FAQ's

FAQ's


Q: Will my dog benefit from a nutritional supplement? He is already on a good diet.
A: An optimal diet is one that delivers the proper amount of each nutrient with respect to the caloric density of the diet for a specified purpose or condition. In the United States, minimum requirements for nutrient content with respect to caloric density are given by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Pet Food Nutrient profiles. Once established, these AAFCO requirements must be translated into a practical diet and diet feed management system. These minimum requirements serve as a guide to pet food manufacturers for the formulation of foods to meet the requirements of dogs of average circumstances of age, function, physiologic state, and environmental condition. Special circumstances may warrant modification of these requirements to provide higher or lower concentrations of individual nutrients or groups of nutrients.

All nutrients, whether essential or non-essential, can adversely affect an animal if included in the diet at excessively high or low levels. Undoubtedly, OPTIMAL nutrient intake ranges vary from animal to animal and even from day to day in a single animal! Many factors such as age, physiological, reproductive and health status, level of various dietary components, diet delivery system, and biological availability of ingredients affect the optimal range.

Today, pet food companies have the mission to provide you, the owner, with a starting point to achieve this goal.

It is up to you to build on your commercial diet of choice with supplements and effective feed management systems.

Kauffman's Canine dietary supplements are essential tools to be used with a high quality base diet (commercial or home prepared) to improve the nutrient balance, utilization, and performance of the overall intake. By providing high quality bio-available protein, amino acids, vitamins, chelated trace minerals, enzymes, and gastrointestinal bacteria, they give you the chance to customize your dog's diet based on your observations to achieve buoyant health.

Home prepared diet enthusiasts, read on! For tips on home prepared diets, see "Chef Ned's Corner."


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Q: I feed a home prepared diet, how do these supplements fit in to my feeding program?
A: As with commercial diets, an optimal diet is one that delivers the proper amount of each nutrient with respect to the caloric density of the diet for a specified purpose or condition. AAFCO minimums should be the starting point for your home prepared diet. Then, you will need to balance your dog's diet to meet his requirements with respect to age, function, physiologic state, and environmental condition. Special circumstances and experience may warrant further modifications to provide higher or lower concentrations of individual nutrients or groups of nutrients.

All nutrients, whether essential or non-essential, can adversely affect an animal if included in the diet at excessively high or low levels. Undoubtedly, OPTIMAL nutrient intakes vary from animal to animal and even from day to day in a single animal! Many factors such as age, physiological and reproductive health status, level of various dietary components, diet delivery system, and biological availability of ingredients affect the optimal range.

Kauffman's Canine dietary supplements can be essential tools to balancing a high quality home prepared diet. They can increase utilization and overall performance of the total intake by providing highly bio-available protein, amino acids, vitamins, chelated trace minerals, enzymes, and gastrointestinal bacteria. They give you the opportunity to customize your dog's diet based on your own observations to achieve buoyant health.
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NOTE: When fed at the recommended level, neither of these supplements will provide a significant portion of your dog's daily calcium and phosphorus requirements. Always remember to include Bone Meal or another bio-available source of Calcium and Phosphorus in your dog's diet to meet their Calcium and Phosphorus requirements.

See "Chef Ned's Corner" for additional tips and recipes for providing quality home prepared diets.


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Q: Why should I feed Kauffman's Stress Formula during Lactation and Gestation?
A: Kauffman's Stress Formula has been designed to optimize pre-breeding health, allow optimal fetal development, maximize milk production, and minimize loss of weight and body condition in the bitch during gestation and lactation. It contains highly bio-available protein, amino acids, vitamins, chelated trace minerals, enzymes, and gastrointestinal bacteria.


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Q: Can I feed Kauffman's Stress Formula at other times too?
A: Yes. Stress formula is safe to feed anytime. Dogs will benefit from the additional nutrients at any life stage. The balance of nutrients will compliment high quality diets or home prepared diets during any life stage.


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Q: Is Stress Formula just for bitches in gestation and lactation?
A:
 While Stress Formula was originally developed for bitches in gestation and lactation, any dog, male or female, can benefit from its balanced nutrition. Stress Formula can provide critical nutrients for any dog under stress. Depending on the level of work or stress, some dogs may benefit more from our Coat & Skin Formula.


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Q: Why should I feed Kauffman's Coat & Skin Formula?
A:
 Coat and skin condition are the mirror of nutritional health. The balance of nutrients in Coat & Skin Formula can improve the nutritional health of any and all breeds of dogs. It will compliment, NOT compromise, high quality diets. Most, if not all, dogs can benefit from the highly bio-available protein, amino acids, vitamins, chelated trace minerals, enzymes and gastrointestinal bacteria.


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Q: What is the difference between the Stress Formula and the Coat & Skin Formula?
A: Both formulations are similar; however, there are some different nutrient levels in each formulation critical to the product purpose. Stress Formula was the first supplement that we brought to the market. Originally developed for bitches in gestation and lactation, it has higher levels of protein and fat to provide additional energy for bitches under the stress of gestation and lactation. It is safe for use with any dog in stress-male or female.

Virtually all of the first users of Stress Formula reported the improvement of their dog's coat and skin condition as well as general body condition and health. This led our development team to the idea of producing a separate supplement targeted at dogs with high-energy requirements and show dogs needing a competitive edge. The Coat & Skin Formula has increased levels of Copper, Zinc, and Biotin, as well as increased levels of the antioxidants Beta Carotene, and Vitamins E & C. Additionally we have included the amino acid Taurine. These subtle differences make Coat & Skin Formula the premium choice for dogs with high-energy requirements or compromised coat, skin, and body condition.


