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If you’re like me, you may remember first hearing about “freeze-dried” food around 1965 when it was introduced to astronauts in the Gemini space program! The first time freeze-dried food was consumed in space was by astronaut John Young on Gemini 3; it was a corned beef sandwich on rye and it didn’t taste quite like one from a New York deli…



Manufacturing and feeding raw diets for over four decades has enabled me to see pets of all sizes and shapes in both excellent and declining health. I have seen animals in radiant health that have been raised and maintained for a lifetime on raw food, compared to the poor health of those fed a dry, heat processed food diet.



When I am cooking my meal, there are 4 eyes watching my every move, they know to stay in their appointed area and I will figure out something to sneak into their bowls. The amounts given here are what I like to see as the reasonable daily amounts. All of the quantities are given with standard kitchen measurements.



I started thinking about the logistics of feeding a raw diet when on the road and how stressful it can be coordinating meals while on the road. Traveling with your dog in a warm/hot climate creates an even bigger challenge when feeding a healthy raw food diet. The food must be kept frozen in a cooler until used. For a trip longer than 3 days, the dry ice or frozen gel packs must be replaced or refrozen. Not exactly convenient!



The raw food diet for dogs is becoming quite a controversial issue among pet owners. This article is to shed some light on the pros, cons and key information everyone should know about the raw food diet, in hope it will allow you to make an informed decision on if the raw diet is suitable for your pooch.



Vol. 8, Issue 5 -Raw Food Producers
It has been suggested that because of minimal technology required to produce a pet food product, that essentially anyone regardless of credentials or expertise can bring a product to market. Even though this is a true statement it is important to clarify the difference between someone doing a garage operation and someone who follows the right requirements to manufacture a quality product.



Recent recalls have uncovered a new concern regarding adulterants contained in dog food. The amount of consumer complaints, the FDA recalls, and the misguided label claims are enough to confuse any consumer that is trying to find a safe and nutritionally complete diet for their family pet.



It’s Valentine’s Day, and who better to honor on this day than our beloved pets? I have some great ideas to share with you, so you can spend your day with your most loyal pal. Here is a list of things that are sure to bring a smile to your raw-fed companion:



One of the reasons I post controversial subjects is because a lack of substantive information leads to confusion and a misguided conclusion. Today, I would like to address the major differences between a dehydrated and a freeze-dried raw meat diet. The outcome is quite similar but the process differs greatly in how the ending product’s nutritional balance has been affected.



Nearly everyone makes New Year’s resolutions and hopes for a better year to come. The key word here is hopes. For most people, the reality of the New Year is that it will more than likely unfold like it did the year before. Same problems, same behaviors, same outcome. That is because little action is taken to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. We normally end up with the same results year in and year out.



Pet food is a multi-billion-dollar industry. There are some companies who genuinely care about the health and well-being of the pets they impact. There are others companies whose sole purpose is to generate the biggest profit they can. While using cheap ingredients and cutting corners is one way to get ahead, another is to generate misleading and fraudulent advertising to deceive their consumers.



It is scary thinking about all of the bacteria that can be found in your pet's food. You may often wonder how you can put a stop to it. The truth is we can’t. However, we can control it in the processing and manufacturing of the diet. 



I think it is common knowledge to most pet lovers that chocolate is potentially harmful to a dog or cat. Chocolate contains Theobromine, which is toxic to dogs and cats. It only takes 45 or more milligrams of theobromine (per pound of your dog’s weight) to reach a potentially lethal dose. 



This time of year holiday travel is at its peak. If you’re planning a trip yourself, you may be considering whether to take your pet along with you.  Like many other pet parents, you may worry how well your dog will do on a long flight or car ride.  For those with older pets, you may even worry about how the cold weather can affect your pet’s mobility. 



Urolithiasis is a general term describing a common disorder of the lower urinary tract in dogs and cats. It refers to stones or uroliths that develop in the kidney, ureter, bladder or urethra affecting approximately 7% of cats and 3% of dogs seen at veterinary clinics.



People charged with overseeing the safety of our food supply have a crucial role in society that is not properly appreciated.  In a westernized community, food borne illness is so rare that citizens take food safety for granted. In the United States, the probability of a lethal food poisoning from any one meal is one in 73 million.



Man and animals are dependent on foods of plant and animal origin. As nature has taught us, food obtained in a fresh, raw state will spoil quickly. Thus methods to properly preserve foods and extend their shelf life have been developed and improved on over time.



One of the most important duties an expectant mother has is to prepare for a successful pregnancy. The same holds true for our dogs. The success of any breeding exercise will depend on what your bitch has been fed throughout her life.



Vol. 7, Issue 44 -The Secret To A Healthy Dog
What is our first reaction when we discover that a severe disease, such as cancer, has attacked our pet and is spreading throughout his or her body? Hopefully, the answer is to change the dietary habits and become more aware of what we allow our pets’ bodies to be exposed to.



Pumpkin has been described as a mystery food for dogs as it is very unusual to find an ingredient that is able to control symptoms of diarrhea as well as constipation. You can effectively relieve your pet’s digestive upset in a matter of a few hours by simply adding a puree of canned pumpkin to your dog’s regular food.




Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is called a disease of exclusion. This means that because IBS is difficult to diagnose, several other disorders have to be eliminated before a proper diagnosis of IBS can be made. The symptoms include passage of small amounts of mucous stool, a watery discharge or very soft stool and it can be sometimes associated with painful defecation and an increased frequency of defecation.




The first few months’ of the puppy’s life are the most critical because it is during this life stage that the pattern for the dog’s future health is set. The development of the skeletal frame is especially vital for the large and giant breed dog.




Homemade, cooked diets are the diets that veterinarians worry may be nutritionally deficient hence the ones they complain about. When dogs show up in a veterinary clinic with a nutritional deficiency or imbalance it is generally because of a home-cooked diet that is severely lacking in one or several nutrients, or one that has been over-supplemented.




As a manufacturer of raw pet food, we follow strict protocol and guidelines to maintain the quality and integrity of our raw meat diets during production.  However, it is also important for the consumer to practice safe handling procedures for raw meat for both their family and pets. 




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Vol. 7, Issue 38 -Processed Food For Pets

There are four reasons people feed their pets: to satisfy hunger, to provide nutrition, for convenience, and for personal satisfaction. Given our busy society and the rapid pace of each of our lives, convenience is often the reason that most pet owners purchase the foods they do.