Calling Dogs and Cats: Product Testers Wanted!

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We’re looking for a few good dogs and cats to join our Taste Testing Team – they’ll get the first bite of our new products and formulas.

If your dog or cat loves raw food and you are up for it – we’d love to hear from you!

You could help us help pets live longer and healthier lives!

In return, you will get lots of free product and other perks – and your pet gets delicious food!

Contact us to learn more about having your dog or cat join our Taste Testing Team:

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Help Us Stop the Kidney Disease Epidemic (One Meal at a Time!)

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Chronic kidney disease is also known as chronic renal failure (CRF) is reaching epidemic proportions in our pets. It can affect both dogs and cats: 1 in 10 dogs and 1 in 3 cats are at risk of developing the disease at some stage in their life. (1)  So why is it so common and what can we do as pet parents to reduce the risk ofor slow the disease? To prevent kidney disease in people, we are encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and healthy diet. Yet, when it comes to our pets the information about prevention of this potentially deadly condition is sparse and inconsistent. This is incredibly frustrating for loving pet parents that want to do better for their pets – and the only way this is going to change is if we all work together to demand better for our pets! Continue reading

Raw Done Right and Wrong by Dr. Karen Becker (RDBK Grand Opening – March 26, 2018)

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Presentation Slides: Raw Done Right (and Wrong)

We know that fresh food can help our pets live longer and healthier lives.  More people are feeding and learning about raw than ever before. Dr. Becker will explain how different raw formulation philosophies can be used to create a good raw diet that can meet the nutritional needs of our pets at different life stages. She will also talk about some of the mistakes in raw formulation that can result in deficiencies and ultimately  health issues.

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The Gut is the Foundation of All Health by Julie Anne Lee (RDBK Grand Opening – March 26, 2018)

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Leaky Gut Presentation_March 2018 

Leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing condition that millions of people and animals are struggling with and don’t even know it. From the sound of it, you might think that leaky gut syndrome only affects the digestive system but, in reality, it can lead to many other health conditions.

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The Recipe for a Happy Pet

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Hey guys! We talk a lot about the effects of food on health and wellness here on our blog and we feel this is a big part of keeping our pets in the best shape they can be. But let’s not forget that there are other aspects of our pets’ lives that can significantly impact their health! We know that exercise and environment are important. But did you know that stress can wreak just as much, if not more, havoc on health as a bad diet? Continue reading

It’s NOT JUST Allergies! Food Allergies: Over-diagnosed and Less Common Than We Think

shutterstock_614230454Did you know that food reactions are not necessarily allergies? True food allergies are actually very rare and account for only 10% of all allergies seen in dogs and cats. Unfortunately, the words “allergy” and “intolerance” are often used interchangeably and can result in the wrong treatment plan being applied.

Allergy or an allergic reaction occurs when your pets’ immune system reacts to a specific perceived “threat” that that enters the body, such as pollen, viruses, bacteria, and other foreign protein-based substances. The immune system sends its army and the external symptoms that we observe are a manifestation of that internal battle. Continue reading

Prebiotics: How to Nourish Your Pets’ Gut Bacteria

shutterstock_649354312By Sarah Griffiths, DCH and Inna Shekhtman

March 22, 2018

In the past few blogs we explored the wonderful world of probiotics. If you missed them, here are the links:

Bacteria: Friend or Foe? (Part 1) 

Real Science on Bacteria and Pet food (Part 2)

Choosing Probiotics for Your Pet (Part 3)

In these blogs we learned that bacteria are a major component to our pets’ gut and immune health. We learned that a healthy gut contains an army of beneficial bacteria, or probiotics. We also learned that you can repopulate your pets gut by taking probiotic supplements. This week we will discuss what you need to feed you pet’s gut army: Prebiotics!  What are they, you ask? Prebiotics are defined as an indigestible or partially digestible food substrate that promotes the growth of beneficial microbes in the digestive tract. The microorganisms in the gut are able to initiate fermentation of these substrates to be broken down into a usable energy source. There are hundreds of food sources that can be used and we’ll dive into a few of the best ones for dogs and cats in a second. Continue reading