Frequently Asked Questions
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Who We Are
We are a family owned and operated company based out of Holland Michigan. We saw a need for a better quality food for our own dogs and created Great Lakes Pet Food so our dogs could have the best kibble possible.
Why Should I Choose Great Lakes Pet Food?
Our products are the real deal. We actually tell it the way it is. We do not expect you to trust us, so we explain why we do what we do. We give you real information and science that you can verify and logically think through. Then you can form your own opinion.
Be careful of studies and theories that contradict the anatomical makeup of your dog. Most of these studies have money-making in mind and not the health of your dog. You do not need a college degree to understand the genetic makeup of your dog and their digestive needs.
Please take the time to read our frequently asked questions.
Why Grain Free?
The simplest answer is your dog does not run to the nearest grain field and eat the grain. They just don’t naturally eat wheat, corn, rice, barley, oats, canola, sorghum, and/or soybeans. Dogs are not cows!
Grain eating animals like cows, goats, sheep, and deer have four chambered stomachs. They have special saliva that starts digestion, they chew the cud, their stomach has enzymes and bacteria to digest grains, they have a fermentation process to aid in digestion, and they have a gastrointestinal tract 8 times longer than a dog.
Your dog’s stomach has enzymes and bacteria to digest meats and fats. A dog’s hydrochloric acid level is about 10 times that of humans. This is one of the reasons they can eat raw or rotting meat and not get sick. The other reason is the digestive tract of a dog is very short therefore food passes through in hours and not days. This expels pathogen’s (organism’s that cause disease) quickly so they do not have time to take hold and multiply.
Knowing these things about your dog is important because 70-80% of their immune system is located in their digestive tract. Feeding your dog grain will stress their immune system which opens the door for a multitude of diseases, allergies, and sensitivities. On top of weakening their immune system, your dog will not be able to extract the proper nutrients from the grains because they are not designed to. Without the proper nutrients your dog will be left undernourished and with a weak immune system.
Feed Great Lakes Pet Food to ensure your dog receives proper nourishment and has a strong immune system.
I was told Grain Free will cause heart problems
LOGIC 101: The Anti-Grain Free Propaganda
We would like to present the evidence and let you decide.
There is growing concern of dogs developing dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), which means an enlarged heart. “Between January 2014 and April 30, 2019, the FDA received 524 reports of DCM, including 119 dog deaths and five cat fatalities. Of those reports, 222 of them came between Dec. 1, 2018, and the end of April, the agency said.” (Gibson, 2019)
Be aware that there was no official study that had a control group versus a test group, meaning there was no true way to know what caused the heart issues in these dogs. If these people have no true way of knowing what is causing DCM, why blame grain free? Read more and find out!
How many dogs are affected by this?
The Math: This article is using a 5-year number of 524 dogs. So how many dogs are represented in this 5 years? We know the United States has approximately 80 million dogs in any given year. So 80 million x 5 years = 400 million dogs. This means your dog has a .00000131% chance of having a problem or a 1 out of 763,358 chance of developing a problem. We also have to remember that most of the dogs getting sick or dying were breeds already predisposed to having DCM. – The math doesn’t advocate the anti-grain free propaganda, so what is the real issue?
Why publish these reports?
The Reason: Dogs eating grain free will eat almost half as much kibble, this means pet food companies sell almost half as much kibble. Also, the amount of money made per bag is less with grain free kibble. So, not only do they lose out on the amount they sell, they are also losing out on how much they make per bag. I can tell you as an owner of a pet food company, this grain free movement is costing the big boys in the pet industry a lot of money. No one wants their paycheck to be cut in half.
Who did this reporting?
The Mystery: It is not stated who did the reporting for the articles. These names were not all made known – Very suspicious. From our research, the reporting came from veterinarians which most, if not all, receive benefits from selling and advising a grain based kibble – Again, suspicious.
Was there an actual study?
The Crazy: There has never been an actual study conducted. There have only been opinions that stated maybe’s, might’s, potential’s, possibilities that were written to seem factual. There was nothing definitive or conclusive.
Who is funding these reports?
