What is Prey Model Raw dog food?

Prey Model Raw is the idea of feeding whole prey raw or 80/10/10. This is broken down as 80% meat, 10% raw meaty bones, and 10% organ (5% liver and 5% other offal). The entire process of raw feeding can be extremely overwhelming, and it is easiest to always keep in mind feeding the "whole animal".

Are Your Meats Human Grade?

All of the products used as Raw Fed K9 coming from Human Grade Further Processing Kitchens!

How Will My Package Arrive?

Your raw products are packaged in insulated packaging with dry ice to keep frozen during transit. The products will arrive in the box with a "refrigerator" affect, your meats will be cool and ready to be placed back in the freezer upon arrival.

Product Size and Weight

Each of our products uses the blood of the animal/protein as a binder during processing to ensure our products stick together through the patty process. Each patty is weighed by our patty machine. Due to the blood in the product, the weight may vary slightly as once the excess moisture and blood slightly thaw, this will affect weight of our products.

Why Do I Need To Start With Whole Meat Products Before A Complete Mix?

Because your dog has been fed Kibble, your dog is not yet used to the nutrient dense Complete Mix. Your dogs stomach PH will begin to adjust between week 1 and week 2 and the stomach acidity will begin to strengthen which will help them safely digest the bone in their diet. Dogs that are coming from a kibble diet have a PH around 4-5 and will be reduced to around 1-2 as you start to feed raw. Aside from this, organs are packed with rich nutrients that a dog that is fed kibble is not yet used to, slowly introducing these will help the digestive system slowly and safely transition. 

Why Don't You Recommend Feeding Fruits, Vegetables or Grains?

Many people argue that dogs require vegetables or fruits because of the plant material that can be found in the stomachs of their prey or simply because of the argument that they are good for humans. However, the contents in the prey's stomach is not made up of things like broccoli, melon or squash. What is found is things like, grass, leaves, hay, and flowers and when the wolf kills their prey, they will rip open the stomach and shake out the contents before consuming. It is important to remember that the digestive system of our dogs is the same as that of the wolf and that they lack the digestive enzymes that are necessary to break down plant material and can cause stress to the pancreas.

What is the difference between Prey Model Raw and B.A.R.F?

This is where the differences of raw feeding come into play, B.A.R.F feeders believe that both fruits and vegetables belong in a dog's diet while PMR feeders believe that as carnivores, dog's do not need plant matter. Deciding who is right is a continuous argument however, as believers of the PMR way of feeding, our beliefs are backed up by the following research:

  • The natural diet of a carnivore is of course surviving on other animals. Feeding on the muscle meat, bone, organs, fat, skin and hide of its prey. Many believe that due to domestic dogs and cats surviving on a mixture of meat, fruits, vegetables, and grains in commercial dog food that these are essential to their diet.

  • B.A.R.F feeds and other people in support of their argument that vegetables and fruits in the dog's diet point out that the Wolf eats the stomach content of its prey. According to leading Wolf researcher David L. Mech who is the senior scientist with the Biological Resource Division and U.S. Geological Survey, wolves do not each stomach contents. Mech has been studying wolves and their prey since 1958, and is quoted saying, "the vegetation in the intestinal tract is of no interest to the wolves" and goes on to say "The wolf's diet consists mostly of muscle meat and fatty tissue from various animals. Heart, lung, liver and other internal organs are eaten. Bones are crushed to get at the marrow, and bone fragments eaten as well. Even the hair and skin are sometimes consumed. The only part consistently ignored is the stomach and its contents."

Do we need to worry about Salmonella?

Before you start feeding raw it is VERY important that you have a great understanding of Salmonella and exactly how dangerous it is to humans. From the US Center for Disease Control and the US Center for Health Statistics, you can find that, out of 1.43 million reported cases over the two years 2001-2002 in the USA, 585 died, almost all them being infants and people over 91. About 556 of those infections are known to be caused by food, not pets. That leaves a maximum of 29 to possibly be caused by infections coming from cats or dogs and all other non-food sources... Considering the USA's population of 293,000,000, Americans thus have a risk of about 0.25% per year of getting infected with Salmonella, and 0.05 ppm (ppm="parts per million") of dying of a Salmonella infection! Compare that to a yearly risk of 108 ppm for a man (33 ppm for a woman) in the USA to get murdered, about 100 ppm for getting killed in traffic, and 11 ppm for a person less than 91 years old to die of Influenza or Pneumonia. Add to this that there has been research done showing that dogs do not carry Salmonella in their saliva or on their skin, not even after eating 100% Salmonella infected raw food! But, when they do eat Salmonella infected food, about one third of them will show a moderate concentration of Salmonella in their feces - yet no clinical signs of being sick. This means that the only way those 29 Salmonella deaths in 2001 and 2002 possibly could have been originating from infection through dogs would be that the people had eaten dog poop from an infected dog… (You can make your own guess at how many of the 29 actually did that!) The commercial scaremonger.

Nevertheless, you will repeatedly find articles and posts, online and offline, typically sponsored by pet food manufacturers or veterinary association, about the dangers of Salmonella. Well, given the facts above, it does not make sense from a point of view that is dictated by health concerns. The risk is ridiculously small, if not outright ludicrous to worry about… But it makes a lot of sense when you consider the commercial aspects of it… You get a serious perspective of the size of the "Salmonella problem" when you consider that the Canadian government a couple of years ago published that an estimated 80-85% of all chicken in North American supermarkets (approved for being sold to consumers!) was in fact infected with Salmonella. When we, back in 2000, phoned the US FDA to get this confirmed, we did indeed get it confirmed... So, it is a "general problem", not just in Canada! As mentioned, raw fed cats dogs have been show to have a generally higher chance of showing Salmonella in their poop than cats or dogs fed sterile kibble full of poisonous chemicals (called "preservatives" in order to kill all kinds of micro-organisms). No surprise... something would have been seriously wrong with fundamental biology and chemistry if this were not the case!!! (Actually, it might be surprising that only a third of the dogs fed Salmonella contaminated chicken showed Salmonella in their feces - it shows how effective the dog's stomach is at killing such infections!) So, if Salmonella seriously were problem for the public health, then why should it concern us that 30% of all dog poop is infected, when it is acceptable to have 80-85% of all edible chicken infected? Which source would be the greater danger for healthy people? There is only one conclusion: SALMONELLA IS NOT A SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERN FOR OUR GOVERNMENTS! And it shouldn't be.  

Please read more on Salmonella here to learn more