To Grain or not to Grain

Amoré offers two dog foods with grains or six without.  Twelve years ago I tried to eliminate the two foods we make with grains; Beef with Oats and Chicken and Brown Rice.  Boy, did I ever hear from customers!  In talking with them I discovered that they wanted us to keep making the two foods with grains.  We’ve found that dogs that have trouble putting on or keeping on weight do exceptionally well on these formulas; the carbs help in keeping the weight on; this I know from my own personal experience!  Many of the pet parents I spoke with had aging pets or pets undergoing cancer treatments and this was the only food that helped their dogs.

HPP or not?

We chose not! HPP (High Pressure Processing) is a method that crushes bacteria under 90,000 pounds per square inch of water. Problem is it crushes good bacteria as well as bad. One of our competitors uses HPP and has had recalls for both salmonella and listeria.

We choose to start with high quality human grade ingredients then gently process them in our own facility. Our ingredients come from farms and suppliers that supply local restaurants and grocery stores. We believe that when you start with quality you don’t need to squish the food to crush the bad stuff!

Cool Air Dried versus Freeze Dried

MEGA morsels, our cool air dried food, is often referred to as freeze dried. It’s not! We developed a unique method of drying our food. Our patent pending process removes only water and retains the nutritional integrity of the quality ingredients. It also retains the texture of the ingredients.

This allows you to feed our products straight from the bag or rehydrate, your choice! When you rehydrate our product they retain their unique shape and texture; don’t become porridge like some of the other brands.

MEGA morsels look like the real meat and vegetables that they contain. Not like the freeze dried products that look like particle board.

Changes

We have been fielding calls to find out if we are still in business.  YES we are!  What has changed is that Tisol has been sold to PetValu.  Consequently customers that have been accustomed to purchasing their pet’s food from Tisol have been disappointed to find our products unavailable.  Rather than dealing with local suppliers the decision has been made to import product from the US.

We would be happy to serve you directly.  Call, fax or email us to place your order.  Phone 604-273-8577, Fax 602-273-8549 or email barbara@amorepetfoods.com

All the best to Henry and Brenda on their well earned retirement.  Thanks for the great work you’ve done over the past 40 years.  We enjoyed working with you for the last 20!

cheers

Barbara Fellnermayr,

President

What if my store doesn’t carry MEGA morsels?

Call us and we can let you know the store closest to you that carries our products.  If there is no store in your area you can order online or order over the phone!  We would be happy to make sure that your furkid can get his/her food.  We deliver in the Lower Mainland (MEGA morsels and frozen) and across Canada (MEGA morsels only).

Why we don’t add Taurine to our food?

We do!  In its natural form taurine is found in the heart of the animal.  Heart is our source of taurine.   When taurine is listed as a separate ingredient it is not being added in its natural state, it is synthetic.  95% of the world’s synthetic taurine is made in China.  100% of our ingredients are made by Mother Nature!

Amoré Protein Count

60% meat versus 75% meat!

Amoré protein count is 29% versus theirs of 12%

We use all cuts of meat from the whole animal! We don’t load up with carcasses. This keeps our calcium/phosphorus ratio in correct proportion. Our fat is higher than theirs because meat has more fat than bone. Which is more nutritious 600 grams of roast or 750 grams of ground beef?
Complete Meals

All our meals include bone, no need to supplement with Calcium.

* We use extra virgin olive oil – Omega 3 fatty acids *

* Garlic for flea protection *

* Kelp *

Vacuum sealed – no air pockets or freezer burn

Nutritional analysis was done by an independent lab 

Frequent buyer program – buy 10 cases get 1 free minimum order for free delivery is only $150

5% off on orders over $500 before taxes. 

Your FAQ’s about the Amoré food for Dogs

What if I notice a sudden change in the food?

If you notice a sudden change in our products, please notify us immediately. There are many steps between the factory and the retailer, and we want to make sure that you’re getting the very best quality products when you take them home. So email us with any questions or concerns you may have about our foods.

Why did you increase the amount of meat in your meal products?

