Lotus Oven-Baked Duck Small Bites Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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Sensitive dogs rejoice! Lotus always starts with fresh ingredients in their whole, natural form, but with the Grain-Free Duck Recipe, they’ve outdone themselves. Not only is this grain-free dog food free of grain (you’ve probably picked up on that by now), it’s gluten free and it has absolutely no rice protein concentrate or pea protein concentrate either. Only natural duck, duck meal, fish and eggs are the animal proteins here. And your dog will get plenty of oomph from the complex carb-packed whole sweet potatoes and potatoes. We’re talking serious fuel for any tennis ball, squirrel or cat chase that might come up!

Key Benefits
  • Natural, wholesome ingredients
  • Grain and gluten-free recipe, no rice or pea protein concentrate
  • No rice or pea protein concentrate
  • Small, easy to eat bites for smaller dogs or puppies
  • Contains a special blend of organic soybean, olive and salmon oil

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  • Item Number
    82257
  • Weight
    10.0 pounds
  • Breed Size
    Small Breeds, Extra Small & Toy Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free
Nutritional Info
Ingredients

Duck, Duck Meal, Tapioca Flour, Fish Meal, Dried Peas, Dried Potatoes, Pea Fiber, Dried Egg Product, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Organic Soybean Oil, (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Sea Salt, Brewers Dried Yeast, Ground Flax Seed, Olive Oil, Salmon Oil, Carrots, Apples, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Pumpkin, Spinach, Blueberries, Garlic, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Dicalcium Phosphate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Niacin, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Pantothenate, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera, Dried Kelp, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermenation Solubles, Lactobacillus Lactis Fermentation Solubles, and Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Solubles, Folic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement and Rosemary Extract.

Caloric Content

3,273 kcal/kg, 619.5 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein27% min
Crude Fat12.0% min
Crude Fiber6.0% max
Moisture10.0% max
Vitamin E100 UI/kg min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids0.75% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids2.50% min
Ascorbic Acid250mg/kg min
Ash8.46%
Calcium1.66%
Phosphorus1.23.0%
Sodium0.792%
Magnesium0.030%
Feeding Instructions
WeightAdult Daily Feeding (cup)
8 lbs1/2
14.5 lbs3/4
22 lbs1
31 lbs1 1/4
40.5 lbs1 1/2
62 lbs2
FAQ

Why is baked dry pet food better than extruded dry pet food?

Because we bake our dog and cat foods, we are able to use up to twice as much fresh meat as extruded pet foods. Then there’s better palatability - in 1 third - party study, Lotus Wholesome Duck Recipe fed 11/2 times better as a first choice against the leading specialty dry duck formulas for dogs. And we do it all without any added flavors or sprayed on fats (Feel the difference - Lotus is not greasy like most extruded foods).Baked foods are cooked at 1 atmospheric pressure slowly cooking and browning each piece of Lotus. Extruders cook food at 2 - 3 times atmospheric pressure using steam. Extruded kibble gets its puffy appearance from being cooked at such high pressure, then being released back into normal atmospheric pressure after cooking. This is cooking from the inside out (think microwave).Oven - baked Lotus retains 100% of its vitamins. Extruded dog and cat foods typically lose an average of 40% of their vitamins. This means that all of Lotus’ fresh fruits and vegetables still provide all of those wonderful antioxidants to keep your best friend’s cells healthy. Lotus even retained 100% of its proteins compared to extruded foods that typically lose 20% during drying the drying process.Feed less! A bag of Lotus lasts 20% longer. This is because a cup of Lotus weighs only 4 oz and many extruded foods weigh an average of 6 ozSlow oven - baking takes about 3 times as long, but we think all the benefits are worth it.

Why do some of the lotus kibble pieces look like they have grill marks on them?

Lotus dry foods are baked in real ovens, like the 1 you have at home. So, of course, there will be some browning from the oven. The Lotus kibbles come out shaped slightly different from each other—the same way homemade cookies are never perfectly round.

Where does lotus source all of their ingredients?

All ingredients are sourced in North America (USA and Canada). There are 3 exceptions on our ingredient lists: New Zealand Green Mussel, Deboned Lamb and Lamb Meal - all these great ingredients come from New Zealand.

Where is lotus made?

Our oven - baked foods are made in small batches in a family owned and operated Canadian bakery. all of our canned foods are made in small batches in our very own micro - cannery in California.

Why are whole grains beneficial?

We use whole grains because of the many nutritional benefits they provide. For example, brown rice provides vitamin E to help maintain healthy cells. Brown rice also supplies insoluble fiber which becomes food for the good bacteria in your pet’s large intestine.In fact, our brown rice is actually more expensive than chicken meal because it’s the same brown rice you’d cook at home. Although chicken meal is a nutritious ingredient, it’s not used in the household kitchen.Rye is another whole grain, but this 1 has the highest concentration of lignans, antioxidant like compounds that help keep cells healthy.Barley and oatmeal are a great source of B vitamins, as well as insoluble fiber, which can help feed good bacteria in the large intestine.

What makes the oil blend in lotus so good for my pet’s skin and coat?

