Our dog foods are 20% vegetables, 80% meat/bone (includes organs and bone). Our cat foods are 10% vegetables, 90% meat/bone (includes organs and bone).

Caregivers of dogs and cats who have switched their pets to raw food diets have noticed many positive results. This list is just a sampling:

  • Overweight pets often loose weight as the carbohydrates are removed from the diet; thin pets gain muscle mass given the high quality protein and fat.
  • Pets often stop having painful allergic reactions, which manifest through the skin and GI tract, and become more comfortable and symptom free.
  • Hyper pets can become calmer, as many behavioral problems related to allergies can be dramatically reduced or eliminated with species appropriate nutrition.
  • Lethargic pets often gain much more energy and personality due to the nutrient dense food and enjoyment they get from eating it.
  • Pets with body odor and bad breath often become fresh and clean smelling as their entire body chemistry changes with the introduction of fresh raw food.
  • Pets with dull, dry and course coats will often become more shiny, lustrous and soft to the touch; along with that, their skin becomes more supple.
  • Many pets experience a strengthening of their immune system, which seems to reduce or eliminate symptoms of chronic ailments such as arthritic and joint stiffness, and digestive problems such as inflammatory diseases of the bowel.
  • Your pet will experience a better quality of life with a variety of food in its bowl each day just, as you and I can get joy and comfort in our many choices of fresh foods.
Dogs and cats may go through a period of detoxification when starting a new raw diet, especially if the animal is over two years old and has been eating a lower quality dry food. It is sometimes referred to as a ‘healing crisis’ when the body must dump toxins it has stored in the cells of tissue and in organs such as the liver and skin.  The bodies of humans and animals are constantly trying to rid themselves of toxins accumulating from non-nutritive ingredients in food, pollution in the air, and chemicals in water.  When toxins are no longer being introduced with the food, the body has more of a chance to rid the built-up waste.  There can be symptoms such as waxy build up in the ears, intermittent diarrhea and/or vomiting, lethargy, mild fever, bad breath and skin irritations.  This doesn’t last very long and it is actually a good sign to see some detox symptoms.  Some younger animals or those that have been on higher quality foods may not have symptoms.

When your pet has been eating a raw food diet for a period of time there will also be a change in stool color and consistency. Stools will become lighter in color, often covered with a white chalky powder.  This is the digested bone that is ground into the poultry varieties of our foods. This is an excellent sign that your pet is digesting raw bone and getting the calcium and other minerals that it needs. An added benefit from this new diet is that the stools will also have less odor, become smaller with less volume, and become consistently solid and easier to clean up.

Freeze dried raw goes well with any other food including kibble, canned or home-prepared meals.  Using our freeze dried foods as an exclusive ration feed daily or as a portion of the diet such as supplementing kibble are both excellent options for making sure your pet has fres, raw, nutrient dense food available.

We always recommend getting as much moiture into your pet’s diet as possible so re-hydrating the freeze dried raw is important first.  Then you can add it to kibble or canned food by putting it on top or mixing it in. Some animals may experience some gas at first depending on the brands/ingredients being combined but the adjustment shouldn’t take long for dogs – it may take a little longer with some cats.

We believe it will.  Two things likely cause coprophagy, which is the consumption of fecal matter. There is some thought that coprophagy manifests in certain animals due to an underlying nutrient deficiency.  Much of today’s commercial dry food goes undigested due to its high grain content. The sweet smell of undigested grain can attract some dogs to eat their own stool, or the stools of other dogs and cats.  Raw food is usually completely digested. Feeding raw food may not stop your dog from eating the stool of other dogs.

Most likely, a switch to raw food will alleviate allergic symptoms your pet may be having. Many pets are allergic to protein in grains.  These allergies can be seen in symptoms of chronic yeast infections, skin rashes and stiff joints or arthritic conditions. Long-term exposure to large amounts of grains, for these animals, can be a precursor to more serious and permanent illness over time. But, it is never too late to switch to a raw natural diet. Pets of any age can be given a new diet and benefit from it very quickly.
Yes. The most recent research on the effects of protein on the kidneys is showing that the quality of protein makes a difference and dietary protein is not detrimental to kidney function. On the contrary, protein restriction can result in impaired wound healing, diminished immune function, lowered enzyme activities and cellular turnover.1 Animals with kidney failure should be provided a diet of high quality protein, highly digestible protein, fat as a preferential fuel source, a nutrient dense diet in small volume, moderately fermentable fiber and an optimum ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids for nutritional management of inflammation.2

1 Overview of the Aging Process: Fortify the Food Bowl of the Aging Canine – Part 3, authors Susan Thorpe-Vargas, Ph.D. and John C. Cargill, M.A., M.B.A., M.S., originally printed for DOGworld Magazine in May of 1999)

2 Dietary Management of Clinical Disorders in Dogs, by Dr. R. Kadirvel, Printed in the JOURNAL OF INDIAN VETERINARY ASSOCIATION, KERALA, Volume 5, Issue 2, http://www.jivaonline.com)

For extra nutritional healing and support, we recommend that a few quality supplements be added to your pet’s diet. First, we recommend the use of a digestive enzyme to help your pet get as much nutrition from its food as possible. Next, a probiotic (some digestive enzyme products come with a probiotic included), such as acidophilous, will help maintain a consistent level of healthy bacteria in the intestines. Additionally, adding a quality essential fatty acid supplement, such as fish oil, is important as these are difficult to obtain through diet and should be added separately. Enzymes, probiotics, and essential fatty acids are all destroyed by exposure to heat, light, and air.
We recommend feeding your pet twice daily. Just divide its daily food requirement into two equal portions, one to be fed in the morning and one in the evening. This will keep your pet from becoming too hungry from one meal to the next. Feeding smaller meals through out the day can be beneficial to some pets.
Cats require more meat and fewer vegetables to meet their nutritional requirements. Our cat food varieties are more expensive to make, so cost more than the dog food varieties.

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