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Dog & Cat Products Company - President

Ark Naturals was founded in 1996. For the past two decades our mission has always been to offer the most complete, scientifically formulated and healthful products for companion animals. Ark’s product range includes remedy, wellness and lifestyle products.

  • Ark’s Remedy products help to solve common pet related problems.
  • Ark’s Wellness products offer vital nutrients that are often missing in commercial pet foods.
  • Ark’s Lifestyle products include products that address every day issues.

Our primary mission is to address the care & needs of companion animals by formulating a line of products, using only the finest human grade raw materials. Our entire product range is formulated by Dr. Nancy Scanlan DVM, executive director of the AHVMA and Dr. C. Leigh Broadhurst Ph.D.

Our ingredients and our formulas avail themselves of the best science available at this time. We pledge to continue our efforts to not only produce the leading line of pet care nutraceuticals, but to be aware that the pursuit of scientific data regarding preventative health care is a continuing process.

In recognizing that science is not finite, we pledge to keep an open mind. Remaining open-minded and flexible allows us to continue to meet and exceed the needs of our 4 legged family.

And finally we consider it part of our mission to educate pet parents about the benefits of thinking ‘natural’ regardless of whose products they are purchasing.

Why Ark Naturals for Your Pets?

We’re proud of our formulas. Vets love the effectiveness and safety of our product, and so will your pets. Ark products are recommended and formulated by Dr. Nancy Scanlan DVM and Dr. C. Leigh Broadhurst Ph.D. As one of the oldest pet supplement companies we have over 15 years experience helping tens of thousands of dogs and cats.

All Ark products are manufactured in the USA in FDA/OTC and USDA/APHIS facilities. All our ingredients are premium human grade and are free of unwanted additives.

Ark No-No’s – corn, wheat, soy, by-products, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives.

Ark Naturals is a founding member of the NASC (National Animal Supplement Council), a non-profit trade organization comprised of companies committed to providing health supplements and nutritional supplements of the highest quality for companion animals, primarily dogs, cats and horses. As an NASC audited company with an A+ rating we are permitted to use the NASC seal, your guarantee that we provide full ingredient disclosure, comply with adverse events protocols and maintain high levels of quality control.

Ark Naturals is also a member of the NPA® (Natural Products Association and APPMA®

In 2012, Ark launched a second stand-alone brand known as Gray Muzzle. Gray Muzzle products address the needs of senior pets.

Ark Naturals

American Pet Products Association

NASC - National Animal Supplement Council

HERE WE GO AGAIN – MADE IN CHINA JERKY TREATS – CAUSING ILLNESS AND FATALITIES

 

After recent news reports regarding Pet Jerky Treats with imported chicken from China have caused illness and death to some animals, we’ve received an overwhelming response from our customers. We’re here to put our customers at ease and rest assure that Ark Naturals and Gray Muzzle, all products including our Sea Mobility Joint Rescue in all flavors are and always will be 100% Made in the USA.

Below is a note, straight from the desk of Ark Naturals CEO & Founder, Susan Weiss:

For Immediate Release:

Dog & Cat Products Company - President

Once again, Chinese Pet Jerky Treats are causing serious illness as well as fatalities. I thought this problem was behind us, but here we go again……Once again the problem has surfaced. Purportedly, nearly 3,600 dogs the first time and now hundreds more have fallen ill or died. We wonder why retailers continue to keep these products on store shelves, on on-line sites and in pet catalogues.

I write this article today to try and reach the pet owners who have not yet heard or do not know the severity of the risk associated with Chinese jerky products for pets.

Today the phone calls and e-mails began again asking “What about Ark Naturals?” We assure you that all Ark Naturals and now our new senior brand – Gray Muzzle, have always been made in the USA in USDA/APHIS facilities and/or FDA/OTC facilities.

Regarding the made in China products, the situation is so serious that once again the FDA has issued a cautionary statement warning of the risk in consumption by pets of chicken jerky treats imported from China. The FDA urges pet owners to use caution with regard to chicken jerky products, stating that if pet owners choose to give their pets these products to look for the following warning signs and to contact your veterinarian if these symptoms persist beyond 24 hours.

There is increasing pressure building for the FDA to take action. Currently, the FDA’s website states that ‘scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses… and that, ‘unless a contaminant is detected and we have evidence that a product is adulterated, we are limited in what regulatory actions we can take’. FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products, and to contact your veterinarian if these symptoms persist beyond 24 hours:

  • decreased appetite
  • decreased activity
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea, sometimes with blood
  • increased water consumption and/or
  • increased urination

How to know if the products you purchase for your pet are Made in the USA?

By law, products NOT manufactured in the USA must disclose that on the label. However, the manufacturer can print this using the smallest size print possible and can place that information in a place you may never see it unless you look carefully.

After reading this, it is my hope that pet guardians will choose not to take the risk with their beloved pets and choose pet products that are made in the USA. We as a company feel strongly about both the quality of products made in the USA and the fact that we don’t outsource our workforce. Please read labels. Your pet’s life could depend on it.

Company Founders

Dog & Cat Products Company Founders

Husband and wife team, Susan and Jay Weiss, founded Ark Naturals Products for Pets in 1996 as a way to answer the call for all-natural health and wellness products for companion animals. The launch, long before it was trendy to be “green” and “holistic,” according to Susan, was inspired when their standard poodle, Jordan, succumbed to cancer at 10 years of age – “Jordan was raised with supermarket pet foods, low-quality treats, multiple vaccines and flea ‘dips’,” Susan said. As they were already involved in the natural product business for humans, this experience opened their eyes to the benefits of natural pet health products.

“We believed if natural health was better for humans it had to be healthier for pets. When we started Ark Naturals, our family, friends and business acquaintances thought our idea for natural pet health products was ‘nuts’,” commented Susan.

Despite all the rejection received, Susan believed that caring pet guardians, those that already thought of their pets as special family members would come around and embrace their concept. Our first customers were natural food stores such as Whole Foods and other stores in that category.

It took a number of years for them to convince pet stores that natural pet products could help pets plus provide additional revenue for their businesses.

Susan believes companies are a fingerprint of their founders vision.

Some of their strongest beliefs were used in the blue prints to build the company known as Ark Naturals.

  • Ark and Gray Muzzle from their 1stday in business have and continue to be manufactured in the USA
    • Although this idea was not popular originally, (the price difference between USA products and similar products manufactured in China) they stuck to their guns.
    • As history has proven, US manufacturing and safety standards provide healthier results for pets
  • Our first responsibility is to our actual consumers (your pets).
  • Safety and education always preceded profitability.
    • Ark Naturals and Gray Muzzle view themselves as an education company, not a marketing company. Educating retailers, distributors and consumers is slow, difficult process and most times needs to be repeated.
    • However – the ‘get-it’ moment is amazing.
  • Only introduce products that are appropriate and helpful to that specie.
  • Keep an open mind. Science is evolutionary. If an idea is proven scientifically to optimize your pet’s health – embrace it, even if it impacts the sales of product(s).
  • Not every dog or cat is lucky enough to find forever love. Always remember to help reduce the number of strays, abused, dumped, and physically damaged animals.
  • Be honest – even if it is not beneficial to the company.

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