Answers to some common customer questions:

Q. When is it safe to feed puppies?
As a general guideline, prior to 6 weeks, puppies should be feeding exclusively from their mother. If puppies do not have a lactating mother for their nutrition, then their nutrition should come from a variety of supplementary canine milk substitutes. After that time, some additional food could be introduced, slowly.

Q. Is the salmon used in your 4 Pro Fish Mix wild or farmed?
All of the salmon we use is Wild.  It is ground and flash frozen within a few hours at the plant in B.C. where it remains frozen for at minimum of 6 – 8 weeks before it is sent to us for use. Our B.C. supplier provides salmon to a number of pet food companies, and is very experienced in the science of quality and freshness control, just as we are.  (*Farmed salmon has been linked to antibiotic use and other things that may be harmful to pets, so it is not used in our products.)

 Q. Do your chicken and turkey products contain feathers and organs?
No, all of our poultry originates from human grade product from Manitoba’s largest poultry producer – necks, backs, frames, rib and leg bones – the pieces of the chicken or turkey that remain after cutting is completed for grocery stores and restaurants.  There are no organs, although hearts, livers and kidneys would be beneficial, however, these are removed in the processing line and discarded. That is why we add in Pork liver to our Mix products. This liver is also from human grade facilities and comes from federally or provincially inspected plants here in Manitoba.

The condemned or inedible items like heads, feet, feathers and entrails of all birds go directly to rendering plants, where they are turned into feed meal that can become part of the “meat” portion of kibble. This is one of the major reasons why many kibble-fed pets come down with skin issues and many other problems.

Perfectly Raw does not and has never used 4D animals (dead, dying, diseased or disabled).

Q. How do you know if a product is complete and balanced?
For a product to have complete and balanced in the nutritional adequacy statement, a dog or cat food must meet one of the dog or cat food nutrient profiles established by AAFCO. This means it must contain every nutrient listed in the profile at the specified level. The profiles incorporate the most current information on good nutrition for dogs and cats. Perfectly Raw Foods fulfill these requirements, and our products have been endorsed by veterinarian Dr. Lea Stogdale, who considers raw diets (complete and balanced) to be the best nutrition for our pets.

Over the last 50 years, Baldwin Feeds has perfected its recipes. Today, we feed Perfectly Raw foods to more than 500,000 animals in Canada and the US with excellent results.

Q. I have occasionally seen streaks of green in my food. Is it bad?
No, what you are seeing is called a denaturant.  All Perfectly Raw™ products are prepared using fresh, raw meat including chicken, which has been denatured according to CFIA guidelines.

Denaturing is the law in both Canada and the US. Denaturing is a process used to mark meat that will not be used for human consumption without destroying its usefulness in other products such as dog and pet foods.

“Edible meat products designated as animal food or pet food must be packaged and labelled in the inedible section of the establishment. All animal or pet food must be denatured, even if produced from edible meat products, if it is likely to be mistaken for an edible meat product”http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/meat-and-poultry-products/manual-of-procedures/chapter-6/eng/1334440092533/1334440545976?chap=0

Our supplier uses Denaturant G, a combination of blue and yellow food grade dyes, when denaturing its meat products.  Denaturant G is non-toxic, safe to handle by staff and customers, and safe to consume by animals.  During the denaturing process, Denaturant G is dissolved in water, and then mixed into meat products. When the water evaporates, the meat is marked with a tinge of green and is considered denatured.  It tends to absorb more readily into the fat, which can give the illusion of rubber or plastic in the product.  Once denatured, the meat can then be safely and legally be used to make Perfectly Raw™ pet food products.

Q. Can potential bacteria in raw food hurt my dog?
Unless they already have an immuno-compromised system or some underlying problem, dogs are surprisingly well-equipped to deal with bacteria. Their saliva has antibacterial properties; it contains lysozyme, an enzyme that lyses and destroys harmful bacteria. Their short digestive tract is designed to push through food and bacteria quickly without giving bacteria time to colonize. The extremely acidic environment in the gut is also a good bacteria colonization deterrent. People often point to the fact that dogs shed salmonella in their feces (even kibble-fed dogs do this) without showing any ill effects as proof that the dog is infected with salmonella. In reality, this just shows that the dog has effectively passed the salmonella through its system with no problems. Yes, the dog can potentially act as a salmonella carrier, but the solution is simple—do not eat dog crap and wash your hands after picking up after your dog.

Q. What are the percentages of Meat, Bone and Organ in your diets?
We cannot say what the percentages are as we are grinding whole pieces, not combining pure meat with pure bone. Organ will vary from 5% – 10% depending on the product. Much more important than ingredient percentages is what the final nutritional value ends up being. We have a comparison chart on the website that details all micro/macro nutrients for every product we make. These tests were done at an independent lab in Winnipeg.