OUR MEAT SOURCES
Meat will provide your dog or cat with their nutritional needs for (animal) protein. Cats and dogs easily digest animal protein. You will find meat as the first ingredient in all the variants of Riverwood cat and dog food.
We only use free run or free range meat sources in Riverwood. The muscle development of those animals, especially free range, is better than the muscle development of animals that were not able to move around freely. Better muscle development results in better palatability and quality of the meat.
The meat sources in Riverwood are quite unique, this will prevent your cat or dog from getting an allergic reaction.
Find out below which meat sources we use in Riverwood cat and dog food.
Salmon is a great source of highly digestible protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which have a positive effect on mental development, the cardiovascular system and metabolism (they lower blood sugar). Another positive effect is noticable on the quality and the appearance of skin and coat.
White Fish & Herring (North Sea / Atlantic Ocean)
White fish is hypoallergenic, and a highly digestible protein source. White fish is also a source of vitamin A, D, B12 and sulfur. Herring is a hypoallergenic protein source, a healthy fatty fish rich in omega-3. Herring contains many natural trace elements such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus and sulfur, it is also rich in vitamin B2, B6 and D.
Free Range Reindeer (Sweden / Norway)
Reindeer meat has unique properties. It is one of the best sources of digestible protein and has a favorable amino acid composition. Because reindeer live of wild berries, the meat is exceptionally rich in natural antioxidants and contains little fat; the fat it does contain is unsaturated and therefore very favorable. The content of omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids in reindeer meat is similar to that of fish.
Free Range Venison (New Zealand)
Venison is a higlhy nutritious and easily digestible protein source. Like rabbit, venison is an excellent hypoallergenic source of good nutrients. It is lean and contains several vitamins from the B group. Additionally venison is rich in trace elements such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus and iron.
Free Range Lamb (New Zealand)
Lamb consists of high digestible, usable protein and is rich in natural nutrients. Lamb is an excellent source of trace elements such as selenium, iron, zinc, B vitamins and unsaturated fats.
Free Run Rabbit (Spain)
Rabbit is an excellent hypoallergenic source of good nutrients. It is lean and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, rabbit meat is rich in vitamin B12 and iron.
Free Run Chicken
Chicken meat is rich in phosphorus, selenium and vitamin B3 and B6; it also contains vitamin A. Both vitamin A and selenium support the immune system (by improving the production of antibodies and white blood cells). The selenium in chicken is active as an antioxidant.
Free Run Turkey (Czech Republic / Germany)
Turkey meat is hypoallergenic and easily digestible. Turkey meat is rich in trace elements such as zinc, potassium and iron, and is also a source of vitamin B1, B3, B6, B12 and D for healthy development of the brains, muscles and growth of your dog or cat.
Free Run Pheasant (Czech Republic / Germany)
Pheasant is an excellent source of vitamin B12, phosphorus and selenium. The combination of duck, turkey and pheasant creates a balanced and nutritious diet containing all essential amino acids.
Free Run Duck (Czech Republic / Germany)
Duck is an ideal source of protein and rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which help lower cholesterol levels in the blood. It is a great source of niacin (vitamin B3), which plays an important role in the digestive processes in the body and also helps to lower cholesterol levels. Duck contains vitamin A and C and essential minerals such as iron, calcium and selenium.
Free Range Wild Boar (Czech Republic / Hungary)
Wild boar is packed with protein but low in fat, making it ideal for maintaining optimal physical condition without the risk of elevated blood cholesterol.
OUR FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
We carefully selected the fruit and vegetables used in Riverwood dog and cat food. Fruit and vegetables contain a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. Find out why we use certain types of fruits and vegetables.
In Riverwood we do not use any grains or potatoes as carbohydrate source. Instead we deliberately picked the yellow split pea because of its low glycemic index. Carbohydrates that are slowly broken down by the digestive system, whereby the glucose is gradually entering the bloodstream, have a low glycemic index, which is better for a healthy and stable blood sugar level.
Spinach is a source of vitamins and minerals. It also contains a lot of tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to serotonin (essential to support your dog’s behavior). Spinach is a natural source of antioxidants (vitamins A, C, E, manganese and selenium) and it is rich in vitamin K.
