Wholesome Ingredients and Their Benefits

BLUE's ingredients are natural and healthy for your pet.

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  • A

    • Alfalfa

      Alfalfa is one of the richest mineral foods containing abundant amounts of trace minerals (zinc, iron and manganese), vitamins (Vitamin A, Vitamin C) and nutrients needed by dogs and cats to sustain well-being.

    • Apples

      An excellent source of pectin, a water-soluble fiber.

    • Arginine

      Promotes growth, muscle building and healing as well as fat burning.

  • B

    • Bacon

      A cut of meat taken from a pig that has been cured, smoked, or both, often used for flavor.

    • Barley

      Whole Barley is the whole grain with the hull and bran and is an excellent source of soluble fiber. It is a good carbohydrate source for energy, B vitamins and fiber for colon health.

    • Barley Grass

      A good source of chlorophyll, fiber and phytochemicals.

    • Beef

      A great source of protein, vitamin B12, selenium, zinc, iron and other B vitamins.

    • Beta-Carotene

      Beta-Carotene plays an important role in animal health as a precursor of Vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient needed for normal growth development, reproduction, immune function, and vision. In addition to its role as a precursor of Vitamin A, it also acts as an antioxidant and a potent quencher of singlet oxygen. Singlet oxygen and free radicals are unstable chemical species that can arise from normal body metabolism or from environmental exposure to cigarette smoke, air pollutants, radiation, certain drugs and environmental toxins, and if not neutralized can cause serious cellular damage leading to certain chronic diseases.

    • Biotin

      Also known as Vitamin H, it is active in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and protein, and the formation of fatty acids. It promotes normal health of sweat glands, nerve tissue, bone marrow, blood cells, skin, and hair. It is essential for growth and well-being.

    • Blackberries

      A low-calorie, high-fiber berry packed with folate, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

    • Blueberries

      Blueberries are an excellent source of Vitamins A & C, potassium, and fiber.

    • Broccoli

      Broccoli is rich in Vitamins A & C, calcium and an excellent source of antioxidants.

    • Brown Rice

      A natural whole grain rice that is associated with natural health foods. The bran portion provides essential B vitamins, minerals and fiber. Brown rice is an excellent, high–quality complex carbohydrate source for energy and fiber for colon health.

  • C

    • Calcium

      Calcium is vital for the formation of strong bones and teeth. Also promotes healthy muscle and tissue growth.

    • Calcium Carbonate

      A mineral compound that is commonly used as a calcium supplement.

    • Calcium Iodate

      A mineral compound that is commonly used as an iodine supplement.

    • Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5)

      One of the B vitamins, it acts as a coenzyme in the conversion of amino acids and is important for healthy skin. It also promotes normal growth and development and aids in the release of energy from foods.

    • Calcium Phosphate

      Calcium is vital for the formation of strong bones and teeth. Also promotes healthy muscle and tissue growth.

    • Canola Oil

      Obtained by extracting the oil from canola seeds, providing calories for energy and Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids for a healthy coat.

    • Carrageenan Gum

      Carrageenan Gum is a natural ingredient used as a thickener and stabilizer in canned food.

    • Carrots

      Carrots provide antioxidants (carotenoids) and health protecting phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. They are high in Vitamin A and carotenoids.

    • Cellulose

      The organic plant material found in fruits, vegetables and some grains, that acts as a stool softener.

    • Chelated Minerals

      Minerals are hard to absorb. If they are attached to an easily absorbable substance, they will get into the bloodstream more readily. BLUE uses minerals that are chelated or "attached to" easily absorbable amino acids. As a result, BLUE minerals are up to four times more readily absorbed than commonly used inorganic minerals.

    • Chicken

      A high–quality, highly digestible protein source that provides essential amino acids, fatty acids, and certain minerals for muscle development, organ function, and energy. The chicken used in BLUE natural dog and cat foods comes from USDA–inspected facilities.

    • Chicken Fat

      A high–quality source of essential fatty acids and energy, chicken fat is also high in linoleic acid (source of Omega 6 fatty acids), which helps promote healthy skin and coat. The chicken fat in BLUE natural dog and cat foods comes from USDA–inspected facilities and is stabilized with natural, mixed tocopherols and rosemary to maintain freshness.

    • Chicken Liver

      An organ meat high in protein, rich in iron and vitamin A, and used as a natural flavor enhancer.

    • Chicken Meal

      Chicken meal is a highly digestible protein source produced by cooking chicken at high temperatures, extracting the fat and drying the meat residue. It is a meat protein, providing essential amino acids and fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals for muscle development and energy. It is naturally stabilized with mixed tocopherols and rosemary to preserve freshness.

