Tiki Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Tiki Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Tiki product line includes ten canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Tiki Hilo Luau Ahi Tuna
  • Tiki Pipeline Luau Ahi Tuna
  • Tiki Hapuna Luau Ahi Tuna
  • Tiki Tonga Luau Sardine Cutlets
  • Tiki Maui Luau Succulent Chicken
  • Tiki Kauai Luau Succulent Chicken
  • Tiki North Shore Luau Wild Salmon
  • Tiki Lahaina Luau Succulent Chicken
  • Tiki Kohala Luau Ahi Tuna and Chicken
  • Tiki Lomi Lomi Luau Wild Salmon and Chicken

Tiki North Shore Luau Wild Salmon was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Tiki North Shore Luau Wild Salmon

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 55% | Fat = 9% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Salmon, brown rice, sweet potato, egg, salmon broth, garlic, kale, sunflower seed oil, fish oil, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate heptahydrate, ferrous sulfate monohydrate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), nicotinic acid (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, manganese sulphate monohydrate, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement, copper sulfate pentahydrate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis12%2%NA
Dry Matter Basis55%9%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis52%21%27%

The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fourth ingredient is eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The fifth ingredient is salmon broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The sixth ingredient is garlic, which can be a controversial item. Although most experts favor the ingredient for its numerous health benefits, garlic (in rare cases) has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.1

However, the limited professional literature we surveyed provided no definitive warnings regarding the use of garlic — especially when used in small amounts (as it likely is here).

The seventh ingredient is kale. Kale is a type of cabbage in which the central leaves do not form a head. This dark green vegetable is especially rich in beta-carotene, vitamins C, vitamin K and calcium.

And like broccoli, kale contains sulforaphane, a natural chemical believed to possess potent anti-cancer properties.

The eighth ingredient is sunflower seed oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With two notable exceptions

First, fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Tiki Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Tiki looks like an above-average canned dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 55%, a fat level of 9% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 53% and a mean fat level of 9%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 17%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Tiki Dog Food is a meat-based wet product using a generous amount of fish or chicken as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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Notes and Updates

05/23/2014 Last Update

  1. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • miss415

    I lol’ed at your post because my dogs love nothing more than green tripe! I feed my older dog (13.5 years) home cooked + green tripe & my puppy gets a similar diet with more variety but I needed something to have on hand that I could feed her when I run out, forget to thaw, or when we go away for the weekend, etc. She inhales the Tiki & licks the bowl til it shines!

  • jill

    Merrick grain free. try granny’s pot pie my dogs love it and it’s made in the usa. http://www.petflow.com/product/merrick/merrick-grain-free-grammy-s-pot-pie-canned-dog-food

  • mibtp

    Your dog would be pissed if you ate her food!

  • Ryan

    Thanks Shawna :)

  • Shawna

    Thanks Ryan for looking out for our pets!!!

    You didn’t ask this but it bothers me when the employees and owners of stores carrying better quality foods get a few basics wrong so please indulge me. All this data can be found in various places on this site (references included) and from reliable sources on the net.

    1. Small breed dogs, in general, do not have issues with higher protein foods because of their size or breed.

    2. Senior dogs often need MORE protein not less.

    3. Protein does not cause kidney disease and does not damage the kidneys once a dog has kd. Kibble is the worst food to feed for the kidneys.

    4. Large breed puppies do not need to feed a lower protein diet. They DO need controlled amounts of calcium and should be fed amounts keeping them on the lean side — no over feeding.

    5. Variety is essential to maintain proper health. Feeding a wide variety of foods (kibbles, canned, cooked, raw) is optimal.

    6. Allergies and intolerances can happen due to the protein in the food but also due to the carbohydrate and other ingredients in the food.

    Sorry if you already know all this!!!!!!

  • Ryan

    Thanks Shawna. I have Earthborn and Fromm on the way. Lotus is on our back order list. :)

  • Shawna

    From memory Fromm is similar (shredded meats that look like what shredded meat should look like) but the broth is thicker and brothy while the liquid in the Weruva I use is more clear.

    Although it has a small amount of rice in it, Lotus is another where the ingredients can be identified. http://www.lotuspetfoods.com/for-dogs/canned-stew/beef-asparagus/

    Earthborn Holistic tubs are one I like too http://www.petsolutions.com/C/Adult-Dog-Food/I/Earthborn-Holistic-Dog-Dinners.aspx

  • Ryan

    Thanks Shawna.

