Frequently Asked Questions

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About Us

Who makes Earthborn Holistic pet food?

Earthborn Holistic is a line of pet food products crafted exclusively by Midwestern Pet Foods. Founded in 1926, Midwestern Pet Foods started as a small milling company in Indiana and is now in its 4th generation of family leadership. 

Where is Earthborn Holistic made?

Earthborn Holistic dry pet food and treats are made in the USA! We have four family-owned kitchens in Indiana, Illinois, New York, and Oklahoma. We manufacture our own dry pet foods and treats and do not co-pack for others.

How can I contact Midwestern Pet Foods?

Our Consumer Affairs team is available Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 PM CST at www.earthbornholisticpetfood.com/contact-us/. We answer each email in the order they are received, so please allow 2-3 business days for a response. 

Does Midwestern Pet Foods have a nutritionist on staff? Who formulates the foods made by MPF?

Midwestern Pet Foods has a team of veterinary nutrition professionals dedicated to developing and formulating complete and balanced diets to meet the nutritional needs of your pet.

Does Earthborn Holistic test on animals?

We never test on laboratory animals. When introducing a new recipe, Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) feeding trials are completed with an in-home atmosphere that is non-invasive, non-lethal, and cage-free. All animals are humanely treated.

Our Products

Where can I buy Earthborn Holistic pet food?

Find your nearest Earthborn Holistic retailer on our Where to Buy page. You may want to call the store directly prior to your visit to ensure they have the recipe you are looking for in stock.

Which Earthborn Holistic recipes meet AAFCO requirements?

All Earthborn Holistic recipes are formulated to provide complete and balanced nutrition, meeting Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) requirements.

What is the best pet food recipe for my dog or cat?

With so many great recipes available, it can be difficult to choose. Please send a message to our Consumer Affairs team so we can gather more information about you and your pet(s). Please let us know:

  • your pet’s age
  • your pet’s breed (or size)
  • any health issues or allergies
  • any ingredients you’d like to avoid

What is Venture?

Venture is a line of grain-free, limited ingredient dog food specially formulated for dogs with sensitivities and allergies, made in our own USA kitchens. For more information about Venture and each formula, please visit our Venture page.

What is Unrefined?

Unrefined is all life stage recipes for dogs and puppies prepared with fresh proteins, ancient grains, and superfoods, made in our own USA kitchens. For more information about Unrefined and each formula, please visit the Unrefined page.

Ingredients

Do these recipes contain artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors?

Nope! Earthborn Holistic recipes are crafted without the use of artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors. 

Why is the kibble in this bag a different color?

Because we use no artificial colors, coloration varies and is dependent upon the natural color of the ingredients, despite no change in recipes. This variation does not affect the quality, taste, or nutrition of the product.

Where are your ingredients sourced?

Midwestern Pet Foods sources ingredients from US suppliers whenever possible. Some examples of ingredients that are sourced outside the US are lamb from Australia or New Zealand and flaxseed from Canada.

Does Earthborn Holistic contain probiotics and prebiotics?

Yes! All of our dry food recipes contain both prebiotics and probiotics for digestive health.

What is chicken meal in dog food? What is the difference between chicken and chicken meal?

Although only a few Earthborn Holistic recipes contain chicken, the difference is water. For example, “chicken” contains about 70% water while “chicken meal” contains only about 10% water. The same concept applies to all meat meals (turkey, rabbit, lamb, etc.). None of our recipes contain meat by-products.

What is taurine? Is taurine bad for dogs?

Taurine is an amino acid. For cats, Taurine is an essential amino acid that they can’t create on their own so it must be included in their diet. Dogs, however, are able to naturally create Taurine but may benefit from it in their diets as well, as it may help support heart, eye, and immune system health.

What is grain-free dog food? Why grain free-dog food?

Grain-free dog food is food without grains such as brown rice, oatmeal, and barley, among others. Grain-free dog food may be a great option for dogs that are allergic or sensitive to grains. If your dog is allergic to grains or you prefer to feed a grain-free diet for other reasons, view our grain-free options.

Is it necessary to supplement additional vitamins, minerals, probiotics, etc.?

All of our recipes are carefully crafted to provide complete and balanced nutrition. Supplementing is typically unnecessary and could cause an imbalance in nutrients. If unsure, consult your veterinarian.

Where can I find a specific nutritional level (Phosphorus, Calcium, Ash, etc.)?

Please contact our Consumer Affairs team to request additional information.

Feeding

Why do different recipes have different kibble sizes? Does dog food kibble size matter?

We carefully choose the shape and size of our kibble to provide pet parents a variety of choices. Please refer to the kibble charts linked below to determine which recipes might be the best size for your pet.