    • Chicory Root

      Chicory Root is a perennial Old World herb cultivated as a source of inulin for pets. Known as a "prebiotic" that feeds the good bacteria and hinders the growth of bad bacteria in the pets' digestive track.

    • Choline Chloride

      Choline Chloride helps protect nerve function and maintains fat metabolism. Also helps regulate the liver and helps maintain acid and water balance.

    • Chondroitin Sulfate

      A naturally occurring compound believed to be helpful in the maintenance and rebuilding of joint cartilage.

    • Cinnamon

      The aromatic bark of certain tropical trees that is dried and ground for use as a spice; contains calcium, iron, vitamins C and K, and manganese.

    • Copper

      Copper promotes normal red blood cell formation, acts as a catalyst in storage and release of iron to form hemoglobin for red blood cells, assists in the production of several enzymes involved in respiration, promotes connective-tissue formation and central nervous system function and promotes normal insulin function. Copper is an essential mineral for preventing anemia in dogs and cats.

    • Cranberries

      An antioxidant that fights free radicals (toxins) in the body; a natural acidifier that contributes to urinary tract health.

  • D

    • Dicalcium Phosphate

      A mineral compound that is used as a nutritional source of calcium and phosphorus to help with bone health.

    • Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product

      Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus Subtilis, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum, Bifidobacterium Longum and Enterococcus Faecium are active dehydrated cultures added to BLUE dog and cat foods after processing. They are activated on ingesting the food and help to maintain normal bacteria balance in the lower intestine. They aid in digestion and help promote gut health.

    • Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product

      Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus Subtilis, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum, Bifidobacterium Longum and Enterococcus Faecium are active dehydrated cultures added to BLUE dog and cat foods after processing. They are activated on ingesting the food and help to maintain normal bacteria balance in the lower intestine. They aid in digestion and help promote gut health.

    • Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product

      Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus Subtilis, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum, Bifidobacterium Longum and Enterococcus Faecium are active dehydrated cultures added to BLUE dog and cat foods after processing. They are activated on ingesting the food and help to maintain normal bacteria balance in the lower intestine. They aid in digestion and help promote gut health.

    • Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae)

      Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus Subtilis, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum, Bifidobacterium Longum and Enterococcus Faecium are active dehydrated cultures added to BLUE dog and cat foods after processing. They are activated on ingesting the food and help to maintain normal bacteria balance in the lower intestine. They aid in digestion and help promote gut health.

  • E

    • Eggs

      Egg is a source of high quality protein and fatty acids. It is a complete protein source providing all the essential amino acids contributing to growth and muscle development. The fatty acid profile includes arachidonic acid, and Omega 6 fatty acids associated with healthy skin and coat. The eggs used in BLUE products are whole and fresh from USDA approved facilities.

  • F

    • Fish Meal

      Fish Meal is an excellent source of protein and omega fatty acids that help the skin and coat, growth and development.

    • Flaxseed

      Ground flax seed contains flax seed oil, which is one of the richest sources of the essential Omega 3 fatty acids (linolenic acid). Flax is a good source of essential amino acids and contains all the essential vitamins and minerals required by dogs and cats. Flax seed is also a great fiber source that aids in digestion. Also an excellent source of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids that promote healthy skin and coat.

    • Folic Acid

      A water soluble B-vitamin that plays an important role in various cellular functions.

  • G

    • Garlic

      A natural antioxidant that can help thin the blood; helps strengthen the heart and maintain good circulation.

    • Ginger

      Ginger promotes digestive health and stimulates the immune system.

    • Guar Gum

      Guar Gum is primarily used as a thickener and stabilizer in canned food. A highly soluble and highly digestible fiber.

  • H

    • Herring Oil (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids)

      Fats and fatty acids are the energy source for the body. BLUE uses herring oil, which is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids.

  • I

    • Iron Amino Acid Chelate

      Iron is an essential mineral for preventing anemia, stimulating bone-marrow production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the red-blood cell pigment that carries oxygen to body cells and forms part of several enzymes and proteins.

  • K

    • Kelp

      Kelp is a good source of essential vitamins, minerals (including iodine) and antioxidants.

  • L

    • Lamb

      Lamb is a highly digestible protein source providing essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for muscle development, energy, and coat condition. Amino acids and fatty acids are more readily available in lamb since it is not subjected to a high heat process. Lamb used in BLUE pet foods is New Zealand Free-Range lamb and is hormone, antibiotic and steroid free.

    • Lamb Meal

      Lamb Meal is a highly digestible protein source produced by cooking lamb at high temperatures, extracting the fat and drying the meat residue. It is a meat protein, providing essential amino acids and fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals for muscle development and energy. It is naturally stabilized with mixed tocopherols and rosemary to preserve freshness.

    • L-Carnitine

      Carnitine is an amino acid that increases fat metabolism.

