Our pets make us healthier – it’s a well-researched and documented fact. Our furry friends, be they feline or canine, make us happier, fitter, give us higher self-esteem, make us less lonely, improve our human relationships, and help us to be more socially outgoing. There are even reports that pets give us as much support as our own family members… some might say more support, in some cases.
We recently put a call out on our Facebook page asking for stories from people who feed their pets a Paleo-style diet. We were overwhelmed with the feedback, which did not surprise us. We get it. You love your pets. You love them so much that you want to give them back even a small portion of the improved health that they give you.
Primal Pet Foods
Primal Pet Foods offers an easy way to keep your pet’s diet as close to natural as possible. By eating raw, fresh and wholesome foods, your pet receives optimum nutrition through active enzymes, unprocessed amino acids and necessary vitamins and minerals that are essential to a natural, long, happy and healthy life.
The company’s poultry, meat and game are antibiotic and steroid-free, without added hormones. They incorporate certified organic produce, certified organic minerals and unrefined vitamins to fortify their complete and balanced diets. All Primal Formulas contain fresh ground bone for calcium supplementation.
Primal Formulas offer you the convenience and benefits of a raw-food diet without having to grind, chop, measure or mix the ingredients yourself. Primal Pet Foods has taken the time to carefully formulate and produce a nutritious, fresh-food diet that is easy for you to serve and delectable for pets to devour. The proof is watching them lick the bowl clean while thriving happily and healthfully!
Kyle Frautnick, Marketing Director at Primal Pet Foods, agreed to give us a little more insight into the what, why and how of their raw, grain-free pet food.
How did your dog’s story factor into your pet food products?
Primal Pet Foods began over ten years ago out of a desire to find alternative methods of nourishing our family pets Luna, Oso and Cedric. As Luna began to age, she started showing signs of common canine ailments often associated with diet. As for Oso and Cedric, these thriving boys were in need of a diet that would better compliment their exceptionally high level of energy.
After researching a wealth of animal nutrition information from a variety of fascinating books published by noted homeopaths in the animal care industry, we discovered what has become known as the BARF diet (Bones and Raw Food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). Extensive scientific research has documented clearly the benefits of the BARF diet, such as enhanced immune system, increased energy, whiter teeth, healthier gums, brighter eyes, shinier coats, smoother skin and stronger nails. Most important, the BARF diet promotes optimum digestibility of the proteins, vitamins and minerals that are essential to your pet’s health and longevity.
Primal Pet Foods utilized the expertise of one of its founders, a trained chef in fine food and product development, to create easy-to-serve, wholesome and delicious formulas based on the BARF diet. Having developed our formulas and having witnessed the benefits to Luna, Oso and Cedric’s health, we felt compelled to share our recipes with other pet owners.
Why should my pet eat a raw, grain-free diet?
Primal Pet Foods feels it is imperative to offer an alternative source of nutrition to our pets as an alarming number of our beloved animals are being diagnosed with diet-related disease. Produced with only the highest quality raw ingredients, all Primal products offer pets a superior form of highly digestible amino acids, vitamins and minerals, the building blocks of every animal’s biological function.
BARF is a diet for animals based on raw meaty bones, muscle meat, organs and raw, fresh fruits and vegetables. This diet mimics the eating habits of animals in their natural habitat, the wild, where they subsisted on the flesh and bones of their prey, the innards and any predigested fruits, grasses, leaves and seeds.
I want my entire family, including my pets, to be a part of our Whole9 lifestyle. Which of your foods are Whole30® compliant?
All of Primal Pets Food’s products are Whole30 compliant. However, your readers that are new or unfamiliar with feeding raw will most likely be interested in our flagship products of species appropriate, complete diet formulas. Simply thaw and serve… there’s nothing more to add.
Additionally, we’re recently launched our new complete diet freeze-dried formula line. This is essentially the exact same product as our raw frozen formula mentioned above, only the moisture has been removed and is a dry product that can be stored out of the refrigerator/freezer. This product can be served as is or rehydrated with water for optimum nutrition.
How do I successfully transition my pet from dry food to a raw food diet?
Transition is the most essential element of a healthy and safe change from dry kibble or canned wet food to a raw diet. We recommend making this transition slowly. Allow a minimum of one week for your pet’s digestive system to properly adjust from a highly processed diet to a new diet of human-grade raw foods.
For days 1-3, begin by mixing Primal Formulas, Mixes or Grinds into your pet’s current food at a ratio that your pet will tolerate; you can start with as little as 1/4 Primal to 3/4 of your pet’s current food. Your pet may show some adversity to the temperature of the raw food when served directly from the refrigerator. To warm Primal raw foods, place the feeding portion into a zip-seal, water-tight bag and temper in a bowl of warm water. Do not use water that is too hot, as this will potentially cook the food and reduce the enzymatic properties, as well as deplete the nutrient values of the raw foods.
If your pet accepts the raw food during days 1-3, feed your pet raw foods only for the morning meal and their current food for the evening meal for days 4-7. When your pet has transitioned successfully (consuming raw foods readily, healthy, firm stool), you can begin feeding raw foods for both meals.
Many pets will transition quickly and consume the raw food with vigor. To determine how your pet’s system is accepting the new diet, monitor your pet’s stool. On a raw diet, your pet’s stool size will be greatly reduced. Stools will become small, firm and void of any offensive odor. If your pet’s stool is soft or loose as a result of the transition, introduce the raw food more slowly.
Pets that have digestive issues and/or gastrointestinal disorders should be transitioned more slowly. We recommend the addition of a digestive enzyme to aid with the transition for pets with severe digestive and/or gastrointestinal upset.
It is important to only serve Primal raw foods when completely thawed. Frozen foods can be difficult for animals to digest. Never microwave any pet food. Microwaves cause the fat molecules to radically change, making fats less digestible, and ultimately they can become harmful to your pet’s long-term health.
Could you talk a little more about the sourcing of your ingredients?
Our commitment to our customers and their beloved pets is to provide the highest quality raw pet foods and treats using only human-grade ingredients of superior quality and origin. We have secured strong, long-term relationships with all of our vendors and have great trust and confidence in the raising, growing, handling, processing and packaging procedures of each and every one of our suppliers.
The ingredients used in Primal Pet Foods products are generally procured from USDA premium farms and ranches located within the United States. (We do procure a portion of our lamb, all of our venison, and our rabbit from New Zealand.) All animals raised for the use of protein in our foods are fed naturally on grass and/or a human-grade, vegetarian diet. The vendors that supply our proteins do not import any of their animal feed from countries outside of the United States, and we do not utilize any ingredients sourced from China.
Where To Buy Primal Pet Foods
Primal Pet Foods products are available nationwide in nearly 3,000 retail locations. You can find locations near you by visiting their store locator online. Not all retailers stock every Primal product, so they recommend that you call ahead to ensure the retailer has the specific products you are looking for. Any Primal Pet Food retailer can special order Primal products for their customers. (Currently, Primal Pet Foods does not ship directly to customers, due to the logistics and cost involved with shipping frozen products.)
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