When looking for a food … Ask the right questions

What’s in it and what’s not

  • Look for named species meat, fats and meals ( Chicken Meat, Salmon Oil, Turkey Meal ) – Meals are ground dried meats that provide higher protein pound for pound than fresh meat.
  • Avoid non-named species of meat, fat or meals ( Meat and Bone Meal, Poultry Fat, Fish Meal )
  • Look for a mix of Fresh or Dehydrated Fruits, Vegetables and dairy products ( Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Blueberries, Whole Eggs )
  • Look for whole complex carbohydrates ( Whole Brown Rice, Whole Barley ) versus grain fractions ( Brewers Rice, Ground Corn )
  • Avoid foods that are associated with allergies and other intolerances such as Wheat, Corn, Soy

Where is the ingredient position

  • To be considered a meat-based diet, fresh meat and or meals must be the first ingredients in the diet. Fresh Turkey, Turkey Meat
  • Ingredients are listed in order of their weight. The farther down the list the smaller the % of the ingredient. Vitamins account for only 1% of what is in the food bag. Anything falling below the vitamin or minerals has little or no bearing of importance and is only added to meet AAFCO standards.

Which kibble to choose

Limited ingredient diets/single-source protein diets

Limited ingredient diets typically contain one meat, one or two carbohydrates, and one fat while single-source protein diets may utilize a single source of animal proteins, a variety of grains, fruits, and veggies.

Great for pets with allergies and stomach sensitivities (vomiting, gassy pets). Also great for puppies/kittens or rescues that need easing into eating quality kibble or for pets with unknown previous feedings. Many pet owners rotate feeding different protein sources, single-source protein foods makes rotating easy.

A limited ingredient diet may reduce the likelihood of feeding an ingredient that may be an allergen or a reason for some other intolerance.

Grain-Free Diets – Turkey/Fish Fusion

Formulas that contain no grains like rice, barley, corn, wheat, oatmeal, and quinoa. Designed to mimic how a dog would feed in the wild: Usually higher levels of meat protein and lower levels of carbohydrates.

Best suited for overweight dogs, very active dogs, and dogs that are picky eaters. A very desirable diet for most dogs because of the healthy ingredients and high meat content. Note: Not all grain-free diets are equal; some contain no grains but can contain high levels of carbohydrates.

The First 5 ingredients make up a formula diet. If you have Chicken, Lentils, Peas, Chick Peas, Chicken Fat, it is higher in starch/carbohydrates.

Higher Meat/Meal proteins, unlike fats and carbohydrates, cannot be stored in the body, therefore grain-free diets can be effective in helping dogs maintain or lose weight and also help rebuild muscle and bones in very active dogs.

All Round Natural/Holistic Diets – Lamb & Rice/ Chicken, Rice & Veg

Will contain named meats, no by-products, quality grains, no wheat, corn or soya, named dairy products, fruits and vegetables, sometimes with pre and or pro-biotics.

These types are formulated for pets owners who want to feed a good all-around quality diet. Often formulated for different ages and sizes of pets, as well as all life stages. Better quality ingredients means less feeding and reduced stools.

Raw Feeding

A raw diet reflects what our pets’ ancestors ate in the wild for thousands of years. A balanced raw diet will match a pet’s biological needs and allows their digestive tract to perform at its best. Raw diets have grown significantly in the past few years largely due to improving the quality of life for many pets. Some of the benefits of raw diets include: shinier coats, healthier skin, fresher breath/cleaner teeth, improved digestion, reduced allergy symptoms, decreased shedding, increased stamina, and firmer smaller stools. Raw diets offer higher levels of digestive enzymes. Adding even some raw into a dog/cat’s kibble diet can provide health benefits such as increased moisture and digestive enzymes. The practice of “feeding some raw is better than none” has helped improve many pets’ health.

What happens when you feed healthier foods like Harlow Blend?

  • Healthy skin and coat, less shedding and dander
  • Cleaner teeth and fresher breath
  • Better digestion, less gas, bloat and stools
  • A stronger immune system from the start throughout the pet’s life
  • Better weight management, more active and playful
  • Reduces behavioural problems and hyperactivity
  • Feed less (foods are nutrient-dense)
  • Named meats/meals, no fillers or by-products



contains the best natural source of protein and is high in calcium.


lower blood cholesterol, improve bowel function, and help prevent urinary tract infections. They are high in tannins and may help prevent gum disease.


provides higher quantities of fibre and lower quantities of fat & protein than corn, wheat, or soya bean.


