A sea of nutrition: Ingredients from the ocean that benefit pets
Petfood and treats using fish, seaweed, kelp and other ingredients add value with EPA, DHA and antioxidants
Often when the benefits of ingredients harvested from our oceans, lakes and rivers are discussed, the sustainability of such products is the focus. And although important to both green-conscious pet parents and bottom-line-meeting manufacturers, pets themselves benefit from the nutrition and palatability of these from-the-sea additives. From fish meal and fish oil to solar-dried seaweed, these are the novel ingredients caught fresh and ready to be formulated into your next functional companion animal edible product.
BioOregon Protein, for example, develops, manufactures and markets novel fish-based ingredients for petfood. According to the company, their products are derived solely from the fresh cuttings of seafood that was originally harvested and processed for human consumption. Three fish-based petfood ingredients manufactured by BioOregon Protein and distributed by LaniPet are available for commercial petfood production: SeaPro 75, SeaPro Shrimp and SeaProCrab
- SeaPro 75 is a de-boned, high protein, low ash Whitefish meal. This ingredient is utilized in dog and cat foods to boost the level of highly concentrated and digestible protein, supplement levels of omega-3 fatty acids and reduce levels of ash and magnesium, according to the company.
- SeaPro Shrimp is a shellfish meal derived solely from Pacific Ocean Pink Shrimp and is a concentrated source of minerals, contains supplemental levels of protein and provides a dietary source of chitin and astaxanthin.
- SeaPro Crab is a shellfish meal derived solely from the Pacific Dungeness Crab. It is a concentrated source of minerals, contains supplemental levels of protein and provides a dietary source of chitin.