For years I’ve avoided buying products made in China. People thought I was nuts. But since 2008 when both milk products and pet supplements from China were found tainted with melamine, I’ve been one of a crowd.
Meet Spring Naturals
Seeing a strong consumer demand for pet food and treats made from safe sources, the Performance Pet Products introduced a line of food and treats this year under the Spring Naturals name. Ingredients come from the United States, Canada, and Western Europe with lamb coming from New Zealand. And the recipes avoid high-glycemic index (and cheap) foods like corn, wheat, soy, and potato starch.
The grain free turkey treats we sampled contain the following ingredients in order:
- turkey (95% of the recipe according to the package)
- natural flavor (?)
- salt (possibly a little high on the ingredient list)
- rosemary extract
- dandelion greens (they have to be good for something)
- calcium propionate (a naturally-occurring preservative)
- zinc propionate (a supplement)
With such a high percentage of the ingredient list dedicated to turkey, the amount of those other ingredients is quite small. But I must admit, I find it appealing to see a pet food made from ingredients I not only recognize but am willing to eat myself.
Spring Naturals, Meet Honey
But the more important question is, what did Honey think?
We fed Honey a half portion of the Chicken and Quinoa kibble in her Kong wobbler. We continued to feed Honey half of her usual food.
She approached the kibble with vigor and seemed to enjoying chasing kibble around the floor again as it fell out of her food toy.
The treats were an even bigger hit. She definitely preferred them to our usual crispy treat.
Of course, when trying a new food, I pay more attention to what it looks like coming out than what it looks like going in. I find that if food is high quality, I don’t see any changes in Honey’s digestion. And, while we were feeding Honey Spring Naturals with her regular food, we saw no sign that it upset her system.
The Answer to Unsafe Pet Foods?
Spring Naturals came about in response to pet caregivers fearing dangerous ingredients from China. And the ingredients list is good. It’s certainly a food option worth considering.
Food safety, for humans and animals, is a huge and complex issue. Hopefully consumer vigilance will hold U.S. companies and government inspectors accountable for providing safe food for all animals, including humans.
Spring Naturals responded. Let’s hope others do as well.
Disclosure: I received a sample of the food and treats from Spring Naturals to review. I was not paid to write a review and the opinions are entirely my own.