We used to have 40% meat in our dog food and 60% meat in our cat food because we encouraged people to feed their companion animals raw bones every day.
Unfortunately, not everyone feeds bones so, as of September 2003, our dog food now contains 60% meat and our cat food contains 75% meat. This corresponds to the guaranteed analysis on our website and printed on our labels.
We continue to encourage the feeding of raw meaty bones to cats and dogs as this helps promote healthy teeth and gums and prevents anal sac problems. Any excess Calcium in this raw form will just be pooped out!

How much Amore should I feed my dog?

An adult dog should be eating between 2% and 3% of his body weight daily. Puppies start out at 10% of their body weight in 2 or 3 small feedings per day and gradually adjust to the adult requirement of 2 – 3% in one meal. A large dog, fully grown, can be fed much more economically by substituting an  Amoré raw chicken carcass for 1 lb of food.

Can a dog or cat get salmon poisoning from Amoré s raw salmon products?

Salmon poisoning is a yearly occurrence in the Pacific northwest when dogs eat the decomposed salmon that have spawned in the river or are lying on the banks. The organism, Neorickettsia helminthoeca, is a parasite found in the entrails of the fish, and a dog would have to eat or lick the guts to become sick. Symptoms are fever and bloody diarrhea 5 to 7 days after exposure, and these are easily treated with oral antibiotics. If left untreated, it can be fatal.
THE PARASITE IS KILLED BY FREEZING OR COOKING. Only dogs are affected, not cats. Many cases of poisoning come from spawned fish or ones that a sport fisherman pulled in. The commercial fish used by Amoré are professionally gutted, cleaned, and inspected.. They are then frozen to -30 degrees before being incorporated into Amore recipes. Read what a Vet has to say below, or check our Resources area.

Why do I only smell vegetables when I open a packet of  Amoré food?

Meat and fish ONLY begin to smell when they’ve begun to rot. Our meat and fish are so fresh that they have no odour. If you visit our factory, you’ll find there’s no bloody or fishy smell even though we’re processing huge quantities of raw meat and fish.

Why does Amoré put 3 orange vegetables in their foods?

Nowadays, pollutants in the environment are causing more and more cancers in our dogs and cats. Beta-carotene is an anti-oxidant known to be effective in the fight against cancer and orange vegetables are extremely rich in beta-carotene.
At Amoré we don’t like to add anything to our food that doesn’t come in its natural form. Rather than crushing vitamin tablets and adding them to the food, we prefer to juice our vegetables and add the pulp for fibre and the juice for vitamins.

How can I feed my big dog on Amoré for a reasonable cost?

We recommend the use of Amoré chicken carcasses! One chicken carcass and one lb of Amoré meat and veggie mix everyday will keep a dog between 70 and 100 lbs happy and healthy.
The cost is about $5.00 a day.

Can I really feed chicken bones to my dog?

Yes, you certainly can AS LONG AS THEY ARE RAW! Cooked bones splinter and can be dangerous but raw chicken bones are great. They clean teeth and aid with digestion.

Why feed my pet a raw food diet?

Although we have modified the outside of our companion animals – size, fur, ears, tail, etc., inside they still resemble their wild ancestors. The 50 years we’ve been feeding our pets commercial dry and canned food, is a drop in the evolutionary bucket.
By feeding them cooked, cereal-based diets we deprive them of the natural good health they are meant to derive from the enzymes in raw meat. These enzymes help in the digestive process and allow natural cleansing, thereby providing a hostile environment for parasites as well as preventing the obnoxious smell that many of our companion animals acquire. Frequent bathing won’t get rid of that smell – it’s coming from the inside and it will disappear with a raw diet and lots of raw bones!

Can I feed raw food to my kitten or puppy?

We have raised our Miniature Pinschers and our St. Bernard on raw food from the moment they were weaned and many of our friends and clients have raised kittens and puppies on our raw food. It is always wise to talk with an animal health practitioner about supplements for the very young or very elderly animals.

Doesn’t eating kibble keep my dog or cat’s teeth clean?

Two answers to that. First, does eating crackers or cookies keep your teeth clean? Just the opposite, I would think. Second, have you watched your dog or cat eat? They don’t chew their food, they bolt it. What keeps your dog or cat’s teeth clean is the effect of the enzymes in raw meat. Raw bones also help and they provide real enjoyment as well.

