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Woof woof! It's National Dog Week!

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Celebrate with your best friend- it’s National Dog Week! Shower your pooch with plenty of love and treats as you both enjoy the 83rd annual pet holiday. We have the healthiest and heartiest treats that will have your pet begging for more. How about a puppy party? You’ve come to the right place. We have all those hard-to-find specialty items, the most common treats with a healthy twist, and everything in between. Check out our wide array and always expanding selection of pet products:  

For a healthy and happy pet: Even more nutrient-dense favorites: Last but certainly not least, has your canine (or feline) tried our best-selling pet burger yet? If not, they are missing out! This one-of-a-kind treat is a mixture of 65% lean beef, beef heart, and beef liver with no fillers, preservatives, or dyes. You will quickly see why this is one of our most sought after products and best kept secrets. The US Wellness Meats dog, Buck, is always begging for more burger!
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Rest assured your pet will be getting the best, as all the ingredients in our pet food selections are from the same 100% grass-fed and grass-finished cattle as our other beef products! In fact, the high fat content (35%) is the only reason the pet burger is labeled for pet consumption only. While some customers choose to cook the pet burger, the vast majority simply serve it raw. To make the diet transition smoother, we recommend a gradual introduction of the burger if your pet is currently eating dry, packaged pet food.  

Whether your pampered pet needs an occasional treat or a daily meal, we are your one-stop pet food shop.  

Share your favorite pet recipes or feeding ideas with us! Your recipes and comments could be featured in a future publication of our newsletter.
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“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.” 

~Sen. George Graham Vest


Comments

Holistically raised Silk dogs on U.S.Wellness raw beef dog burger, along with meaty bones like chicken necks, lamb ribs and beef bones. All my dogs are champions and well loved companions!
Posted @ Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:47 PM by Kathy Schlenz
Hi - Can you tell me how much of the pet food(beef) package your dog is supposed to consume to fill them up? I don't see serving size suggestions. I want to ensure my dog is getting enough food/nutrients. Also do you recommend fixing this with veggies as well so they are getting good healthy carbs w/ the fat & protein? My dog is 70lbs and we are looking to make the switch from a holistic grain free dog food. Thanks!
Posted @ Saturday, January 21, 2012 12:43 PM by Chrissy Bernazzani
Chrissy, Here's a raw dog food calculator we've found to be helpful: http://www.raw4dogs.com/calculate.htm. This should give you a general idea of how much to feed your dog. Most raw food pet websites and forums recommend serving an average of 2-3% of your dogs body weight. This would vary depending on age, level of activity, etc. Please let us know if we can answer any further questions. We hope this information is helpful.
Posted @ Thursday, February 09, 2012 9:39 AM by US Wellness Meats
Wonderfully healthy dogs! Our Shnauzer is strange though. We have to give her dried food as she seems unable to digest real food. Any ideas?
Posted @ Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:29 AM by John Pauli
WOW!!! So happy to find you guys. My animals are going to be so happy. We do organic for them now, but this will be such a nice change for them...
Posted @ Monday, March 19, 2012 5:28 PM by Cathy
Hi,  
I was wondering if this would be good for my cat? He's about 12lbs and 2 years old. Can he eat this?? 
 
Thank you 
Vanessa Cesena
Posted @ Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:30 AM by Vanessa Cesena
Vanessa, The pet burger is perfect for cats and dogs! It is 100% grass-fed and contains no fillers, dyes or preservatives. Please let us know if we can answer any further questions for you!
Posted @ Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:20 PM by US Wellness Meats
I just want to point out that according to the ingredients listed on this website (Ingredients: ground beef, beef heart, beef liver), this is a great base for a raw or homemade petfood, but it is NOT a balanced diet for dogs or cats!!! Feed only as a healthy treat, or get a reliable petfood cookbook and use this as a protein source in the recipes. As listed, it is vitally important to supplement this food with other vitamins and minerals in order to keep your beloved furbabies healthy! 
 