  • Ryan

    The one thing I and most others I’ve talked to find most appealing about Tiki is how it looks, even from just removing the lid. Does anyone now of a canned dog food that looks as good as Tiki?

  • Ryan

    Thanks BC :)

  • Shawna

    However the melamine that got into US foods actually killed many a pet.

    Like the others, I would not be concerned about Weruva as it is one of only two foods that are made in a facility that makes human foods. Meaning it has to meet the same criteria as foods sold to and consumed by humans.

    I feel it is safe enough to give to my raw fed pups as a topper or when I don’t have raw thawed.

  • Ryan

    I actually own a retail business up where Pet tropics is located and we tout only American and Canadian made products. Which is what prompted my initial question. I apologize for not clarifying. The thing is we have had several customer ask about Tiki. Which makes us a little torn on whether to carry it or not. It is more than likely we won’t due to its country of origin but we like to have feedback (from our customers as well) and DFA always has a community with great communication on such matters.

  • Crazy4cats

    If I were as worried as you are, then I would pass. It wouldn’t be worth the worrying. But, I’ve heard several people mention about it being produced in Thailand and seem OK with it. In my opinion, just about everything we feed our dogs and ourselves is a little risky. :(

  • Ryan

    My concern is that we here in the U.S. don’t always hear about the problems overseas. In 2004 over 6000 dogs fell ill from food processed in Thailand for the Mars Co. At that time over 1000 brands of dog and cat food were recalled. It turned out that rice from China was the culprit. Where were the strict regulations then? Thailand’s DLD (like our Dept. of Ag) is often touted by dog food manufacturers as being more strict than the US Dept. of Ag. But then again they have every reason to say such things. I have never heard or read of any recall for Tiki and in my personal opinion I think it is a good food. I was just curious because where it is produced has not been mentioned and sure as rain is wet if it were made in China there would be plenty of comments. :)

  • theBCnut

    I would much rather buy the Weruva made in Thailand than the Weruva made by Evangers!!!

  • Crazy4cats

    From everything that I have read on this site from the knowledgeable posters, food from Thailand is fine. They have high standards for their pet food. I think it looks great, but I have too many pets and too little money to feed it. LOL! Good luck.

  • Ryan

    Does anyone have any reservations about Tiki, and Weruva for that matter, being produced in Thailand?

  • Freeholdhound

    PS) this is the 1st canned food in 2 yrs that Harry loved & tolerated. And it does look “real” and delicious. But the price- argh!! For an 80 lb dog this will be a special topper only. It is nice to find something else he can enjoy though.

  • Freeholdhound

    Thanks! I think I asked too soon… He scarfed this down faster than his Tripe. Never thought I would see that. Then stood at the counter (which he’s taller than) and stared at the can lol.

  • theBCnut

    Yes, it can.

  • Freeholdhound

    I don’t usually feed canned food & the sardine formula only comes in the larger cans. Can the unused portion divided up be frozen as with raw?

  • Crazy4cats

    :-)

  • jay

    Lolol mines too i love him though so he gets the best :)

  • Crazy4cats

    Lucky pup! He’s eating better than my family. Lol!

  • jay

    Im mixing it with dry food and i checked the site and it says for all life stages but then the can says adult o.o but he liked it alot i got the tuna with crab

  • Crazy4cats

    Me too! I just went by what the review stated. Have you checked out their website? Or, you could try to contact the company. I have never fed it to my dogs. Are you feeding it as a topper or a meal? I’m sure one can of an adult food will be fine for your pup. Good luck.

  • jay

    I just got a can and it says adult on it im confused

  • jay

    Actually he is mixed shih tzu/ papillon and thanks i will let you know if i need advice! And yup this food looks great im going to try it on jay hope he likes it :)

  • shihtzumom

    Crazy4cats already gave you the answer, but its nice to meet a fellow shih tzu owner! I have a 2 year old Shih tzu named Dawson. He is quite picky so if you ever need any more advice on favourites let me know! This looks like a great food! I may have to try it for Dawson!

  • Crazy4cats

    The review states that it is for all life stages, so it should be fine. It looks like it is an excellent canned food.

  • jay

    Can you feed this to an 8month old shihtzu?

