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BLUE Dog and Cat Food FAQs


How are BLUE products different from other healthy pet foods?

BLUE dog foods and BLUE cat foods contain the finest natural ingredients, providing wholesome nutrition for our four-legged family members. Plus, only BLUE includes LifeSource Bits, a precise blend of nutrients and antioxidants.

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What are the small, dark, round pieces mixed with the kibble in BLUE food?

These are our exclusive LifeSource® Bits. LifeSource Bits contain a precise blend of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants selected by holistic veterinarians and animal nutritionists. These include ingredients that help support your pet's immune system, support their specific life stage requirements and help maintain a healthy oxidative balance.

Plus, we "cold form" our LifeSource Bits to minimize the loss of potency that occurs in many vitamins and nutrients when exposed to extreme heat. This is an important difference between BLUE and other brands, because other brands process their food with high heat. Heat can destroy the potency of some nutrients, particularly antioxidants, by up to 75%.

Learn more about LifeSource Bits

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Where is Blue Buffalo manufactured

Blue Buffalo products are manufactured in the United States.

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Does BLUE dog food or BLUE cat food contain chicken or poultry by-product meals?

BLUE pet food contains no chicken or poultry by-product meals. What's more, we do not use corn, wheat or soy in any of our recipes.

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Why is it so important that there is no corn, wheat or soy in BLUE products?

Corn, wheat and soy have all been identified as potential allergens for some dogs and cats.

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Does BLUE pet food contain artificial flavours, preservatives or colours?

No, we use only natural ingredients.* This is why our food is considered an all natural dog food and cat food.

*Fortified with vitamins and minerals

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Does Blue Buffalo offer any products that are grain-free?

Yes. Our BLUE Freedom and high-protein BLUE Wilderness line of dog and cat foods are 100% grain-free.  Our BLUE Basics line is now available in a grain-free formula as well.

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Does Blue Buffalo offer any products for pets with food sensitivities?

Yes. Our BLUE Basics formula is a limited-ingredient nutritionally complete diet that is made with turkey or salmon as the first ingredient and includes no corn, wheat, soy, dairy or eggs.

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Do you offer formulas for pets with medical conditions?

BLUE foods are maintenance diets that are not intended to treat or address the diet needs of any particular medical condition. Our customer service representatives will be happy to give you or your vet any information needed in order to make the best decision as to whether BLUE is the right food for your furry family member's condition.

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Do you do any animal testing?

Blue Buffalo does not do any invasive animal testing. Our company was founded on the basis of providing the best possible nutrition for dogs and cats, and we treat our pets like family members. We do conduct trials in which our products are fed to pets, but only under conditions that are healthy and comfortable for the animals.

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Where is your food manufactured?

We create and develop our own recipes with our staff veterinarians and PhD nutritionists. We work with only U.S. partners to manufacture our products according to our recipes and specifications. Product quality is our #1 priority. We have strict controls in place to make sure that our ingredients meet the highest quality standards. All of our ingredients come from facilities that are USDA-approved and inspected.

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My pet seems to leave the LifeSource Bits uneaten in the bowl. What do you suggest?

This can happen sometimes because LifeSource Bits do have a slightly different taste, texture and size. Different tastes, textures and sizes can take a little time for your dog or cat to get accustomed to. In the meantime, you can try mixing some canned Blue Buffalo food with the dry, or you can try sprinkling warm water on the food. This will bring out the natural flavours and aromas of the food, which will make it more appealing to them.

LifeSource Bits help your pet maintain a healthy oxidative balance with  their high potency of vitamins and minerals, but rest assured that even if your pet eats around them, he or she is still getting a nutritionally complete diet. Since our kibble also contains fruits and vegetables that have antioxidants, your pet is still obtaining a healthy level of all the nutrients he or she needs, even if he or she eats only the kibble.

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Do all BLUE foods contain LifeSource Bits?

All of our dry formulas contain LifeSource Bits. Our canned formulas do not due to the cooking process required to make canned foods.

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Do you offer coupons?

Rather than distribute coupons, we work with our retail partners to offer in-store discounts, so that all of our pet parents can take advantage of them.

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Does your canned food need to be refrigerated?

Yes. You should cover any can of BLUE dog or cat food and refrigerate it once opened.

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How long is the canned food good for once it is opened?

You can store it covered, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.

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Do you offer a breeder's program?

We do not offer a breeder's program at this time.

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Do you have samples available?

We do not have samples available. There is a 100% satisfaction guarantee that comes with any purchase of a Blue Buffalo product. If for some reason you are not satisfied, you can return the unused portion with your receipt to get a full refund.

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