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 commitment 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.
Most store-bought pet food lacks adequate nutrition that your pet needs to stay healthy. Symptoms like shedding or an upset stomach may be the result of nutrient imbalance. To compensate, supplements can be given to pets to help their organs perform better. These supplements will contain many vitamins and minerals that are essential to health and provide a number of benefits.
Supplements such as fish oil contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties to help with health issues that cause inflammation in the heart, kidneys or liver. It lowers joint inflammation caused by diseases such as arthritis, and also helps itch-alleviation, which is generally caused by food or skin allergies. Reducing inflammation leads to less swelling in joints and better pain management.
A benefit of these supplements is that they can make your pets more active since the nutritional value allows their body to dispense energy more effectively. These are most useful for dogs that suffer from joint problems and find it very difficult to move. By lubricating the joints, fatty acids ensure your pets can run and play pain-free. Vitamin supplements support arthritic joints and reduce the risk of your pet developing a deficiency disease that can be caused due to an improper diet.
By helping maintain good fatty tissue, supplements help provide a shinier and healthier coat on your cat or dog. It also helps reduce and prevent excess fur-shedding while keeping the skin healthy. Vitamin supplements can boost your pet’s immune system, protecting it from dangerous pathogens. Antioxidants in these supplements protect your pet’s organs from aging effects, which are mainly caused by by free radical cells – which can in turn lead to the development of symptoms associated with cancer. The nutrient value in them promotes a strengthened digestive system that leads to optimal immunity against bacteria and viruses.
There are some supplements that help with the process of digestion in pets that frequently suffer from stomach problems. Pet supplments contain the necessary daily value of enzymes required to break down food. Probiotic supplements help in the digestive process by providing your pet with the good bacteria its gut needs.
Aging pets that can’t play or perform as well can be prescribed supplements to help with health problems that come with aging. Hence they receive the most benefits from supplements since their bodies have gone through immense wear and tear. Those with weak joints and skeletal problems can improve their condition by having an intake of supplements after consulting a veterinary expert. Vitamin supplements can help older pets by improving memory and promoting healthy growth of their immune system. Antioxidants can be given to pets to retain their youthfulness and vitality. Aging pets experience discomfort due to decreased movement and deteriorating health. Supplements can help make them comfortable by reducing pain and boosting energy.
It’s safer to consult a veterinary expert about what supplements to give to your pets. Consider taking your pet to a clinic and getting them checked in case they’re already suffering from mild deficiency.
If you think that the dietary supplements you buy for your pets are completely safe, think again. All supplements contain active and inactive ingredients. However, many of these ‘inactive’ ingredients aren’t really so inactive and can cause more damage to pet health than anything else. In light of this, mentioned below are some substances you need to look out for when buying pet supplements:
These are used to enhance the volume of the product and can be harmful to your pet, especially if they are not derived from food. Usually, these would include silicon and talc, which is evidently a carcinogen. However, food grade fillers such as cellulose and lactose don’t do much good either since a higher dosage will be required because it contains more filler chemicals.
These are used to hold together all the nutrients and vitamins in a supplement tablet. Most of them are derived from food, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are healthy. Feeding supplements in tablet form just means giving your pet what it doesn’t need. The sugars in these binding agents can encourage unhealthy bacterial growth.
Disintegration chemicals help break the tablets down in your pet’s digestive system – enabling it to be properly dissolved in its stomach. Examples of such substances include food-based starches and even powdered sugar. Your pet may develop allergic reactions as a response to such agents.
These are only present as part of the supplement to ease the production process and is beneficial to the manufacturer only. They also increase the dissolving time of the tablets. These substances are usually made from genetically modified foods. However, this is not always the case as these can be made from magnesium stearate and silica. They are notorious for causing imbalances in the immune system as well as cause severe indigestion.
These are almost never food-based, which makes the synthetic substances harmful for your pet. Other toxic, chemical additives are only added to increase the shelf life of the product and are of no benefit to your pet. Coating agents also increase the shelf life by protecting the product from moisture and unwanted odors.
No one understands the need to add coloring to pet supplements since they’re only added for presentation, and pets really don’t care. Colored pills are for marketing purposes only. Synthetic colors are more common and can have detrimental effects on the health of your pet.
Sweeteners in supplements are unnecessary since they mainly come from sucrose and fructose that can feed viruses and bacteria. On the other hand, flavoring is added to the supplement to improve the taste. Bacon or beef flavoring may not even come from real animals so look out for flavoring when you buy pet supplements.
These are the most harmful ingredients to find in the dietary supplement you buy for your pet. Therefore, it is recommended that pet owners give their pets a proper diet with supplementation when necessary. Always consult a veterinary expert before proceeding to buy supplements for your pet.