Frequently Asked Questions about Vit’i5
This page features the answers to the most frequently asked questions, about Vit’i5 products, composition and use.
Frequently asked questions about Vit’i5: composition and use
Canola or rapeseed oil?
To bring essential fatty acids to the diet of dogs and cats, the best is to add a vegetal oil such as canola oil or soybean oil. They are naturally rich in linoleic acid (omega 6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega 3) with an optimal omega 6 to omega 3 ratio (between 2 and 5).
As omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated, they are sensitive to oxidation, so to UV light and heat. So, they must not be heated to preserve their quality, and interest. If oxidation occurs, the fatty acids are not any more interesting, the oil and the entire meal can be refused by the pet, but furthermore, their consumption may lead to digestive trouble.
A bottle of canola or soybean oil must be preserved in the fridge. Stored at 4°C in the fridge, these oils will not freeze, because of the high content in polyunsaturated fatty acids.
CANOLA or RAPESEED? what is the difference?
The oil comes from the seed of rape Brassica napus.
Early varieties of rape used to contain undesirable substances (erucic acid, and glycosinolates) and were not suitable for humans and animal nutrition.
Canola is a vatiety of rape, selected because it is poor in erucic acid and glucosinolates. Canola seed was created in Canada in the early 70s as a cross from rapeseed cultivars of B. napus and B. rapa . The name Canola stands for Can-( for Canada) and Ola (for Oil Low in erucic Acid). The name, at first a tradename, is now generic for edible oil from rape seed in English.
In French, the rape plant is called colza, and edible colza is called 00 (very low in erucic acid, and glycosinolates).
What is meat? What is fish?
Meat = muscle meat, with no bone, no carbs added meat balls, no sausage roll
Fish = fish filet, boneless headless skinless fish
Vit’i5 composition: natural
Is Vit’i5 natural?
The definition of “natural” is ambiguous, and so is the answer!
In Vit’i5 composition, there is:
- Brewer’s yeast (The latin name of yeast is in fact Saccharomyces cerevesiae, the yeast is obtained after fermentation of grains for beer! But don’t worry, there is no alcohol in Vit’i5!
- Vitamins: to warranty the amount of each vitamin in a spoon of Vit’i5, vitamins listed on the label are all added.
Vitamins are essential to maintain health but some of them (vitamins A and D) can also be toxic if consumed in excess (so yes, there is a range of dosage for Vit’i5).
Additionally, for some vitamins, the form that dogs and cats can use is specific. Thus, for vitamin A, cats and dogs can use retinol (the animal form) but no beta-carotene (the plant form, also called pro-vitamin A in human nutrition). For vitamin D, they use D3 (the animal form) but poorly D2 (plant).
Vitamins included in Vit’i5 are mostly made by bacteria or from synthesis, in controlled facilities, following the regulation.
- There are also trace elements (zinc, copper, selenium, iodine, iron) and minerals (calcium, phosphorus).
Minerals, vitamins, trace elements cannot be organic, so Vit’i5 may be added to balance the diet even if you want to feed your pets with organic ingredients.
In Vit’i5 composition, there is NO:
– addition of dye, preservative, aroma, palatability agent, animal protein hydrolysates, animal protein…
– animal raw materials
– salt or sugar
Therefore, the largest number of cats and dogs tolerate it well!
Vitamins in Vit i5
Do vitamins in Vit i5 come from yeast ?
=> No, the vitamins in vit i5 , as declared on the label, are added, the brewer’s yeast is the naturally palatable support of Vit’i5.
Vit’i5 contains vitamins of group B, which come as a bonus in addition to the indicated vitamins (there is no possible excess of vitamin Bs).
Vit’i5 powder Acceptance
• My pet has difficulties eating the diet with the vit’i5 powder, while eating well without …
=> If you are used to giving a household diet or meat without Vit’i5, adding it changes the taste a bit …
•The way to prepare the diet counts: first mix Canola oil and Vit’i5 powder, then add the vegetables and mix well, then add the meat and mix well, then the starch cooked the same day mix well. Place the mixture in the fridge for a few hours before distributing the meal. This way, the mixture is generally well accepted.
• It is good to incorporate any new ingredient, and Vit’i5 is one, gradually to ration: a very small amount first, until this new ingredient is well accepted, then increase the quantity, again until good acceptance … so on until distributing the appropriate dose.
Color or Odor change
• The color has changed slightly since the previous purchase of the same product …
• The smell has changed since the last time …
=> There is no aroma or coloring added to Vit’i5. In addition to all the minerals, vitamins and trace elements, only the brewer’s yeast that supports Vit’i5 is added. It is generally appreciated by dogs and cats.
Despite all our efforts to have the yeast beer as constant as possible, it remains a natural product, with a smell and color that vary slightly depending on the production batch.