Check out Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats Cookbook (mercola.com) or Dinner PAWsible a Cookbook of Healthy Dog and Cat Meals (TruthAboutPetFood.com). I have 2 dogs and 3 cats and I'm looking forward to including the Pet Burger in my furbabies favorite homemade recipes, too! :)
Posted @ Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:49 AM by Sweet Kimy
hi,the pet berger sounds great,but my pet had pancreititis ,she needs low fat , how much fat in the pet bergers please? thank you.
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 1:47 PM by rose gaziano
Hi...my 10 lb, 12 year old Rat Terrier was just diagnosed with diabetes. She is currently on Royal Canin Diabetic and WD canned food. Will this 'raw' food be OK for her with her diabetes? I would like to switch her to a more healthy natural food that may help control her blood glucose.....Thanks!
Posted @ Wednesday, May 09, 2012 12:39 PM by Yolanda
Hi there, 
What ever happened to CATS?? You just have dogs, 
dogs, dogs, and more dogs. 
I myself had two wonderful dogs. A Burnt Sienna colored dog, Hungarian by birth, and a Black magnificent Lab. But......alas they are now in heaven. 
 
I need cat food specifically. Don't you like cat? 
Let me know please. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Myrna Rettegi 
Posted @ Sunday, May 20, 2012 12:20 PM by Myrna Rettegi
My two dogs have eaten your raw pet food for several years now and have done amazingly well on it. I do add raw pureed veggies to the mix and occassionally give them a raw bone to chew on. They refuse to allow me to toss the old bones and continue to chew on them far into "trash" days!! Recently we had to resort to canned/dry commercial food due to a complicated move and I just can't wait for my new order to arrive so they can enjoy their food once again! They refuse to touch the dry stuff and only eat the canned when they are about to starve!
Posted @ Sunday, May 27, 2012 10:59 AM by Virginia
This stuff should be great for cats. Cats are 100% carnivores and should not be eating ANY non-meat item.
Posted @ Sunday, July 01, 2012 7:59 PM by Robert
This is my second post.  
 
 
 
PLEASE recognize that THIS IS NOT A FORTIFIED DIET FOR DOGS OR CATS!!!!  
 
 
 
I was a vet tech for a year. I worked at a pet store for 1 1/2 years. I have worked with animal rescue groups off and on for several years. My best friend is a groomer and she has had two dogs that are certified therapy dogs. One of them was a champion show dog. Another friend of mine breeds Aussies that are trained to do championship flyball. My cats are rescues, but some of my family members have chosen to own pure bred kitties (much to my dismay). 
 
 
 
This food is a supplement only!!! PLEASE don't think of it as a balanced diet! 
 
 
 
I love the furbabies. That is why I am reiterating this important point!  
 
 
 
Dogs and cats are carnivores and dogs need about 60% of their diet to be meat. Cats need approximately 90% of their diet to be meat.  
 
 
 
But there are other important vitamins and minerals that need to be included! 
 
 
 
The best book that I have found for homemade pet foods is: Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats Cookbook (mercola.com). I listed another one in a previous post, but on closer inspection, I decided that it isn't one that I would choose for my furbabies. I prefer to feed grain free. 
 
 
 
I certainly don't recommend dry food, but Please don't get lazy if you are choosing against kibble.  
 
 
 
Packaged dry foods generally are not human grade and are under par in many ways, but AT LEAST THEY ARE A BALANCED DIET, meaning that it has all of the vitamins and minerals that are necessary for survival. Survival. (If you've done your research, you'll understand why I wrote that twice...) 
 
 
 
Your pet is better off eating kibble, with all of it's potential shortcomings, than it is with an unbalanced homemade diet.  
 
 
 
PLEASE, for the sake of your pet's life, DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!!  
 
Posted @ Sunday, July 01, 2012 10:05 PM by SweetKimy
Just wondering'... If we in fact evolved... How in the heck did the animals ever make it this far without supplements??? "Cats are carnivores and need 90% meat? Dogs 60%?" Maybe our ancestors gave their dogs vitamins and that's how they have made it until now??? (scratching noggin)
Posted @ Thursday, July 05, 2012 8:52 AM by Curious
 
 
 
 
Fair question... 
 
