FAQ’s

Q: Where is Green Dog and Green Pantry made?

A: Green Dog and Green Pantry are proudly made here in the U.K.

Q: Why are artificial vitamins and minerals added to other dog foods?

A: It is a direct reflection on the raw materials and the manufacturing process used. Artificial vitamins and minerals will be added in order to try and replace the naturally occurring ones when.

  • High levels of by-products are used, which are depleted of natural minerals and vitamins.
  • The raw materials have been over processed – high temperatures will denature vitamins and minerals.
  • The finished product may have to survive unstable storage conditions, e.g. during long transport periods.

Q: How can Green Dog and Green Pantry products help with Natural control of intestinal and external hygiene

A: Green Dog products are based on the concept of Holistic Nutrition which reflects the natural diet of the dog or cat. This supports the immune system, promoting digestive vitality through maintenance of digestive flora, and enabling the system to cleanse and detoxify itself.

For all further related questions please email us on info@greendogfood.co.uk or call a member of our team on 0203 1740093.

Q: Should I be worried about parasite control?

A: The overall risk of health problems arising from common parasites is low, but it can be slightly higher in some localities. Fit adult dogs should not need regular preventative treatment; puppies should be wormed at least once for roundworm. Most owners will recognise the early signs of common parasites, many of which will come and go, often unnoticed, and causing no harm; as a precaution they can be easily monitored during normal regular health check-ups. Most vets will be aware of the increasing need to use ant parasitic drugs judiciously because of the risk of drug resistance building up and will advise accordingly.

Q: What can I do to help ?

A: As drug resistance is becoming more common in medical practice generally, nutritional approaches have their on benifits. Green Dog Food contains specific herbs to support the immune function ; regular grooming and cleanliness are also important in order to help break the life cycle of parasites.  Combined with veterinary assessment during routine health checks.

Q: Does Green Dog have a Cereal & Grain Free dog food?

A: Yes we do, please go to our products page to view our Trout, Salmon & Veg or Duck, Turkey & Veg variety. The very first complete Cereal & Grain free dog food to not add any synthetic vitamins and minerals and to also have the added benefit of our herbal premix which helps maintain a natural control of intestinal and external hygiene as part of an holistic lifestyle.

Q: Does Green Pantry have a Cereal & Grain Free cat food?

A: Yes we do, please go to our products page to view our Salmon or Turkey variety.

Q: Feeding Puppies?

A: As the mother begins to wean her puppies, slowly introduce Green Dog into their diet by soaking the food in warm water to soften – very small puppies can bolt their food and dry kibble can occasionally become stuck in the throat.

Green Dog contains all the nutrients required to reflect the natural diet however dogs, like us, thrive on nutritional variety and we recommend the occasional use of wholesome extras which should not exceed about 10 – 20 per cent of the total volume of food given. This also maximizes economy and food recycling. Feeding extras encourage a robust digestive system from an early age, ensuring optimum nutrition and preventing the dog from becoming a ‘fussy eater’.  What many people do is give Green Dog during the week and add extras at the weekend.

Green vegetables and meats are the best source of extras.  For example liquidised or boiled green vegetables such as cabbage or broccoli mixed 50/50 with chicken, boneless fish or any other cooked meat.  Avoid all processed food and avoid giving dairy products such as cheese and chocolate.  A good tip is to make a ‘job lot’ of extras and freeze it in small bags that can be thawed out the day before use.

Finely minced, raw whole chicken wings are also suggested as extras, as they provide both meat and calcium in an ideal way. Introduce very small amounts to start with. When the puppy’s teeth have become strong enough to crunch the bones, he can be given whole raw chicken wings and other raw meaty bones. NEVER give cooked bones of any description (these are often sold in pet shops).  If you are not used to feeding bones we can provide a separate information sheet as there are other simple rules to follow.

Other supplements should not be needed. If in doubt please contact us.

Q: Is Green Dog suitable for older dogs?

A: Just as puppies need a higher input of energy as they are growing, older dogs need less as they begin to slow down – the quality of the food also becomes more important as the major organs gradually begin to lose their vitality as part of the body’s natural aging process. Reduction of energy, whilst maintaining the quality can be achieved without hunger pangs by reducing the amount of Green Dog and adding low energy treats such as cooked green vegetables into diet.  The amounts to give should be adjusted according to individual circumstances and judged according to the dogs overall weight and condition. Over-feeding is one of the biggest causes of early demise.

Q: Does Green Dog have a feeding guide?

A: All of feeding guides are printed on the rear of our packaging; these are a general guide only. Actual requirements will vary according to breed, activity and other factors; there is no such thing as a correct amount of food based on the weight of the dog alone. The figures we use are based on averages; the best way is to feed by eye.

Q: Can I add extra food prepared by myself?

A: Although the formulation of Green Dog foods fulfils all nutritional requirements, dogs love extra variety. Some owners like to cook extra food at mealtimes to give to the dog. If you do this or have suitable left over’s and table scraps, they can be added to provide up to 20% of the diet. If you do this the total amount of Green Dog food can be reduced by the same amount.

Suitable occasional extras could be made from a range of fresh cooked or liquidised green vegetables, other types of meat and raw bones. Most processed food should be avoided, as should sugar, salt, chocolate, dairy products and spicy food.

Many owners give Green Dog products during the week and prepare other food for their dogs at the weekend when they have more time. Remember ‘optional extras’ are just that – they are a novel addition, not a requirement.

Q: Should I feed my dog Bones?

A: Some professionals do not recommend the feeding of bones because in some circumstances they can cause gut problems. However if the rules are followed the benefits of giving bones far outweigh the risks. All dogs love bones especially large knucklebones, which they will gnaw on for hours. They provide calcium in the best form, keep teeth clean and are good for the digestive tract. The rules are: 1) No cooked bones because they have a tendency to splinter and can also more easily compact in the digestive tract, they are also nutritionally inferior, 2) If you have more than one dog, make sure that they do not fight over bones as this can cause them to be eaten too quickly. 3) Make sure the dog does not eat too much at one sitting – little and often is the rule; you should be able take the bone (or food) from the dog without him becoming aggressive – if this is not possible consult a behaviourist, your vet will be able to recommend one. 

Q: Does Green Dog or Green Pantry test on animals?

A: We do not use laboratory animals for testing our product; we only use pet dogs or cats belonging to members of the public as our ‘tasting panel’.

  • We use holistic principles in the formulation of our products
  • We use products from local suppliers if possible
  • We only use products which can be properly digested
  • We do not use products from inhumane farming systems
  • We do not use unsuitable chemicals of any description for product preservation, fortification, taste enhancement or appearance, or for any other reason.
  • We do not use laboratory animals for testing our product
  • We do not use unsuitable by-products
  • We do not use genetically modified organisms (GMO’s)
  • We do not use ingredients that have been inhumanely tested on animals.

Q: If Green Dog is a medium energy food and does not contain glucosamine, how can it be suitable for large and giant breeds?

A: The ingredients are whole and balanced so that the energy levels and calcium uptake are in harmony with each other. This means that the musculo-skeletal system is maintained in optimum condition, thus removing the need to use artificially derived additives; to help prevent an unnatural strain on the dog’s skeleton, which often leads to many of the problems seen in large breeds, such as hip dysplasia and other chronic musculo-skeletal conditions.

Q: What does the Green Dog or Green Pantry logo mean?

A: Our logo is inspired by the ancient Green Man image, which is found in many cultures symbolising eternal health and vitality arising from nature.