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Q: Are these supplements safe for all breeds of dogs?
A: Yes. These supplements have been developed for all breeds by a top canine nutritionist, Edward Moser, MS, VMD, DACVN. Feeding directions are given based on the dog's body weight; therefore, each breed gets size-appropriate dosing.


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Q: Can I feed either of these supplements to a puppy?
A: Yes, either supplement is safe for puppies. They, too, can benefit from the nutritional value of either supplement. We would suggest feeding Coat & Skin Formula to puppies during the first year, based on body weight, and continuing into adult life whenever necessary to achieve optimum body, coat, and skin condition. Pups that have been weaned, but are still with their mother, can be fed Stress Formula based on body weight. This would eliminate the need for a second supplement, since you, as the breeder, would already have the Stress Formula at your kennel.



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Q: What makes the protein bio-available and what effect does the amino acid profile have on protein quality?
A: In general, two components make up the "quality" of a protein: 1) digestibility and 2) amino acid profile. The protein sources in both of these supplements are highly digestible by the canine digestive tract, which makes them highly bio-available. If an animal cannot digest a protein source, it will simply pass the protein through the digestive tract. Protein quality is also related to amino acid profile. Different animals need different quantities of essential amino acids-a protein source that is excellent for one species may have an inappropriate digestibility or amino acid profile for another. The protein sources (casein, dried whole egg, and liver) have been balanced with the free form amino acids dl-Methionine, l-Lysine, and Taurine (Coat & Skin Formula) to provide superior digestibility and amino acid profiles for the canine species.



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Q: I know vitamins are important to my dog, but how do I know what vitamins he needs?
A: We have taken the guess-work out of vitamin supplementation. Both of these supplements have a balanced vitamin content, similar to your own daily vitamin. Key vitamins and antioxidant levels have been adjusted to specific requirements of dogs under stress and dogs needing improved coat and skin condition.



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Q: What is a chelated trace mineral?
A: Without getting too technical, chelated trace minerals are trace minerals or elements (Iron, Copper, Zinc, and Manganese) that have been chelated or chemically bound to a protein. Studies have shown chelates, or proteinates, as they are sometimes referred to, are more easily absorbed by the digestive tract. Additionally, studies have shown chelated trace minerals to be less likely to cause vitamin degradation through oxidation than traditional sulfate or oxide forms of the same minerals. The net result is highly bio-available minerals in a more stable supplement.



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Q: What are Enzymes and why should I use them to supplement my dog's diet?
A: Enzymes are the catalysts that help the digestive tract breakdown food into smaller molecules. Enzymes can enhance a premium diet by providing more effective digestion of the ingredients. In a nutshell, enzymes can increase the efficiency or utilization of the food you are already feeding. For example, the enzyme protease breaks down proteins into their individual amino acids. These individual amino acids are what the dog will utilize to build overall body condition, including coat and skin. In addition to protease, we have included lipase for the breakdown of fat into individual fatty acids, amylase for the conversion of carbohydrates to energy and cellulase to break down cellulose for the breakdown of plant based proteins and carbohydrates.



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Q: What are Gastrointestinal Bacteria and does my dog need to have a supplemental source?
A: Gastroinstestinal Bacteria are referenced by many names-probiotics, prebiotics, direct-fed microbials (DFM's), lactic acid bacteria, just to name a few. All of these reference the microflora, or bacteria, that occur naturally in the digestive tract of all animals. Digestive health of the animal hinges on these "good" bacteria, as they are necessary for digestive balance. During times of stress, the bacterial populations in the digestive tract are depleted leaving the door wide open for the growth of pathogenic (bad) bacteria. Stress Formula and Coat & Skin Formula contain four strains of "good" bacteria that have been dried in a manner that will preserve their viability. Supplementing these bacteria during times of stress can enhance the population of "good" bacteria and help keep the digestive tract of your dog in top condition.



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Q: Should I feed other supplements with either of the Kauffman's Canine supplements?
A: In general, the answer to this question is no. Both supplements are nutritionally balanced to be fed with a quality diet or home prepared diet. Additional supplementation from other sources (other than Calcium and Phosphorus supplements) may cause serious nutritional imbalances. The exception to this is a veterinarian prescribed medication or supplement. If your dog is under the care of a licensed veterinarian for a pre-existing condition, you should consult her prior to beginning this or any other nutritional supplement.

(Note: If you do home prepare your dog's diet, don't forget to include bone meal or another bio-available source of Calcium and Phosphorus in the diet. When fed at the recommended levels, neither of these supplements will provide a significant portion of your dog's daily calcium and phosphorus requirements.)



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Q: Will my dog eat either of these supplements?
A: Even though it may not be palatable to the human senses (smell and taste) your dog thinks it smells and tastes great-give him a try! Both supplements have been used as a method to encourage food intake for sick, anorexic dogs. With over 10 years of field use, and many repeat customers, the answer is a confident yes.



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Q: How should I feed these supplements?
A: Both of our canine supplements are easy to administer. They are very palatable to dogs, and dogs will readily eat their daily dosage when sprinkled over their daily food. No pills to trick your dog into swallowing! Simply divide the daily dosage amount (based on body weight) equally among the daily feedings.

Many dog owners are including these supplements in their home baked biscuits to enhance the nutritional value of the treat. Why not give your dog a treat with a purpose? Try some of the recipes available at "Chef Ned's Kitchen".


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