Grass-Fed Pet Food Information

The Basics

All Slanker Grass-Fed and Omega-3 Meats are Beyond Organic. The meats are natural, no sugar, no added hormones, not fed antibiotics, non-GMO, gluten free, high Omega-3, free range, cage free, and humanely raised. What actually makes our meats the healthiest meats in the world and sets them apart from all others is that they are zero glycemic, nutrient dense and diverse, with Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids balances of less than 2:1. These last three points impact health and disease way more than all of the other labels combined. It's why we say "Beyond Organic" because it's the actual chemistry of our meats that makes them so healthy. Read our eBook, The Real Diet of Man for a fuller understanding of food chemistry and the chemicals that cause chronic disease.

What's the ingredients in our meats?

Omega-3 Chicken Mince Pet Treat
Ground up Omega-3 chicken frames (carcasses)

Large Premium "Whole Cow" Pet Food With Organs
Lean grass-fed beef, fat, gristle, and all organs coarse-ground together

That's it. Nothing else. No vegetable or fruit fillers, artificial colors, artificial flavors, or artificial preservatives.

Compare that with the ingredients in Blue Buffalo's Life Protection Formula for Adult Dogs.

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Barley, Pea Fiber, Pea Starch, Oatmeal, Peas, Potato Starch, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Powdered Cellulose, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pea Protein, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Potatoes, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Chicory Root, Choline Chloride, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Salt, DL-Methionine, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Garlic, L-Carnitine, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Vegetable Juice for color, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Lysine, Copper Sulfate, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Sulfate, Taurine, Chondroitin Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Iodate, Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary.

Here's the ingredients in their canned Hearty Beef Stew For Adult Dogs.

Beef, Beef Broth, Water, Beef Liver, Dried Egg Product, Chicken, Peas, Carrots, Potatoes, Potato Starch, Guar Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Caramel Color, Potassium Chloride, Natural Flavor, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9).

If you need to know more and are maybe concerned about raw meats for pets, read on.

Grass-fed meat and grass-fed bones (without diluting fillers) are the ultimate pet food. No matter the pet, they all do better with grass-fed meat. Many veterinarian-recommended pet food blends are not healthy pet foods. Most of those feeds do not have the proper essential fat balances nor the nutrient spectrum of the green leaf. Therefore veterinarians remain very busy treating pets for all the same chronic diseases grain-fed people get.

People love their pets. Yet all too often they do not analyze what they feed them. Whether their pet is a dog, cat, hamster, white rat, fish, a bird, or what have you, its diet is still critical to its long-term health and well-being. Sales of Raw Pet Food are Soaring

Prior to World War II pets were expensive companions. That was because they were mostly fed "real" foods. Not today though. Pet food companies focus on cheap, convenient, and addictive flavors which has meant a shift from real grass-fed meats to grain-based processed foods. The consequence of the changeover to grain, trashy vegetables, and fruit has resulted in a huge increase in pet ailments due to what grain and low quality ingredients do to animal bodies and also what the mycotoxins that universally contaminate cereal grains do too. (See Mycotoxins in Pet Food.) The public hasn't made the connection yet, they just keep paying ever higher vet bills (a natural thing to do?) and think their pet is cheap to maintain because the food is cheap.

Health-Food Pet Food is Not Always

Even when it comes to the modern high-priced commercial pet foods, they are most often not healthy offerings. Many foods are advertised as healthy that are grain-fed meats. If it's chicken, you can be assured it's the least expensive below- human-grade chicken in the world and it will be grain-fed to the maximum. Many so-called healthy foods play on the perceptions of the masses. They offer mixes of rice, fruit, potatoes, and veggies. But these high glycemic, high Omega-6, low nutrient offerings just don't cut the mustard.

In their natural environment, felines almost exclusively eat raw grass-fed meats and parts of small bones (a little grass too off and on) and that diet is their only source for the Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and everything else they require to meet their nutritional needs. Canines eat mostly grass-fed meats, bones, some grass, and whatever else looks edible out in the prairies and forests. That doesn't sound like grain in the diet -- does it?


Grass-Fed Pet Food the Healthy Choice for Your Cat

In the wild felines and canines eat their meats raw. They have very acidic stomachs and are fully capable of digesting meat that we couldn't touch. In addition, cooking destroys some vital nutrients! That's why it's best to not cook the fresh, grass-fed meats you serve your dogs and cats. On the other hand dogs and cats should not be fed raw grain-fed meats. 1) Grain-fed ruminants are more likely to have acidic stomachs that host E. coli bacteria that are resistant to stomach acids. Grass-fed ruminants have neutral pH stomachs and the e-coli in their guts cannot live in an acidic environment. 2) Grain-fed meats have the nutrient properties of grain! In other words, conventional chicken/turkey is one of the worst meats you can feed a dog, yet it is one of the more popular so-called "non-grain" pet food ingredients.

It does not take much study, imagination, or contemplation to figure out that in the wild, dogs and cats could never have been grain, tuber, vegetable, and fruit eaters. Consequently, the fatty acid, vitamin, protein, and mineral profiles of high grain diets and concocted "healthy veterinarian recommended" diets cannot match the nutrient requirements of their bodies. That's why the consequences of eating grain-based foods result in obesity, allergies, mental disorders, arthritis, cancer, heart problems, and other physical ailments in our pets the same as it does in humans. (See Of Mice, Cattle, and Man.)

