. It is an easy-to-digest source of carbohydrates, fiber and energy, A combination of grains, like a combination of meat, is better that just one source. Low quality fibers like wood fiber, corncobs, peanut hulls, cottonseed, straw, soybeans, or citrus pulp are not found in Flint River Ranch Products.
Grains are purchased from major commercial suppliers like General Mills - fully tested and retested when recieved. This testing insures the very best quality and reduces the possibility of toxic molds. Grain is cheaper when purchased direct from the farm, however, the rist of toxic mold is greater.
Meat: Chicken meat is our base meat source, with the addition of lamb and a small amount of fish.

Chicken-It is possible to put one organic chicken in 50 tons of food and legally say we use organic chicken. Some manufacurers take this option. While we purchase as much organic chicken as possible, we prefer to more correctly say we use human quality chicken that is hormone free. Like all of our ingredients, we pay a premium price for the very best available. Chicken meat provides essention amino and fatty acids.
There are no rendered by-products, intestines, head, feet or feathers in our formulas. The amino acids provided by the meats are the basic building blocks of muscle, skin, coat, bone, blood and the immune system.

Lamb-Lamb is range fed.

Fish-Menhaden Fish - a herringlike fish found alont the NOrth Atlantic coast of the US, the flesh is an excellent source of menhaden oil for coat and skin. Fish is a prime source of a complete protein - it includes all the exxential aminal acides. Fich in unsaturated fats (Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Vitamins A, K and E, and also contains iodine, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, and copper.
Vitamins and Minerals: Our minerals are chelated: bonded with amino acids (protein); highly effective in providing meatabolic absorption. Our products are preserved with a combination of tocopherals(vitamin E). No harmful chemicals are used.
Flax: The different proteins in flax provide a high proportion base of unsaturated essential fatty acids and dietary fiber. Flax is recognized for it's potential in reducing the risk of some chronic diseases; it helps improved thickness and sheen of hair coat. It provides a great benefit to oven-baked food as it resists oxidation from the baking process and improves product shelf life.

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How much should I feed my pet?

FEEDING GUIDE Because the all-natural food is high density, you feed 20%-25% less than other foods. Each serving delivers maximum nutrition without filters, so you'll also notice a lower waste volume and less cleanup. Feed your pet once or twice a day. Food requirements vary depending on the climate, activity level, breed and size.
20-30 lbs 1.00 to 1.25 Cups/Day
30-40 lbs 1.25 to 1.75 Cups/Day
40-60 lbs 1.75 to 2.50 Cups/Day
60-90 lbs 2.50 to 3.50 Cups/Day
90-100 lbs 4.00 to 5.00 Cups/Day


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Animal Testing?

Flint River Ranch does not use contract laboratories for feeding tests. Following is an unedited letter from Flint River Ranch headquarters in regards to testing of the products.
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"We primarily evaluate our product ingredients based upon formulation, industry history, computer analysis, certification, industry profiles and nutritional documentation of ingredients. Our feeding tests are concerned with palatability and proper feeding structure; however we make visual observations on skin, coat and activity levels.
Ingredients:

1. Written certification and documentation required from ingredient suppliers,
2. Upon delivery of ingredients, in-house testing and evaluation.
3. Before production, ingredients tested for product mix.
4. During production, product evaluated about every 10 minutes.
5. Product samples saved for 6-9 months.

Formula evaluation
1. Evaluation of market, need and in-house capabilities
2. Determination of the ingredient mix
3. Evaluation of ingredients by nutritionists
4. Adjustments to meet or exceed AAFCO and industry profiles
5. Evaluation of standard run, production and costs
6. Small production, mix run
7. In-house lab evaluation of completed formula for ingredient mix and nutrition.
8. Independent lab testing and evaluation of production run product - including ingredient mix, industry profiles, computer analysis of protein, fat, moisture, carbs "cook value  for value for digestion and other necessary nutritional information.
Animal Feeding and Testing

1. Short term testing by feeding the company’s staff pets and other in-house pets or palatability and to determine if it feeds well and the animals enjoy the product.
2. Feedback evaluation and adjustments.
3. We do not use contract laboratories for feeding tests. A term feeding of animal control group of various ages and breeds is provided in exchange for free food by an individual with a number of pets. We do visually monitor palatability, weight gain/loss, activity level, stool and urine, allergy sensitivities, hair and skin evaluation, adjustment of feeding amounts related to weight and other related evaluation for long term feeding- all in comparison with our formula and computer analysis documentation. This test and evaluation can run up to 5-6 months. Animals are fully monitored.
4. Results reviewed by in-house nutritionists and veterinarians.
5. Feeding test and evaluation by outside group of breeders for palatability, for free food.
6. Feeding test and evaluation by small group of consumer pet owners for palatability, for free food.
7. Ingredients and label reviewed by regulatory agriculture agencies.

No animals are destroyed or are involved in any type of medical surgery or physical invasion during the palatability testing and evaluation procedures. We depend upon the computerized analysis of the formula and ingredients, the quality of ingredients, the ingredients mix, evaluation by certified nutritionists and veterinarians, industry profiles, control group results and outside industry testing and evaluation standards. Animals are carefully monitored for any indication of health concerns or challenges.

The testing and evaluation process requires about 18 months. At this time, we are confident of the formula’s nutritional quality and our production controls. The final production is brought to the consumer market with continued monitoring of any challenges. We utilize standard formulas that are not changed regardless of ingredients pricing. For example, our oven-baked dog food has a 10 year history of customer satisfaction and demonstrated results in health and lifestyle."


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What is your return policy?


100% Satisfaction Guaranteed:

   If any product fails to meet your expectations for any reason, it may be returned within 30 days of invoice date, shipping prepaid, for replacement, refund or credit minus our UPS shipping charges originally applied to order (included in food price). Please enclose needed information with the shipment. Please send returns to return address on shipment.



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I'm outside the Contiguous USA, what will shipping be for me?


If you are in Canada Alaska, or Mexico, I can check and see what shipping will be. Overseas orders are very high to ship, and typically not worth it.

To have me check shipping, simply place your order as you normally would, or you may also email. Your shipping charges will then be figured, and I will let you know what it will cost. If it is more than you wish to pay, your order will be canceled, and you will not owe anything on that order.





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