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MADE IN USA DOG FOOD

Due to the too often recalls I see with dog treats and foods, I researched some and found that simply seeing Made in USA does NOT guarantee you that ALL the ingredients are from the USA..
There is a small company in Dublin, GA called Hi Tek Rations, inc. They have grain free foods and foods with grains. This is a small family owned business, never having a recall in 22 years. I questioned them about their sources for food AND packaging, recalls, ownership and if they made cat food...here is their answer.

To answer your questions:

1. Nothing in our products is sourced outside of the USA including the bags.

2. We have NEVER had a recall on any of our products in the 22 years that we have been in business.

3. We are a family owned, family run company and maintain 100% of the stocks.

4. We do make cat food and you can expect to see our cat foods expanding the first of the year in the natural market.


If I can answer any more of your questions, please let me know.

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If you want to look the up go to www.hitekrations.com
I believe their foods are easy to obtain. My dogs do like it and again, ALL the ingredients are made in the USA...

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My SIL brought a product to Rosie. It is called Lickety Stik and is made by Pet Safe in the USA. It looks and works like a roller-ball deodorate stick. He said that dog trainers are using it for training. One calorie to 10 licks. Treat without making them fat. Rosie loved it the first day, but yesterday didn't want to lick it. I can't read the label (way to small letters) but it is probably just like beef broth in a bottle. SIL owns Saco and Pet Safe is an offshoot. He doesn't have any interest in Pet Safe, so am not recommending--just curious if anyone has seen this product.
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My SIL brought a product to Rosie. It is called Lickety Stik and is made by Pet Safe in the USA. It looks and works like a roller-ball deodorate stick. He said that dog trainers are using it for training. One calorie to 10 licks. Treat without making them fat. Rosie loved it the first day, but yesterday didn't want to lick it. I can't read the label (way to small letters) but it is probably just like beef broth in a bottle. SIL owns Saco and Pet Safe is an offshoot. He doesn't have any interest in Pet Safe, so am not recommending--just curious if anyone has seen this product.
I have not Lucile!

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I just looked up the food and we don't have in it my area I think eventually I'm going to go back to Acana even tho the kibble size is big. I like the manufacturing process and the quality of the food.

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I just looked up the food and we don't have in it my area I think eventually I'm going to go back to Acana even tho the kibble size is big. I like the manufacturing process and the quality of the food.
I think you can purchase the food from Amazon.com, free shipping depending on size, etc. I have done this and it comes quickly..the food you are mentioning is good too..whatever you like..

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Acana & Orijen are the same company and TOP OF THE LINE.

My dog is on this right now due to the fact that I had a kidney scare (serious one) due to diet.

Problem is, not many food brands are "Vet Recommended" and what does that mean anyways?

This past week I've learned that ANYONE can start their own dog food company, claim it's "all natural, the best, holistic, blah, blah, blah" But so what? Who are these people? And how do we know it's nutritionally balanced??? We don't. That is CRAZY and scary.

I was feeding "Lotus" and it's CRAP. Sorry if I'm offending anyone, but it is. Because it's not properly balanced, it can cause many serious health conditions including organ shut-down and failure.

All I can say is, do your research. Acana and Orijen have won "medical" awards and are recognized globally by Vets, scientists, and nutritionists. Is it the best for my dog? I don't know.....I'll see.

It's a shame what's happened to pet foods in some ways. We've advanced and have more knowledge and know that choosing a healthier lifestyle is better for us and for our pets, but where does it stop?
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Acana & Orijen are the same company and TOP OF THE LINE.

My dog is on this right now due to the fact that I had a kidney scare (serious one) due to diet.

Problem is, not many food brands are "Vet Recommended" and what does that mean anyways?

This past week I've learned that ANYONE can start their own dog food company, claim it's "all natural, the best, holistic, blah, blah, blah" But so what? Who are these people? And how do we know it's nutritionally balanced??? We don't. That is CRAZY and scary.

I was feeding "Lotus" and it's CRAP. Sorry if I'm offending anyone, but it is. Because it's not properly balanced, it can cause many serious health conditions including organ shut-down and failure.

All I can say is, do your research. Acana and Orijen have won "medical" awards and are recognized globally by Vets, scientists, and nutritionists. Is it the best for my dog? I don't know.....I'll see.

It's a shame what's happened to pet foods in some ways. We've advanced and have more knowledge and know that choosing a healthier lifestyle is better for us and for our pets, but where does it stop?
Now you're talking ,made in Canader eehhh . Rule no. one don't listen to vets when it comes to food.

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Now you're talking ,made in Canader eehhh . Rule no. one don't listen to vets when it comes to food.
You know Dave.....I don't know WHO to believe anymore. I feel like the clients I see who are overwhelmed and bombarded with information on baby formulas, baby cereals, etc.......

Same with dog food.

All I know is my dog became EXTREMELY ill on Lotus dry dog food.

When I did an internet search on "Vet Recommended" dog foods, well......you can guess what appeared. Big fat ZERO.

I'm weary and suspect of every food out there. Will Orijen/Acana be any better? Don't know. Oddly enough, I ran into a Scottish Terrier breeder at the store tonight who told me she SWEARS by Acana/Orijen as her dogs LOVE it, have had ZERO health problems, and it's one of the BEST foods on the market. SHe also told me that one of her dogs died of kidney failure years ago from a "holistic" top of the line food, so she has been VERY careful and selective about dog foods ever since.

There's one website that has ALL of the dog food brands and rates them AND has client reviews. It's helpful, but how reliable is it?

My Cats are on Wellness & are fine. And Wellness is NOT Vet recommended!

The Vet offices stock Royal Canin Vet Exclusive or Hills food. But then, I was at a Vet clinic yesterday (not mine) and there was a woman returning a bag of dog food she bought because her dog reacted negatively to it. And it was VET recommended.

Confusion and frustration is where I'm at!
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Dave, I'd also love to know why you don't recommend listening to Vets when it comes to food? Is it because they tend not to specialize in nutrition?
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Dave, I'd also love to know why you don't recommend listening to Vets when it comes to food? Is it because they tend not to specialize in nutrition?
You got er. Most don't know much about it at all. I have three vets that don't have a clue. They promote whoever comes knocking on their door with the best kickbacks. If you want to find out about nutrition leave it up to a nutritionist. I use Sabine at The Dog Food Project / Better Dog Care. A number of us here have used her . She does consultations online. Very inexpensive. She studies the dog food companies religiously. As far as kibble goes , it will always be the low end of the totem pole, but Champion makes some of the best. When you say "vet recommended," you are looking in the wrong place. Lots of good reading at Sabine's site http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index....g_food_reviews

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