Why is the Inclusion of High Levels of Animal Sourced Protein Required in Your Pet’s Food to Prevent Diet Related Heart Disease? 

FirstMate uses dehydrated Animal Meals to provide more essential amino acids such as Cysteine, Methionine and Taurine, which are present at much higher levels in animal-based proteins. The presence of these amino acids in your pet’s pet food is necessary to prevent diet related heart disease (DCM).       

Dehydrated Meals such as Fish Meal, Chicken Meal or Lamb Meal contain 55% to 70% Protein. Whole meats such as Chicken, Fish or Lamb contain 15% to 20% animal protein with the majority of the rest, by far, being water.       

FirstMate diets contain over 70% of the protein from meats and KASIKS diets contain over 65% of the protein from meats.       

FirstMate Pet Foods owns its manufacturing facilities, both dry and can. It is our belief that to truly produce a superior product you must have control over the quality of your ingredients and manufacturing       

About the Authors: 

FirstMate Vice-President, Dr. Brad Hicks, is a veterinarian who has over 18 years of experience in pet nutrition. He oversees all of our pet food formulations. He obtained a BSc and an MSc in Veterinary Pathology from the University of Guelph, and a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College.   


FirstMate Director of Research and Development, Dr. Wendy Vandersteen, holds a PhD in Genetics and Genomics, an MSc in Zoology and a BSc in Biology.