Meal can sound a little mysterious when looking at the ingredients in your pet’s food, but meal actually contains a ton of health benefits for your four-legged friend. Whether it is salmon, turkey, pork or another form of meat, meal in pet food is made by drying raw meat to remove most of the moisture.
The main benefit of using meal instead of raw meat is the concentration of protein in meal. When the moisture is removed from the meat, there is more protein per ounce of product. This means your pet is getting a much larger serving of protein in every bite.
Less water, more nutrients
Traditional meats, such as whole chicken, contains about 70 percent water and 18 percent protein. After rendering, the process used to create meal, the resulting chicken meal contains only 10 percent water and 65 percent protein. That is nearly 4 times more protein than whole chicken.
Meal can mean a healthier pet
As the main source of protein, meat meal serves a number of roles for your pet’s overall health. Protein helps build and repair muscles and other tissues, keeping your pet strong. It also plays a role in forming new skin cells and growing hair. Other benefits include energy and a stronger immune system.
How to include meal in your pet’s diet
Each Supreme Source pet food recipe contains meal, which means there is tons of protein found in every bite of Supreme Source. To see all our recipes with different kinds of meat meals, check out our products for dogs and cats.