Q. How do I start my dog or cat on a raw pet food diet?
A. Puppies can transition to raw immediately since their digestive system is still in good shape. Older dogs that have been fed kibble for a long time may have a harder time transitioning. Most older dogs and cats have been fed sterile (cooked) foods most of their lives, so we recommend a raw pet food diet be introduced slowly over the first week or so, mixing some in with their dry food to start is fine. Green tripe is a great way to build up the healthy gut bacteria. Raw food can be increased to 2 to 4 percent of body weight depending on activity level as well as dietary goals.
Q. Do Raw Pet Food Diets cost more to feed than traditional foods?
A. Our frozen raw diets will cost about the same as feeding a grain-free kibble diet. Animals will often consume up to twice the recommended amount of raw food during transitional periods until nutritional deficiencies are satisfied. Once nutritionally saturated, usually in the first 30 days, most pets will automatically cut their food intake to normal levels, resulting in costs per day just slightly higher than premium dry or canned foods. Most customers’ analysis of this cost report health promoting raw food as the least expensive way to raise animals, especially when considering the money saved on health care costs and supplementation.
Q. Why have dogs recently been classified as Omnivores?
A. In our dictionaries, Mr. Webster still classifies a dog as carnivorous (flesh-eating), direct descendants of wolf (genus Canis). Perhaps this myth of defining our domestic genus Canis as omnivores has been promoted by self-serving pet food companies trying to justify turning our canine companions into “corn dogs” (a veterinarian nickname for the well apparent unhealthy dogs fed grain-filled kibble).
We believe that our domesticated genus Canis pals are still carnivores, that they prefer fresh meat, and that they thrive best on nutrition that only the raw meat diets can provide, whether eaten in the wild and/or purchased from a health conscious raw meat manufacturer like us. Unlike pet food advertisements and packaging, natural science proves that a carnivore’s natural biological make-up has not changed throughout the transition from non-domesticated animals into domesticated pets.
Q. Is this concept of feeding raw meat to dogs and cats a new philosophy?
A. The concept of feeding dogs and cats on raw meat goes back into history. Unfortunately, as the domestic pet trade has grown so rapidly over the past few decades, most pet food manufacturers have opted to go with more convenient methods of manufacturing, transportation, and storage. Their emphasis was obviously more about satisfying their own interests and their customers’ convenience and less on the nutritional needs of the animals. We have the opposite approach and commit to nutritional excellence, and accept the challenge of manufacturing, distributing, and storing a raw meat pet diet.
Q. Can I make my own raw meat pet diet?
A. You can! However, if it’s not done with the proper balance of nutrition, you could do more harm than good. Besides, by the time you accumulate all the proper ingredients and allow for your time and effort to grind, mix, package and freeze, you’ll learn that the products we provide have done all the work for you at a very reasonable cost.
Q. Does the food have any chemicals or preservatives in the diet?
A. We don’t sell food with artificial colors or preservatives. Our raw pet food diet products are preserved through either freezing (at –40 degrees F) or freeze-drying which are the only methods of protecting the natural nutrition in Mother Nature’s most complete and balanced food – a raw meat pet diet.
Q. What is the freeze-drying process and the advantages of processing the diet this way?
A. Freeze-drying is a process that removes the moisture from the meat in a vacuum chamber, while still frozen. By bringing the temperature to the triple point 32 degrees F (where moisture can exist as an ice crystal, water or gas), the moisture is evacuated from an ice crystal to a gas without entering the liquid stage. The minimum amount of added heat to accomplish this is insufficient to destroy the amino acids or digestive enzymes.
Freeze-drying, though considerably higher in cost, is the only way to preserve raw meat without chemicals, irradiation, or heat damage to the nutrition and bio-availability of the food. It is yet another example of Carnivore Meat Company’s commitment to nutritional excellence.
Q. How can I travel with my pet and a raw meat diet?
A. Traveling with frozen raw food can be a challenge. Using dry ice in a freezer will work well or you can use a freeze-dried version. Freeze-drying is the only way to preserve the nutritional integrity of the health promoting raw food while offering the convenience of a shelf stable product needing no refrigeration. Freeze-dried raw food can be broken into small pieces and fed dry. Freeze dried raw pet food also makes wonderful treats!
Q. You claim your diet is more natural than most pet foods. Why?
A. The word “natural”, when applied to some of the pet foods of today, is a real stretch of Mr. Webster’s primary definition, of or arising from nature: in accordance with what is found or expected in nature. How many commercial pet foods have corn, wheat, soy, or barley as prominent ingredients? These are all natural products for herbivores (feeding chiefly on grass or other plants i.e. cattle, horses, buffalo, goats, deer).
Think about it…how many carnivores (dog, cat, wolf, lion, tiger) have you observed in nature (the wild, or on the “Discovery” channel) feasting on these products? They are not “natural” for dogs and cats. Fresh raw meat pet diets are! Simply put, you will never see a dog or cat jumping up and down with excitement in a corn patch, but, what you will see is a dog or cat chasing after some prey with a beating heart…real meat!