So why are dog and cat foods made with grain and other low quality ingredients and not just real meat? The answer is: Cheap ingredients make for cheap and convenient foods of all kinds. Of course some grain-based pet foods are comparatively more expensive because they claim to have the "proper additives," no grain, and even vegetables for good health. But that's a misguided approach to a healthy diet for cats and dogs. Nobody knows exactly what the proper nutrient profile is for optimal body function in man or beast. That's why we believe your pets should only eat their real natural foods (foods they would have eaten in the wild). They should not be fed supplements because supplements may skew the nutrient profile of their grass-fed raw meat diet from "perfect" to some extreme on the opposite side of the ledger. (See Best and Worst Foods.)

Raw Grass-Fed Pet Food

Our premium beef and buffalo pet food consists mostly of meat trimmings from all the various beef cuts, fat, and organs course ground into a highly nutritious mix that ranges around 85/15. Imagine a whole cow ground up without the hide, head, and intestines! The product looks somewhat like our ground beef except it has a slightly different consistency because it's about 6% organ meat and coarse ground. (The mix is very consistent from one batch to the next!) The meat is wrapped in 1.5-pound packages that do not have soaker pads in them. Therefore when they are defrosting meat juice may leak from the packaging. When defrosting meat packs make sure to place them in a pan or deep dish to collect the juices which your pet will lap up. The packs are not fancy, but the contents are the world's most nutritious Dog and Cat food, which we believe is the most important thing. It’s a dog's or cat's totally natural fare and must be fed raw for best results. It is 100% grass-fed beef or grass-fed buffalo and does not include any additives of any kind. Our new Omega-3 Chicken Necks are also a game changer. Our Omega-3 chicken is the world’s healthiest chicken meat. Since all our meats are sourced from the green plant, they are genuine, real foods and when fed to your pet you do not need to supplement with any other food. (See It All Began in the Sea . . .)

How Much Grass-Fed Pet Food is Enough?

Depending on how much physical activity your pets get and whether or not they live outdoors where they will need more food in the winter than in the summer, we suggest you feed your pets about 1% to 3% of their body weight on a daily basis. Larger dogs usually need less percentage-wise than smaller dogs. So the quantity should be adjusted for the dog, it's activity level, and in response to changes in its weight and physical appearance. Any dog is fully capable of eating way more than even 3% of its body weight at one time. Therefore if you feed on a daily basis you must limit the amount of feed you provide.

Not all pets like changes in their diet. The grain-based pet food companies spend millions of dollars developing artificial flavors designed to "hook" your pets on their products. They're so effective at hooking your pets, it may take you weeks to get your pets to give up grain and eat real food. This shouldn't surprise you, because even people who know better refuse to change habits that are bad for them. But most of our customers have reported that their pets made the switch faster than they anticipated. Years ago our dogs switched with the first meal! Now they demand nothing less. (It may not surprise you to learn that many of our Dog and Cat Food buyers do not eat healthy foods themselves. That's what I mean about resistance to change.)

One important point to keep in mind is that all 100% grass-fed meats from whatever species (buffalo, beef, lamb, etc.) and Omega-3 chicken will have the proper nutrient profile for your pets. Therefore buffalo is not better than beef or lamb. Nor is beef better than buffalo or lamb. When it comes to grass-fed, lean is not the focus. Fat is good for your pet when it's grass-fed.


Grass-Fed Pet Food for All Your Dogs

Grass-Fed Pet Bones

In addition to our Dog and Cat Food we also offer three types of bone treats. The "Edible Dog Bones" are the soft beef brisket bones. These bones are very popular because they won't splinter. The pets get to gnaw on them for awhile and eventually they'll chew them up. Edible dog bones are a treat that should not be a daily event. Dogs ate a limited quantity of bone in the wild and too much bone in their gut is not recommended.

Our second bone treat is what we call "Gnawing Bones." These hard bones are cut from the H-Bone (hip bone). Dogs can gnaw on them for hours and eventually you will have to throw the bone away. The H-Bone is very hard and it lasts and lasts and lasts until the pet eventually loses interest because the bone loses its flavor.

The Knuckle Marrow Bone is another fun bone with lots of cartilage. Therefore your dog will get hours of gnawing pleasure as it works this large knuckle down to size.

Another popular item is Beef Suet. It is a highly nutritious energy-packed food as long as it comes from grass-fed livestock. In addition to being a cooking aid for greasing skillets, etc., a great additive in deer sausage, and a key ingredient for making pemmican, Beef Suet also makes a great winter feed for not only wild birds, but chickens, turkeys, and other critters. Grass-Fed Beef Suet is loaded with energy and it has a perfect blend of essential fatty acids for enhancing health and well-being.

Long round Marrow Bones are not intended for pet food. But they can end up being a treat for your pet after you've cooked the marrow out of the center of the bone. Right on, get all the health and flavor benefits of the marrow in your sauces, stews, and soups and then treat the dog with a bone it can gnaw on for fun. This double use approach with Marrow Bones makes them super affordable.

Grass-Fed Pet Food Prices

The price of our pet food products will change with the price of livestock. In addition, prices may be adjusted in response to supply and demand. Consequently, all prices are subject to change -- usually without prior notice.

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