Source & Processing
Our oils are produced from fresh wild Salmon and Pollock which is harvested in the pristine waters of Alaska, and then bottled in our Bellingham, Washington production plant. The oils are processed using low temperature centrifugation and then stabilized with natural tocopherols. Additionally, each bottle is nitrogen purged to displace oxygen, which ensures shelf freshness for 18 months from production.
Shelf Life & Storage
The oil should be stored in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight and avoiding temperatures above 86° F, as both of these things can cause it to spoil. It is not generally necessary to refrigerate the oil; the exception to this is, during the summer months if temperatures exceed 86° F for homes which do not use central air-conditioning.
The date on the bottle is valid until the bottle has been opened. Once bottle has been opened, store bottle at room temperature-use within 45 days. Store bottle in refrigerator-use within 90 days.
Oil Color Variance (between bottles)
While our fishing locations remain the same from year to year, because it is a natural product, the oil may vary in color. This is because the flesh color varies from fish to fish and season to season, depending on their amount of time spent in the ocean, what and how often they eat, etc.
Essential Fatty Acids & Omega-3
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are "good" fats which are required for normal growth and physiological integrity. They are important for your pet to maintain a healthy skin and coat, and promote strong immune, cardiovascular and nervous systems. Because essential fatty acids are not made in the body, they need to be ingested. This is easily done for your pets by providing them as food or supplements. The best source for EFAs is seafood. While some plants (such as flax seed) do contain EFAs, they do not contain the important omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) which can be found in fish. The amounts average in the following range: EPA 365-410, DHA 410-455.
Mercury, PCB, Contaminates, etc
The fish used to produce our oils are wild caught in Alaska. Alaska’s marine habitats are extremely clean, and Alaska’s fish is remarkably free of contamination by pesticides, petroleum derivatives, PCBs, metals, and bacteria. Because Alaska is thousands of miles away from large sources of pollution, these distances, combined with the Earth’s patterns of circulation of water and air, help to ensure that Alaska’s waters are among the cleanest in the world. Be assured, the state of Alaska conducts contamination surveys of the various species native to the waters around the state. Learn more here: http://dec.alaska.gov/eh/vet/FMP.html
Natural tocopherol is added after the oil is extracted, to act as a preservative. We use a mix of the 4 major vitamin E compounds: alfa, beta, delta, and gamma.
Our label information is determined by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) and NASC (National Animal Supplement Council) standards. Because our labels can change from time to time (based on things such as formula updates and Marketing direction) please reference the actual bottle label for details on the product contained within.
Cat vs. Dog Versions
The ingredients of the regular salmon and pollock oils are the same for both cat and dog versions. Because most pet stores separate products by species, we have created two labels for retail display.
CAT OWNERS: Please seek advice from your veterinarian before giving the Hip & Joint or Glucosamine versions of our pet oil to your cat.