    • L-Lysine

      Needed for proper growth and bone development. Aids in the production of antibodies, hormones, and enzymes as well as collagen formation and tissue repair.

  • M

    • Manganese

      Manganese is an essential mineral for normal growth and development, aids in carbohydrate metabolism, promotes nerve functions, aids in formation of connective tissue and is involved in the antioxidation process.

    • Menhaden Fish Meal

      A meal obtained from processing fish of the menhaden species. It is an excellent source of high–quality fish protein and Omega 3 essential fatty acids including EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and arachionic acid. Omega 3 fatty acids are also associated with improved immune response and are potential anti-inflammatory aids.

  • N

    • Natural Chicken Flavor

      Liquified or dried chicken tissue that is used as a flavor enhancer.

    • Natural Flavor

      The parts of processed fruits, vegetables, spices or fermentation products that are used for flavoring.

    • Niacin (Vitamin B3)

      Vitamin B3 is also called Nicotinic Acid or Nicotinamide. It is essential for healthy nerves and skin. It is important in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats and reduces cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Important for the proper health of the central nervous and GI systems.

  • O

    • Oat Fiber

      The outer casing of the oat grain that helps move food through the digestive tract slowly, which helps to optimize the absorption of nutrients.

    • Oat Flour

      Ground, whole oats are an excellent source of highly digestible carbohydrates, protein and nutritional fibers.

    • Oatmeal

      Oatmeal is an excellent carbohydrate source for energy. It is a high quality grain source that is rich in B vitamins. Whole oats are the whole grain with hull and brand.

  • P

    • Pantothenic Acid

      Essential for the metabolism of fats, fatty acids and the production of hormones, sterols and enzymes. Important in cell building and the central nervous system.

    • Parsley

      It contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C, vitamins associated with antioxidant properties.

    • Peas

      BLUE uses fresh, green peas. A good source of protein, Vitamin A and potassium. Peas are packed with fiber to help support GI health.

    • Pomegranate

      A naturally powerful antioxidant.

    • Potassium

      Potassium is important for a healthy nervous system and a regular heart rhythm. Aids in proper muscle contraction and maintaining stable blood pressure.

    • Potassium Iodide

      Potassium Iodide is used as a bioavailable source of iodine. Iodine is essential for thyroid health; it promotes normal cell function and is important in the formation of bones, teeth, muscles, and blood.

    • Potato

      BLUE uses whole, fresh potatoes. They provide B vitamins, carbohydrates, Vitamin C, potassium, iron and magnesium to name a few.

    • Potato Starch

      A form of carbohydrate, with similar health benefits as fiber.

    • Psyllium

      An excellent soluble fiber source that helps with digestion and is used in BLUE's hairball formula for cats.

    • Pumpkin

      A great source of flavor and fiber, pumpkins are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and help promote healthy digestion.

    • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)

      Vitamin B6 is essential for the metabolism of proteins. It acts as a cofactor for the large hydrochloride number of enzymes involved in amino acid and metabolism. It is also involved in the metabolism of the precursor of heme—a compound of blood that helps in the normal function of the brain.

  • R

    • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

      Riboflavin is important for the digestion of fats and carbohydrates and for healthy skin and coat. Key for normal growth and development.

    • Rice Bran

      The outer husk and germ of the rice grain that is a good fiber source, as well as one of the richest sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

    • Rosemary

      A natural seasoning, flavor and preservative.

    • Rosemary Extract

      A natural seasoning, flavor and preservative.

  • S

    • Salmon

      Salmon is an excellent source of protein and omega fatty acids that help skin and coat, growth and development.

    • Salmon Meal

      Salmon meal is a highly digestible protein source produced by cooking salmon at high temperatures, extracting the fat, and drying the remaining meat. Because it is a meat protein, salmon meal provides essential amino acids, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for muscle development and energy.

    • Salmon Oil

      Salmon oil is high in Omega 3 fatty acid, which supports skin and coat health, as well as DHA for cognitive development.

    • Salt

      A natural form of salt obtained from processing seawater. It is a supplement for sodium and chloride, essential nutrients required by dogs and cats. Sodium and chloride are electrolytes. They help regulate water balance in the body, aid in muscle contraction and nerve transmission and regulate the body's acid-balance. Sea salt also contains trace minerals associated with animal health.

    • Sea Salt

      A natural form of salt obtained from processing seawater. It is a supplement for sodium and chloride, essential nutrients required by dogs and cats. Sodium and chloride are electrolytes. They help regulate water balance in the body, aid in muscle contraction and nerve transmission and regulate the body's acid-balance. Sea salt also contains trace minerals associated with animal health.

    • Sodium Selenite

      Sodium Selenite is a source of selenium. Selenium is important to healthy muscles and nerves. It is also important in fertility and enhances the antioxidant characteristics of Vitamin E.