What if a piece of raw bone sticks in my dog’s throat?

He will probably throw it up. I am always finding bits of bone regurgitated by my dogs. Dogs are much more likely to choke – even fatally – on slippery chewed pieces of rawhide and pig’s ears. The raw bone from a young, healthy animal (the reason we sell only free-range and organic bones) will not splinter. However, remember never to cook them. A cooked bone not only splinters into sharp pieces but also actually leaches calcium from the animal’s body.

Is it much more expensive to feed a natural, raw diet?

There’s no way to hide it – yes, it is more expensive than picking up a bag of dried pellets at the supermarket. The trade-off is in the increased health and longevity of your companion animal(s). Chewing on raw bones not only keeps teeth healthy but also helps to prevent anal gland problems. All these improvements in health mean less vet bills and less stress for you and your four-legged friend(s). So, yes, it costs a bit more but prevention is always cheaper than cure in the long run.

Won’t my dog or cat choke on raw bones?

Well, have you ever seen a cat filleting a mouse or a bird?
Of course not. Chewing on a raw bone not only satisfies some primal need in the dog or cat, but also keeps its mouth and teeth clean and healthy, cleanses the digestive tract and empties the anal sacs naturally. A diseased mouth is not only painful but can spread illness through the entire body. A bone a day will eliminate oral disease – BUT JUST MAKE SURE TO GIVE YOUR PET RAW BONES. Cooked bones are dangerous.

Can I switch my dog to a raw food diet right away?

Most dogs adapt to the raw diet with no difficulty but it is always a good idea to go slowly, especially if your dog has any digestive or bowel problems.

It shouldn’t take more that a week to switch your dog over to the raw diet but don’t be shocked if his poo turns white when you start giving him raw bones. This is natural and more closely resembles the feces of wild dogs and wolves.

If you examine these stools closely (and what conscientious dog parent doesn’t?) you will notice that they have little bumps on them. These little bumps empty the anal sacs every time the dog passes them, thereby eliminating the stench, discomfort and cost associated with clogged sacs.

 

Your FAQ’s about the Amoré food for Cats

What if I notice a sudden change in the food?

If you notice a sudden change in our products, please notify us immediately. There are many steps between the factory and the retailer, and we want to make sure that you’re getting the very best quality products when you take them home. So email us with any questions or concerns you may have about our foods.

Why did you increase the amount of meat in your meal products?

We used to have 40% meat in our dog food and 60% meat in our cat food because we encouraged people to feed their companion animals raw bones every day. Unfortunately, not everyone feeds bones so, as of September 2003, our dog food now contains 60% meat and our cat food contains 75% meat. This corresponds to the guaranteed analysis on our website and printed on our labels. We continue to encourage the feeding of raw meaty bones to cats and dogs as this helps promote healthy teeth and gums and prevents anal sac problems. Any excess calcium in this raw form will just be pooped out!

Can a dog or cat get salmon poisoning from Amore’s raw salmon products?

Salmon poisoning is a yearly occurrence in the Pacific northwest when dogs eat the decomposed salmon that have spawned in the river or are lying on the banks. The organism, Neorickettsia helminthoeca, is a parasite found in the entrails of the fish, and a dog would have to eat or lick the guts to become sick. Symptoms are fever and bloody diarrhea 5 to 7 days after exposure, and these are easily treated with oral antibiotics. If left untreated, it can be fatal. THE PARASITE IS KILLED BY FREEZING OR COOKING. Only dogs are affected, not cats. Many cases of poisoning come from spawned fish or ones that a sport fisherman pulled in. The commercial fish used by Amoré are professionally gutted, cleaned, and inspected.. They are then frozen to -30 degrees before being incorporated into Amoré recipes. Read what a Vet has to say below, or check our Resources area.

Why do I only smell vegetables when I open a packet of  Amoré food?

Meat and fish ONLY begin to smell when they’ve begun to rot. Our meat and fish are so fresh that they have no odour. If you visit our factory, you’ll find there’s no bloody or fishy smell even though we’re processing huge quantities of raw meat and fish.

