Frequently Asked Questions About-Lucy Pet™ Formulas for Life™
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FAQ Formulas For Life2019-08-09T09:12:24-07:00

FAQ Formulas For Life

How do I to Transition my pet to Lucy Pet Formulas for Life ™2019-06-07T18:58:35-07:00
The key to switching foods is to do it gradually, so your pet’s digestive system can adapt to our formula and nutrients. Start by replacing 20-25% of the current food you are feeding with Lucy Pet Formulas for Life. Each day, gradually increase the amount of new food and decrease the amount of the former food until your pet is eating only the new diet.

If your pet tends to have a sensitive stomach, allow up to 10-14 days to fully transition to Lucy Pet Formulas for Life™

In some instances, a pet can experience soft stools during the first week when you switch and transition to any new food. Lucy Pet Formulas for Life™ digest easily and most pets transition smoothly. However, if your pet’s stool becomes loose, it may be necessary to transition more gradually to the new diet.

Be sure to temporarily eliminate any treats or wet food for the first few days, and follow feeding guidelines closely. Lucy Pet diets may require different feeding quantities than the food you were previously feeding.

For your convenience, we have prepared a printable copy of these instructions. Click here to download a copy.

How does this product compare to a raw diet?2019-06-07T18:57:55-07:00

There is really no comparison when it comes to raw vs. kibble dog food. The health and safety concerns of a raw food diet, coupled with its inconvenience and high cost, make it an impractical option for most dog or cat owners. Kibble offers an array of benefits without compromising nutrition, price, convenience, or pet safety. To read more see our blog post: https://www.lucypetproducts.com/raw-vs-kibble

Does Lucy Pet offer any products for pets with food sensitivities?2019-06-07T18:57:37-07:00

Yes. Our Limited Ingredient Diet Duck & Potato formula is an excellent choice for dogs with food sensitivities.

Does Lucy Pet offer coupons?2019-06-07T18:57:20-07:00

If you join our Lucy’s Friends e-mail list you will receive exclusive offers and advance distribution of money saving coupons and promotions. Periodically we also offer coupons and special offers from our Facebook page. You can “like” us on Facebook at Lucy Pet Products to view rebates, coupons or promotions that are made available to the public.

Does Lucy Pet have a frequent buyer program?2019-06-07T18:57:00-07:00

The program rewards you a free bag of food or litter, after the purchase of 12 bags in a 12-month period. The free item must be the same size as the prior 12 bags purchased. You may change the formula within size. There are two ways you can participate and earn a free bag of food or litter. 1. Shop online at LucyPetProducts.com/shop or 2. Purchase the 12 bags at a participating independent pet specialty retail store. Please note: To be eligible to redeem a free item, all 12 purchases must be made within the same channel (either all 12 online at LucyPetProducts.com or all 12 purchased in a pet store). We regret that we are unable to track purchases made in a pet store to apply toward online purchases. We are not able to apply purchases from other online websites toward the redemption of a free bag as part of the Lucy Pet Rewards Program.

Is Lucy Pet available for purchase online?2019-06-07T18:56:45-07:00

Our products are available through pet specialty retail stores and online from our own website LucyPetProducts.com, Amazon.com and Chewy.com

Pets with medical conditions2019-06-07T18:56:28-07:00

Lucy Pet formulas are not designed to address any specific medical condition. We advise that you consult your veterinarian regarding any specific health issues.

Does Lucy Pet pet food contain any meat by-products?2019-06-07T18:56:08-07:00

No. Lucy Pet Formulas for Life does not include any meat by-products.

Is your cat formula low ash?2019-06-07T19:03:01-07:00
A. The chicken meal we source for our cat food has a  low ash specification. Low ash ingredient chicken meal costs more to procure, but we understand that this is important to pet parents for the health of some cats, in particular for senior cats. A variety of ingredients in a formula (other than chicken meal) contribute to total ash, and we take that into consideration when we formulated this diet to be within the specifications for our diets.
Why did Lucy Pet decide to get into the pet food business?2019-06-07T19:43:31-07:00

Our founder and President, Joey Herrick was a pioneer of natural pet foods nearly 30 years go. He developed many innovative products with unique formulations that improved the quality of pet food at a time when many pet foods were using basic quality ingredients. Always one to innovate and never copy, Joey started doing the research of what is missing in today’s diets for dogs and cats. He found that there are a lot of foods all saying the same thing in their marketing and started looking at it from a different point of view.

After reading studies in human health about digestion and gut health, he learned that there are 100 million more neurons in the digestive system than we have in our spinal cord. Experts believe the digestive system does far more than to process food. University researchers call the gut the second brain. Since the basic digestive systems in humans are similar to dogs and cats, Joey decided that digestion is something that needs more attention for the health of our pets. He found the most accomplished, respected and influential animal nutritionists in the industry who had been conducting research on the importance of fiber in the health of animals. He found that the types of fiber used in foods can make a real difference, and realized this nutritional research could bring significant health benefits to dogs and cats.

