Understanding Nutrition

Ingredient Glossary

Lucy Pet Formulas for Life™ are complete and balanced. The information provided on individual ingredients is to assist you in understanding what is in our various formulas. The combination of our high-quality ingredients combined with our specialized vitamin/mineral premix blends are what contribute to the diets that we are so proud of for your pet.

We take great pride in where and how we source ingredients. We never buy ingredients from the open market to get the lowest price. Instead we cultivate long-standing relationships with suppliers we know and have visited.

Our nutrition team of experts also includes highly credentialed professionals with extensive backgrounds in companion animal health and nutrition, including a “Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2” Certified Ingredient Sourcing Specialist with over 20 years’ experience.

Beet Pulp- An excellent, safe, healthful fiber source because of its benefit to the intestinal bacteria that help maintain colon health. Beet pulp is the material left over after the sugar is removed from sugar beets. Therefore, beet pulp contains no sugar. Beet pulp does not contain any toxins and does not affect coat color, nor will it affect coat pigment. The inside of the sugar beet is light in color, and the dark outside peel is not used in pet food.  Sourced from USA.
Biotin- Water-soluble, essential B-complex vitamin that is part of enzymes essential for a healthy metabolism. Sourced from USA.
Brown Rice- A whole-grain rice that contains three parts of the grain kernel: the outer, fiber-filled layer called the bran, the nutrient-rich core called the germ, and the starchy middle layer called the endosperm. Brown rice is considered a complex carbohydrate source. Sourced from USA.
Calcium carbonate: An essential mineral source of calcium for dogs and cats. Sourced from USA.
Calcium iodate– A source of iodine, which helps the thyroid gland function properly. Sourced from Canada & USA.
Carrots– A good natural source of important vitamins and minerals to help support the immune and digestive systems. Carrots may also help support proper skin and eye health. Sourced from USA.
Cassia gum- purified flour made from the seeds of Cassia Tora. The germ and husk are heated, purified, pulverized, extracted, and dried. Cassia gum is used as a thickener and gelling agent only in our canned dog and cat foods. Sourced from India.
Chickpeas- A legume vegetable also known as garbanzo beans. Chickpeas are rich in protein and complex carbohydrates, including starches and fibers. Sourced from USA.
Chicory root extract- The chicory plant root is a source of fiber. It is considered a “prebiotic” because it helps feed the gut bacteria to help to maintain a healthy digestive environment. Sourced from USA.
Chicken fat- A highly palatable source of energy that helps achieve the proper fatty acid profile necessary for healthy skin and coat. It also contains a small amount of arachidonic acid, a fatty acid that cats cannot produce on their own. Our chicken fat is preserved with mixed tocopherols to maintain freshness. Sourced from USA.
Chicken meal- A high quality, chicken protein with moisture removed that is a more concentrated form of the chicken protein and has a significant source of calcium and phosphorus and other minerals. It provides essential amino acids and fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals for muscle development and energy. It is made by cooking the chicken to release the fat and water, which creates a concentrated, highly digestible protein source.  Contains NO chicken by-products. Sourced from USA.
Chicken stock- Made by slowly cooking chicken bones, parts, and/or muscle tissue in water. Sourced from USA.
Choline chloride- A source of the B-complex vitamin, choline is necessary for energy metabolism and proper nervous tissue function. Sourced from USA.
Citric acid (preservative) A form of Vitamin C, naturally sourced antioxidant derived from microbial fermentation. Sourced from France.
Copper proteinate- A source of the essential trace mineral, copper. This mineral is combined with amino acids to help absorption and assimilation of mineral. Copper is essential for the normal formation of hemoglobin and for coat color. Sourced from USA.
Cranberries Known to be an excellent source of Vitamin C and also a natural source of tannins that are believed to help prevent harmful bacteria from thriving in the urinary tract. Sourced from USA.
DL-methionine- Methionine is an essential sulfur-containing amino acid for both dogs and cats to build proteins in the body. Sourced from USA.
D-Calcium pantothenate- An essential water-soluble vitamin required to sustain life is also known as Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid. Pantothenic acid is needed to form coenzyme-A (CoA), which is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. This Vitamin is necessary for the conversion of fat and sugar into energy and promotes wound healing and antibody formation. Sourced from Scotland and Germany.
Duck- High-quality duck meat responsibly raised. Contains no duck by-products. A highly palatable source of protein. Sourced from France and the USA.
Duck fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)- A source of energy and key fatty acids including arachidonic acid. The fatty acids in duck fat are vital to skin and coat health. Sourced from France & USA. 
Duck meal- A high-quality meal that is made by cooking duck to remove moisture and is a more concentrated form of the duck protein. Contains no duck by-products. It provides essential amino acids and fatty acids for muscle development and energy. Sourced from France & USA.
Ferrous sulfate- Mineral compound used as a source of iron. It provides oxygen to the blood and helps with the digestion of fatty acids. Sourced from the USA.