  • Mayskeye

    I feed my pit mix different fromm varieties of dry food mixed with a tbsp yogurt and 1/5 can tiki dog (different flavors) and she LOVES her food. She has reoccurring colitis and this combination has been the only one that has solved her problems. She can also be a picky eater and the tiki dog has been her favorite canned food. It’s a very good quality product and I highly recommend it!

  • Freeholdhound

    Picked up a few cans of the Sardine variety to give my Greyhound a little variety almong with his kibble and raw. He loves sardines so this looked like a good option.

  • Jill Hill

    If Tiki Cat would buy some TV ads and simply peel the top off the cans so the people could see that there’s nothing nondescript or “mystery meat” about the food because it is real food and and looks like real food, the stuff would FLY off the store shelves. You could literally use Tiki Cat’s chicken to make chicken tacos. It looks appetizing and it’s safe.

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  • Quee

    This is the BEST canned dog food! I’m tempted to try it myself – it looks and smells that good!
    Since I’ve had Pippi on Tiki Dog, which I tried on a lark when I saw it on sale at the pet food store, her poops have been a great consistency. With her ultra-sensitive stomach I wasn’t sure how she’d do with it, but I had been looking for a food that she could tolerate better. Not only did she do the ‘doggie dance’ for the food as soon as she smelled it, but no more diarrhea and runny poops – Hallelujiah!
    And then to find that it gets such a high rating here is just icing on the cake. My only sad point is that our main pet store (Pet Supplies Plus) just stopped carrying it because it wasn’t selling well! I cleaned out four local stores since it was on sale, and will have to order bulk online from now on. It’s worth it though to keep my furbaby happy and healthy!

  • Julie G

    My 43-lb. hound dog LOVES to eat her Orijen 80%protein dry fish flavored food mixed with a quarter can of Tiki Dog’s Lomi Lomi Luau – for every meal! It makes my life easy. It’s not cheap, but cheap foods just lead to expensive medical problems later in life. She’s lean healthy and her energy levels are stable with the high-quality high-protein foods.
    I’ve often opened a can of Lomi Lomi Luau and thought, if we had a blizzard and lost power for a week, I could eat the Tiki Dog out of the can and probably not suffer any ill effects. It looks really good, and hound can’t get enough of it.

  • Dee

    The dogs love this food/foods!  to make a can go further we add 3 organic eggs, some Ricotta, a can of un-salted sardines,(from Trader Joe’s), and sometimes beef collagen powder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Spencer-Cohen/100003788421988 Spencer Cohen

    This food is the best!!!!!!!!!  have never seen big sliced pieces of sardines in any pet food, got our first can today, it was such a big hit that I went back to PetClub and bought 6 more cans, really beautiful looking product!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542429364 Marian Brent

    My dog loves the chicken and salmon variety (that’s the only one we’ve tried so far). I’ve been feeding my cats Tiki Cat for a couple of weeks, and they L-O-V-E the chicken. They love the sardine varieties too, but not so much the tuna. My cats are weird, so that’s not a statement on the quality of the food, just on the picky-ness of my cats.

    I know some are concerned about the fact that it’s made in Thailand (as was I, in the beginning).  I have read enough to convince me that it is safe.

    Here is an about.com article that addresses that issue: http://petshops.about.com/od/petfood/f/Pet-Foods-Made-In-Thailand.htm

  • Donna

    My 4 pound chihuahua loves loves the tiki dog food. I have always fed him what i think to be top quality dog food. Origen and Evo products. Several month back he stopped eating the origen dry food. I began mixing it with evo wet canned food. In my area there is a independant pet store that carries quality products for pets. They had the tiki dog food on the shelve, so I picked up a can to try.I mix it with the origen dry food, and as soon as my little doggie sees me mixing his meal together, he is pitter patting all over the kitchen to have his meal. He loves the food, and I am so impressed with the quality of the ingredients. It smells pretty delicious, and could almost pass it off as human food, (although I would not do that to my family). I just have to make sure I am able to stock my cabinet, so he never runs out, otherwise, I will be cooking chicken and fish on a daily basis.

  • http://rememberingniko.wordpress.com/ bettina

    I LOVE Tiki Dog and Tiki Cat foods. Great product for my kitty with food (fish) allergies, and all my animals love this food.