The Hush Hush Secret: We have all witnessed 3rd party reporting that seems to be legit, except that it turns out big businesses are funding it for their own agenda. In this case two big companies which won’t be named funded and pushed the reports. We are all wising up to false narratives.
What’s not talked about?
The Elephant In The Room: The dog’s digestive system is not designed to digest grains. Dogs are not cows! Dogs are made to digest meats and fats. Unfortunately the real issue isn’t addressed because to much money is made by feeding dogs grain.
What can we compare this too?
The Perspective: Not many people thought fast food was bad for you in the 80’s and 90’s. It was cheap, tasted good, and very convenient. We all know better now. People are more knowledgeable to what they eat, so it’s only logical that this would carry over to their dogs.
What have we done?
Being Proactive: Many actual studies have been done stating the positive effects of taurine in your dog’s diet. One of the biggest positive affects is aiding in heart health. It has been so positive that it has even been shown to reverse dilated cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart).
We make sure the dogs are receiving enough taurine in two ways. 1st – providing meat based kibble is the natural way because taurine naturally occurs in meat. 2nd – we add more taurine into our dog food. These two things ensure your dog has its nutritional needs met.
What will we do?
The Outcome: We will remove any ingredient that is proven to be bad for your dog. We won’t hesitate, blink, or procrastinate – a change would be made the same day.
What can you do?
Your Stance: Don’t be pushed around and pressured into doing what big business/big government wants you to do. Be your own person and make your own decisions.
Source: Gibson, Kate. “16 dog food brands may cause heart disease in pets, FDA warns” CBS News, July 1st 2019, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dog-food-and-heart-disease-fda-warns-16-dog-food-brands-may-cause-heart-disease-in-pets/
Nature, Body, Choice:
Nature: We know a dog’s genealogy starts with wolves. We also know wolves eat a farmer’s livestock and not the grain. So why feed dogs grain when they wouldn’t naturally eat it? Dog food companies choose grain because it’s a cheap filler. They know a dog will eat more of it which increases sales. Feeding grain is about making money and not because it is good for your dog.
Body: Roughly 70-80% of your immune system is located in your gut. This is also true of your dog. Therefore, keeping the gut healthy is key to illness prevention.
Choice: We all know there can be side effects to eating unhealthy, and grain puts unnecessary gut stress on your dog. Help your dog thrive by feeding Great Lakes Pet Food, a choice that is completely grain free.
Will it cost more?
Yes & No. The upfront cost of our food will be more. It costs more to produce meat and vegetables than it does to produce grain. The good news is that your dog will eat 40% less on average than a grain based food. This means you can take 40% off the price when comparing. In addition, a healthy dog will mean less trips to the vet! So don’t be surprised if your vet speaks against a grain free diet.
How is this done? We do not have distributors or brick and mortar stores. Therefore, we actually can ship it to your door cheaper than if you were to pick it up in a store.
** Free shipping over $20 in the continental United States**
Why is my dog eating less food?
This is because the dog can actually digest the food that it is eating, thus the intestinal tract can extract nutritional value from the food. This does not happen with grain based foods. Professionals in the industry and breeders tell us their dogs eat approximately 40% less of our food versus a grain filled diet on average. This is due to the fact that they are able to digest the food and therefore extract the nutritional value from it.
Less poop, Less Smell, Better Stool !!!
Less Poop: Have you realized you’re not picking up as much poo? It’s because you are feeding them a nutritional food without the grain fillers. Your dog will be eating approximately 40% less and less going in means less coming out.
Less Smell: Your dog’s digestion tract will no longer be working overtime trying to digest grains, which it never fully does. When digestion isn’t complete, the food rots in the gut, producing a foul smelling poop.
Better Stool: When everything is working properly, the stool will be nice and firm and the smell won’t knock you over!
How much should my puppy eat?
A puppy will eat 2-3 times as much as a percentage of body weight than an adult. A puppy will get all their nutritional needs met through volume as long as the food is of quality. This is much the same as children eating from the same table as the adults. As long as it is a nutritious food, a child will get their needs met through volume. We recommend you offer your puppy unlimited food 3-4 times a day.
Where is our food made?
