At Sojos we source only human-grade ingredients to make our food & treats. We use only USDA meat, and our food is manufactured under HACCP guidelines. We use no GMO's, no preservatives, and no artificial colors or flavors. Using only the finest quality ingredients is our commitment to you and your four-legged friends.
Alfalfa, surprisingly, is a legume (it is related to the pea). Though typically thought of as a livestock feed, alfalfa has long been used as a nutritional supplement for humans. Considered a low calorie food, it is packed with vitamins C, B2, B5, folic acid as well as copper, zinc and magnesium. It is also a rich source of saponins and phytochemicals, which play a role in the prevention of cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease.
An apple a day truly can help keep the doctor away! In fact, apples are jam packed with important vitamins, minerals and compounds that benefit nearly the entire body. Not only are they a great source of vitamin C, pectin, fiber and potassium, in their raw form (which all of our ingredients are) they are a great source of important phytochemicals such a ellagic acid and flavonoids. These phytochemicals, are the most helpful in preventing heart disease, lowering cholesterol and helping to improve the intestine muscle’s ability to push waste through the gastrointestinal tract. Apples are also very effective in reducing the instances of cancer and diabetes. The pectin and insoluble fiber in apples makes them similar to pumpkin in helping to promote bowel regularity by relieving both diarrhea and constipation. Don’t forget, apples make a great naturally sweet treat for your dog as well. Simply cut up a few pieces and reward their great behavior with a fun, crunchy treat!
Barley Flakes are similar to oats. They help to reduce cholesterol and are rich in fiber, selenium, copper, magnesium and phosphorus. Barley is yet another heart-healthy grain!
Basil, as a member of the mint family, has many health benefits. Often touted for its ability to aid in digestion, basil also has antibacterial properties. Cancer causing free radicals are also kept at bay by basil’s orientin and vicenin (two water-soluble flavonoids).
Beef contains a high amount of quality protein, especially in quality muscle and organ cuts. It is also an excellent source of vitamin B12 and vitamin B6. Both vitamins promote healthy cell functions throughout the body. In addition, beef is an excellent source of selenium, and a good source of iron, riboflavin, and phosphorus.
Broccoli is a tasty, green, cancer-fighting machine that can’t be beat! It has two times the amount of Vitamin C as an orange and almost as much calcium as whole milk. It’s a source of protein and potassium, fiber and folic acid, Vitamins K, A, B6 and E. This little veggie has it all—and is low in calories, too! Following its nutrient power punch, broccoli deals a heavy blow to carcinogens. Broccoli is rich in a number cancer fighting compounds. These stimulate detoxification enzymes, which help to neutralize cancer causing agents and can even target cells that slow tumor growth!
Cabbage is known as the “king” of the cruciferous family of vegetables. In fact, cabbage contains powerful anticancer compounds known as glucosinolates, and is recommended by the American Cancer Society as a key dietary component in reducing the risk of cancer. This is because cabbage, and other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, contain more phytochemicals than any other vegetable family. In addition, cabbage is a nutrient rich, low-calorie food that also provides an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and manganese.
carob powderCarob Powder, though often used a chocolate substitute in human foods, has no natural stimulants. It is 100% safe for dogs, and is packed with valuable nutrition. We do not add carob to our products as flavor enhancers. Carob is high in potassium, calcium, protein and fiber. Carob is also an effective supplement for the treatment of diarrhea, by binding to active and inactive toxins in the intestinal system inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
Carrots provide the single highest source of provitamin A carotenes of any commonly consumed vegetable. They also contain high levels of vitamin K, biotin and fiber. Additionally they are good source of vitamins C and B6, potassium and thiamine. Their health benefits abound, as they are a great source of antioxidant compounds that protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease. Beta-carotene, found in high levels in carrots, has been linked to good vision (especially night vision) and is also effective at protecting against macular degeneration and cataracts. These make great additions not only to your dog’s daily meals, but also as a treat!
Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. It is also packed with potassium, folic acid and vitamins B6 and B2. While celery does contain natural sodium, it is offset by very high levels of potassium and thus even for the most salt-sensitive animals it is considered insignificant. Not only is it packed with nutrients, it also contains coumarins, which are chemical compounds that have been shown to be effective in cancer prevention and enhance the capabilities of white blood cells, which help to ward off infections. Coumarins also help to keep the vascular system fit by lowering blood pressure. In addition to coumarins, another compound called acetylenics is found in celery and have been shown to stop the growth of tumors.