What makes Lucy Pet Formulas for Life™ different?2019-06-07T19:43:47-07:00

Lucy Pet is proud to work with Dr. George C. Fahey, one of the world’s leading experts in animal nutrition. Our Formulas for Life(™) diets are based on Dr. Fahey’s 40+ years experience. His extensive body of published nutrition research has established him as a bona fide expert in the pet industry worldwide. He heads our team of nutritionists to ensure our diets are precisely balanced and formulated. The beauty of Lucy Pet is the science behind our diets, so each kibble has the extensive experience of our team of nutrition experts. We go above and beyond to source quality ingredients such as French and USA-grown duck meat, US grown quinoa, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, wild Alaskan salmon, and more. Our diets focus on Gut Health by creating a healthy digestive system to feed the entire body system. It is so special we developed our P.B.F Prebiotic Balanced Fiber ™ blend with unique ingredients such as quinoa, pumpkin, and chickpeas.

Are your formulas natural?2019-06-07T19:44:04-07:00

Lucy Pet Formulas for Life ™ are made with natural ingredients, plus vitamins and minerals to ensure proper absorption. We do not add any Artificial Preservatives, Flavors, Colors.

How did you come up with your feeding guidelines?2019-06-07T19:44:41-07:00

All Lucy Pet Formulas for Life ™ diets are formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages, including growth of large size dogs (70lb of more as an adult). Nutrient analysis of our formulas determined the caloric content and KCALs per cup. The resulting feeding guidelines are based on the National Research Council’s Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats. This data base is the culmination of scientific research and feeding trials for canines and felines and is what veterinarians use as well.

Is your food recommended by Veterinarians?2019-06-07T19:45:02-07:00

Yes. Our foods are recommended by Dr. Karen “Doc” Halligan is the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Lucy Pet Foundation and is a renowned veterinarian, author, and celebrity spokesperson. She has developed a distinguished veterinary medical career while establishing herself as a national authority on animal health. She is a sought-after pet health expert and featured spokesperson in the media. As a practicing veterinarian, she understands the importance of feeding high-quality nutrition in the overall health of an animal.

We recommend consulting your veterinarian for specific health questions for your pet.

Where are your foods made?2019-06-07T19:45:16-07:00

All Lucy Pet Formulas for Life ™ are manufactured in the United States at trusted facilities. We source ingredients globally from trusted suppliers, but absolutely no ingredients are from China. We believe that every pet deserves the very best, including nutrition with natural ingredients from trusted, responsible suppliers, and manufactured in American facilities to provide jobs for Americans. Manufacturing plants are HACCP certified and, exceed FDA, AAFCO, CGMP, and USDA industry-wide standards.

Why don’t you have a Puppy or Kitten Formula?2019-06-07T19:45:26-07:00

All Lucy Pet Formulas for Life ™ diets are formulated to be complete and balanced for all life stages of puppies and kittens to adults and senior pets. Our formulas are nutrient-dense, with high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber, as well as the essential vitamins, minerals, supplements and antioxidants necessary for growth and development.

Why don’t you have a Senior Formula?2019-06-07T19:45:41-07:00

All Lucy Pet Formulas for Life ™ diets are formulated to be complete and balanced for all life stages, including senior pets. Our formulas are nutritious with high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber, as well as the essential vitamins, minerals, supplements and antioxidants necessary for growth and development. One very important factor in senior pets is to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is the leading health issue in senior pets, so we recommend following our feeding guidelines based on the age and weight of your pet. Equally important with senior pets is to ensure regular exercise to keep them fit and healthy.

Is your packaging recyclable?2019-06-07T19:45:59-07:00

Our bags are recyclable and non-pollutant; however please check with your local community recycling program to understand what types of packaging they accept.

What is P.B.F. Prebiotic Balance Fiber ™?2019-06-07T19:46:10-07:00

Our Exclusive P.B.F Prebiotic Balanced Fiber ™ is a breakthrough nutritional advancements for optimized digestion and gut health. It promotes a healthy gut environment and enables absorption of desirable nutrients. Until recently the importance of the gut in overall health wasn’t understood. Today we know that the digestive tract goes far beyond just processing the food your pet eats. That’s why we developed our Lucy Pet P.B.F. Prebiotic Balanced Fiber ™ Your pet’s gut plays a key role in natural immunity to disease, and maintaining a healthy gut can contribute to a healthier pet.

Your pet needs bacteria in the gut for a variety of reasons, such as healthy digestion and gut function and bacteria from getting out of control.  Having a diverse population of prebiotics provides nourishment for the gut bacteria, which in turn nourishes the entire body. This approach can be the first line of defense to helping to keep the entire body healthy.

