Why does PPFC use eggshell calcium instead of ground bone in their products?
We only use eggshell calcium in all of our products. Eggshell calcium is calcium carbonate high in elemental calcium, and has the same bio-availability as the calcium phosphate that is found in bones. We know that many people and veterinarians have concerns about ground bones and we feared the danger of a large shard of bone making its way through a grinder when an alternative-safe option is available.
Where does PPFC source their meat, vegetables and rice/grains?
All of our meats are sourced from SP Provisions/Cascade Natural Meats, are USDA inspected, and are hormone and antibiotic free. All meats we use are the very same cuts that are found in local supermarkets. It has always been our goal to produce our products from local ingredients that originate from sustainable sources. We are proud to say that we use Bob’s Red Mill flour in our treats, our vegetables are local during growing season, and our rice is from a local company.
How much PPFC food should I feed my dog? How to transition to the PPFC Food?
We recommend feeding your dog twice daily. Portion size will vary with the size, age, and activity level of your dog. Our food is labeled as a treat as we have chosen not to supplement our food. Thus, you will be adding it as a topper to your current food and/or feeding as a supplemental meal. We believe that if you feed your dog a variety of food you will achieve a balanced diet for your pet. Please check with your vet if you are planning to only feed this product to your pet. This food makes a bland commercial food taste great and is economical when used as a topper or a special meal intermittently (i.e holiday meal, special occasion, to encourage a sick or elderly dog to eat their food, take their medication, etc.).
When transitioning your pet to a new food or supplement meal, it is best to introduce it slowly to your dog. If you feed too much of the new food too quickly, your pet could experience food refusal and possibly some degree of stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting, excess gas or constipation. The best method for transitioning from the current food to a new food is to gradually mix an increasing amount of the new product with the old over a period of time until the pet is receiving only the new product. This is very important so that you do not disrupt your pet’s digestive balance.
Are there any “By-Products” in your food?
No. PPFC only uses whole meat and has meat listed as the first ingredient which means it has the highest percentage in the contents of the serving. We use organs such as heart and liver for their nutritional qualities, but their use is clearly labeled. Many dog food products use the term “by-product” on their label. Meat by-products consist mainly of animal parts that are not used for human consumption, such as bones, organs, blood, fatty tissue and intestines. Dog owners should look for real meat ingredients.
How can the pouch food be shelf stable for 18 months? And is it ready to eat?
The pouch food is revolutionary in the pet food market. This is the first microwavable ready to eat dog meal available on the market. The food is ready to eat and cooked in the pouch so no need to prepare anything! You have the option to heat it slightly in boiling water or microwave for the most deserving pups! It is convenient for many purposes including as a meal in a rotational diet, a topper to add nutrition and variety, soft treat, camping, traveling, hiking and just a convenient go-to-meal for busy consumers and dogs! You may store it in the refrigerator for 2-4 days just like our fresh/frozen varieties.
How long will the PPFC fresh/frozen food stay fresh in the refrigerator or freezer?
Our products have been tested at a licensed lab for shelf life. Typically, our products will stay fresh for 3-4 days in a refrigerator kept between 37-40 degrees. Our frozen products will stay fresh for about 6 months. All frozen food should first be thawed in a refrigerator and not at room temperature.
Why did you choose to make cooked food versus raw?
There is much debate about raw diets versus cooked. We personally enjoyed cooking and weighed the positive and negatives of both diets. We felt a cooked diet was nutritional for our dogs as well as provide a safer handling protocol.
Why did you choose a plastic container?
We took careful consideration of packaging options that were available for our products. We chose a clear see-through container so that customers could see the product that they were purchasing. We wanted a container that was recyclable, freezable and microwaveable. The container can be re-used by dog owners after washing for food storage and/or recycled so that it may be re-used to make other products. The bags we reviewed did not guarantee to meet our three requirements for packaging but we will continue to monitor the packaging options that may best serve the needs of our clients, product freshness, products nutritional value, and environment. We chose a 12 ounce size as it is similar to a commercial can size and consumers would be familiar with this portion size. The advantage to our container versus a canned product is you may easily re-seal the container if you need to use smaller portions and it will keep fresh. We are very interested in hearing from you about any improvements we can make to our product packaging.
