Glossary of Terms

Glossary is usually defined as an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge. This knowledge base glossary provides a collection of knowledge base documents that define many technical terms. These terms are arranged alphabetically, but you can quickly jump to a specific term by selecting its first letter from the index of the knowledge base glossary below.

BARF
Bones and Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food Refers to a species appropriate diet for domestic canines and felines.
Digestive enzymes
Digestive enzymes are found in the digestive tract of animals where they aid in the digestion of food. Enzymes are "living" molecules that help to aid in breaking down the fundamental components of food creating healhty digestive flora in the intestinal tract. A healthy digestive tract aids in the rapid absorbtion of nutrients.
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are necessary fats that animals cannot synthesize, and must be obtained through diet. EFAs support the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. Pets need EFAs to manufacture and repair cell membranes, enabling the cells to obtain optimum nutrition and expel harmful waste products.
Formula
A raw Primal product consisting of a ground protein source, including muscle meat, organ meat, ground bone, organic fruits and vegetables, organic minerals and vitamin supplementation. Primal Canine Formulas are complete and balanced diets and are specific for both dogs and cats. Canine Formula protein sources include beef, chicken, duck, lamb, pheasant, quail, turkey & sardine, and venison. Feline Formula protein sources include beef & salmon, chicken & salmon, pheasant, quail, turkey, and venison.
Grind
A raw Primal product consisting of a single ground protein source, including muscle meat, organ meat and ground bone. Primal Grinds are not complete diets and are intended for supplemental feeding. This product is not species specific and can be fed to both dogs and cats. Grind protein sources include beef, buffalo, chicken, lamb, sardine, turkey.
High-Pressure Processing (HPP)
High-Pressure Processing is a unique, non-thermal process that kills pathogenic bacteria through high-pressure, water-based technology. High-Pressure Processing is a USDA-approved, 100% natural process, and is allowed for use on organic and natural products.
Minerals
Elements that are essential to the functioning of the human body and are obtained from whole food sources such as proteins, fruits, vegetables, sea vegetables and grasses. Primal Formulas contain such mineral supplements as organic kelp, spirulina, alfalfa and organic raw apple cider vinegar.
Mix
A raw Primal product consisting of a single ground protein source, including muscle meat, organ meat, ground bone, and organic fruits and vegetables. Primal Mixes are not complete diets and are intended for supplemental feeding. This product is not species specific and can be fed to both dogs and cats. Mix protein sources include beef, buffalo, chicken, lamb, sardine, turkey.
Organic
Products produced without the use of chemical fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides.
Raw Meaty Bones
Raw Meaty Bones (RMBs) are also considered "soft" bones as they do not splinter when fed raw and can be fully consumed by your pet. The purpose of feeding RMBs is for tooth, gum and jaw health. Primal RMBs include chicken necks, chicken wings, chicken backs and turkey necks. These bones can be fed up to 30% of your pets total daily feeding regimen. RMBs are to be fed under supervision.
Recreational Bones
Recreational bones are to be fed as a supplemental treat to your pet for the purpose of tooth, gum and jaw health. Primal recreational bones include beef and buffalo marrow bones. These bones are to be fed once every 3-5 days under supervision and should be discarded soon after your pet is through extracting the marrow. Recreational bones are not to be fully consumed.
Starter Pak
A Primal variety pak product intended to aid in the introduction and/or transition to a raw diet. This product includes transition & feeding instructions and a Primal brochure explaining all the benefits of feeding raw. Canine Starter Paks contain 3 ounces of four canine formulas (beef, chicken, duck, lamb). Feline Starter Paks contain 3 ounces of two feline formulas (beef & salmon, chicken & salmon).
Vitamins
Naturally obtained fat-soluble or water-soluble organic substances that are essential in minute amounts for normal growth and activity of the body. Primal Formulas contain vitamin sources from fresh proteins, organic fruits and vegetables, sea vegetables, grasses and cold pressed oils.

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