What is the difference between Prebiotics and Probiotics?2017-02-18T17:26:54-07:00
Dogs and Cats (like humans) have bacteria in the gut. The diet you feed them can help manage the types of bacteria to produce a more favorable environment for overall health. Prebiotics can play an important role because they help nourish the naturally occurring probiotic bacteria that is in your pet’s gut. Here is the difference between prebiotics and probiotics:

Prebiotics: A non-digestible food ingredient, (such as fiber) that supports a favorable environment for bacteria and cells in the gut wall of the digestive tract. Prebiotics enable the growth & activity of bacteria that populate the gastrointestinal tract. Prebiotic fibers ferment during digestion and grow bacteria in the gut (digestive tract). These bacteria add to any probiotics that naturally occur. 

Probiotics: Probiotics are a dietary supplement containing live bacteria that adds to the bacteria normally present in the gastrointestinal tract. They are living organisms that must remain alive in order to work. Probiotics can be diminished or even die completely when exposed to heat, long periods of time, and acidity. If you see products with probiotics added, there is a possibility that by the time you use it, the probiotics may be dead and offer no digestive benefit to your pet.

Why is Fiber so important?2019-06-07T19:46:27-07:00

Until recently the importance of the gut in overall health wasn’t understood. Today we know that the digestive tract goes far beyond just processing the food your dog eats. That’s why we developed our Lucy Pet P.B.F. Prebiotic Balanced Fiber ™

We all know that fiber is important because it promotes the movement of food through the digestive system, and produces consistent stools. However, new research shows that having a variety of fibers with a precise blend can produce an optimal environment in the digestive tract to create prebiotics to perform at their peak.

Prebiotics are fermentable fibers, also known as a resistant starch. Resistant starches are dietary fibers naturally found in foods like whole grains, and legumes such as beans, lentils, and peas.

Your pet’s gastrointestinal system uses acids, enzymes, and other secretions to break down food as it passes along. As the fibers break down and ferment, they produce prebiotic bacteria. Your pet needs bacteria in the gut for a variety of reasons such as improving digestion, keeping the body healthy, and helping other systems performing. The prebiotic fiber ingredients will ultimately encourage better nutrient absorption.

How does P.B.F. Prebiotic Balanced Fiber work?2019-06-07T19:46:48-07:00
Our P.B.F. blend delivers prebiotic fibers to nourish the billions of bacteria. Our prebiotic ingredients are resistant to digestion in the stomach and small intestine but are totally or partially fermentable in the large bowel. Prebiotics provide nourishment for the bacteria and the gut. 
The P.B.F. prebiotics often results in a lower pH in the large bowel. The lower pH is the result of more short-chain fatty acid production. The major SCFA’s are acetate, propionate, and butyrate, and each has an important role in the gut and in host animal metabolism.
What is a healthy immune system?2019-06-07T19:47:02-07:00

A healthy immune system means that the immune system is able to respond appropriately when faced with different challenges. Every day your pet’s immune system is challenged by viruses, bacteria, environmental toxins and other pathogens. In addition stress and poor nutrition can also affect immune health.

What role does the immune system play in health?2019-06-07T19:47:50-07:00

The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. The immune system not only affects health, but energy levels, ability to deal wth stress and more.

What is the microbiome?2019-06-07T19:48:03-07:00

The body contains trillions of microbes to form the microbiome, or gut flora. The microbiome is a key part of digestion, impacts immune strength and recent human health studies suggest plays a role in many more aspects including weight and mood. Prebiotics help support bacteria in the gut mircobiome which may lead to improved health.

What is the goal of good gut health?​2019-06-07T19:48:16-07:00
  • Gut Health is about achieving balance in the digestive system.
  • Everything we eat or drink affects our gut bacteria diversity, and ultimately our overall health.
  • Diets low in fiber may not create a thriving gut environment.
  • Prebiotic fibers help to keep it flourishing, keeping the gut health on track.
  • Consuming a wide variety of prebiotic fibers encourages gut bacteria diversity. 
​Why Prebiotics?2019-06-07T19:48:56-07:00
  • Prebiotics are a special class of functional food ingredients that resist digestion in the stomach and are selectively fermented in the colon (large intestine).
  • They are typically soluble fibers, however, other types of ingredients have been recently classified as prebiotic fibers; such as resistant starches and non-digestible sugars called oligosaccharides
  • While most prebiotics are dietary fibers, many dietary fibers are not prebiotics.
  • Not all dietary fibers are considered prebiotics, as some aren’t fermented by the gut at all, as is typical of non-soluble fiber, or aren’t selectively fermented, meaning they feed gut bacteria. 
What is miscanthus grass and why do you use it in your formulas?2019-06-07T19:49:12-07:00
Miscanthus grass is a non-GMO, perennial warm-season plant grown and harvested in the USA. It is one component of our exclusive P.B.F Prebiotic Balanced Fiber blend because it is an excellent source of fiber not commonly used in pet foods. Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive tract, and we utilize miscanthus grass to compliment our variety of fibers to achieve prebiotics in the gut.