Do I need to add supplements to PPFC food?
This product is intended for use as an enhancement to dry food or canned food. In some cases, a diet of only this product could be beneficial but please seek advice from your veterinarian.
Why is this product labeled as a supplemental meal/treat?
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) have two classifications of pet food – “Completely Balanced Foods” or “Treats.” Completely balanced foods must meet all AAFCO regulations and have a minimum content of specific nutrients. To do this pet foods quite often contain additives, fillers and by-products. We’ve chosen not to add these components to PPFC’s and let you as an owner, in conjunction with your veterinarian, make a decision if you need additional supplementation. The product has been through laboratory testing and meets the requirement for “guaranteed analysis” of crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber and moisture. Like humans, dogs should eat a variety of foods each week and our products offer the opportunity for dogs to eat an array of meats and vegetables that may not be balanced at each meal but over a weekly period allow you to provide your dog with a balanced diet.
Do I need to worry about Salmonella and E.Coli with PPFC food?
We pride ourselves in the quality of our products, which includes a very tight quality control program. All of our batches are tested by an independent laboratory for total bacteria, Salmonella, and E.Coli O157:H7. Even though we test our products before they leave our plant, the first level of our quality control begins with the sources of our meats – the control of bacteria begins at the farm. Working with responsible vendors in conjunction with our strict product testing procedures provides safe, healthy products.
Why should I buy PPFC food if I can make it at home? Can I make something similar at home?
Absolutely you can make similar food for your dog at home. There are several excellent websites that can provide guidance on how to prepare home cooked meals. We created our recipes after extensive research about homemade dog food, consulting veterinary nutritional guidelines, and making decisions about supplementation to meet AAFCO guidelines. Like most things in life, there was a lot of good information, bad information and just plain misinformation. Just like requirements for human nutrition, there are a lot of opinions without a lot of research validation. Thus, we took our experience in human nutrition and review of the literature in dog food research and came to the conclusion “Let’s keep it simple and wholesome." Like humans who discuss their diet with a doctor, dog owners should discuss their dogs nutrition with their veterinarian. Look for simple signs such as how is my dog’s appetite? How is their weight? Some experts recommend a blood test routinely if you are only feeding your dog homemade food. We have done our best to increase the mineral content in our product by adding egg shells, using corn oil, and assuring we strive to meet the nutritional guidelines outlined by the AAFCO. The convenience factor of having a product that provides a simple homemade meal that you can trust is priceless. A lot of individual attention is given to each meal we create for your dog and we even do the dishes!
Is there beer in the treats?
No. We use the spent grains-this is the barley or lentils/chestnuts that has been soaked in water and rinsed. The brewing companies use the liquid from the spent grains to create their beer. We gather the spent grains from them on brewing day to create our treats. No alcohol and no hops…just the same great taste you may enjoy with your beer.
Where do you bake your treats? Do you follow any federal or state guidelines for production of your treats?
Absolutely - quality assurance is the backbone of this company. We follow both state and federal guidelines as well as the American Association of Feed Control (AAFCO). We bake our biscuits in a commercial kitchen and PPFC is licensed as a pet food manufacturer in Oregon.
What else is in the spent grain treats?
We use limited ingredients in our treats. Our spent grain treats are just barley (spent grains), organic rye flour (wheat free), 100% natural peanut butter and eggs. We baste the biscuits in beef broth too. But that is it! Spent grains contain very little gluten….our barley is from IPA brews which are low in wheat.
Are they preservative free?
Yes. To avoid the use of preservatives we bake our treats and then continue to bake them for 2-3 hours to assure the spent grains are dry. The result is a very dry cracker that dogs love for its taste and crunch.
Can I purchase your dog treats in stores?
We are learning from our customers and partnering with them to deliver products they would like for their dogs. You may purchase our treats online at our website as well as specialty stores and farmers markets. An updated listing of stores where you can find our products are listed on our website.
Do you have any gluten/wheat free/grain free options?
Yes! We have created a line of grain & gluten-free products. We have added a grain free Brew Biscuit too! The products, like our spent grain products use only a few ingredients, all natural and only the highest quality of grain & gluten free flour from Bob’s Red Mill.