Earthborn Holistic Dog Food
Earthborn Holistic Cat Food
Unrefined Dog Food
Venture Dog Food

Why is the kibble in this bag a different size from my last bag?

Kibble size varies naturally, despite no change in recipe. This variation does not impact the quality, taste, or nutrition of the product.

How do I transition my dog or cat’s food?

Regarding how to switch dog food or cat food, we recommend a gradual transition over 7 to 10 days. Please refer to the transition chart below or this video for further guidance. If unsure, consult your veterinarian. 

How many treats should I feed my dog?

Regarding how many dog treats a day you should feed, it’s recommended that treats not account for more than 10% of a dog’s daily caloric intake. For example, if your dog eats 500 calories a day, you shouldn’t feed more than 50 calories a day in treats.

How many EarthBites Hip & Joint treats am I supposed to give my dog?

Earthborn Holistic EarthBites Hip and Joint soft dog treats are not a dietary supplement but rather a treat fortified with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. We recommend feeding no more than 6 to 10 treats per day, depending on the size of the dog. If unsure, consult your veterinarian.

My dog ate cat food. Will he be okay? What if my cat ate dog food?

Should there be an inadvertent feeding mix-up, there’s usually no cause for alarm. However, because dogs and cats have unique nutritional needs, their foods are specially formulated with those requirements in mind. Dogs should only eat dog recipes and cats should only eat cat recipes to ensure that all nutritional needs are met.

How much food should I feed my dog?

The three main criteria to consider when determining how much to feed your dog are portions by weight, portions by age, and portions by type of food. Consult the feeding guidelines on the pet food label or our website as a starting point. If unsure, consult your veterinarian.  Read more about how much to feed your dog in our blog post

How much canned food should I feed my dog?

How much wet dog food per day you should feed depends on if you’re feeding it as a meal, topper, mixer, or as a treat. If you’re feeding it as a meal, you can look at the feeding guidelines on the pet food label. If unsure, consult your veterinarian. Read more about how much wet food to feed your dog in our blog post.

How much food should I feed my cat?

The three main criteria to consider when determining how much to feed your cat are portions by weight, portions by age, and portions by type of food. Consult the feeding guidelines on the pet food label or our website as a starting point. If unsure, consult your veterinarian.  

How much canned food should I feed my cat?

How much wet cat food per day you should feed depends on if you’re feeding it as a meal, topper, mixer, or as a treat. If you’re feeding it as a meal, you can look at the feeding guidelines on the pet food label. If unsure, consult your veterinarian. 

Nutrition

What does “all life stages” mean?

For a food to be labeled as all life stages, it must be complete and balanced and contain all of the nutrition necessary to support a dog or cat for its entire life.

What should I feed my puppy?

We think the best puppy food is our Earthborn Holistic Puppy Vantage recipe because it’s carefully balanced and specially formulated to meet the unique needs of growing puppies of any size and breed. Additionally, Coastal Catch, Primitive Natural, Venture Roasted Lamb & Butternut Squash, Venture Rabbit Meal & Pumpkin, or any of our four Unrefined recipes are also great choices as they are all life stages recipes for all breeds. 

What is the best puppy food for allergies? Can I feed a puppy Venture limited ingredient dog food?

Our best puppy food for allergies is Venture limited ingredient food. Two of these recipes, Venture Roasted Lamb and Venture Rabbit, are formulated for all life stages and make great options for puppies with allergies. These recipes are made without grains, gluten, potatoes, eggs, peas, lentils, legumes, or chicken, making them an  ideal dog food for chicken allergies as well. If unsure, consult your veterinarian.

When should I switch a puppy to adult dog food?

In general, small and medium breeds should remain on a puppy recipe for about 10 to 12 months. Whereas, larger breeds should remain on puppy food until they reach maturity, sometimes up to two years of age. If unsure, consult your vet to determine how long your dog should eat puppy food. 

How long should kittens eat kitten food?

If you aren’t feeding an all life stages recipe, it’s generally recommended to switch your kitten to adult food after about one year. If unsure, consult your veterinarian.

Is Earthborn Holistic Puppy Vantage for large puppies?

Yes! Earthborn Holistic Puppy Vantage is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO for growth, gestation and lactation, including growth of large size dogs (70 lbs. or more as an adult).

What is considered large breed for dog food?

Any dog that will weigh more than 50 pounds at maturity would generally be considered a large breed dog. If unsure, consult your veterinarian. 

What is the best dog food for small dogs?

Earthborn Holistic Small Breed is a small kibble dog food made with easy-to-digest whole grains and a superfood blend of flaxseed, blueberries, and carrots. This calorie-dense recipe has 400 kcal per cup, making it the perfect recipe to sustain your small dog’s big energy and high metabolism. 

Is wet dog food good for dogs?

