Raw Food

Feeding a complete raw meat diet to your dog is the best way to provide an easily digestible, balanced diet that mimics the way his ancestors naturally eat in the wild. However, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about feeding a raw food diet to dogs. This can be confusing and discouraging for dog owners looking to do the right thing for their dogs.

We offer many options to make feeding raw easy.  We have ready made raw patties or several prey model raw component options.  We have researched the companies we carry, their quality of ingredients, and quality control. We believe feeding quality, hormone free, free range meat is very important.  Many meats in grocery stores, butchers or other lower quality markets contain saline for freshness as well as hormones and antibiotics. These not only compromise the health of our pets but can add sodium to their diet.  

Feeding a raw diet is done for optional health for our pets.  We can help you find the easiest yet least expensive way to do this.

 

My pet carnivore

Here at MPC, we pride ourselves on bringing you products that are the very best in quality, freshness and variety. And, we wrap it all up with great customer care! What makes us so confident? Here are some of the reasons:

Sourcing:

We are constantly working with our main producer, Schoenborn Family Farms, to procure only the healthiest and most-naturally raised animals for our products. Mark, Carol, Kevin and Steve are the backbone of this family operation. They oversee each item and every animal at their facility in Holland, MI.

Exceptional Quality

Our brand uses only live, healthy animals for our whole-ground products. In addition, only inspected and approved selections from state and federally licensed processing plants are chosen for our chunked and MPC-exclusive mixes. The Schoenborns also hold their own federal and state licenses. Their facility is inspected several times a year to insure that all cleanliness and safe-handling regulations are followed. We are so proud of their constant hard work and dedication. They give so much care and attention to every product that their farm produces. The Schoenborns’ insist that only the healthiest and most naturally- and humanely-raised animals are considered. At times, this serious scrutiny of sources is reflected in our available inventory. We do want to secure more superior products. And so, we hope that the limitations in our quantities are evident in our quality!
 

The Raw Dog Food Diet Must Have Calcium

Dogs, and especially puppies, need a solid source of minerals, especially calcium and phosphorus. Your dog wouldn’t survive without them. To get enough calcium and keep a healthy balance of minerals, your dog’s raw diet needs to contain about 12% to 15% bone. To make things simpler, this means about 1/3 of his diet should be nice meaty bones.

Here are some good choices for meaty bones:

  • Chicken wings, necks, legs or thighs
  • Turkey necks (other bones are large)
  • Beef tail bones (great for larger dogs)
  • Lamb or goat necks or ribs

Organs Are The Multi-Vitamins

Organs are the nutrient-rich parts of the animal and without them, your dog could be missing some important vitamins.

Overall, you’ll want to feed anywhere from 10% to 30% organ meats and this depends on how much you can get. If you can only find liver, just feed 10% organs. But if you’re lucky and you can find kidney, spleen, pancreas, brain and other delicious, nutritious organs, then feed them as a third of your dog’s diet. But never feed that much liver … limit it to 10% because it’s really high in vitamin A and can give your dog some messy diarrhea if you give too much. The same applies to any organ … no one organ should be more than 5% to 10% of your dog’s diet but if you have a few different ones, they can be 1/3 of your dog’s total meals.

Organs would include:

  • Liver

  • Kidney

  • Spleen

  • Pancreas*

  • Thymus*

  • Brain

  • Lung

  • Testicles

Muscle Meat Is The Foundation

Once you get your meaty bones and organs in place, the rest of your dog’s diet should be nice lean meats (half to a third of his total food, depending on how much organ meat you can get your hands on). These are the protein-rich component of your dog’s diet and he needs proteins to build strong tissues, as well as the hormones and enzymes he needs to survive and thrive.

Good choices for muscle meat include:

  • Beef (ground beef, cheek meat, stewing beef)

  • Beef heart (but not more than 5% of the diet as it’s very rich)

  • Bison (ground bison, stewing bison meat)

  • Turkey (ground turkey, boneless thighs, breast meat, tenderloin)

  • Lamb (stewing lamb, ground lamb, shoulder or breast meat)

  • Pork (pork shoulder or butt, cushion meat, boneless rib meat, loin)

  • Chicken (boneless thighs, breast meat)

Don’t Get Hung Up On Fruit and Veg

Should you add fruits and vegetables to your dog’s raw diet? The short answer is it’s really up to you. If you stick to the first four rules, your dog will get a nicely balanced raw diet with enough vitamins and minerals to do well.

Fruits and vegetables carry some unique benefits your dog can’t get from animal products. And in the wild, your dog’s ancestors ate a reasonable amount of grasses and berries … and I like to think that they ate them for a reason (because animals are very good at sourcing out the foods their bodies need).

What benefits do fruits and vegetables offer that can’t be found in meat?

Prebiotics (fiber) are indigestible plant fibers that feed important little bugs that live in your dog’s gut (called probiotics).

Chlorphyll is the green pigment in plants that makes your dog’s cells healthy detoxifies his liver and digestive system. It can also protect against cancer.

Carotenoids are important antioxidants that protect your dog from aging and disease. Carotenoids are found in yellow, orange and red colored fruits and vegetables like squash, carrots, papaya, cantaloupe.

Lycopene is another powerful antioxidant that can play a role in preventing and slowing cancer. Lycopene gives many vegetables their red color and it’s found in tomatoes, carrots, red cabbage, watermelon.

Lutein is another antioxidant that’s known to protect the eyes, skin and heart. It’s found in dark leafy greens and in yellow plants, including kale, broccoli, oranges and papaya.

Flavonoids or bioflavonoids can regulate cell signaling and have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. In general, the more colorful the plant food, the higher it is in bioflavonoids.

Always buy organic if you can afford it.

Keep It Starch-Free

Starchy foods like grains, peas and potatoes aren’t suitable for your dog.

Starchy foods cause your dog to continually produce a hormone called insulin. This causes him to store a lot of his food as fat, so if your dog is on the chubby side, avoiding grains will help. This can also lead to insulin resistance and diabetes.

Variety Counts

Feed a wide variety of different foods, including different sources of meat … and don’t forget to feed some of the “weird and icky things” such as chicken, duck or turkey feet, beef trachea, tails, lung, testicles and pizzles.  Parts like beef trachea and poultry feet are loaded with natural chondroitin and glucosamine, which help to build healthy joints and they’re reasonably priced.

Balance Over Time

First, nobody knows what complete and balanced is, so it’s difficult to make this claim.

Second, balance can occur over time … every meal doesn’t need to be completely balanced as long as your dog’s nutritional needs are met over the course of a few days or weeks.

Feed Fish Once A Week

Sardines, smelts, herring, mackerel are good choices easily fed.

How Much To Feed

As a starting point, feed your dog about two to three percent of his ideal adult weight. So, if he weighs 50 pounds, feed him one pound of food or a bit more.

If your dog is very active, you may need to feed a little more and if your dog is more of a couch potato, you may need to feed a little less.

The best way to tell if you’re feeding the right amount is to run your hands over your dog’s ribs. If you can feel the ribs, but not see them, your dog is at a good weight.