 
 
Please understand that I am not an animal nutritionist or a veterinarian. But I have done some study on the subject. I will explain this to the best of my ability, but as I said before, "PLEASE, for the sake of your pet's life, DO YOUR RESEARCH!"  
 
 
 
Don't trust what I say! Don't trust what one other website says! 'Research' means that you study multiple opinions and ideas from sources that have actual knowledge about the information you are trying to gather. Contact a holistic veterinarian if you can. Otherwise, hopefully through your research, you will be able to put it all together and make an informed choice on your own. Here's a great definition of the word Research: "diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc." Do it!! 
 
 
 
So here's the deal as I understand it: 
 
 
 
In the wild, a wolf doesn't drink water that is intentionally contaminated with fluoride and other toxic chemicals. They run fast and play hard getting plenty of exercise and fresh air. They have to hunt their prey, working together, giving them a mental stimulation that most of our pets are unfortunately no longer offered. A wild cat or wolf will work with their pack to catch that prey, and when they succeed, they eat nearly every bit of the animal caught.  
 
 
 
They don't just eat the tender muscle meat that humans will typically offer, they eat the organs. The heart, the liver, the kidneys, the brain. They even eat the stomach and it's contents. Oftentimes that prey will have undigested plant life still remaining in it's stomach. The organ meat has some different vitamins and minerals than muscle meat. Some of the organs, particularly the brain, have a high fat content that ensures that they get the saturated fats that are important for their health.  
 
 
 
The wild cats and wolves will sometimes go several days between kills, where they will be forced to forage for food. I don't really know what the wild cats do at this point, but wolves will eat berries, some plants or roots, and steal eggs from nests. But in either case, the next kill will not necessarily be the same animal. Different prey will have different levels of nutrients for these wild hunters. This variety helps ensure that over time they get all of the nutrients their bodies need for survival. 
 
 
 
Our domestic dogs and cats are at our mercy to feed them healthy and nutritionally appropriate diets for their species. You can feed your pet whatever you want, and he or she may be healthy for a number of years. But oftentimes, a dog that may have lived to be a healthy 14 or 15 year old may die at 8 or 9, or suddenly some disease like cancer or kidney disease will show up and then you'll just think, "Oh, must be a bad bloodline. He was a rescue, maybe his mama wasn't healthy when she was pregnant.". 
 
 
 
OR MAYBE ALL OF YOUR GOOD INTENTIONS CREATED THAT WEAKNESS AND INFLAMMATION IN HIS BODY. 
 
 
 
I think that most of us that are going out of our way to feed real food mean well. I am not saying that the Pet Burger is not good for your pet. I feed it to my dogs, too! What I'm saying is that IT IS NOT A COMPLETELY BALANCED SPECIES APPROPRIATE DIET FOR DOGS OR CATS!!! Look, you are already here at this website buying pet burger. U.S. Wellness meats has a wonderful variety of products. You can get organ meat from several different species of animals right here at this website. I do! 
 
 
 
Get a book, learn how to do it right, then buy a variety of organ meats at the same time you buy your pet burger from U.S. Wellness Meats and know that you are doing the best you can do for your furbabies! This is a big commitment, but you can do it! I've looked at several pet food books, and have once again come back to 'Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs & Cats'. That is the book I have chosen because I want to feed grain free. 
 
 
 
Like I said in the beginning. Do your research. Make an educated decision about what you feed your furbaby. You probably wouldn't be reading this if you didn't love yours as much as I love mine. Please, take the time to do it right. 
 
