The Raw Truth
We are not kibble. We are raw.
Many new studies on animal nutrition point out the limitations of feeding kibble to your animal.
Most kibble is made with the by-products of mass processing that could not be used for anything else. The percentage of meat protein may be very low, with vegetables and starches making up the bulk of the product. Even if you start with the best ingredients there would still be little to no naturally occurring nutritional value after the extreme and repetitive cooking process. What kibbles have in common is a finished product that requires a flavor coating and a premix of synthetic vitamins and minerals to be edible. Most of these additives are manufactured offshore and of questionable quality or longevity.
So-called “balanced diets” are in truth overly processed, and do not relate to your animal’s digestive tract.
Often, the results of long time kibble feeding become apparent in allergies and skin issues, loss of energy, joint and mobility issues, and regularity and stool issues. Many pets die prematurely due to liver and kidney failures or serious cancers. How can we think that generations of synthetic based nutrition in our companion animals are not taking its toll?
Raw feeding is growing among many pet owners that believe going back to basics is the way nature intends your dog to feed. Health Mutts is your best option to achieve that standard.
We are raw.
There is a trend to raw feeding among dog owners who explore the subject. We like to start with your dog’s weight, age, breed, and health issues if any. The basics for a raw feeding include a rotation of at least three different protein sources, a fish and a very small amount of vegtables and berries or a few table scraps (yes, we encourage table scraps). More choices are better. This diet contains all the necessary nutrition and supplements are an optional bonus you can add in as required or desired.
We believe food is medicine and offer many freeze-dried supplements that can augment their meat diets. For example, stressed animals may benefit from the anti-oxidants found in berries, weaker animals from the incredibly balanced nutrition found in either eggs or goat’s milk, older animals from the probiotics in yogurt or kefir. We suggest that you sit down with us and discuss your animal to create the best menu for health and nutrition. You will be amazed at how your dog will respond.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s in Health Mutts food?
We have decided to offer our ingredients individually, in large part to aid pets suffering from food allergies. A chicken patty is made up of 100% ground whole chicken including the heart, liver, the skin is removed due to its high fat content. Beef is based on ratios to create a composite animal including meat and organs. You can mix and match to create your own recipes and supplement fruits and veggies from your own table scraps or add in some of our freeze dried options.
What is a supplement?
A supplement is anything added to create a well balanced diet. We believe that supplements are best served in whole food sources instead of being isolated, my favorites in addition to fruits and veggies are canned sardines, coconut oil, ground chia, ground hempseed and sometimes fibre (specially for older dogs)
Some supplements come in powder form inside capsules and can also be beneficial such as Milk Thistle; these supplement options are usually given for specific reasons.
My dog has special health concerns, what do I do?
Health Mutts offers nutritional consulting and custom made feeding plans for dogs with special needs. General advice is available anytime but if you need a more in depth plan please contact us to book an appointment.
How should freeze dried products be stored?
Freeze dried foods have a very long shelf life if properly stored. Product that is exposed to air should be used within two months because the fat content will be the first to go rancid. If you would like to store product longer it should be vacuum packed and kept in the fridge or freezer.
Why is there a charge for frozen product boxes?
Health Mutts goal is to use as little packaging as possible and majority of the packaging we do use is biodegradable. The boxes are expensive and we did not want to incorporate the cost into the product price so we have decided a small charge is better and we hope it will encourage customers to bring cooler bags with them.
There are cheaper options, why should I buy yours?
There are cheaper options and I believe that you get what you pay for. There are some companies that are selling their product for less than we can acquire raw materials, which I find very concerning. The cheaper options I know of have not been willing to divulge the source of their materials and the price makes you wonder what the quality of those materials were.
Our materials come from Martock Glen Farm in Windsor, N.S. where they were raised free range, this means the animal freely roams outside, foraging for food naturally and enjoying the sunshine. Products acquired from any other farms will be clearly posted on the label.
What is the difference between free range and grass fed?
Customers need to be careful with terminology; it can be misleading and sometimes down right deceitful. Free-range means the animal enjoyed roaming outside and foraging for their food naturally (weather permitting of course). Obviously this is not possible in the winter so Martock Glen Farm stores its feeds and because crops can vary in nutritional value from year to year they test their crops and supplement only what nutrients are lacking.
Grass fed can be a deceiving term as the only requirement to label it as such is that the animal is fed grass for the two weeks leading up to slaughter not for its life span. Organic is also a safe but expensive option as there are stricter regulations governing the way the animal was raised.
Does your product contain antibiotics, growth hormones or steroids?
Absolutely not! Martock Glen Farm does not use growth hormones or steroids. They also don’t use antibiotics in the feed as a preventative measure which means an animal is only given antibiotics if it gets sick, it would be cruel not to but the animal is not slaughtered until it is well and there has been enough time for the antibiotics to be flushed from it’s system.
Do you only make dog food, what about my cat?
Your cat is an obligate carnivore so our products are an excellent choice. Some companies add extra Taurine (possibly synthetic) to their cat formulas but again we believe whole foods high in Taurine are a better option. Hearts are high in Taurine and we offer varieties that cats seem to love so it is the perfect supplement and treat in one convenient package.
What is HPP and do you use it?
HPP stands for high-pressure pasteurization and is used to remove pathogens and no we don’t subject out product to this process because studies have shown it also removes good bacteria (probiotics) and digestive enzymes. HPP products are a good option for pets with compromised immune systems.