Switching things up with wet dog food may be worth a shot if you have a picky eater or just want to provide your dog variety. Additionally, some senior dogs may have problems chewing harder kibble and treats. If so, Duke’s Din-Din Stew, our best senior wet dog food, is a great option. 

What is the best dog food for weight loss?

When weight management is the goal, the first thing to consider is fat and calorie content. Earthborn Holistic Weight Control is a low-fat dry food recipe that has only 315 kcal per cup, making it a great low-cal option for your dog. If unsure, consult your veterinarian. Learn more about weight management dog food in our blog post.

What is the healthiest dog food for senior dogs?

If your senior dog is overweight, a low-fat, low-calorie food may be important. Earthborn Holistic Weight Control is our lowest-calorie dry food recipe at 315 kcal per cup and is fortified with glucosamine and chondroitin as well to help maintain healthy joints, making it one of our favorite recommended dog food options for your senior. If unsure, consult your veterinarian.

If you’re looking for the best senior wet dog food, our moist tub dinners like Duke’s Din-Din Stew all have less than 225 kcal per container, with Duke’s Din-Din weighing in at only 209. Additionally, some senior dogs may have problems chewing harder kibble and treats. If so, wet food is a great option!

What is the best dog food for dogs with allergies?

Our six Venture limited ingredient dog food recipes are made without grains, gluten, potatoes, eggs, peas, lentils, legumes, or chicken. For more information on all of our allergy-friendly foods, read our blog post about Diets for Dogs with Allergies and Sensitivities. If unsure, consult your veterinarian.

Storage

What is the shelf life of your products?

Please refer to the expiration date on the packaging.

Where is the expiration date?

The expiration date on our dry food products is printed on the back of each bag at the top. On our wet food tubs and cans, the expiration date is located on the bottom of the packaging. The first line provides the expiration date and reads: EXP DD/JAN/YY, EXP MM/DD/YY, or BEST BY MM/DD/YY. 

How long will the food stay fresh after opening?

Once opened, any food can begin to go stale and become less enjoyable for your pet. We recommend that you purchase the bag size your pet(s) will consume within about 4-6 weeks. Properly seal the food between feedings to reduce exposure. 

How long can wet cat food sit out? How long can wet dog food sit out?

Do not let wet food sit out for more than 2 hours. After opening, transfer any unused portion to a container with a tight lid, or seal well with plastic wrap. The wet food can be kept for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. 

What if my pet can’t eat an entire bag of food quickly?

If your pet is unable to finish the bag in about 4-6 weeks, we suggest repackaging the food into smaller well-sealed bags or containers and freeze until it’s needed (just make sure to defrost it first!).

Love Your Planet

Are Earthborn Holistic, Venture, and Unrefined bags recyclable?

Yes!! Midwestern Pet Foods partners with TerraCycle® to make all of our bags 100% recyclable through our Earthborn ReBorn program. Otherwise, all of our pet food and treat bags are #7 other recyclables. Check with your local recycling center for availability or learn more about the lifecycle of recyclable pet food packaging.

Are the wet dog food and wet cat food cans recyclable?

Yes! Earthborn Holistic wet dog and cat food cans are made of steel and can be easily recycled.

Are the wet dog food tubs recyclable?

Yes! Earthborn Holistic wet dog food tubs are recyclable. They are #7 other recyclables. Check with your local recycling center for availability.

How do I participate in UPCs for Trees?

It’s super easy! Simply mail your UPCs to:

Earthborn Holistic Food for Pets
P.O. Box 972958
Dept. 100
El Paso, TX 79997

Learn more about the UPCs for Trees program

Is the packaging BPA-free?

Yes! All of our packaging is BPA-free.

Coupons & Offers

Do you offer coupons?

Of course! We send coupons to our subscribers via email monthly. Coupons are redeemable at participating retailers. You may wish to add contact@earthbornholisticpetfood.com to your address book so the monthly email doesn’t end up in junk mail. To register, scroll to the bottom of our homepage, enter your email address in the box, and hit “Subscribe”.

What if I don’t have a printer? Where can I print coupons?

If you don’t have a printer, most public libraries or office supply stores can print items at very low cost. We don’t offer monthly coupons by mail at this time.

Why can’t I use the coupon from my phone?

Because we support small local retailers nationwide, many are unable to honor digital coupons at this time. We continue to look for options to make this available in the future.

Is there an Earthborn Holistic frequent buyer program?

Of course! Many retailers participate in our Frequent Buyer Programs allowing consumers to buy 12 bags and get the 13th bag free! Please check with your store for details.

Do you offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee?

All of our products are 100% guaranteed! If you’re unsatisfied for any reason, simply return the unused portion along with the bag and receipt to the retailer where it was purchased for a full refund or exchange. Ask your retailer for details.