Frequently Asked Questions
We’re an open book when it comes to what we make and how we make it. That’s one of the biggest reasons why Country Vet Pet Foods is different. We’re honest about what we do. Always.
What is the difference between Naturals, Premium and Choice options?
Naturals is our very best food that offers high-quality ingredients at an affordable price. Premium is a great food with quality ingredients at a value price point. Choice is a good food at an economical price.
What does Natural pet food mean?
Natural means exactly that! Our Naturals Dog and Cat Foods don’t contain any artificial flavors, colors, fillers or preservatives. Just all-natural ingredients that are healthy, palatable and high-digestible.
What type of ingredients do you use?
We use ingredients that are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Additionally, the ones we choose are affordable and have proven nutritional benefits to pets.
How do I know the ingredients are top quality?
We list every ingredient on our bag and on our website. We also know where all of our ingredients are sourced.
Do you offer any guarantees?
We 100% guarantee our products. If you’re not satisfied, let us know. We’ll make it right.
My dog requires a special diet / has allergies to certain ingredients – do you offer options that will work?
Our Naturals products are free of corn, wheat and soy plus we offer several grain-free option and specialized formulas for high-performance athlete and sportsman dogs.
My dog is currently eating another brand. What is the best way to transition to Country Vet brands?
Transitions are best handled gradually. We recommend the following transition schedule:
- Week 1: 75% Current Food + 25% New Food
- Week 2: 50% Current Food + 50% New Food
- Week 3: 25% Current Food + 75% New Food
- Week 4: 100% New Food
* We always recommend you monitor your pet more closely during diet changes or consult your veterinarian if something seems out of the ordinary.
What is the shelf life of Country Vet foods?
When stored in normal conditions our pet foods have a 12-month shelf life. Learn more about the Lot Code Summary to determine the ‘best by’ date.
How much should I feed my pet?
Each Food is designed to provide nutrition specific to your pets life stage. As such, each formula will have specific feeding guidelines. Please visit the products page to review the feeding guidelines for formula you are using or have interest in.
ABOUT COUNTRY VET
Where is Country Vet located?
Our corporate offices are located in North Sioux City, SD, and all our pet food products are manufactured in the Sioux City, IA.
How long has Country Vet been around?
Country Vet has been on the market for over 12 years.
How is Country Vet different from other pet foods?
We use the highest-quality ingredients to create the best formulas at a price you can afford.
When was your last recall?
We’re proud to say we’ve never had a recall on any of our pet food brands.
How is your manufacturing process different from other pet food brands?
Our formulas are naturally preserved, ruminant free, palatable and highly digestible. We don’t simply re-package our products. They are made in our state-of-the-art facility right here in Iowa.
Do you have options for other animals besides dogs and cats?
We have feeds for Horses, Cows, Pigs, Goats, Sheep, Rabbits, Chickens, Pond Fish, and Bird Seed.
WHERE TO FIND COUNTRY VET PET FOODS
Where can I buy Country Vet brands?
Can I buy Country Vet products online?
Yes, in addition to our great distributor network, our products are now available on Amazon.
Can I get a sample?
Absolutely! Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you offer coupons?
Do you offer volume discounts?
Yes, we offer discounts to breeders, kennels and trainers that buy food in large quantities. Learn more here or ask your local dealer.
I want to sell Country Vet in my retail location. Who do I contact?
Contact us at email@example.com .
FDA announcement about investigating links to canine heart disease
Country Vet Pet Food General Statement on Dilated Cardiomyopathy
On 07/12/18 The FDA release a statement (click here to read release) alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. These reports are unusual because DCM is occurring in breeds not typically genetically prone to the disease. This previously unknown, but potential link between DCM and dog foods is currently being investigated by FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (a collaboration of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories). The statement notes taurine deficiency can be associated with DCM, a possible link between diet and the diagnosis is being explored. Taurine has not been recognized as an essential ingredient in dog food.
Country Vet Naturals Grain-Free dog food is supplemented with taurine.
What is DCM and is it life-threatening?
Canine DCM is a condition that results in an enlarged heart. As the heart and its chambers become dilated, it becomes harder for the heart to pump, and heart valves may leak, leading to a buildup of fluids in the chest and abdomen. DCM can lead to congestive heart failure if left untreated. Heart function may improve in cases that are not linked to genetics with appropriate veterinary treatment and dietary modification, if caught early.
What is taurine?
Taurine is sulfur-containing amino acid important in the metabolism of fats.
I've been seeing reports about taurine in dog food. Why is this an issue? Why does it need to be added to dog food?
Because taurine supplementation has been shown to be helpful in treating DCM, taurine is added to our grain-free dog food.
Is taurine added to any of your formulas?
Yes, our Country Vet Naturals Grain Free Dog 28-16 formula includes taurine and it is listed in the ingredient panel.
Does your food contain peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients? Is taurine added to any of your formulas?
Yes, our grain-free dog food formula does contain peas and potatoes. It is supplemented with taurine.
Have you been contacted by the FDA about this report?
No, we have not been contacted by the FDA regarding this report.
Is my dog going to get DCM? They are on grain-free diet.
If your pet is not displaying any symptoms you shouldn’t be worried. Our grain-free formula is also supplemented with taurine. As always, we encourage you to monitor your pet for any symptoms (DCM-related symptoms such as a heavy cough, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, periods of weakness or fainting).
Would my dog get DCM if they are not on a grain-free diet?
First, if your pet is not displaying any symptoms, you shouldn’t be worried. Our grain-free formula is also supplemented with taurine. If you have more specific questions about your dog’s dietary needs, we recommend contacting your veterinarian.
Does your food cause DCM?
The FDA is looking into a previously unknown, but potential link to DCM and a dog’s diet. While no direct links have been made, we recognized taurine as a beneficial supplement and it is included in our grain-free dog food. Some dogs are predisposed to DCM and there’s a certain percentage of all dogs that will develop this condition however no exact cause is currently known.