Cranberries have great nutritional benefits, but they also add a nice sweet bite to your dog’s dish. Dogs after all have sweet tooth’s, and thus cranberries help satisfy their cravings! A low calorie food, cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, soluble and insoluble fiber, manganese and copper. They are also rich in antioxidants. Cranberries have been used for centuries to treat urinary tract infections, and this practice has continued today to include a diet with cranberries or cranberry juice to ward off possible urinary tract infections. Cranberries also reduce the risk of kidney stones, because they decrease the amount of ionized calcium (the type of calcium that forms kidney stones) in urine. Cranberries contain quinic acid which is not metabolized by the body and is therefore excreted unchanged in urine. This increases the acidity of the urine which prevents the calcium and phosphate ions from forming stones!
Flax Meal’s nutritional benefits come from lignan and omega-3 fatty acids. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium and manganese. In fact, Flax seeds and in turn flax meal contain nearly twice as much omega-3 fatty acids as fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are shown to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Lignans are plant fiber compounds that bind together to inhibit the promotion of cancer cells. In short, flaxseed packs a one, two punch against cancer. And as a secondary benefit, omega-3 fatty acids are aid in maintaining healthy skin and coats.
Garlic is a powerful antioxidant, antibiotic and a natural flea repellent. As an antibiotic, it destroys harmful bacteria while allowing beneficial bacteria to remain. Garlic can strengthen the heart, nourish the stomach, spleen and lungs; it improves circulation and stimulates the immune system. As an antioxidant, it inhibits cancer cell formation. Many people believe that garlic is harmful to dogs and cats. In extremely large quantities, this is true. But, when fed in small amounts (as is the case in our foods) it is extremely healthy and safe.
Ginger has long been known for its use in reducing the symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders, or for simply stomach-aches. It is known as a carminative, which promotes the production of intestinal spasmolytic, a substance that soothes and relaxes the intestinal wall and promotes healthy digestion.
Kelp is an excellent source of iodine, which is important to proper thyroid function. Kelp is also a good source of iron, calcium, and amino acids.
Rolled Oats, while a clear choice for soluble dietary fiber, are rich in manganese, selenium and phosphorous. They are also a good source of iron. Oats are a heart-healthy grain as the fiber is high in beta-glucan, which lowers cholesterol.
Papayas are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and natural chemical compounds. This little fruit is packed with the antioxidant nutrients carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids. In addition, they contain folic acid, vitamins E and A, potassium and dietary fiber. Papayas also contain the dietary enzyme papain which promotes the healthy digestion of proteins. This combination of vitamins, minerals and enzymes provides protection against cancer, heart disease, chronic diarrhea, inflammation and allergies.
Parsley is related to celery and carrots, and is a rich source of a large number of nutrients, including vitamin C, folic acid, iron, calcium, potassium and zinc. It is also a good source of dietary fiber and has anti-cancer causing agents. Parsley also provides muscles with energy to move and react.
Pecans are native to North America, and are a wonderful source of monounsaturated fat. They also contain significant amounts of plant sterols which are cholesterol lowering power-houses. Though nuts are often thought of as dangerous for dogs, in small, supplemental amounts, they are safe and healthy. They are also rich in vitamins B1, B5, B6 and vitamin E.
Pumpkin, also known as a winter squash, has many nutritional benefits. They are an exceptional source of carotenes and are also a good source of vitamins C and B1, folic acid, potassium and dietary fiber. Pumpkins are considered a dark variety of winter squash, and as such have the highest level of carotenes of all the winter squashes. Carotenes provide protection from many cancers. They also help to ward off heart disease and diabetes. In fact, pumpkin consumption is shown to be the most effective food at keeping diabetes at bay. Because of its dietary fiber, pumpkin is also the perfect food for helping animals to maintain healthy stools. A teaspoon to tablespoon of plain canned pumpkin can help relieve the symptoms of diarrhea and/or constipation.
The inclusion of Rosemary in the diet has been known for its health benefits for centuries. In fact, the essential oil found in Rosemary contains several very potent antioxidants. These antioxidants are so powerful that they are being used as a natural alternative to synthetic antioxidants that are currently being added to foods and preservatives. The primary antioxidant contained in Rosemary is called rosmarinic acid and has been shown to reduce the inflammatory response, which not only reduces the symptoms of arthritis but also wards against the joint damage that causes arthritis. But that’s not all! Rosemary also contains flavonoids and volatile oil, two substances that stimulate the immune system, increase circulation and improve digestion.
