Dr. Doug Kneuven, The Holistic Vet recommends a raw diet for dogs & cats.
"Natural Pet Diets Whole Raw Pet Diets
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The Kind of Food They Evolved to Eat

In this video Dr. Karen Becker talks about raw meat diets for pets – why there’s nothing to fear and so much to gain by serving your dog or cat the food nature intended him to eat.

This is an article in a soon to be series of articles taking a detailed look at various pet food companies.
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New Health Tip:
["Go Play in the Dirt"]
Many scientists now believe that exposure to microorganisms plays a major role in fine tuning our immune system.
Dr. Chris Crowe, PhD
[Oprah & Dr. Oz talk about the benefits of Goat's Milk]


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There are no unimportant questions, so don't be afraid to ask us.
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Why should I use Answers Fermented Fish Stock instead of fish oil supplements?
It is now documented that feeding pets whole fish, like the fermented sardines in Answers Fermented Fish Stock produces better results than feeding fish oil.
For more information: [CLICK HERE]

How do I transition my pet to ANSWERSTM Pet Food?
If your pet is already eating a raw diet no transition time is required. They can go immediately from eating another brand of raw diet or homemade raw diet to eating ANSWERSTM Pet Food. Be aware due to less vegetables than some brands and fermented nutrition ANSWERSTM Pet Food is more bioavailable (calories better utilized) and many times you feed less of Answers Pet Food than other brands.
If your pet is currently eating a dry kibble diet it is recommended to transition the pet over a 3 week period. See chart below for suggested transition. Be aware that changing from a processed diet to a raw diet can result in their going through a detox. Pets fed a processed diet will have a build up of toxin in the body from the processed diet. Feeding a raw diet will help them rid themself of the toxins. Common signs of detox are eye and ear discharge, skin eruptions, loose stool, and anal gland discharge. These detox symptoms will be less severe if transitioned over a 3 week period. If you chose to transition faster the detox symptoms may be more severe.


Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Current Diet 3/4 amount normally fed 1/2 amount normally fed 1/4 amount normally fed None
Answers Raw Diet 1/4 recommend serving 1/2 recommend serving 3/4 recommend serving Recommend serving
Answers Additional
Goat Milk Formula
Recommended serving on carton Recommended serving on carton Recommended serving on carton Recommended serving on carton
Note: If using Answers Additional Goat Milk with Answers Raw Diet the recommended serving
of the raw diet should be reduced by 1/4.

Why is dry processed food not a good choice to feed to our pets?
Historically, cooked foods have never been a part of the canine and feline ancestral diet, rather they have subsisted and thrived off of live prey, fermented carrion, and foraged for any scraps they could obtain. They have only been introduced to cooked and processed foods within the last 80 years. The next logical question we should ask ourselves is…Why are 90% of animal caretakers feeding their carnivore companions a dry kibble diet consisting of at least 60% carbohydrate, very little moisture and minimal low quality protein? If our pets have managed to survive off of this cheap, convenient, low quality protein source for the last 80 some years why should we be concerned about it? The answer is pretty clear. Chronic degenerative diseases, auto-immune diseases, allergies, kidney, pancreatic and liver disease are all rampant within our pet populations and cancer rates continue to rise. What many unsuspecting caretakers are unaware of is that in addition to substandard ingredients there are many forms of toxins introduced into our pets’ bodies through these highly processed, cooked, kibble diets. These toxins include: aflatoxins, heterocyclic amines, acrylamides, and most recently discovered in dry, cooked pet foods PBDE’s (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) a chemical used as a flame retardant.

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…” ?
AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials)is a regulatory organization that makes labeling recommendations. Most states use AAFCO standards for their labeling laws that manufactures must follow to legally sell product in that state. The good news is Answers is now able to change our labeling and will be updating our statement on our new packaging to “…complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages…”. Over time all Detailed Formula packaging will be updated with this statement.

Have you done your own feeding trials?
Answers partnered with veterinarian Dr. Amy Nesselrodt to complete a year-long feeding trial with Answers Detailed plus Answer's Additional.
While not an official AAFCO feeding trial, we examined values above and beyond that required by AAFCO and have posted the results.

Why does Answers Pet Food add Celtic Sea Salt® to the detailed formulas?
After two years continued research on this ingredient we decided it was necessary for the health of our pets. Mammals must keep a very narrow ionic balance within their fluids (e.g. blood plasma, lymphatic fluid and extracellular fluid) which is actually very similar to the chemical composition of ocean water. In the wild, canines would have received this balance of minerals through the consumption of the blood from their prey. Since it is very difficult to replicate this amount of blood in a raw, frozen diet because all of the blood is drained from the animals during slaughter (the only blood that can really be maintained is within the whole organs). We feel the addition of naturally, air dried, Celtic Sea Salt® will deliver this important mineral electrolyte balance. Since Celtic Sea Salt is completely different from processed table salt pet parents need not to worry it does not add large amounts of sodium to the diet.
If you are interested in learning more about Celtic Sea Salt® as well as a complete mineral analysis of this sea salt please check out our suppliers web page. We are using the Light Grey variety in our formulas.

