Our Key Ingredients
Each DEVOTION recipe is lovingly crafted to give your small pet the optimal combination of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that they need to flourish, promoting everything from healthy skin and coat to improved dental hygiene. Here are some of the key ingredients found in DEVOTION blends.
Proteinates (Chelated Minerals)
Proteinates are chelated minerals. Chelation is a process that connects a mineral to a protein. This connection identifies the mineral immediately to the digestive system and improves all trace mineral absorption. Chelated minerals improve coat and skin dramatically and encourage superior immune response.
Lecithins are phosphoglycerides that aid in the digestion of fats and their dispersion through the body. Not only will the fats be well digested but the improved dispersion helps to maintain a healthy body weight. The most visible affect is the soft, healthy coat.
Flaxseeds are an excellent source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential to the growth and maintenance of a healthy, soft coat and healthy skin. Not only do flaxseeds have a high level of omega 3 and omega 6 but also have a low percentage of fat energy. Flaxseeds offer all of the coat benefits without the fat.
Yucca Schidigera is an extract from the Mojave yucca. This extract reduces the stool odour naturally. Yucca extract is not an alternative to good habitat maintenance but a helpful ingredient to keep the habitat smelling better between regular maintenance.
L-carnitine is an amino acid also called vitamin Bt. L-carnitine in addition to lecithin encourages strong utilization of fats and the use of fats for energy. Beyond these benefits, L-carnitine has an important role in cardiovascular and brain health as well as good liver function.
Probiotics are friendly, good bacteria that live in the digestive tract. They are essential to good digestion and utilization of the food. DEVOTION has two strains of these bacteria: Bacillus licheniformis and Bacillus subtilis. The daily addition of these good bacteria to the diet improves the digestion of protein, carbohydrates and fats and also prevents colonization of bad bacteria. This is similar to humans eating probiotic yogurt.
Prebiotics (or FOS)
Prebiotics are complex fibres that stimulate the growth of probiotics. The fibres are derived from chicory root, sugar beets or sugar cane. In addition to supporting the probiotics, prebiotics lower intestinal pH, improve the immune system and help to reduce stool odour. Prebiotics are also known as FOS or fructo-oligosaccharides.
MOS are carbohydrates from yeast cell walls. DEVOTION uses a specific strain called saccharomyces cerevisiae. MOS helps prevent the colonization of bad bacteria and keep the good bacteria population in good balance. Bad bacteria will bind themselves to MOS and be excreted with the stools instead of colonizing in the intestine. This is a healthy, natural way of reducing bad bacteria and encouraging the growth of good bacterias.
Ginger Root has been used for centuries for upset stomachs. A daily diet with ginger root helps to prevent upset stomachs and provides many other benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Cranberry Extract is made from whole dry cranberries. The extract is more efficient than using the whole fruit because it is concentrated. Cranberry extract is used to acidify the urinary tract to prevent the buildup of urinary tract crystals and to provide an inhospitable environment for pathogenic bacteria.
Chamomile Flowers are used for a natural calming effect. Some rodents are nervous by nature. Chamomile tea is widely used everywhere for anxiety and insomnia. This natural ingredient helps nervous rodents to stay calm.
Betaine is extracted from sugar beets. It helps prevent dehydration by optimizing each cell’s ability to hold as much water as possible. Rodents are often in dry cages in relatively dry homes. Optimizing the amount of water each cell holds provides a calmer pet as they are not worried about their thirst level. It is no replacement for daily fresh water but an aid to help your pet worry about one less thing.
Oat Groats are dehulled whole oats. Whole oats have a heavy shell or skin that is difficult for rodents to remove so they can eat the oat groat. The pet will often neglect the whole oats and eat something easier and more available. Oat groats without hulls are twice the price of whole oats. Additionally, oat groats are higher in protein and fibre and lower in carbohydrate calories than other grains. Our oat groats are hulled fresh every day in the mill.