Will my pet get diarrhea when transitioning to an Organic Paws diet?
It is unlikely your pet will experience softer stools when transitioning to an Organic Paws diet, some pets may actually experience slightly firmer stools to what has previously been considered normal for a day or two, especially if they have previously been on a highly processed diet. Some pets may also experience a slight shedding. In effect, when switching your pet to an organic raw food diet his/her body will begin to detox all the toxic buildup from the previous heavily processed diet. Any minor transition concerns that may occur will be quickly forgotten when you notice your pets health suddenly thriving.
Why does certified organic food cost more?
Food prices reflect the cost of growing, harvesting, processing, transportation, storage and packaging. To be certified organic food must meet stricter regulations that govern all these steps in the process. Organic food production is usually more labour and management intensive and happens on a smaller scale ie. on smaller farms which lack the benefit of economy of scale.
The only way you can be assured that the food you are eating is completely safe and chemical free is to make sure the product is labeled as “Certified Organic” through an independent certifying body like the ACO. These regulations enforced to ensure these high standards are always met are additional costs incorporated into the price of organic food.
Is it ok to switch to an Organic Paws diet straight away or should I do it slowly?
We say that you the owner know your pet, so choose what ever method you feel your pet would respond to, to make the transition a success. That may be just straight up offering fresh certified organic raw food and seeing how your pet responds, or maybe mixing it in with what ever your pet currently eats until you can complete the transition.
Why continue to put all those heavy toxins in your pet’s body when you know it is continually compromising their digestive and immune system. Processed pet foods and fresh organic raw meats are on two completely different levels when considering the health benefits. For your pets health it is better to drop the processed and pick up with Organic Paws as soon as the transition allows.
Are Organic Paws meals suitable for puppies and kittens?
Yes, Organic Paws meals are not only suitable for puppies and kittens, but by starting your pet’s life off by feeding them Certified Organic food that is unprocessed, safe and free from harmful chemicals and toxins and is also naturally biologically appropriate, you are giving them the best start in life to thrive with good health. Many processed dry foods are just that – highly processed which are not biologically appropriate for our furry friends and the ‘nutritional value’ is required to be added to these foods in a processed form and in many times in unnatural quantities.
Other raw meat pet food products that are not Certified Organic contain traces of pesticides, antibiotics, GMO’s, preservatives and other harmful chemicals which can build up in the body over time and cause ill health. Organic Paws meals are naturally safe and balanced in nutrition for cats and dogs of all ages.
Cats should be fed twice daily throughout their life. Puppies are required to be fed twice the amount as per the recommended amount on our feeding guide per body weight daily, up to age 6-8 months.
Do I need to add vegetables to Organic Paws meals?
Dogs have a very short intestinal tract and they cannot efficiently process vegetable fibre, this is often shown in the stools of dogs that have recently eaten vegetables showing the vegetables appearing in the stool looking very similar to as when they were first eaten. In the wild, a dog would consume very little plant matter in the diet, this natural source of plant/vegetable/fruit fibre would be consumed through the process of eating the intestines and stomach of their prey which has already been partially digested by the animal and in turn easily digested by a dog. The stomach lining of these “ruminating” animals is also called “green tripe” which is an ingredient in all Organic Paws recipes. This source of plant fibre or “green tripe,” is a far more biologically appropriate way for your dog to receive vegetable nutrition and fibre.
Our Powerhouse Goat & Lamb w’ Leafy Greens is our only recipe where we offer vegetables in the form of a variety of fresh seasonal leafy greens. These greens are highly pureed down to break the cellular wall prior to being added to the recipe, to help our pets absorb the highest level of nutritional value possible.
Cats are strict carnivores and do not require or should have vegetable matter in their diet. A solely raw and balanced meal of muscle meat, bone and offal for cats is essential for long term optimum health.
Are the Organic Paws meals nutritionally complete to keep my pet healthy or do I need to feed them addition food as well?
When developing the ingredients for the Organic Paws recipes we focused on developing a raw meat product that simulated a carnivore’s natural diet while adding a couple extra power house ingredients to help maintain optimum health. When analysing the nutritional components of all ingredients in each of our Organic Paws recipes (see products page), you will find that when all combined together, each recipe contains all the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, in their natural form, required to keep your pet in optimum health from their early years right through to those senior years. Abundant vitamins, trace minerals, essential nutrients, fatty acids, enzymes and beneficial bacteria are all present in every Organic Paws recipe making it a complete and naturally balanced meal for cats and dogs of all ages.
My pet has protein allergy, are Organic Paws meals suitable to feed ?
We have MANY customers that come to us who have a pet with a particular protein source allergy that try our meal with the same protein that their pet has an allergy to, and their pet has displayed no reaction to the protein source as previously shown when fed other pet foods.
From this outcome we can only presume that the pet is not actually allergic to the protein itself, however it is more than likely allergic to a preservative, chemical, antibiotic, pesticide or some other additive.
We are not claiming this is the case for every pet with an allergy, however we do pass this information on to customers as they know their pet’s health history, Veterinary records/tests etc and they are the best qualified to make the decision on whether to try our meals or not.
Is there enough Taurine in Organic Paws meals ?
Taurine’s natural source comes from fresh meat and seafood which means there is abundant natural and balanced amounts of Taurine in all of our meals. Cats are unable to make Taurine themselves (dogs can make small amounts) and they require Taurine from a food source to survive. This is why there is such emphasis put on it particularly for cats by dry pet food manufacturers as it is destroyed when heated and processed. This is not the case when feeding a fresh raw diet.
What is the percentage break up of Organic Paws meals ?
All of our meals are complete and balanced and formulated to mimic a fresh raw ancestral canine diet primarily consisting of muscle meat, bone and organs with a 80/10/10% ratio.
How long will Organic Paws meals last in the refrigerator once defrosted ?
Once defrosted our portions will last approx. 3-4 days stored in the fridge, there may be some minor discolouration due to air exposure and no preservatives, however it will still be perfectly fine to feed your pet during this time.
Cats generally prefer their food very fresh so we recommend feeding them defrosting meals within 1-2 days.