Located in Burlington Vermont, we specialize in producing & packaging premium quality extruded products for dogs and cats. Our Product Development team is available to help you bring your new product ideas to market with an emphasis on safety & quality. We are pleased to offer low minimum order size requirements to facilitate the launch of new products for our customers.
Green Mountain Animal, LLC is a complete one-stop shop for all your custom formulation needs for companion animal health products and treats. We are experts in innovative formulation and product quality with the ability to manufacture and source a wide variety of delivery options—including extruded chews, extruded sticks, tablets, capsules, powders, gels and liquids—for your unique product.
As a contract manufacturer of animal health products and treats, we pride ourselves on our commitment to quality and safety throughout the manufacturing process. Contact us today to learn how we can help you create your custom animal health product or treat.
Our experienced product development team can assist you with formulating your custom products to make a product that dogs and cats will crave while working within your budget.
To ensure that your products meet your standards for flavor and texture, we will make small sample batches for you to review. We know your time is valuable so we pride ourselves on our ability to make samples quickly using our small laboratory equipment and our full size extruders.
Dale Metz, CEO of Green Mountain Animal, is the Vice President and a founding member of the National Animal Supplement Council. With his 14 years of experience working with the FDA and Center for Veterinary Medicine, we can help you navigate the confusing world of regulatory compliance.
Green Mountain Animal has relationships with many of the animal rescue groups in our area so we have an ample supply of taste-testers to give us feed back on our flavors. The best formula in the world will not do any good if the animals will not eat it!
We know that you have great ideas for your new products so our facilities allow for a variety of packaging options to suit your needs. Our equipment can handle small or large batch sizes so you do not have to make a major volume commit-ment when launching a new product.
From formulation and ingredient sourcing to packaging and shipping, Green Mountain Animal does it all to provide you with a finished product that is ready to put on the store shelf.
It has become commonplace for humans to incorporate a daily multivitamin as part of their daily diet. There are different formulations designed for young kids, kids, middle-aged adults, senior citizens, and so on. It stands to reason that just as human beings can benefit from adding their meals with minerals and vitamins that are not easily available in their close environment, so might our pets also benefit from supplements designed particularly for their needs. In fact, a lot of pet owners have already discovered the many health benefits of pet supplements, whether via a vet’s recommendation or their research.
1. Your pet has vitamin deficiencies–there may be more than one reason why your pet may be vitamin deficient. Vitamin deficiencies, especially vitamin D is pretty common since it is difficult to obtain from the diet. However, a good way around this problem is to feed your pet plant-based multivitamins that offer a good supply of key vitamins, including vitamin A, B, C, D, and K.
2. Your pet has oral health problems – pets, especially dogs, can easily become prone to a poor oral health, which in turn can adversely affect the rest of their health. From heart disease to infections, poor dental health can take a toll on your pet’s overall health. There are numerous pet oral health supplements, such as Pettura, that help fight tartar and support dental health.
3. Your pet experiences joint Discomfort – it is common for pets, especially older ones, to become more vulnerable to joint pain and arthritis. If your pet is one of them, then it is time you consulted your vet about supplements that will help your pet overcome the pain. For this issue, chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine are the dream team when it comes to supplements since they help strengthen and support joints in all dog breeds. Your vet will be able to recommend you the correct dose, so make sure to check with them before feeding your pet a new supplement.
4. Your pet eats homemade food – if your pet lives on homemade food, there is a good chance that they may not be getting the optimum intake of vitamins and minerals as they need. This is because cooking destroys most of the nutrients, plus you may be able to prepare a well-balanced diet for your pet regarding nutrition, which may end up leaving up deficient in certain nutritional aspects. While there is nothing wrong with feeding homemade food to your pet, it is still one of those cases where you might need supplements to compensate for the loss or lack of nutrition.
5. Your pet has a weaker immune system – if your pet gets sick often or very easily, that might indicate a weak immune system. In such a case, your vet may be able to recommend a pet supplement that will help support a healthier body.
Animals require essential vitamins to stabilize their bodily functions. Luckily, more and more pet owners are realizing this. This is proved by a 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. It stated that almost a third of cats and dogs in the US receive supplements of some sort. Over a decade later, this fraction has gradually increased.
The cases in which your pets should be given supplements are if they suffer from a vitamin deficiency or some disease in which they can respond to supplements. Other cases can be if your pets are picky about the food you give them or eat meals that are prepared at home, both lead to a nutritionally imbalanced diet.
Vitamin A serves as an important factor in the growth and fetal development in animals. It synthesizes proteins for the metabolic process as well as hormones for reproduction. It ensures stable growth in epidermis cells, which make up the skin. It helps in maintaining a healthy immune system. Like humans, vitamin A is important for animals to have good eyesight. However, cats face a higher risk of deficiency since they require a form of vitamin A as already present in the liver. Therefore, they have a higher need for supplementation. Deficiency in animals can lead to issues such as reduced vision in the dark, skin problems and complications in reproducing. It can also lead pets being easily prone infections.
B vitamins make a significant contribution to many processes and functions within the body. Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, is essential for the functioning of the nervous system as well as energy production in their cells. This is done by metabolizing carbohydrates that are the main source of energy for all other body functions. Reasons for deficiency can vary from an imbalanced diet to a disease that prevents the small intestine from absorbing thiamine.
Supplementation becomes crucial in these situations, otherwise symptoms like poor muscle growth and weakness may occur. Vitamin B3, which also referred to as niacin, is important for protein synthesis and other chemical reactions in the body. Cats are generally at higher risk of developing a deficiency if they do not intake adequate sources of B3 in their diet.
This is because their bodies are unable to produce sufficient B3 for proper functioning. Supplements become necessary to avoid symptoms such as dermatitis or diarrhea. B9 is commonly known as folate and is crucial for rapid cell division as in the process of fetal development. Supplementation for female animals has a beneficial effect on fetal growth whereas a deficiency can lead to the fetus having malformed features.
Vitamin D is important in balancing the level of calcium and phosphorus minerals in the blood. It allows the conservation of calcium in the kidneys and is important for bone formation and muscle control. Mammals are able to synthesize it within their skin cells, but cats and dogs cannot, which is why you have to provide them with necessary supplementation.
Vitamin E helps in the production of the cell membrane, and since the main source of this vitamins are plant oils, carnivorous pets are likely to develop deficiencies. Therefore, supplements can become important to ensure a healthy functioning of the body.