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Dry Food Ingredients

It's what's on the inside that counts

Simple, Wholesome Ingredients

Our products are intended for all-round holistic pet health and have been developed by Founder and Veterinary Surgeon John Burns for happy and healthy pets. It’s what’s inside that counts. We focus on using a handful of simple, wholesome ingredients so that your pet can get all the nutrients they need with absolutely no nasties.


Brown Rice

Brown rice is a wholegrain, it is a complex carbohydrate and is low in fat. It is high in fibre which helps to give a steady release of energy and maintain a healthy digestive system. Manganese, selenium, magnesium and vitamin B3 are also present as well as antioxidants. We use wholegrain brown rice to ensure we are getting all of the nutrients.

Origin- South America


Buckwheat is a fruit seed and has a wide variety of nutritional benefits. Despite its name, it is not related to wheat and is gluten free.  It is a complex carbohydrate, giving a slow release of energy. It is also high in fibre and is a great source of vitamins and minerals. We find that fussy dogs particularly like this ingredient!

Origin- EU

Blueberry Extract

Blueberry extract is high in antioxidants. It may play a role in reducing inflammation and protecting against heart disease and cancer as well as urinary infections. In humans, blueberry may improve cognitive function and mood.

Origin- EU

Chicken Meal

Chicken is a lean protein and is important for the growth and repair of muscles due to the high level of amino acids. It has vitamin B6 which helps to maintain a healthy brain. We use chicken meal which is 100% chicken, dried and made into a powder. The word “meal” just means that it is added to the food in this dry form and doesn’t refer to the quality of the meat used, many meat meals are better quality than fresh meat and it helps to keep the nutrients in our food more consistent.

Origin- UK

Chicken Oil/ Fat

Chicken oil is high in essential fatty acids and is in our chicken varieties of food. Chicken oil also contains linoleic acid which is important for the skin, kidneys and bones. Iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium are also present. Dogs and cats also find chicken oil very tasty so it’s a good option for fussy dogs.

Origin- UK & EU

Chondroitin Sulphate

Chondroitin sulphate is an important part of cartilage, it is a supplement often used alongside glucosamine for healthy joints. We use this in our Large & Giant Breed food.

Origin- East Asia

Hydrolysed Chicken

Our Cat Duck & Potato food contains hydrolysed chicken to naturally add extra flavour as cats are notoriously fussy. If a cat has a chicken allergy, they will be unlikely to react to hydrolysed chicken.

Origin- UK

Duck Meal

Duck is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as being a good source of protein. It is a novel protein source to most dogs and if a dog has never eaten duck before, they won’t have had chance to build up a reaction to it. Therefore, we often use our duck-based diets for dogs prone to allergies. Using duck meal helps to keep the food more consistent, it is a high-quality ingredient and is 100% dried duck.

Origin- UK

Duck Fat

Duck fat is a healthy fat and contains linoleic acid which is important for the skin, kidneys and bones. Duck fat contains antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and selenium. It can also be a great option for fussy dogs due to it being very tasty.

Origin- UK

Fish Meal

Fish is a lean protein; it is high in amino acids as well as a variety of other nutrients. Fish also contains omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin D. Certified by the Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO) meaning that it is responsibly sourced. The fish we use in our dry food is a mixture of white and oily fish and is ocean caught. The word “meal” just means that it is added to the food in a dry form and doesn’t refer to the quality of the fish used, many fish meals are better quality than fresh fish and it helps to keep the nutrients in our food more consistent.

Origin- UK


Glucosamine is a dietary supplement to support the joints. We use this in our Large & Giant Breed food.

Origin- East Asia

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is high in antioxidants especially polyphenols. It contains L-theanine which crosses the blood brain barrier and may help with brain function. It also helps to maintain a healthy immune system.

Origin- East Asia

Lamb Meal

Lamb is high in protein and contains essential amino acids as well as many vitamins and minerals such as iron. The lamb used in our food is pasture raised and as with all our meats it will comply will EU legislation for animal welfare standards as well as being from assured farms.

Origin- UK

Lamb Fat

Lamb fat has omega fatty acids such as linoleic acid which is important for the skin, kidneys and bones. It’s a good source of the B Vitamins which have various roles in blood health as well as keeping the immune system healthy and maintaining good energy levels.