What is the origin of the ingredients used to make Answers pet food ?
At Answers Pet Food we source everything we can from the United State. For details please see our [PLEDGE] regarding the ingredients sourced for Answers pet food.

Why feed your pet a raw diet?
"We are seeing disease conditions in animals that we did not see years ago. Many of these may be traced to nutrition as the source..." Don E. Lundholm, DVM
Dr. Kollath, of the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, headed a study done on animals. When fed cooked and processed foods, young animals initially appeared healthy. However, as the animals reached adulthood, they began to age more quickly than normal and developed chronic degenerative disease symptoms. A control group of animals raised on raw foods aged less quickly and was free of degenerative disease. In nature, we see another example of wild animals eating entirely enzyme rich raw foods being free of the degenerative diseases that afflict humans.
Dr. Doug Kneuven, The Holistic Vet also recommends a raw diet for pets.

What makes ours better?
Years of raw pet food experience, knowledgeable food science and a passion to make
your pet healthy.
Get your own answers: Read about our DETAILED [Calorie & Nutrition Information]
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.

So why the pasteurization process?
The war of 1812 stopped whiskey imports to the U.S., leading to the birth of American distilleries. The distilleries produced ‘slop’—a starch and alcohol-free grain by-product. This chemically altered grain was unnatural food for cows. As cities grew and space became scarce for grass grazing cows (their natural food), confinement dairies began appearing next to distilleries. Later called distillery dairies, these new dairies focused on feeding the cows slop. Cows fed this unnatural food produced very poor quality milk with no cream. The slop made the cows sick, increasing the amount of pathogenic bacteria they harbored. Distillery dairies historically had very poor hygiene, resulting in unhealthy, contaminated milk. It took several decades for science to understand this bacterial contamination. Once recognized, farmers bypassed the simple solution of grazing the cows on grass and improving hygiene for the easier and often politically driven option of pasteurization. Modern processes and the use of stainless steel tanks, milking machines, refrigerated trucks, inspection methods, and certification standards make pasteurization unnecessary.

How do I thaw the Additional Goat’s Milk?
You can thaw the Additional Goat’s Milk in the refrigerator. It will thaw in the refrigerator within 48 to 72 hours. You can thaw the Additional Goat’s Milk at room temperature. It will thaw at room temperature within 6 to 8 hours . After thawing at room temperature refrigerate the Additional Goat’s Milk.

How long is the Additional Goat’s Milk good for in the refrigerator?
Once thawed the Additional Goat’s Milk is good for 14 days in the refrigerator. It has a longer shelf life than pasteurized milk because it is a fermented milk. See questions “What are the benefits of fermented milk?” for details.

How long are the 2 lb and 4 lb Pounders good for once thawed?
We recommend you thaw the Pounders in the refrigerator. They will thaw in the refrigerator within 24 to 48 hours. Once thawed they are good in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

What are the concerns of feeding a raw diet that uses
High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP)?
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 our decision on opinions and emotions, the Answers’ team chose to review scientific data and build our knowledge on the research and conclusive facts about this technology. There are many valuable research papers published in reputable scientific journals regarding this technology. We have taken the opportunity to evaluate this research and outline the most relevant conclusions for the concerned pet owner to review. [Click Here for Details]

What effect does pasteurization have on milk?
According to a statement from the year 1906, pasteurization does not change the chemical composition, taste, digestibility or nutritional qualities of milk. Since then, science has proved that statement wrong. Pasteurization not only changes the milk, but also turns it from a healing food to a potentially harmful food. Research from the Weston A. Price Organization shows pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures milk proteins, destroys vitamin C, B12, B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens, and is associated with allergies, tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, and cancer.
[Read More About Pasteurization]

What are the benefits of raw goat's milk? [NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION]
It is difficult to list them all! [Read more about raw milk]

Why raw goat's milk? [NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION]
According to the Journal of American Medicine, “Goats milk is the most complete food known.” It contains vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids utilized by the body with ease. In fact, the body can digest goat’s milk in only 20 minutes. Having fat molecules one-fifth the size of those in cow’s milk makes it easily digestible and tolerable to those with compromised digestive systems.. Seventy-two percent of the milk used throughout the world is from goats. [Read more about the benefits of goat's milk]

Why do I see curds in the goat milk?
The ingredient panel of our goat’s milk lists added culture. Cultured dairy foods, cultured dairy products, and cultured milk products, also known as fermented milk products, are dairy foods fermented with lactic acid-producing bacteria such as Lactobacillus, Lactococcus, and Leuconostoc. This fermentation process, known as lacto-fermentation, makes our goat’s milk thick and curdy. Because fermentation is an inconsistent process, not every pint of goat’s milk looks the same.

What are the benefits of fermented milk?
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.