Posted @ Tuesday, July 10, 2012 6:26 PM by SweetKimy
There is organ meat in the pet burger.
Posted @ Sunday, July 15, 2012 5:23 PM by Elizabeth
I am curious what nutrients would be missing from a diet of raw meat and organs? I have seen some wolf and coyote deer kills and it's pretty clear they are not going out of their way to tear open the stomach or intestine and get some tasty half digested leaves... Can you recommend any sources to read more about this? Or is it just "common knowledge" among pet owners and vets who use store bought food?
Posted @ Monday, July 16, 2012 6:44 PM by jonw
Beef heart is considered a muscle meat, is there anyway you could replace the heart portion or some of the lean portion with 5% kidney?
Posted @ Saturday, August 11, 2012 12:02 PM by Denny
2 questions: My cat needs to have a diet very low in iodine. Would the pet burger fall into this category? Also, I see you are temporarily out of stock on this product. When will you be getting more in? Thanks!
Posted @ Sunday, August 19, 2012 8:52 AM by Aimee
Question: do you use the same beef and organ meat that is sold for human consumption in the dog food mix? If so, is there anything that requires this to be dog food and not human food?
Posted @ Friday, September 28, 2012 8:36 AM by JeffL
The pet burger seems like a great base for a dog or cat food. However with 90% beef and 10% heart and liver, it seems to be missing a calcium source. If there are no ground bones in the pet burger, it is not balanced. Is there a nutritional analysis for the Pet Burger that can be posted? Is it lacking a calcium source?
Posted @ Friday, November 23, 2012 10:06 AM by Rita
This is such a wonderful blog for animal lovers... and I've learned so much. (Never want to stop learning how to improve our fur babies lives)  
I just want to thank everyone who gives such valuable input for that purpose. Especially to Sweetkimy who took the time to give such a proper perspective. I fostered kittens for a decade and still need input.
Posted @ Sunday, January 20, 2013 5:18 PM by S. E. D.
To the USWM staff: 
Could you please post the calorie and macronutrient breakdown for a 1 lb package of your pet burger? 
Thank you.
Posted @ Sunday, March 03, 2013 4:26 PM by Robin
Other pets that benefit greatly from pet burger include rats and chickens. I have been feeding pet burger to my rats and have seen their longevity increase and their tumors disappear in the older rats. I just got chickens but I suspect that since they are omnivores as well that their health will benefit as well like my rats did.
Posted @ Sunday, March 10, 2013 9:54 AM by Trish
Our two pugs have thrived for years on a diet of 1 chicken drumstick each (bone and all) for breakfast, and a bout 3 ounces of "Pet Burger" for dinner (Sometimes we use another brand, Nature's variety, which is very similar). No signs of ill health whatsover. Quite the contrary - they are the leanest, strongest pugs on the planet!
Posted @ Friday, March 15, 2013 4:33 PM by mrfreddy
Why is the pet burger "pet consumption only"? By the ingredients list it sounds like perfect nutrition for humans too...
Posted @ Sunday, July 07, 2013 9:22 AM by Madeleine
Hello everyone- You can find the nutritional date for the pet burger on our website. Just look under "nutritional information" here: http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Detail.bok?no=879.  
 
It is required by the USDA to label it not for human consumption. This is because it is made of the 65% ground beef, which is the fattiest we offer. However, we do have some customers that prefer it and consume it themselves.
Posted @ Friday, July 12, 2013 3:18 PM by US Wellness Meats
I just got 4# of your Pet Burger but there are no instructions on it. How much should I feed my dog daily?
Posted @ Friday, September 06, 2013 10:39 PM by Rachel Budman
After a diet of mostly dry food killed my cat Pacey I decided I wouldn't get another cat without a better diet option. 
Our Sasha has been raw fed since we got her at 4 months old. 
Now she is raw whole prey. I'm thinking about getting some of this to add variety to her diet.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:04 PM by Kim
My 13 yr old bouvier has just been diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma(cancer). We have declined surgery due to her age tho she looks half her age. We will begin feeding her organic meats including organ meat. Since I eat meat from us wellness, I have looked here for my dog. I have a recipe from the Vet. Does anyone have a good book or recipe to share for cancer...she is supposed to eat very little carbohydrates as cancer feeds on sugars. Thx so much
Posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 6:08 AM by Lynda O
I recommend Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats - 4th edition. 
 