  • Jill Domenichetti

    I have two small dogs and one is diabetic. They love Tiki dog. It’s almost as if they look forward to it – they come running when I announce breakfast. The diabetic dog is also a very picky eater and he has no problems with this dog food. And I’m happy because it has no sugar in it. It is hard to find though – try Muttropolis. They carry it in store.

  • Holly

    My Pug, Nibbler, loves Tiki! It makes me happy to feed him quality food that he enjoys. I am one happy mom.

  • Tina

    Thank you. It was a rookie mistake on my part. The other small can that I purchased was Evangers which clearly states Made in USA. Thanks to you posting the FDA warning letter, that can will be returned tomorrow. I guess it’s back to Merrick.
    You are a tremendous help!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Tina… I can understand your concern. However, I’m not certain what standards the manufacturer uses in the production of this brand. You may wish to contact Tiki Customer Service for this information. Wish I could be more help.

  • Tina

    Hi Mike…I love your site and I tell people about it all the time. I just tried this food and my dog loved it. I was looking for a product in small cans which I could add to her cooked chicken, vegetables and kibble.
    My concern is that after I purchased it and fed it to my dog, I realized that it is made in Thailand. Do you know anything about regulations in Thailand or the specific regulations of this product?
    I tend to believe that products sourced in the US are superior. Is this a fair assumption?
    Thanks for all that you do.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Dina… Copper sulfate is used in many pet foods (and human vitamin/mineral supplements) at nutritional levels only. At those levels, I’ve been unable to find any scientific evidence that the sulfate form of this essential mineral (copper) is toxic. Although this article about copper sulfate is obviously intended as discussion for human nutrition, I believe it can be reassuring to pet owners, too. Hope this helps.

  • Gordon

    Dina – I think it’s a version of copper, as a mineral itself, and I’ve just Googled it and American site of interest that came up about it is at http://www.oldbridgechem.com/CuSO4.html. It explains its use as an animal feed grade mineral.

    I would think, copper, being a mineral, and the fact that it is somewhat beneficial and absorbent, and the fact that there wouldn’t be too much of it in the dog food, being that it is situated way down the ingredients list, it would not do any harm to your dog at all.

  • Dina

    Hi!
    Is copper sulfate pentahydrate really safe for dogs?

  • Sara P

    I have 3 dogs and all have gotten very ill from the garlic in this food! This stuff might be good for bigger dogs, but I would never feed it to my little dogs again. One of them had kidney shut down after consuming the garlic in this food! Personally, I think they should take it out all together. All three were hospitalized after eating. Be very cautious!

  • Dusty

    Nobody said anything about excessive garlic.

  • sarah

    My dog loved Tiki Dog when I bought the little cans and added them as an accoutrement to the meal. However, when I decided to save money and buy the large cans, I started to feed Tiki occasionally as the entire meal. Bad news as it made my dog throw-up each time. I decided it was probably the excessive garlic. This experience made the food unappealing to me and to my dog so I no longer buy the small or large cans. Just buy some chicken and cook it yourself and add an appropriate amount of calcium and vitamin supplement since this food is rediculously expensive anyway.

  • Kathleen

    Thanks, again Mike – they did send me info by mail, but I still need further information as the charts are not something I have ever received from another company – very thorough, but not sure I am reading them right.
    Theresa from TIKI asked me to contact them – so I will do this on Monday. When I get the explanation, I will let you know what I have learned about the actual fat & protein & carb content of their foods.
    This is a great website – and I am amazed you take the time to converse with your guests.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Kathleen… I contacted Tiki (www.Petropics.com) today and Theresa says she’ll be responding to your email as soon as she can. They appear to be a very small family-owned business. For more information, contact Tiki Customer Service at 909-517-0020 in Chino Hills, CA. Hope this helps.

  • Kathleen

    HI, MIKE! I posted a longer version of this at our discussion under Weruva’s foods – but thought I’d post it here in case you’d like to answer it for anyone else using or looking into TIKI.
    I am looking into using TIKI products as I like the ingredients, and if one does not object to a more varied diet with some starches (sweet potatoes) and grains (actually grains are still starches!) like brown rice with possibly a little bit of veges or fruits, they may very well be a super-high quality item.
    Here is the problem I am having in choosing TIKI – I emailed them last week via their website http://www.petropics.com and received no answer, so I emailed them again today asking for the actual as-fed and dry matter numbers of the fat & protein content of their foods. I hope to receive an answer. The problem with the minimums quoted on the cans/website is that the percentage could be 2 or 3 percentage points higher (or maybe more?) which could make a big difference.

