Ingredients - In Depth



Responsibly sourced ingredients

PROTEINS already in NDF prior to the addition of fresh meat


Liver is full of vitamins and minerals and that is why NDF products have this wonder food in their formulations.


Liver is particularly high in B vitamins and some minerals, which are not found in other foods.Our source is dehydrated, clean, unadulterated chicken livers available from US certified producers.


Complete in protein and containing lecithin and choline, many of the B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium, eggs are a wonderful food to use. Egg yolk is high in Vitamin A. Lecithin and choline help to break up the (LDL's) or Low Density Lipoproteins - the bad part of cholesterol, and help clean up the arteries.


Eggs contain the sulfur amino acids Cysteine, Cystine, and Methionine, needed for cell and tissue regeneration. We have noticed that German Shepherds, Labradors, Boxers, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers and Pembroke Welsh Corgis seem to need slightly more Sulfur Amino Acids than other breeds, making NDF products a great choice of foods for these breeds. These eggs come from the same certified US producers that provide most of our ingredients.



NDF products use cold pressed Safflower Oil (Omega 6),

which is necessary for the health of skin and coat.


This oil has one of the highest linoleic acid contents, 76% to corn oil's 10%, and has the least chance of causing an allergic reaction.


While most brands of Safflower Oil have been genetically altered, ours is not and therefore, contains the necessary linoleic acid to produce a wonderful


NDF products use less than 25% of grains in their total make up. Flaked oats are 75% of the cereal used in NDF and 25% comes from buckwheat groats (a non-grain seed, and gluten free), a combination of which seems to agree with most dogs. Carbohydrates are the main source of blood glucose that fuels all the body's cells and the only source of energy for the brain and red blood cells.


Thyroid function is also dependent upon the correct amount of carbohydrates in your dog's diet. Vitamin B complex, found in some grains and starch producing vegetables is needed so that the amino acids (protein) phenyalanine and tyrosine can produce T3.



Herbs act as a bridge between nutrition and physical wellness.

Full of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fat, herbs play an important part in the diet.

NDF products supply herbs that stimulate various organ systems in the body during different seasons of the year.


Vitamins are essential to life and they contribute to good health by regulating the metabolism.

Essential to the break down and utilization of protein, vitamins are part of a chemical process

in the body that releases nutrients from ingested food and provides energy.


Some vitamins are fat soluble - Vitamins A, D, E and K, and others, Vitamin B, C are water-soluble.

Vitamins that are fat soluble are stored by the body in fatty tissue and the liver.

Water-soluble vitamins are excreted daily and cannot be stored.

Both types of vitamins are needed for a healthy body.


Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus subtilis, bifidobacterium thermophilum, bifidobacterium longum,

and enterococcus faecalis are all probiotics, that are beneficial bacteria normally produced by the intestinal tract.

They create an environment that is undesirable for such things as fungi and microbes to grow.

Containing a weak antibiotic substance called colicine, these probiotics help to prevent bad breath.

They aid in digesting B-complex vitamins, some amino acids, fat and milk.

Used to overcome yeast and fungus infections and to improve the functioning of the whole intestinal tract,

including decreasing the amount of intestinal gas and inflammation.

Offers protection from salmonella contamination of food or water supplies when traveling to different areas.



Before our products are mixed together at the factory, each individual ingredient from our suppliers must have a certificate that it is free from bacteria, mold and fungus. After the food is mixed together, it is sent to a laboratory for further testing of bacteria, mold and fungus before it is bagged. We believe that Volhard Dog Nutrition is unique in the industry for these safeguards.