Not only do humans require fresh, all natural food to enhance our health, animals do as well. Imagine eating canned food or biscuits every meal of your life. Not only is it so unhealthy for you with all the preservatives and chemicals, it’s also so boring for your taste buds. Yet the conventional wisdom is that dogs can only get a “complete and balanced diet” by eating kibbles (processed commercial food).
I always believe in taking good care of my pets, who entrust their lives to me and depend on me for their well being. I do this by feeding my dog a paleo diet because dogs are largely carnivores.
I believe that the best way is to cook fresh food for dogs, although a raw diet should be as beneficial, if not more. One way is to buy fresh meat and vegetables from the market for our dogs but sometimes it’s difficult to do so when we are busy at work. So I was very happy to come across Fresh Pets, an online pet company that delivers fresh food and supplements to homes.
Guan Guo, who runs the business with another partner, dropped by to meet Pudding, my maltese-poodle cross, and to pass me some samples of the dog food. Here is Pudding receiving him with a handshake.
The food is called PetCubes and contains meat and vegetables. It is cooked, vacuum sealed then frozen to -25 degrees celcius. To prepare the food for eating, just thaw it or pour boiling water over the packet to warm it up. The food contain no preservatives, colourings or additives.
Pudding got to try four different flavours – lamb, salmon, pork and beef. They came in the smallest size because she’s only 4kg.
For example, the beef packet consists of:
- Beef (32%)
- Liver, spleen and lung (18%)
- Pumpkin (15%)
- Sweet potato (12%)
- Various other vegetables like green bean
All good stuff as you can see! It’s also very important that dogs eat not only the meat of the animal, but also the organs so that they get the full spectrum of nutrients.
Here’s a closer look at the salmon meal. The black stuff is cranberry and blueberry powder, which provides an additional boost of antioxidants for your pet. This powder is only included in the PetCubes Shield range, which is one level from the basic Essential range.
The price of the food is very reasonable. I plan to order 4 weeks of the beef cubes in 2015. This entitles me to 56 packets of food, with each weighing 320 grams. Since Pudding is a small dog, it is recommended that she eats only 1/4 of the cube. So this means that she only needs to consume 1/2 a cube each day (two meals a day). This works out to 112 meals or 56 days of food. Each meal costs $173.60/112 = $1.55. Of course, if your dog is bigger, he would eat more and the price of each meal would rise.
I also had the opportunity to let Pudding test out the spirulina powder, which purportedly enhances the immune system. The brand is Wholistic Pet Organics and the products are made in the US.
Another service that Freshpets offer is allergy testing via bio-resonance therapy. What it does is to check if your pet has an “energy imbalance” with certain food to determine if there is an allergy. Guan Guo is the first to admit that the science is not precise and not widely accepted by the medical community but it has worked for his dog and other clients.
The theory is that all matter has a resonant frequency and that all our cells resonate at a particular frequency. The metal rod he held in this picture will react to the frequency of Pudding’s cells and the frequency of the tested food. If they are in harmony, then the rod will wave up and down. If not, the rod will wave side to side. Much like nodding and shaking of the head, I guess.
This is the fancy machine. The little tubes contain the food to be tested. Guan Guo travelled to Australia to get himself certified by Biomed Australia so he’s very qualified to carry out this test.
I was particularly interested in the outcome of this test because my dog tends to scratch herself quite obsessively. She always had bad skin. When she was a puppy, she had dandruff. Now the dandruff has receded but she still licks and scratches herself.
So according to the test, Pudding was allergic to:
- Goat’s cheese
- Sheep’s cheese
Time will tell if eliminating these food will bring her some relief. But it is a good place to start. Sometimes determining the dog’s allergy is a nightmare in itself because there are so many different kinds of food out there. Who ever knew she might be allergic to strawberries?
Do contact Pet Cubes if you’re interested in trying out the bio-resonance test. I plan to start ordering the beef cubes from them starting next year. It’s great having all the food portioned out and I don’t have to think so much. It’s also great that you technically don’t have to cook the food if your pet is okay eating semi-cold food. Otherwise, there is also the option of ordering raw cubes, with the meat flown in from New Zealand, Australia and the Netherlands.