    ANYWAY you could find this INFO from TIKI????

    I figured you calculated your dry matter percentages by using the published numbers on the cans/website – or did you contact the company?

    Any more info you could provide would be wonderful!

    I am hoping they are just on vacation or something & will get back to me.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Mars… Larger predatory marine fish (like tuna) can contain traces of mercury. And fed to a pet regularly… day after day… year-after-year… can be like any other toxin. The long-term build-up of mercury (and other industrial metals) in a dog’s tissues can eventually lead to toxic levels.

    But the good news is that most (but not all) of the species of fish used in making dog food are relatively low in mercury. According to the American Heart Association, salmon has about 0.01 parts per million whereas tuna contains 0.12 ppm (12 times as much as salmon).

    Both are very low numbers… but not zero.

    That’s one of the many reasons we shamelessly favor “rotation-style” feeding plans. Changing foods periodically can be a healthy idea. And not just for fish-containing recipes. Changing any formula once in a while can help prevent the build-up of any (unknown) toxin that could be present in a particular product.

    Hope this helps.

  • http://Www.DeadlyThreads.com Mars

    My dogs love this food. My only concern is what the mercury content may be from the fish. The wild salmon shouldn’t be too bad but tuna is notorious for higher levels. Does anyone know Tikis stance on this?

  • julieann

    JUdy I found Tiki on the web at a better price the web site was animalshelterstore. I had a hard time findin git in the store too my dogs love it I have one that is like a cat very picky. check it out the prices were great

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Judy… We don’t sell dog foods on this website. We only review them here. However, good news. This Fall, we’ll be adding a Dog Food Store Locator Directory that will be searchable by zip code and by brand. That may help you find what you’re looking for. So, stay tuned.

  • judy

    i love Tiki dog food – my dog loves it – only problem is finding it – i live in NY City and only one store has it – and he is always running out – so please try to distribute to more!!! Its a great can dog food….

    Thanks

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Christine… Thanks for sharing the specifics of your actual formula. Due to your assurances of the absence of vitamin K3 (menadione) in your recipes, I’ve manually removed this item form the product’s ingredients list. I’ve also used our more recent (and more accurate) narrative regarding garlic.

    We commend you for your candid comments and your honest admission of the error on your label.

    Mahalo!

  • http://www.petropics.com Christine Hackett

    We really appreciate the detailed analysis of our products on your site.

    Our meat content is real Human Consumable Certified seafood and USDA Chicken. This featured item contains 49% Wild Pacific White Salmon, 7% Brown Cracked Rice, 6% Sweet Potato, 3% Egg, 3% Kale, 2% Garlic, 1% Sunflower Oil, .08% Fish Oil, and Salmon Broth and Supplements make up the balance in weight including moisture.

    We include garlic as a positive holistic whole food ingredient.
    http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/garlic-for-dogs.html

    We do not include Vitamin K3 in our formula’s and have found this error unfortunate and under label revision. Our Kale provides a natural source of Vitamin K in our formula’s.

    Mahalo!
    Christine Hackett, President and Formulator of Tiki Cat & Tiki Dog Natural Gourmet Wholefoods.

  • http://www.be-longgroup.com/Vitamin-K3.html Vitamin k3

    Vitamin k3 is added as an inexpensive vitamin K supplement in commercial foods. The common statement as to why it is added is “to help with blood clotting”, yet it is scientifically proven that the effectivity of Vitamin k3 on blood clotting is inferior. Even veterinarians will administer vitamin K1 as an antidote to dogs who have for example ingested rat poison, which causes internal bleeding.

    Manufacturers who use Vitamin k3 in their products also like to claim that it is “more stable” than natural vitamin K and has “more nutritional value”. Not a single one of them has acknowledged the scientifically proven side effects of this substance.

    It is simple to come to a conclusion about the truth in these statements when you consider that

    * not all pet food companies add menadione to their foods and dogs have eaten these products for years without developing deficiencies
    * the National Research Council was not able to demonstrate a dietary requirement for vitamin K in dogs during tests when natural ingredients were fed and
    * fish meals, liver and green plant supplements (e.g. alfalfa, kelp and other seaweed, nettle leaf, blue-green algae, spirulina) are rich sources of natural vitamin K.