We selected 3 special oils for our dog food, each with their own amazing benefits. We chose soy oil because it is a good source of omega - 6 and omega - 3 fatty acids in the form of Alpha Linolenic Acid. We chose olive oil because it’s a rich source linoleic acid (omega - 6). And we added salmon oil because it’s rich in 2 omega - 3 fatty acids - DHA and EPA. DHA has been shown to improve learning in puppies whose mothers were fed a diet containing DHA. All Lotus cat recipes contain chicken fat as well because cats have an increased need for fat, as compared to dogs.

How do I know that lotus is really ethoxyquin free?

Lotus only purchases proteins that are specified by the manufacturer to be preserved with vitamin E, citric acid, and rosemary. This means all our fish, fish meal, chicken, chicken meal, lamb, lamb meal, duck, and duck meal are all naturally preserved. We do this even though we could claim our food is natural by just adding a natural preservative to the food and not worrying about how our proteins are preserved. We feel it’s necessary to go the extra mile and commit to never buying proteins that are preserved with things like Ethoxyquin, BHT, or BHA even though they are cheaper.

I hear many pet food companies say their food contains no soy. will the soy oil in lotus cause an allergic reaction in my dog or cat?

No, the soy oil is 1 of the oils in Lotus that supplies both linoleic acid (an omega 6 fatty acid) and alpha linolenic acid(an omega 3 fatty acid). It is not a protein like soybean meal which is often used as an inexpensive source of protein in some foods. Allergies are primarily caused by proteins, not fatty acids or oils. In fact, Lotus does not use any concentrated plant based proteins like soybean meal, potato protein, pea protein or rice protein concentrate, for that very reason.

I’ve heard that taurine is a necessary nutrient for cats. I’ve seen added taurine recently in some lamb and rice foods for dogs. why doesn’t lotus add taurine to their lamb and rice formula for dogs?

Because dogs can produce taurine if they have all of the required amino acids. Lotus lamb supplies these amino acids with lamb meat, Pollock and lamb meal as protein sources and not just lamb meal. Lamb meal tends to be higher in ash (bone) and collagen than lamb meat and doesn’t have as much usable protein. Also, Lotus does not use ingredients like rice bran which is often combined with lamb meal which is often the only protein source in other dog foods. When a dog is fed this type of diet, he/she may not get all of the required amino acids to produce taurine, so those dog foods add taurine. A deficiency in taurine can lead to heart issues.

Who does the artwork on lotus’ packaging?

All of the Lotus packaging artwork is done by Bay Area artist Nicholas Wilton. The natural, organic shapes and textures represented in Wilton’s work reflect the organic, holistic nature of Lotus foods. That’s why we chose Wilton to illustrate the images that our art director, Betsy Nathane designed. Wilton’s work can be found at nicholaswiltonpaintings.com

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Just to let you know how I feel about your service, so far very satisfied

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    Murphy loves this!!! She is also on a prescription Hills food, which I purchase from you which makes it very easy for me, one call shopping!!!

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    Picky Eater Here!

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    My dog is the pickiest of eaters when it comes to dry food, but he loves this food. I cant believe it. Most importantly, his poops are awesome too.

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    So Far, So Good

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    My little 10 year old Bichon has suffered with agonizing allergies his whole life. We've been through numerous medications from our Vet and even injections, to no avail! I purchased this food on the recommendation of my son who has experienced the same "food allergy" issues with his dog in the past and found that by switching to Lotus, all the issues cleared up over time and he has been spared of a reoccurrence by staying on this food protocol. Thus far, although this is early in this venture, all is well in that my dog loves the Duck kibbles. We're waiting to see if in time, this will prove to help greatly with his allergies, since it seems his biggest issue is centered around food allergies My little 10 year old Bichon has suffered with agonizing allergies his whole life. We've been through numerous medications from our Vet and even injections, to no avail! I purchased this food on the recommendation of my son who has experienced the same "food allergy" issues with his dog in the past and found that by switching to Lotus, all the issues cleared up over time and he has been spared of a reoccurrence by staying on this food protocol. Thus far, although this is early in this venture, all is well in that my dog loves the Duck kibbles. We're waiting to see if in time, this will prove to help greatly with his allergies, since it seems his biggest issue is centered around food allergies. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Small kibble

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    My picky Pomeranian is eating this!!!! I’m so happy! He hasn’t had dog food in 5 years as he was living with my ex. Thank you for a great dog food!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the price

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    my dog LOVES this food. It's quite pricey but it seems he allergic to chicken and i want a nutritious and well made food for him

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Quick absorbing the water!

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    My puppy loves the small bites! In a way he became picky for his food because he doesn’t like to eat any other food!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    All of my puppies love it!

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    I have 5 dogs, and 4 of them eat the same food. I finally found a food all 4 of them liked, and then it was reformulated to have chicken. No bueno! We tried a few different kinds of food before Lotus and now they get excited like they used to for breakfast and dinner. It makes me feel good to know they eat well.

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    Lotus Oven-Baked Duck Small Bites Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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    I have a number of dogs ranging from 8 pounds to 30 pounds and they all love Lotus Oven-Baked Small Bites Recipe. I really like the fact that it is baked and the dogs gobble it up.

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    we love it!

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    this food was also well received by my spoiled little dog

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    First kibble I could get my dog to eat

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    I made the mistake of putting my dog on raw food...lol. She loved Stella & Chewy's but it was so expensive & if she didn't finish it within the same day it was trash. I tried everything and almost gave up until I found Lotus small bites. She loves it! Also I feel that she has more energy & pep. She loves bell peppers and apples as snacks now took thank you Lotus!!

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