Why does  Amoré put 3 orange vegetables in their foods?

Nowadays, pollutants in the environment are causing more and more cancers in our dogs and cats. Beta-carotene is an anti-oxidant known to be effective in the fight against cancer and orange vegetables are extremely rich in beta-carotene. At Amoré we don’t like to add anything to our food that doesn’t come in its natural form. Rather than crushing vitamin tablets and adding them to the food, we prefer to juice our vegetables and add the pulp for fibre and the juice for vitamins.
Why feed my pet a raw food diet?

Although we have modified the outside of our companion animals – size, fur, ears, tail, etc., inside they still resemble their wild ancestors. The 50 years we’ve been feeding our pets commercial dry and canned food, is a drop in the evolutionary bucket. By feeding them cooked, cereal-based diets we deprive them of the natural good health they are meant to derive from the enzymes in raw meat. These enzymes help in the digestive process and allow natural cleansing, thereby providing a hostile environment for parasites as well as preventing the obnoxious smell that many of our companion animals acquire. Frequent bathing won’t get rid of that smell – it’s coming from the inside and it will disappear with a raw diet and lots of raw bones!
Can I switch my cat to a raw food diet right away?

Some cats love the raw food right away but many will just sniff it and look at you as though you must be out of your mind. “What! You expect me to eat this?” And then you get the look!
Don’t worry, perseverance is needed and you may have to be more stubborn than your cat, but you can make the switch. Try mixing a little of the raw food with whatever your cat is eating now, gradually increasing until you get rid of the dry or canned component altogether. At the same time, start giving your cat a raw chicken wing-tip to chew on. If they don’t take to it right away, try sprinkling a little kelp or dried bonito tuna flakes on it. Most bad breath and teeth problems will start to disappear within a week.

Can I feed raw food to my kitten or puppy?

We have raised our Miniature Pinschers and our St. Bernard on raw food from the moment they were weaned and many of our friends and clients have raised kittens and puppies on our raw food. It is always wise to talk with an animal health practitioner about supplements for the very young or very elderly animals.

Doesn’t eating kibble keep my dog or cat’s teeth clean?

Two answers to that. First, does eating crackers or cookies keep your teeth clean? Just the opposite, I would think. Second, have you watched your dog or cat eat? They don’t chew their food, they bolt it. What keeps your dog or cat’s teeth clean is the effect of the enzymes in raw meat. Raw bones also help and they provide real enjoyment as well.

Will my cat start killing birds and rodents when she gets a taste for raw food?

Actually, when my cats started eating raw food and bones they STOPPED bringing half-dead birds into the house and have, as far as I can tell, completely stopped hunting and killing. Bird song can now actually be heard in my back yard! I haven’t yet heard from anybody that hunting and killing has increased or started after the introduction of a raw food diet.

Is it much more expensive to feed a natural, raw diet?

There’s no way to hide it – yes, it is more expensive than picking up a bag of dried pellets at the supermarket. The trade-off is in the increased health and longevity of your companion animal(s). Chewing on raw bones not only keeps teeth healthy but also helps to prevent anal gland problems. All these improvements in health mean less vet bills and less stress for you and your four-legged friend(s). So, yes, it costs a bit more but prevention is always cheaper than cure in the long run.

How can I know if it’s safe to feed my cat a raw diet?

Check it out. You know how important a healthy, natural diet is for you and your family. Imagine what shape a child would be in who ate nothing but canned meat and dry cereals? There are many interesting sites on the internet where you can find information regarding raw food. As our site is still in the construction stage we are not posting links until we can check them out, but search and you will find!

Won’t my dog or cat choke on raw bones?

Well, have you ever seen a cat filleting a mouse or a bird?
Of course not. Chewing on a raw bone not only satisfies some primal need in the dog or cat, but also keeps its mouth and teeth clean and healthy, cleanses the digestive tract and empties the anal sacs naturally. A diseased mouth is not only painful but can spread illness through the entire body. A bone a day will eliminate oral disease – BUT JUST MAKE SURE TO GIVE YOUR PET RAW BONES. Cooked bones are dangerous.