Updated: Jan 16, 2022
We all love our pets but it never really occurred to me that they were not eating healthy. GUILTY! I would do what most of us do, buy dog food from the store. The fact is that most store bought dog food have lots of fillers, Something called "meal"........what the heck is that?
There is no such thing as "human grade meat meal", since meat meal is never produced for human consumption and the facilities producing it are not licensed or certified to manufacture human-edible products that meet FDA standards. If you are looking for the closest comparable thing, it would be something like meats that are freeze-dried after cooking, such as for backpacking and emergency food rations. These are made by manufacturers whose processing facilities fall under the regulatory requirements of the human food industry though, not the pet food industry!
As a simple example, "chicken meal" could be a product made only from high-quality, deboned chicken breasts, much like the kind you would find in a grocery store; or it could be made from the entire carcasses of spent egg farm hens at the end of their productive cycle. ICK Meat meal is the rendered product from mammal tissues, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices.
Still confused...me too so this is what I did!
A few years back I had two chocolate labradors. At that time there was a big dog food recall from a top brand dog food. I kept thinking about the dogs that got sick and the ones that died. WHAT? Dogs dying from eating store bought food? So I decided to start making my own food. These dogs were 70 and 85 lbs! That's a lot of food and a lot work. But I couldn't ignore the fact that dogs were being affected by this.
So when I started my dog cake company, I wanted to make this once a year event "filler" free. No preservatives and No sugar. fresh from scratch. I wanted to change the way people thought about ordering their dog birthday cakes for their dogs. Why buy a "shelf stabilized" dog cake when you can get a fresh dog cake? Yes its true you have to wait a few days for it but aren't the best things in life worth waiting for? Yes, the answer is yes!