WHY RAW?

Food for Thought

Many have become comfortable with the domestication of our animals and many have forgotten that they are in fact, animals. Their bodies require a specific set of nutrients in order to function.  A large majority of pet owners are feeding food to their pets without knowing what they are giving them. Check the ingredients section on your next bag of pet food and make sure you are providing the best nutrition possible for your pet. It may be time for a change. We like to provide a product that is straight from the source, giving your furry friends exactly what they need, and the opportunity for you to see exactly what’s in their food.

FAQ's

Some things to chew on.

Does cooking pet food make the product free of contaminants and pathogens such as Salmonella?

No.

Processed pet food is constantly being recalled even after being cooked to avoid such pathogens. Raw or dehydrated foods maintain good competitive bacteria and enzymes that work to naturally neutralize pathogens. We are more careful about our cleanliness because we are using raw products.

Where do By-Products of the Human Food Industry Go?

Not in the trash.

They go in dry kibble for pets. Why? Because it is a cheap alternative for pet food manufacturers and when they are cooked into a dry pet food they are no longer distinguishable by the consumer (your pet). Fresh fruits and rotten fruits, and fresh meat and rotten meat, look the same in kibble.

Are dogs designed to tolerate pathogens?

Yes.

Dogs have short digestive tracts that pass foods quickly, more acidic stomach acid, and saliva that contains high levels of barriers and enzymes that attack bacteria and defend against infection. Some bacteria is good for your pet to aid a strong immune system and our products have it.

Why does dry kibble take longer to digest?

Starches.

There is a specific enzyme that breaks down starches and dogs don't have it, so there's an inability to digest it. Dry kibble food must contain at least 30% starch to be a kibble shape. This can lead to food allergies, dry skin, bulky stools, poor dental health and disease. Our raw meats and blends will never have starches.

Do we use HPP?

No.

Many raw pet food companies use a process called High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP), claiming that it decreases potential pathogens such as Salmonella and E. Coli, but really the process loses essential amino acids, protein digestibility, and nutritional value in the product. We are HPP-Free.

Why does dry kibble cause chronic dehydration?

Not enough moisture.

When a pet eats dry kibble their body has to draw from its own water resources to rehydrate the food in the digestive tract so it can be absorbed. This decreases the body's ability to perform metabolic duties such as detoxification.
Our raw diet is 70-90% moisture.

The Wolf Diet

The closest relative to the dog in the animal kingdom is the wolf. Dogs and wolves share many similarities in their requirement for specific nutrients, their body chemistry and their physiologically.

Adult wolves’ primary source of food is prey animals. Their typical diet consists of deer, moose, elk, caribou, bison, wild boar, rabbits, wild sheep, goats, horses, beaver, fish, eggs, and livestock. As well as, grasses, seeds and fruits. However, with all these proteins to choose from, wolves’ stomachs have been found to contain only one, or at most, two prey sources. With this in mind, your dog probably has a preference in proteins. We supply a variety of proteins to choose from.

Dogs, like wolves, have similar digestive systems that are designed primarily for eating meat and the same stomach enzyme, pancreatic amylase, that digests vegetables, not carbohydrates. They also both have teeth designed for tearing meat from the bone and crushing bones.

Wolves eat most of the carcass of their prey. So, we feed off that concept and provide blends with: 10% organ, heart, and liver; 10% fruits and vegetables; and 78% whole muscle tissue, with about 2% crushed bone, which is a source of calcium for your pet. That’s exactly what your pet will be consuming from our products.

Allow your pets to independently choose what they want to eat and which protein makes them drool the most!

Just like a wolf’s dinner, our meats and blends come in a variety of single-sourced proteins, packed with LOTS of nutrition, all bred, raised, and processed right in your COLORAWDO backyard.

ColoRAWdo Meats™
ColoRAWdo Bones™