Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHY SHOULD I FEED RAW?

Dogs and Cats at the core of their diets are carnivores. Feeding raw muscle meats, organs, and bones offer proteins, fats and enzymes that are more biologically available for your pet to utilize. Leaving these nutrients in their natural and unaltered state is what makes feeding raw beneficial.

Feeding closer to your companion’s natural diet will release abounding health benefits noticeable in the coat and skin, oral health, and general well-being of your pet.

WHY BLUE RIDGE BEEF?

Our commitment to quality, service, and safety has shaped our companies proud history in providing consumers with a premium raw pet food.

Since 1979 our family has used only the highest quality, USA sourced meats and organs available. Our raw materials are sourced from USDA certified and inspected human consumption plants while we also choose to source some meats locally to support our communities; where they are then processed in our state of the art USDA registered and FDA inspected facilities using the same quality control standards as human consumption.

I WOULD LIKE TO TRY THE PRODUCT OUT AND SEE IF MY PET LIKES IT BEFORE I COMMIT TO BUYING A 30LB CASE.

You can purchase 2lbs tubes or chubs of many of the Blue Ridge Beef products at these local pet stores.

I’VE GOT A SMALL PET AND 30LBS OF FOOD WOULD LAST A LONG TIME. CAN I BUY THE PRODUCT IN SMALLER QUANTITIES?

You can purchase 2lbs tubes or chubs of many of the Blue Ridge Beef products at these local pet stores.

SHOULD I COOK THEIR RAW FOODS?

We do not recommend cooking our raw products because the whole object of feeding for health is to maintain optimum nutritional sources as best as humanly possible. Enzymes and nutritional values are lost in the cooking process.

Is my dog or cat too old or too young to feed a raw diet?

Its never too soon or too late to start your pet with a fresh raw diet! Many puppies and kittens are weaned onto a raw diet. Also there are countless stories of adult dogs and cats have successfully switched. No time like the present!

HOW DO I TRANSITION MY PET?

● Day 1-3: 25% Blue Ridge Beef food with 75% current diet
● Day 4-6: 50% Blue Ridge Beef food with 50% current diet
● Day 7-9: 75% Blue Ridge Beef with 25% current diet
● Day 10 and Forward: 100% Blue Ridge Beef
Some pets may take longer or shorter times to transition.

Remember that some digestive upset is normal during a transition. This may show up as diarrhea, constipation or (very rarely) vomiting. It will eventually subside as your pet adjusts to the new food.

Will there be changes in my dog’s stool?

There may be! This will be most noticeable for the first couple weeks, while your pet’s gut microbiome is adjusting to the new foods. Many pet parents find that their pets have bowel movements less frequently and in smaller quantities on a raw food diet due to its bioavailable and nutrient dense nature.

WHAT ABOUT SAFE HANDLING?

● Treat our products the same as you would any raw meats. Wash hands, bowls, utensils, and all surfaces that came into contact of the food with hot soapy water.

● Keep our raw products away from children.

● Keep our products away from other foods.

HOW DO I FEED YOUR PRODUCTS?

Keep our raw foods frozen until ready to use.

If feeding the entire chub of food each feeding, thaw the chub in the refrigerator.

When portioning food for feeding, temper the chub (soft outside, solid center) and use a sharp knife to cut the chub into medallions that are the desired size/weight. Immediately place medallions that are not being fed immediately into a freezer bag and re-freeze till feeding time.

To quickly thaw chubs or prepared medallions in a bag, place in a cold water bath until thawed.

If the food is not eaten at the feeding time immediately refrigerate leftover product and feed within 24 hours.

What about Salmonella and other bacteria?

Dogs and cats have been eating both fresh kills and rotting carcasses (cats not so much) for thousands of years. They have short, extremely acidic digestive tracts, so even if our foods did contain enough harmful bacteria to make them sick, it wouldn’t be able to “stick” long enough to affect them. In terms of humans, handle raw pet foods like you would any other raw animal product – wash your hands before and after handling and clean all utensils and serving items with hot soapy water. ***Pets and humans with compromised immune systems may be at higher risk of developing illness.

Does raw pet food cause aggression?

This is a myth! While your dog may experience an increase in energy, due to their nutrient dense, species appropriate diet, it is more likely that they would become less aggressive than more. This has to do with the gut-brain bacteria connection – a healthy gut microbiome influences the brain just like an unhealthy one does via various hormones. A healthy body is a happy one.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I FEED?

When feeding your companion some factors should be taken into consideration such as weight, health, age, and activity level. This assessment will help decide what food and the amount to feed

A general feeding guideline used by many pet owners for adults is two to three percent of their total body weight.

Older pets will require less fat while younger companions will need a fattier diet to help develop properly to keep up with their activity.

We have developed a feeding calculator to help give a suggested serving size based off of age or life stage your pet is in to help guide you along the way.

WHAT IS HIGH PRESSURE PROCESSING (HPP) AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

HPP is a cold water process that applies pressure on our foods that fractures the cell walls of pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7, and Listeria Monocytogenes killing them while leaving all nutrients intact.

During this process in which the product is immersed in a pressurized container with water and put under 87,000 psi for a short amount of time. The product never reaches a temperature above 38°F during the process, and after a hold time the product is placed in a blast freezer for freezing.

This process effectively kills all harmful bacteria in the product while leaving proteins and enzymes intact and unchanged so pets receive the same amount of nutrition.

What is “Whole Animal Nutrition” vs. PMR?

Many of our complete diets for dogs and cats make use of the entire animal (whole animal), from the head to the feet, including all of the internal organs, the skin, the bones, the brain, all of the connective tissue, intestines, fur, and all the rest. This is the closest we can come to mimicking our pet’s wild, ancestral diet. PMR is considered a prey model diet and uses ratios to formulate the diet – usually only containing meat bones and organ.

What is the best way to thaw your foods?

We recommend thawing our foods on a plate or in the sink at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Do not use a microwave or other heating instrument as this may damage various nutrients. NEVER COOK ANY RAW PET FOOD THAT CONTAINS BONE.

How long does the food stay good once thawed?

Our raw meat foods can be kept thawed in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Raw goat milk and bone broth are good for 10 days. Raw goat milk kefir is good for 30 days.

Can I thaw and refreeze?

Yes! All of our foods can be partially thawed to repackage in smaller quantities and then refrozen. Please keep in mind that the food will experience about a 1% nutrient loss each time it is refrozen.

SHOULD I SUPPLEMENT YOUR FOODS?

Depending on what route of raw feeding that you want to take your options are endless in terms of supplements.

We manufacture multiple sole proteins and meat/bone only mixes so that the addition of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements in your pet’s food is completely in your control.

We have also formulated from years of experience and trials our BRB Complete that makes complete and balanced feeding for your dog as simple as unwrapping and feeding.

 

Useful Resouces

BOOKS

  • Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats – Kymythy Schultze
  • Feeding Dogs: The Science Behind the Dry Versus Raw Debate – Dr Conor Brady

LINKS

How I Feed My Dog – a Question and Answer session between Judy Morgan, DVM and Billy Hoekman – Canine Nutrition Specialist
https://www.drharveys.com/
https://icelandpure.com/
https://glacierpeakholistics.com/
https://adoredbeast.com/
https://thornevet.com/

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