It is a little complicated at first, but once you read through the book and figure out the calculations for the proper ratio of protein and vegetables/fruits (the only source of carbs) for your particular pet, it gets easy. She even includes a worksheet to use to keep track of the daily needs of each pet. 
 
Dr. Becker recommends feeding raw, but if you are uncomfortable with that or are unable to afford the higher quality of protein that you might want to use for raw feeding, you can lightly cook the food. That's what I currently prefer to do. Also, with her recipes, you can prepare the veg and protein separately. For me, that seems to cut down on prep time and it makes it so that I can create a more natural variety for my pets. 
 
You will definitely want to feed grain-free (but NOT exclusively protein as some on this blog claim to do!). As you search for the best recipes for your pet, keep in mind that even potatoes and sweet potatoes are carbs. Most of the "grain-free" foods available are full of potatoes replacing the rice which doesn't really help from the perspective of eliminating or minimizing carbs. 
 
BTW - This book is written by Dr. KAREN Becker. I've noticed that there is another Dr. Becker in pet food books. I haven't looked at his books so I don't know if his recipes are any good for pets with informed pet parents. 
 
Dr. Karen Becker also has a very informative newsletter that comes out twice weekly and she has some healthy products available on a website she shares with Dr. Mercola. 
 
Wishing you much good fortune with the health of your dog...
Posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 11:36 AM by SweetKimy
SweetKimy, thank you for your comments. I just rec.d a shipment of pet burger and ground duck backs. I will be mixing tem and serving raw..gently heated only....I add puréed veggies, Braggs kelp sprinkle, some organic plain full fat yogurt and some pollock and cod liver oil....other meals include Stella and Chewy,s frozen raw, Weruva canned dog food human grade..and some cooked chicken breasts...all with added veggie purée. In the veggies I use celery, lettuce, parsley, Brussels sprouts, bee pollen, bit of garlic, ginger and turmeric, chard, pumpkin purée. 
I also do a slow cook grass fed beef chuck with veggies that get puréed after cooking. I hope I am giving her a well balanced diet. Pretty hi in fat but she needs to keep her weight up due to the cancer and she lost 5 lbs adjusting from kibble to something she likes...she loves her new meals and her sleeps r calm and peaceful and she has started dreaming again...moving around...so I am much happier...any comments would always be appreciated.
Posted @ Saturday, December 07, 2013 3:29 PM by Lynda
Lynda, 
 
Sounds like you have a very lucky dog and are a very caring owner. 
 
I have read that garlic is toxic to dogs, so I would be careful with feeding that. 
 
Best, 
Shane
Posted @ Saturday, December 28, 2013 6:13 PM by Shane
Hi guys, 
Could you maybe offer some raw green tripe for our dogs? (from either lamb, goat or beef). That's the only missing piece and then I could get everything for us and the dogs from your website. Thanks!
Posted @ Monday, December 30, 2013 2:04 PM by Regina
Can anybody recommend a natural multi-vitamin for cats? It's very hard to find vitamins that don't have junk in them, like sugar, molasses, canola oil, corn syrup, etc.
Posted @ Thursday, January 09, 2014 9:42 PM by Gail
This site is a good resource listing several multivitamins, and many of which are natural (vs. synthetic). http://dogaware.com/diet/supplements.html#wholefood 
Posted @ Sunday, February 16, 2014 8:40 AM by Debbie
I have a great book that I highly recommend for dogs with cancer. "Dog Cancer The Holistic Answer" by Dr. Steven Eisen. I have a 3 year old Boxer that was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. After following the protocol in the book she is now in remission. Our vet said that she has seen tumors calcify, but she's never seen them shrink. Fiona's was about 2 inches in diameter and it's now almost completely gone. When you buy the book it comes with access to a companion website. Lots of great info! Best of luck to you!
Posted @ Sunday, February 16, 2014 12:24 PM by Sharon
I have throughly enjoyed reading all the comments and advice. I want to transition to a mostly raw diet for my pooch so this is very helpful. I ordered Dr.  
Karen Beckers book so I'm looking forward to making homemade food for my Harry.
Posted @ Sunday, March 02, 2014 6:37 AM by Leslie
Am concerned about Cat food and what I might be feeing my beautiful Maine Coon. 
 