is a natural source of glucosamine, a building block of cartilage tissue. Glucosamine can help to maintain healthy joints, which can help your dog stay active for a long time to come


are high in Vitamin C. They have been known to help cleanse the urinary tract by fighting bacterial infections and they also help heal wounds.


the vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats found in ocean fish provide significant health benefits. High in protein and low in fat.


is well-known as an immunizing anti-oxidant and it also helps prevent fleas, worms, ticks, gastric and skin problems. It helps the heart by breaking down plaque and lowering blood pressure.


seeds are an excellent source of vitamins. Millet is gluten-free and the most alkaline grain.


is an all-natural, free-flowing antioxidant used for the preservation of fats, oils, fat soluble vitamins, and other oxygen sensitive ingredients. It is a detoxifying herb that works wonders for the liver, gall bladder, stomach, and intestines.


Are a rich source of fibre as well as containing an array of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, and they’re a good source of most of our B vitamins and vitamin C.


Contains only real turkey. Turkey meals are the “dry rendered product from a combination of clean flesh and skin with and without accompanying bone, derived from whole carcasses of Turkey”


aids in food absorption and helps with arthritis, hip dysplasia, joint problems, and soft tissue swelling. It also helps control odour.


is high in iron, protein, and calcium It contains most of the B vitamins as well as other minerals.


is considered to be a non-allergenic grain. It provides carbohydrates which the body converts to energy.


is ground up chicken meat that has been carefully dried to a moisture level of 10%. The protein content is 65% and the fat level is 12%. Regular chicken contains about 70% water with 18% protein and 5% fat. To create chicken meal, ingredients are placed into large vats and cooked.[4] This process not only separates fat and removes water to create a concentrated protein product, it also kills bacteria, viruses, parasites and other organisms


increases the digestibility of food.


is rich in essential fatty acids . It stimulates the immune system and acts as an anti-oxidant.


the vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats found in ocean fish provide significant health benefits. High in protein and low in fat.


rich in iron and folate and an excellent source of protein. They pack health-promoting polyphenols


is a fiber-rich carb that’s low in fat and high in protein, vitamins and minerals.


is used for its protein content. It is also an excellent source of omega 3,6,& 9 essential fatty acids. It is the only fish meal not preserved with ethoxyquin.


Only supplies starch in a recipe, it allows more flexibility to create our recipes with different nutrient profiles. This is important for animals requiring less protein in their diet, allergies or a specific nutrient level


ranks high among the healthiest, most nutrient-dense “superfoods” on earth, providing key brain and body-building nutrients.


the B vitamins are interdependent on each other for maintaining a healthy nervous system and for many metabolic functions.


is a source of iodine, a trace mineral which is vital to the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.


is an essential mineral that helps regulate & maintain the correct acid/alkali balance in the blood. It is needed by the liver to help filter wastes from the system.


is copper that is bound to a protein molecule for increased absorption.


is essential for the formation of red blood cells, it helps build antibodies, & it aids in protein metabolism.


is an alkaline based forming mineral. Together with sodium, it is responsible for maintaining the proper fluid balance in the body’s cells.


works with Bl to convert food into energy and it is also essential for growth and reproduction.


is essential for converting food into energy. It helps create energy from food by promoting the proper metabolism of carbohydrate in the body.


aids growth, food metabolism, the nervous system, & red blood cell formation.


is essential for the absorption of calcium & phosphorus. It is required for healthy, bones, teeth, & cartilage.


is necessary for normal liver function & the formation of a chemical required in blood clotting.


is zinc that is bound to a protein molecule for increased absorption.


is a natural source of calcium. Calcium is essential for muscle contraction & neuro-muscular transmission & for blood coagulation.


stimulates the adrenal glands to produce natural cortisone & hormones. It is essential for proper utilization of fats & carbohydrates.


is a trace mineral that promotes normal blood cell formation.


is essential for life. It is necessary for red blood cell production.


is needed for normal bone structures. It is also important for the formation of thyroxin, the principal hormone of the thyroid gland.


is vital to the nervous system & aids in the formation of red blood cells.


is an essential mineral & antioxidant that works together with Vitamin E to be effective for correct enzyme systems


is an essential antioxidant nutrient. It plays an important role in healthy function of lungs & air passages and helps maintain healthy eyes, skin, teeth, and gums.


is an essential amino anti-oxidant nutrient. It acts in the formation of collagen, with the repair of soft tissues, bones, & teeth. It also assists with iron absorption.


is an essential anti-oxidant nutrient. It helps maintained blood cells & can supply oxygen to the body to increase endurance.


is the natural form of zinc. It is essential for proper growth, helps detoxify the liver from poisons, & maintains vitamin A levels in the body.