MADE IN THE USA! The kibble is made in the Great Lakes Region. The meat treats are made in Michigan from Michigan raised pigs. The treats are made in a USDA facility with USDA pork. It made right along side of products made for human consumption. We have been known to eat the treats ourselves.
The Plain White Bag
The plain white bag is used to keep costs low for breeders and kennels who don’t care about a fancy bag. Food quality and economics matter more to breeders and kennels than a pretty bag. To our surprise, it also mattered more to the general public more than what we thought!
Besides being cost effective, the white bag also cuts down on pollution. It does this in 2 ways. First – there is much less color dye used so there isn’t the manufacturing waste which would end up in our landfills or water treatment plants. Second – production runs with graphic design mistakes are eliminated because there isn’t any graphics to make mistakes on. These mistakes happen way more than you think and it is all thrown away.
Why use vitamin's and mineral's with long names?
In order to meet the standards set forth by AAFCO, vitamins and minerals are added to ensure pets have what they need for complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages. Some minerals are not as easily digested so they are bound to amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins, in a process called chelation. You may recognize them as the minerals that end in “ate.” These chelated minerals are better absorbed in the digestive system providing vital nutritional benefits. They may be hard to pronounce, but they are healthy for your pet.
Please click the Ingredient tab to view a glossary listing each ingredient and how it benefits your pet.
What if my pet doesn’t like the food (Guarantee)?
If when properly introduced, your pet does not like our kibble, return the unused portion (minimum 75%) in the original packaging with the original receipt for a full refund. The return must be within 30 days of the purchase date.
If purchased retail, please follow the policy of your place of purchase.
If purchased from our website, please return to:
Great Lakes Pet Food
4240 Blue Star Highway, Suite D
Holland, MI 49423
How does the Subscribe and Save program work?
It’s simple! Click on the pet food you wish to have delivered to you. Then click on the Select Delivery & Billing Schedule button. From there you choose the delivery & billing schedule that works the best for you and your pet and the amount of pet food. Finally, add it to your cart. That’s it!
Note: All prices are subject to change without notice at any time.
Can I cancel my subscription?
Note: All prices are subject to change without notice at any time.
How do I manage my subscription?
–Cancel an active subscription
–Pay for a renewal order when the recurring payment method has failed or if the subscription uses manual renewal
–Change the payment method of automatic recurring payments
–Change Address for the subscription shipping address.
–Send Subscription Now Use this function to have your subscription sent out as soon as possible. Your subscription interval will then begin again from this date.
–Add Product will allow you to add different products to your subscription. (You can later remove these as well)
–Remove Products by simply clicking the red X to the left of the desired product under your account >subscriptions> View
–Change Delivery Date will allow you to change the interval in which your subscription is sent. (Please note: It may take one billing cycle for your new subscription interval to update.)
Note: All prices are subject to change without notice at any time.
How do I change how often my pet food is delivered?
How does the Subscribe and Save program save me money?
When you sign up for our Subscribe and Save program you will automatically receive 5% off of each bag of pet food.
Will I receive 5% off of all of my future orders?
Any pet food you receive from our Subscribe and Save program will have the 5% discount applied to it. If you place an additional one-time order you will not receive the 5% off.
Can I order more than one bag of my desired pet food on the Subscribe and Save program?
Of course! After you choose your desired Delivery & Billing schedule you can change the quantity of pet food before adding it to your cart.
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How does the coupon for writing a review work?
Once you receive your product, come back to the website, find the product, and submit a review. Once we approve that review you will get an email with a coupon code to use on the website. You will only receive ONE coupon per customer.
If you currently have a subscription product, simply email us when you would like to redeem your coupon and we will add it to your order. Your email must include the coupon code.
ID Tag Program
When you purchase your new puppy from a Great Lakes Pet Food affiliate breeder they will give you a blue Great Lakes Pet Food ID tag. This tag is an alternative lost and found program. It is great to use before your dog is microchipped or in place of microchipping. Here is how it works:
- Your breeder notifies us that you have purchased a puppy and what number ID tag you received.
- We enter the information into our customer data base.
- In the unfortunate situation that your puppy is ever lost, we have our phone number on the tag as well. Once we receive a call, we search our data base for the number, we call you with who has your dog and how to contact them and you get your puppy back.