Rye Flakes boast a hearty flavor, and because of its unique dietary fiber, it can help prevent spikes in blood-sugar. Rich in magnesium and vitamin B1, it is also helpful in reducing irritable bowel syndrome’s symptoms.
Though often mistaken for a yam and thought of as a cousin to the white potato, Sweet Potatoes are a stand-alone veggie packed with nutrients. Easier for dog’s to digest than white potatoes, sweet potatoes are a rich source of antioxidants that help prevent cancer, agents that work against inflammation, potassium that keeps your pup’s heart healthy, and of course, fiber! In fact, half of the fiber in sweet potatoes is soluble. Soluble fiber helps prevent constipation and wards off diarrhea, while creating useful and active byproducts as it is digested. One such useful byproduct is the stabilization of sugar levels in the blood stream. That stabilization is what makes sweet potatoes an “anti-diabetic” food because they improve the response to insulin in the blood stream
Turkey is, of course, a great source of protein. It is a high-protein, low-fat food. But, its health benefits don’t stop with protein, as Turkey is also a great source of selenium, niacin, vitamin B6, zinc and vitamin B12. Turkey is also high in amino acids, particularly tryptophan which is a building block of the brain compound serotonin. Serotonin promotes healthy sleep and rest, which in turn promotes overall health. Though for animals, Turkey’s high-quality, low in fat protein is the number one benefit of this meat!
vitamins and minerals
Zinc is a naturally occurring mineral that is important for growth and for the development and health of body tissues. Zinc is also important for the functionality of the immune system and wound healing. We add this natural mineral to two of our food mixes to ensure that the mix of fruits, veggies and meats give your pet the correct amount of zinc for proper growth and a healthy immune system.
With dogs spending increasingly less time outside in the natural sunlight, vitamin D becomes an important supplement to not only promotes healthy bones, but also help to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus (which is very important for the absorption of both of those minerals). Vitamin D also helps in protection from cancer and autoimmune diseases.
Vitamin E Acetate
Vitamin E Acetate is a dry form vitamin E, and is important in slowing the aging of cells and can play a role in protecting against free-radicals. Free radicals are formed as a result of the natural process of metabolism, but can damage the cells in the body, which can result in the development of diseases (heart disease and cancer). The risk of developing these diseases is lowered with adequate amounts of Vitamin E in a daily diet. Vitamin E does require that there be some dietary fat in the daily diet as it is a fat soluble nutrient.
Vitamin A Palmitate
Vitamin A Palmitate is a form of vitamin A found naturally in animal sources (liver, fish, whole milk and eggs). We add this vitamin because it is absolutely essential to your pet’s health to maintain proper vitamin A levels. Vitamin A is essential for eyesight, in fact four kinds of vitamin A are found in the retina alone. Vitamin A is vital for proper growth and development as well, and is necessary for maintaining healthy skin, nerve cells and immunity.
Both calcium and phosphate are essential minerals. More important however, are maintaining the correct balance of calcium to phosphate. We add this natural form of calcium phosphate to our mixes to ensure that the ratio of calcium to phosphate of 1.4:1 is maintained. Calcium is essential for bone and teeth health, however it is also key for enzyme function and plays a role in muscle contraction, releasing of neurotransmitters, regulating heartbeats and blood clotting. Phosphorus is second only to calcium in its importance to the daily diet. The correct ratio of calcium to phosphorus is essential for each mineral to be properly absorbed and used by the body. Almost all of the phosphorus in the body is found in the calcium crystals in bones and teeth, but phosphorus is also essential to energy metabolism and DNA synthesis and of course, calcium absorption.
There is plenty of great nutrition packed into the small shell that surrounds an egg. In fact, eggs are considered a high-quality protein, but more importantly they are an excellent source of vitamin K and B vitamins (biotin, thiamine and B12). They also provide a good source of vitamin D and selenium. Many of the B vitamins promote heart health and eggs are also rich in choline, which helps cell membranes maintain their structure, especially in fat-like brain molecules, which in turn promotes brain function and health. They are also thought to strengthen the blood and provide an easy, quick source of natural energy.