Does anyone know if it's good to feed cats just meat? I thought they needed other nutrients, etc. in their food. 
 
OR do you Know of a non GMO Cat Food? 
 
I would appreciate Any Advice. Thank you, Sally & Suzy my cat~
Posted @ Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:38 PM by Sally Eidson
My dog is diabetic. Is it healthy for him to eat your product?
Posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 10:57 AM by Eva Russell
Having a great time reading your blog post. you know what your readers want. Keep posting.
Posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 6:01 AM by Hunting Labradors
Yeah i will celebrate it with my best friend- National Dog Week.
Posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 6:23 AM by Black Labrador
This is a really good read for me. Must agree that you are one of the coolest blogger I ever saw. Thanks for posting this useful information. This was just what I was on looking for. I'll come back to this blog for sure!
Posted @ Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:41 AM by Puppy Guarantee
I had to refresh the page times to view this page for some reason, however, the information here was worth the wait.
Posted @ Friday, April 04, 2014 6:18 AM by Personalized Dog Collars
Excellent post and i am happy to know about the pet burger.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 09, 2014 12:02 AM by Labrador Hunting Puppy
Useful information shared..I am very happy to read this article..
Posted @ Wednesday, April 09, 2014 12:10 AM by Yellow Labradors
I am so happy to have stumbled on this site, and now this blog ! I know that by changing my dogs diet from dry to raw kept Annie alive 4-5 years longer. She was a Golden Retriever who at about 3-4 yrs stopped wanting to eat. The short (?) version of the story is we went grain free, then finally raw and she thrived. Healthy coat, energy level etc. I ground organic meats, organs and whole chickens for the base. Her veggie blend was celery,broccoli, carrots, spinach, chard, zucchini, a beet, and a couple of apples. (I changed it up every now and then) I would process them all in a food processor and cook them up to just warm w/ 1-2 cups olive oil. I made it in a big soup pot. The veggie is an important part as it does provide other nutrients. Her 'treats' were apples and bananas and berries in season. In the end it turned out she had lymph cancer, however we didn't know that as the blood tests did not show it. I truly believe that switching her food allowed her to live longer and healthier.  
As a side note, apple seeds and some grasses have cancer fighting properties and she loved apples and was a grass eater.
Posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 8:59 PM by Melody
I've always heard that apple seeds contain cyanide. To verify, I just called the animal poison hotline to ask about apple seeds and they recommend to NEVER feed apple seeds to your dog!!! If they are swallowed whole, depending on the size of your dog, they may not cause much problem. But they can be very toxic or even fatal, especially if they are chewed. And the toxicity of them will depend on the size and health of your pet. 
 
Melody, it sounds like you did an amazing job taking care of your Annie! I'm impressed by the diet you designed for her. For the most part, it sounds perfect! I am interested in hearing more from you if you have more to share. 
 
Here are my thoughts for anyone interested in following the diet Melody created for her dog. I also add oil to the food I feed my dogs, but I only add about 5 tablespoons to about 10 lbs of food. Coconut oil or a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil might be a healthier option. Coconut oil liquefies at 76 degrees, so you might want to lightly heat the food before serving or just add a little warm water to it first. Of course, don't forget to always test the temp of the food before serving! Also, in the mornings, I add a small amount of fish oil to their breakfast. 
 