    • Spinach

      An excellent source of fiber, phytonutrients, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, spinach is naturally packed with antioxidants and has many health benefits.

    • Sweet Potatoes

      Sweet Potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, B vitamins and beta-carotene. They provide phytochemicals and carotenoids; sources of antioxidant agents providing natural protection against free radicals. The sweet potatoes used in BLUE dog and cat foods are fresh whole sweet potatoes sourced from USDA approved vendors.

  • T

    • Taurine

      Taurine is an amino acid required by cats and kittens. It is associated with growth, eye health, and cardiac health.

    • Thiamine Mononitrate

      Vitamin B1 is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates and protein. It is also important for a healthy nervous system, keeps mucous membranes healthy, maintains normal function of the nervous system, muscles and heart. Also promotes normal growth and development.

    • Tocopherols

      An excellent source of Vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant to protect against cell damage from free radicals. Helps maintain normal heart and joint function.

    • Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene)

      Tomato Pomace is a mixture of tomato skins, pulp and crushed seeds. It is an excellent source of soluble fiber and rich in the antioxidant lycopene.

    • Tuna

      Tuna is an excellent source of protein and omega fatty acids that help skin and coat, aid in growth and the development of the nervous system.

    • Turkey

      Turkey is an excellent source of protein and is rich in calcium, potassium, B vitamins, niacin, iron and zinc which promote energy and overall health.

    • Turkey Meal

      Dry, rendered or cooked ground clean whole turkey that is a high-quality protein source.

    • Turmeric

      Turmeric is an herb associated with aiding digestion by helping to stimulate the flow of bile, which helps digest fat.

  • V

    • Vitamin A

      Vitamin A is essential for healthy bones, teeth, hair, skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. It is an oil soluble vitamin and is important to the immune system especially for respiratory infections. It is a building block of rhodopsin, a compound in the retina responsible for sight in partial darkness.

    • Vitamin A Supplement

      Vitamin A is essential for healthy bones, teeth, hair, skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. It is an oil soluble vitamin and is important to the immune system especially for respiratory infections. It is a building block of rhodopsin, a compound in the retina responsible for sight in partial darkness.

    • Vitamin B12 Supplement

      Vitamin B12 is a coenzyme in nucleic acid, protein and lipid synthesis. It is necessary for growth. Necessary for normal processing of carbohydrates, protein, and fat in the body.

    • Vitamin C

      Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and immune booster. It helps to keep teeth and bones strong.

    • Vitamin D

      Vitamin D promotes healthy skin, bone, connective tissue and heart. It is necessary for the proper absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus.

    • Vitamin D3 Supplement

      Vitamin D promotes healthy skin, bone, connective tissue and heart. It is necessary for the proper absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus.

    • Vitamin E

      Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that helps to improve circulation and cardiac output.

    • Vitamin E Supplement

      Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that helps to improve circulation and cardiac output.

  • W

    • Whitefish

      Whitefish consists of non-rendered, deboned, clean whitefish meat. An excellent source of protein, as well as niacin, phosphorus and selenium, whitefish is also low in sodium.

    • Whole Carrots

      Carrots provide antioxidants and health protecting phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. They are high in Vitamin A and carotenoids. The carrots used in BLUE dog and cat foods are whole fresh carrots sourced from approved USDA sources.

    • Whole Ground Barley

      Whole Barley is the whole grain with the hull and bran. It is a good carbohydrate source for energy, B vitamins and fiber for colon health. It is an excellent source of soluble fiber.

    • Whole Ground Brown Rice

      A natural whole grain rice that is associated with natural health foods. The bran portion provides essential B vitamins, minerals and fiber. Brown rice is an excellent, high–quality complex carbohydrate source for energy and fiber for colon health.

    • Whole Ground Potato

      BLUE uses whole, fresh potatoes. They provide B vitamins, carbohydrates, Vitamin C, potassium, iron and magnesium to name a few.

  • Y

    • Yucca Schidigera Extract

      Yucca Schidigera is a natural extract made entirely form the stem of the Yucca Schidigera Schidiger plant. Supports anti-inflammatory processes in tendons and joint cartilage.

  • Z

    • Zinc

      Zinc is an essential mineral important in helping to support healthy skin, hair and mucous membranes. It has antioxidant properties, helps maintain normal taste and sense of smell, aids in healing and promoting a healthy immune system, helps synthesize DNA and RNA and promotes normal growth and development.

    • Zinc Amino Acid Chelate

      Zinc is an essential mineral important in helping to support healthy skin, hair and mucous membranes. It has antioxidant properties, helps maintain normal taste and sense of smell, aids in healing and promoting a healthy immune system, helps synthesize DNA and RNA and promotes normal growth and development.

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