Origin- UK


We add in minerals to our diets to make sure your pet is getting all the nutrients they need. The minerals we add will vary depending on the variety of food, but it often includes iodine, manganese, zinc and selenium. These are all important nutrients to help the body to stay healthy.

Origin- UK

MSM -Methylsulfonylmethane

A natural joint supplement, MSM comes from green plants as well as animals. We use this in our Large & Giant Breed food.

Origin- East Asia

Mixed Herbs

The mixed herbs we use are a combination of parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, fennel, rosemary extract, alfalfa and fenugreek. These herbs have a variety of benefits and help to holistically support overall health.

Origin- UK


Oats are high in fibre; this makes them a great ingredient for hungry dogs as it may make them feel fuller for longer. High fibre levels are also important in maintaining a healthy digestive system. A variety of different vitamins and minerals are also in oats, including manganese, phosphorus and iron.

Origin- UK


Peas are high in fibre and low in fat, they also contain vitamins, including vitamins A, K, and B. They’re packed with important minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. We also sometimes use pea protein and pea starch in our diets (when noted on the ingredients) to give the nutrients an added boost.

Origin- UK


Dogs digest potatoes very well. Potatoes are a source of carbohydrate and are relatively low in calories. They are high in antioxidants and have Vitamin C and the B Vitamins as well as potassium. Potato is a great source of novel carbohydrates for sensitive dogs.

Origin- UK & EU


Pork is a novel protein source so is particularly suitable for sensitive dogs with allergies. It is an old wives’ tale that dogs cannot eat pork and due to this, it works particularly well as many won’t have eaten it before. Our pork comes from assured farms and complies with EU legislation for animal welfare standards.

Origin- UK & EU

Pork Fat

Pork fat is high in essential fatty acids such as omega 6 which helps to maintain a healthy coat. It is also a good source of B vitamins and minerals. It helps make the food more naturally tasty.

Origin- EU

Rosemary Extract

Rosemary extract is a natural preservative due to its antioxidant properties. Over 20 years ago, Burns Pet Nutrition was the first company in the UK to ensure that neither the raw ingredients nor the finished product contained chemical preservatives. Please see our blog post on rosemary extract.


Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is high in fatty acids which are crucial ingredients for a healthy dog and are beneficial for the maintenance of healthy skin. It is great for the upkeep of a shiny, healthy coat and contains omega-3’s as well as omega-6.

Origin- EU


Seaweed is a natural source of organic minerals, especially calcium, potassium, zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron and copper. It also contains some vitamins, including A, B1, C, D and E. The seaweed we use is Ascophyllum nodosum.


Salmon Oil

Salmon oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help to support a healthy heart, skin and coat. It is also involved with the immune system and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have also suggested it can improve cognitive function.

Origin- UK

Turkey Meal

Turkey is a great source of the essential amino acids that your dog needs. It is high in L-tryptophan which may have a calming effect. Turkey meal is a dried form of turkey. As with all our meats, the turkey used in our foods complies with EU legislation for animal welfare standards and will be from assured farms.


Turkey Fat

Turkey fat contains omegas which help maintain a shiny, healthy coat and is a healthy fat, containing linoleic acid which is important for the skin, kidneys and bones. It helps to make the food tasty.

Origin- UK

White Rice

White rice helps to supply your dog with essential nutrients such as magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, selenium, iron and folic acid. It is high in carbohydrate which is an essential part of a dog’s nutrition and provides them with energy. We also use rice protein in some of our diets to give the nutrients an added boost.

Origin- Southeast Asia

Wholegrain Maize

Also known as corn, maize is a highly digestible ingredient. The wholegrain maize that we use contains complex carbohydrates as well as fibre to aid with digestion. Maize also contains linoleic acid which is important for cells in the body to remain healthy.

Origin- EU

Whole Linseed

Linseed provides omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and they also contain fibre and protein. Fibre is important to a dog’s digestive health, while protein provides energy and keeps the immune system healthy. The oils help to maintain a good skin and coat as well as cognitive abilities.

Origin- UK & EU

Making a paws-itive change with Burns

Get in touch with the Burns Health and Nutrition Team for individually tailored advice on the right food type and amounts for your dog. At Burns we work to address pet health conditions brought about by unhealthy lifestyle and especially diet. Drawing on the link between health and nutrition, we developed dry pet food that offers the same benefits for your favourite furry friend as simple home cooked food.

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