I will try to write more soon. Thanks to those of you who have personally addressed my posts. I'm glad that I have been able to teach and inform, and I'm thankful that I have information worth sharing. You know, we all learn from one another!
Posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:23 AM by SweetKimy
SweetKimy I understand there is a lot of confusion out there on the web about seeds of many fruits containing amygdalin which is a naturally occurring cyanide-glucose compound. Apple seeds have a hard coating and most often pass through our system. I eat them when I eat a whole apple. From my research it would take crushing and eating about 150-180 seeds to do damage to myself. Amygdalins are a type of Nitriloside found in many plants, grasses, fruits, nuts etc. If we eat veggies and nuts, we are ingesting them. Cows and other animals graze on many grasses containing Nitrilosides. It was only after Annie was gone that I came across information related to "Vitamin B-17". There is a huge amt of contradictory information out there regarding idea of "B-17" and cancer. I just looked back on her life and what she "craved". Apples and grasses, but not all the time, she went through cycles. I believe she knew what she needed to eat. I believe whole food provides a balance. Just as some acidic foods actually become alkaline in our body. Our bodies- animal bodies too, are amazing, and scientists and Drs. have many answers but not all :) After all, we are chatting on a raw pet food blog site and there are plenty of vets out there who thought I was poisoning my dog by feeding her raw.
Posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 2:09 AM by Melody
To all;  
I want to add that all of my comments are based on my own research and personal experience only. My background is not as a scientist, nor an MD. However, 
I have been in the health care field as an LMP and Animal Massage Therapist for 16 and 10 yrs., respectively. As such, I study a wide variety of subjects including nutrition and the healing process. Which, as we (people and animals) are all individuals, there is no one-size-fits-all protocol or diet. 
 
The book I used to guide me w/ Annie's diet was "Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats" by K. Schultze. It was published in '98 and was one of the few I found early on.  
To clarify w/ Annie's diet. I only cooked the processed veg combo up to med-low heat to begin the enzymatic break-down process as Schultze recommended in her book. Then it was cooled and I created veggie patties as I did w/ her meat combo and froze them for storage. Making large batches I would prep 3-4 wks of food for her at a time. I would thaw in the fridge and pour 1/2 cup nearly boiling water over the patties to warm and mix them prior to serving. The temp between the refrigerated food and water was lukewarm when serving.  
My cat never really switched over completely. As he was a prolific hunter on his own, I never pushed it and just kept a no-grain, non-gmo, etc dry food available when he wanted it. I would keep trying and I believe he only ate it when he wasn't having much success himself. He seemed to prefer the organ meats, chicken hearts/liver the most.  
I also did not crush raw chicken bones for him. Bird and mice bones are obviously miniscule compared to a chicken and I was concerned I would not be able to crush them fine enough for him. I hope that helps some of you with cat questions, and thanks for reading my posts. 
Posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 11:21 AM by Melody
Great day for dogs and dog lovers as they can come along with their beloved pets and play along with fun.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 07, 2014 2:18 AM by Hunting Labradors
when transitioning a cat from dry food to the Pet Burger would you advise doing this gradually or all at once? I have recently switched my cat from dry food to the Pet Burger. It has only been a couple days but she is still meowing for her dry food and is not too eager to eat the Pet Burger.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:28 PM by Kristie
I need some serving size suggestions how much we can give a dog to eat as you haven't mentioned it above?
Posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:10 AM by Dennis Canfield
I think the burger sounds great. It would need to be supplemented with raw green tripe and animal fiber. Animal fiber = tendons, cartilage, duck feet, bendable bones like necks and ribs, pizzles and tracheas. Don't try to just get fiber from some veggie mix. Animal fiber is fermentable by their gut microbiota. Regina
Posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2014 4:38 PM by Regina
If you add Dinovite and boiled eggs (shells included for calcium)you'll have a very nutrient rich pet food. My three dogs love it!
Posted @ Thursday, October 02, 2014 5:34 PM by Amy
My husband and I chose to introduce a raw diet of rabbit and turkey to our 3 black cats. At first they were reluctant to eat it but when they were hungry enough in the morning they would eat a small portion. Later they would throw it up. We have tried and tried and it seems maybe the mix is too rich for them. Any suggestions to lead them to a totally raw food diet?
Posted @ Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:41 AM by Pamela
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