Carrot contains a lot of beta-carotene, a provitamin A and an excellent antioxidant. Carrot contains many vitamins like D, E and K, and is rich in minerals and fiber. Carrots have a positive effect on the eyes, skin and coat, strengthen the immune system and contribute to good heart function and fertility.
This small vegetable is a major supplier of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B11 and E. In addition, the pea is a rich source of trace elements such as phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, copper and iron. Like spinach, the grean pea also contains tryptophan, an amino acid that is converted into serotonin (essential for a dog to support behavior).
Cranberries are a good source of vitamins C, A, beta-carotene and lutein. These berries are also rich in potassium and manganese, and provide a high dose of polyphenols (active plant parts), which contribute to healthy urinary tract.
Apples are an excellent source of vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B6 (pyridoxine), these natural vitamins support the metabolism. In addition, apples are a natural source of healthy fiber.
Citrus fruits are a source of vitamin C, which is one of the strongest natural antioxidants.
All the herbs we use in Riverwood dog and cat food have certain medicinal properties or they have health supporting properties. What are those medicinal or health supporting properties?
Marigold has anti-inflammatory properties and also helps in wound healing. Moreover marigold strengthens the immune system and is good for the stomach / intestinal tract.
Turmeric has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and is known as a very strong antioxidant. Turmeric contributes to good digestion and is healthy for the stomach and intestines. In addition, turmeric has an antifungal effect and is rich in natural trace elements such as sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. Finally, turmeric provides folic acid, niacin (B3) and vitamin C, E and K.
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and helps soothe the stomach. Cinnamon also helps to break down internal gases, and has a beneficial effect on blood sugar.
Chamomille has proven relaxing effects, is anti-inflammatory and contributes to a healthy digestive system. Additionally, chamomille has supporting properties for a healthy bladder and kidney function.
Sage is a natural flavoring agent. It is rich in vitamin A, C and B. Because sage contains vitamin A and C it supports the immune system (vitamin A and C improve the production of lymphocytes). Sage also has diverse benefits for the gastroinestinal tract.
Nettle has a blood purifying effect and supports the immune system. In addition, nettle can also be attributed to positive characteristics in the treatment of arthritis.
Parsley is rich in vitamins A, C, B1, B2 and K. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which supports the immune system, along with vitamin A. Parsley also contains iron which can prevent anemia. Parsley is a natural diuretic that can detoxify the body and prevents the formation of calcium oxalate stones.
Rosemary is rich in iron, calcium and vitamin B6. Rosemary is an antioxidant. Rosemary can detoxify the liver and protects the liver against chemical damage. In addition, rosemary contributes to good eye health.
Evening primrose oil is the “icing on the cake” which makes our food very special. Evening primrose oil contains a high concentration of fatty acids called GLA and it is this fatty acid that is largely responsible for the remarkable healing properties of the plant. In fact, evening primrose oil contains one of the highest concentrations of this important substance. The gamma-linoleic acid, linoleic acid and other nutrients in this oil are essential for cell structure and improve the coat and skin elasticity.
In addition to meat, fruit, vegetables and herbs we use some other ingredients in Riverwood. For example, ingredients that are extracted from plants. Below you can read what other ingredients we use and which health supporting properties they have.
Spirulina is a source of protein with essential amino acids, rich in vitamin B, D, E, K and iron and also has the highest concentration of beta carotene and the rare major fatty acid GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid).
Psyllium is a soluble dietary fiber. It helps against constipation and diverse other intestinal problems. In addition, psyllium is a natural diuretic which can detoxify the intestines.
Sea buckthorn contains vitamin A, E, K and C. Sea buckthorn supports the immune system. It can also reduce liver damage. Sea buckthorn offers protection against cardiovascular diseases.
Yucca Schidigera is an anti-inflammatory agent and has a stabilizing effect on the blood sugar level. Yucca supports the immune system and the function of the liver and kidney. Yucca also has a cleansing effect on the intestines causing less smell of the stool of your dog or cat.
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