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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you have questions or concerns about DCM?
A: FAQ regarding the FDA update on June 27, 2019 (PDF)
A: A Video Message from our President, Charlie Nelson

Q: Can I feed my dog different formulas or proteins?
A: Yes, rotational protein diets can be beneficial to your dog and a great way to receive more nutrients. Not every dog is the same, if you introduce rotational feeding correctly you should have little to no problems.

Q: I see Chicken Meal or Lamb Meal on your ingredients, is that good?
A: It is a good source of concentrated protein, meat meal is the meat protein with water and fat removed and nutritionally excellent for your pet.

Q: Do I need to feed Grain Free?
A: All of our formulas do NOT have corn, wheat, soy and those are the most common allergens in pets. We do offer a wide variety of novel proteins in our grain free formula. Grain Free food may offer more protein and lower carbohydrates for your pet.

Q: What is a single source protein and why feed it?
A: Our PureVita line offers a single source protein, there is only one meat protein in each formula. This is perfect for dogs with protein sensitivities and allergies.

Q: What if my pet won’t eat your food?
A: Our number 1 priority is to deliver the safest most nutritious foods. We guarantee all of our products sold from an authorized dealer 100%. Your pet will have a safe delicious product every time, if you are not happy with it bring it back for a refund.

Q: Do you have a formula that does not contain chicken?
A: Yes, NutriSource has the High Plains (Beef & Trout) and Woodlands (Wild Boar & Turkey) that do not contain chicken, chicken fat or chicken flavor. We also have multiple proteins to choose from with our PureVita formulas and they are a single sourced protein.

Q: Why would I feed my pet less of your food compared to a grocery store brand?
A: At NutriSource less is more, with meat being the #1 ingredient on our products and less “fillers” you will have a satisfied pet with more nutrition and less waste to pick up.

Q: Do you have a food for my small dogs? What is the difference?

A: Yes, we currently have 4 small bite formulas! We offer all four in grain free with a tiny kibble. They all have different protein sources and the kibble is the perfect size for those small and toy breeds.

Q: Do you offer grain free and chicken free cat formulas?                                  

A: Yes, Pure Vita Grain Free Duck and Grain Free Salmon dry food is our single source protein. We also off many canned formulas for cat in our NutriSource and PureVita brands.

Q: I am feeding another brand of food and want to switch to your food, how do I do that?

A: Very easy – remember we have prebiotics and probiotics in our food and that will help with sensitivity when switching formulas. You know your pet best, but we recommend to go 80% of your food and 20% our food and slowly make the transitsion. You should be able to be on our 100% within a week.

Q: Why is your food different than all the other brands out there?
A: We are a 3rd generation family owned company from Minnesota. We are consciously small and do not outsource our kibble products. We invest in quality and from our raw ingredients to our new state of the art manufacturing plant. We are in control of what goes into all of our products and test products during and after cooking. We are very proud of our unmatched safety record.

Q: What is Good 4 Life on all of your bags?

A: At Tuffy’s Pet Foods, your pet’s health, longevity and performance are very important to us. We are proud to partner with Alltech and trade mark our Good 4 Life System that is exclusive to only our food.

Our Good 4 Life system uses Proteinated Micronutrients that are easily absorbed into your pet’s system and not lost through waste. This will boost your pet’s Immunity to help fight off disease. Selenium Yeast is a nutrient that your pet needs to stay healthy, it benefits brain, liver and pancreatic functions. It improves antioxidant status in your pet and protects the body from free radicals. Prebiotics and Probiotics benefit good gut health. This will help your pet feel and look good by reducing bad bacteria, controlling the PH in the lower GI tract to maintain an environment for good bacteria to thrive and increase digestion of nutrients. This will also help with gas and loose stools.

Q: Where can I buy your food?

A: We distribute our food nationwide, if you are looking for a retailer near you we offer “where to buy” on our website. Enter your zip code and this will help you find an independent retailer. If you need additional help please contact us at 1-800-525-9155.

Q: Why do you use Lentils and Chick Peas in some of your formulas?

A: We choose to not use high glycemic carbohydrates such as corn & wheat. Lentils and Chick Peas provide protein and fiber that is beneficial for your pet’s diet and low glycemic.

Q: What is Tuffy's Pet Food's response to the FDA Statement regarding DCM in dogs?

A: You can find our official statement here.

Q: My pet needs to avoid potatoes and peas, do you make a formula that they can eat?

A: Yes, all of our products do not contain potatoes. NutriSource Grain Free High Plains and Grain Free Woodland Select are both pea free formulas. In our PureVita products we offer Duck & Green Lentils, Beef & Red Lentils, and Venison & Red Lentils that are pea free.

Q: What are Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid?

A: Mixed Tocopherols is a natural preservative made up of Vitamin E that is beneficial to your pet’s eye, skin and coat. Citric Acid is made up of citrus fruit and preserves antioxidants in your pet’s food.

Q: Is your food made in the USA?

A: Yes, our family owned factory is located in Perham MN. We make all our own dry kibble, you can buy it from California to Canada and it comes from Perham.