Why Choose Cooper & Friends
Functional dog treats - our specialty
Functional dog treats - our specialty
More people are seeking out functional foods—those that have health benefits beyond basic nutrition—to improve and extend their lives. Now, more pet parents are seeking out foods and treats that can have similar paw-sative effects on their fur family.
Sure, treating our pups is about joy, reward, comfort. But studies show that superior nutrition plays a key role in enhancing and improving dogs’ overall well-being, maintaining good health and reducing the risk of serious diseases. Cooper & Friends creates new and innovative functional dog treats to meet those needs and to help enhance dogs’ well-being and help maintain a good health.
All of our products are made with the highest quality ingredients, based on human grade, combined in a unique, gentle baking process.
One of the key benefits of our treats is ingredient synergy. Cooper & Friends working with a scientific team to create our innovative functional formulations using ingredient synergy, in which two or more active ingredients work together to yield optimal benefits to meet specific conditions your dog might be experiencing.
The most important factor in all formulas is GASTRO-INTESTINAL DIGESTION HEALTH. This special combination of high-quality, natural ingredients and supplements is present in all formulas to offers the ease of digestibility dogs deserve by helping improve microbiome health.
Why it is so important?
Let’s look at each of these functional ingredients to learn why they have been specifically selected and are so important for your furry family member.
GASTRO-INTESTINAL and DIGESTION HEALTH
The most important factor
Even if an animal eats the best food available, it will not be utilized properly if the digestive system is functioning poorly. Providing a healthy digestive environment is the key to optimizing feed efficiency and health, and doing it naturally increases the likelihood of of success.
The following unique ingredients added in all COOPER & FRIENDS DOG TREATS work together to provide a healthy digestive environment that is the key to optimizing food digestibility and efficiency.
May help maintain healthy digestive and intestinal environment
May help optimize food digestibility and efficiency
May help promote beneficial bacteria
May help reduce pathogens presence in digestive tract
Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) - prebiotics
Since the value of probiotics (good and friendly bacteria) became widely accepted, interest in substances that support their growth in the intestine has grown.
These are essentially carbohydrates that are not digested in the stomach or small intestine (i.e. non-caloric) and not utilized by pathogens. Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) are carbohydrates derived from chicory roots, sugar beet or sugar cane and used as food source for the naturally present good bacteria as well as probiotics which can be added to food as supplement.
They aid digestion by allowing these beneficial bacteria and probiotics to lower intestinal pH (providing a more acidic environment).
This inhibits both pathogens and putrefying bacteria and thus reduces stool odor.
The prebiotic/beneficial bacteria tandem is also believed to have a positive impact on immune system function.
Organic acids (lactic, citric, fumaric and malic acids)
A mixture of fumaric, citric, lactic, and malic acids encapsulated and protected by fat in order to ensure their release in the intestine instead of the stomach are also included to help improve digestive system health. This group of unique functional ingredients acidifies the intestinal environment, favoring the growth of beneficial bacteria over that of pathogens. This then facilitates the presence of beneficial bacteria by acidifying intestinal bowel, which would also help reduce the presence of pathogenic bacteria (which do not like acidic environment). The acids may also penetrate the cell wall of harmful bacteria such as salmonella and coliforms to inhibit them directly.
Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) – yeast extract
Mannan-oligosaccharides are carbohydrates derived from yeast, which can help limit the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria (such as salmonella and E. coli mainly). These bacteria will attach to MOS instead of becoming attached to intestinal wall cells and are then excreted with stools. MOS also stimulates the production of mucin, a protein present in the mucus that coats and protects the intestinal wall (lining) and represents the first line of defense against invaders such as bad pathogenic bacteria as well as toxic matter. Mucin plays a major role in maintaining a healthy beneficial microbial population.
Thyme extract is a source of natural essential oils including thymol, carvacrol, and phenols which can help stabilize the digestive system. Produced by steam distillation of thyme leaves, this extract has antimicrobial activity at very low concentrations. It helps lower intestinal pH and is mainly included in food to help maintain firm stools.
The highest quality ingredients, human grade base, combined in a unique, gentle baking process.
Focused on function
Treats are joy, comfort, and rewards. By adding novel ingredients and innovative supplements based on specific functions, our treats help maintain and support dogs’ good health and enhance their well-being.
Guided by a scientific team, our recipes feature ingredient synergy, in which the combined effect of two or more active ingredients are greater than the sum of the effects the chemicals would have individually.
Packed with protein
Hearty animal proteins that deliver energy and help dogs thrive.
Clean label, Sustainable
No artificial preservatives, artificial flavors or artificial colors, no byproducts, free of fillers. We source our ingredients from sustainable sources.
Made with fresh, human grade ingredients from all-natural sources.