Does Raw Pet Food Meet AAFCO Standards?

Does Raw Pet Food Meet AAFCO Standards?

This is probably one of the more controversial posts I will make on our blog. I feel strongly about this subject and hope that through my learning, I can help others learn too. Often, I am told by pet owners that their vets have asked them to check with us, as a raw pet food manufacturer, on whether or not our raw foods meet AAFCO standards. AAFCO is the American Association of Food Control Officials. They write standards that veterinarians and pet food manufacturers to follow to ensure that the all required nutrients are available in pet food….or so they say…. Let’s look a little closer look at all of this.

In a recent online seminar conducted by Dogs Naturally Magazine during their popular Raw Roundup seminar series, Dr. Ian Billinghurst, DVM spoke on the confusing subject of AAFCO standards and why it might not be the holy grail of how to distinguish the nutritional integrity of your pet’s food. For those of you who don’t already know who Dr. Billinghurst is, he is the author of “Give Your Dog A Bone” and “The BARF Diet for Dogs and Cats.” He was one of the first vets to speak out about the detrimental effects of processed pet foods and to teach pet owners and vets about feeding a biologically appropriate diet. This article is a product of what I learned while participating in Dr. Billinghurt’s informative talk and what I have learned about pet food of all types over the last 15 years.

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Visit Us at the 2016 Pet Lovers Expo in Abbotsford!

Visit Us at the 2016 Pet Lovers Expo in Abbotsford!

It's tradeshow time again and one of our favorites is coming up! The 2016 Pet Lovers Expo runs February 27 and 28 at the Tradex in Abbotsford, BC. If you haven't been to this show and you have a pet(s) or just love animals, it's a must see event! Visit us at our booth for a free 3P Naturals sample card and free natural nutrition advice. Mark it on the calendar and we will see you there!

Sincerely,

The 3P Naturals Team

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How Much Should I Feed?

How Much Should I Feed?

When it comes to feeding your dog or cat, guidelines are meant to used as just that. Guidelines. They are not written in stone and they can be changed when needed. There are several important factors in deciding how much your pet should eat. It should not be based solely on the weight of the animal. Let's take a look:

Age. How old is your pet? A growing dog or cat will sometimes eat twice or three times as much as an adult of their weight. A senior may eat substantially less than a young adult. The metabolic rate and needs of your pet will change over the course of their lifetime. You must observe and adapt to these changes. Young animals' bodies are busy building bone and other important tissues as well as running the every day systems. Cells are producing rapidly and the amount of food they will need to fuel healthy growth will vary. Senior dogs often slow in their metabolism and may need less food than they once did in their younger bodies. Middle-aged dogs will need a maintenance diet that will reflect their health status and lifestyle.

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10 Basic Supplements for Canine Wellness

10 Basic Supplements for Canine Wellness
Do you wonder if there might be foods you could add to your dog's diet to enhance his wellness? Maybe your dog suffers from a nagging ailment that you can't seem to get under control. Or maybe you have a working breed that needs some support for his extra energy expenses. Here are my top 10 favorite supplements that I feel every dog owner should know about:
 
1. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's)
 
These nutrients are not called essential for nothing! They are an important addition to every dog's diet whether they are working or not. Essential fatty acids are needed to support healthy skin and coat, eyes, gut lining, paws, nervous system function, hormone synthesis and regulation and much more. EFA's are found in oils as polyunsaturated fats. Each oil has a unique nutrient profile so it's important not to use the same oil all the time.  Always use cold-pressed, refrigerated oils. Buy in small quantities often to avoid them going rancid as these oils are fragile and do not stay fresh for long. Racid oils are toxic so be sure they are always fresh. Vitamin E (discussed frther below) can help to preserve these oils during ingestion.
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Could Your Pet Have a Thiamine Deficiency?

Could Your Pet Have a Thiamine Deficiency?
What is Thiamine?
 
Thiamine is the vitamin known as B1. It is important for nervous system development and function, reproductive health and proper digestion. The main source of thiamine in the raw diet is muscle meat. 
 
If your pet eats a variety of different raw meats, there is plenty of thiamine to support the canine and feline bodies. If, however, your pet is eating mainly fish, he/she may be deficient in this important vitamin. They can also be deficient if they eat a large amount of canned food due to the way this type of food is processed but dry processed foods can carry the same risks. Animals that have weakened digestive/absorption abilities may also be thiamine deficient. 
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Switching To A Raw Food Diet

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Find out everything you need to know about a raw pet food diet, and how you can make the switch.

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Contact Us Today!

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If you are a retailer or veterinarian and would like to place an order, contact us today!

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