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Why We Love It!
When the pet food company Jacqueline Hill worked for was purchased by and investment firm, she began to see things start to change. They began to use high-pressure pasteurization and asked her to teach information that she couldn’t support. She decided she couldn’t be a part of a company that no longer shared her same beliefs in animal nutrition and set out to start her own pet food business. She approached her son, an accounting and economics major, to help her get the business off the ground. Together with Jacqueline’s sister, who has a master’s degree in nutrition and food science, and a few other key family members, Answers Raw Pet Foods was born.
When the Hills decided to bring raw goat’s milk to the market they interviewed 20 different goat farms before finding Amish farmer, Steve Fisher. Steve had been producing raw cow’s milk for human consumption for over 10 years with his son-in-law, Ervin King. Because of their comprehensive understanding of how to produce quality raw milk, the Hill’s decided to approach them about supplying goat’s milk to Answers for pet food. After much consideration, and many phone calls and face-to-face meetings to work out the details and ensure the processes would fit in their culture, they decided to move forward.
A Trip to the Farm:
Deep within the rolling hills and rural farmland of Pennsylvania, you can find a certain happy herd of goats. These particular goats provide raw milk to Answers Pet Foods. With no stalls or cages to hold them back, they spend their time venturing freely into the fields searching for browse. Milk production begins after kidding in February and lasts through October. Then the goats are rested. Natural dewormers, diatomaceous earth, and herbs are used to protect them from parasites, and they’re tested for tuberculosis and brucellosis yearly to maintain a raw milk for human consumption permit. The milk is tested for bacteria and somatic cell count, an indicator of the quality of milk (the number of somatic cells increases in response to pathogenic bacteria), every two weeks. Answers Pet Foods has never had a recall. TOP
Raw Goat's Milk
Answers raw goat’s milk is fermented; a process that inhibits the growth of harmful microorganisms and can prevent formation of pathogenic bacteria, such as Salmonella and Listeria, without harming other beneficial bacteria. Raw goat's milk contains vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, digestive enzymes, probiotics, protein, and fatty acids utilized by the body with ease. This raw, unprocessed food is packed with essential nutrients our animals need and filled with natural enzymes and probiotics that are necessary for proper and easy digestion. Not only is raw goat's milk a complete diet, it’s also a "super food." It’s a natural antihistamine, helps to fight yeast, contains antioxidants, and can sooth an upset digestive tract. The high palatability also makes it a favorite food for both dogs and cats. TOP
Fermented Raw Cow's Milk Kefir
Glutathione, found in raw cow’s milk kefir, is known as the master antioxidant, and it naturally occurs only in raw milk and egg whites. Due to fermentation at a higher temperature, it’s easily digested making it a great option for pets with GI issues. This easy whole food supplement provides advanced nutrition, aids in digestion, provides allergy relief, and contains the cancer fighting fat known as conjugated linoleic acid. Raw cow’s milk kefir reduces gas, bloating, and heartburn, and is exceptionally high in vitamins. Raw cow’s milk kefir is especially high in calories and fat, making it great for large breed dogs who are struggling to keep weight on. To provide an even wider range of nutrients, feed raw cow’s milk kefir together with raw goat’s milk. TOP
Fermented Fish Stock
Your pet’s body needs certain nutrients and minerals to trigger metabolic enzymes required for healing with some of the best being omega fatty acids. For many years, it was thought that fatty acids only promoted healthy skin and coat, but more recently, veterinarians have found a plethora of other important roles omega-3s and omega-6s play in pet health. Fermented fish stock provides tons of these minerals in forms the body can easily absorb.
Along with promoting healthy skin and coat, the omega fatty acids in fish stock play a huge role in controlling inflammation therefore creating better joint health for your pet, lessening the harmful effects of allergies and autoimmune disorders, reducing inflammation associated with arthritis, and decreasing inflammation of colitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Fish stock promotes proper eye development, reduces high blood pressure, decreases cholesterol, and can even prevent certain cardiac problems like ventricular arrhythmias. It’s easy to see that fish stock and all it’s fatty acids are essential to everyday life and normal system function. TOP
The Benefits of Fermentation:
The fermentation process increases the shelf-life of the product, adds to the taste, and improves digestibility. Additionally, the increased acidity of fermented milk prevents the growth of harmful bacteria. The process of fermentation increases the amounts of some vitamins, specifically energetic B vitamins. Lacto-fermentation also increases the bioavailability of nutrients. Scientific documentation shows many different substances produced by lactobacilli (lactic acid bacteria) inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms. For example, lactobacillus and acidophilus produce several substances while fermenting milk, including acidolin, acidophillin, lactobacillan, and lactocidin. These substances can inhibit pathogenic bacteria, such as Salmonella, without harming other lactobacilli and body cells. These antibiotic agents are found in fermented milk, but not in probiotic pills or powders. A 2000 study led by Dr. Chitra N. Wendakoon of the University of Alberta, Edmonton, found fermented milk products can kill Helicobacter pylori (the ulcer-causing bacteria); however, probiotics alone cannot. Therefore, probiotics alone have no effect on H. pylori, but fermented milk products prevent the growth of this harmful bacteria and others.
The Truth about High Pressure Pasteurization:
There have been varying opinions within the pet food industry concerning the process of High Pressure Pasteurization (or Processing), often referred to as HPP. Rather than base their decision on opinions and emotions, the Answers’ team chose to review scientific data and build their knowledge on the research and conclusive facts about this technology. Take a look at the research and what Answers Pet Food has to saw about why pet parents should be concerned about HPP. READ MORE HERE. TOP
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Why does some of your Detailed Formula packaging say “Intended for Intermittent or Supplemental Feeding” and other Detailed Formula packaging say “…complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages…” ?
While not an official AAFCO feeding trial, we examined values above and beyond that required by AAFCO and have posted the results.
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- The New Raw – Raw Goat’s Milk – raw nutrition made easy, just pour it on. See below for all the benefits of feeding raw goat’s milk to your pet.
- No heat or pressure pasteurizations – Answers pet food never uses heat or pressure (HPP) pasteurization. These processes destroy nutrients and denature proteins that can be potential allergens. READ MORE About Pasteurization
- No Synthetic vitamins – Answers pet food never adds synthetic (unnatural) vitamins that can be potentially harmful and put stress on your pet’s elimination organs (kidney and liver). Answers pet food only uses whole food to bring nutrients to your pet’s diet.
- No antibiotics, No added hormones – Ever – Answers pet food meat sources are never administered antibiotics or hormones. The “no antibiotics, no hormones” claim or “no added antibiotics, no added hormones” claim is often made when meat sources are weaned off antibiotics and hormones weeks before slaughter. The weaning off practice contributes to creating antibiotic resistant bacteria (MRSA).
- The Right Combination of Meat – 60% muscle meat, 30% organ, and 10% ground bone, the right combination is important to deliver the appropriate nutrition.
- Green Packaging – Plastic not only pollutes our environment, but also transmits toxins to food, especially when frozen in plastic. Answers pet food uses recyclable green packaging to minimize plastic contamination to the environment and your pet’s food.
- Special Ingredients – Fermented decaffeinated green tea (kombucha), Montmorillonite, organic cinnamon and honey.
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