• Hahnbee Choi, Cert. CN

Premade Raw | A Raw Feeder's Lifeline

Updated: 3 days ago

Life gets unpredictable. While having a daily set schedule would be preferred, it's just unrealistic. This is where premade comes in handy! Here are a few key components to look for in a premade raw plus some quality brands.


#1: HPP

HPP stands for "High-Pressure Pasteurization" it's a cold pasteurization technique by which the raw food is introduced to a high level of isostatic pressure provided by water. Since this process pasteurizes the food, all the living bacteria, enzymes, and microorganisms are killed off, defeating feeding fresh.


Many HPP premade raw companies state, "the HPP process is 100% natural and recognized by the FDA and USDA as an anti-pathogen treatment". This process kills everything, not just pathogenic bacteria. Many companies are using this method to comply with the FDA due to raw being "newer" and fear bacteria.


There can be benefits to HPP, such as peace of mind when feeding or if you or the animal is immunocompromised, but if you choose to feed non-HPP vs. HPP, it's beneficial to feed the least unaltered food. To see if a food undergoes HPP, you can usually find the information on their website or email them asking about it. To learn more about HPP, click here.


#2: Low-Quality Marine Oils

Fish oils are often used to balance out the omega 3 to 6 ratio because when these fats are balanced, it reduces inflammation, decreasing chronic diseases' chances. Unfortunately, fish oils are often rancid before the company even receives them, depending on the quality.


This is due to the heating and extrusion process of the supplement. Introducing lots and lots of oxygen to the oils causes them to oxidize rapidly. Every time the oil comes in contact with more oxygen (i.e., transporting, mixing into the batch, testing a raw batch, etc.), the oils oxidize further.


The fatty acids in fish oils are susceptible to oxidation. When they are exposed to oxygen, they create free radicals. This process is called oxidative stress. Free radicals take a healthy normal cell, attack it, and damage it with oxidative stress, killing it. There are many high-quality marine oils, but many companies choose to use lower-quality ones. For a more in-depth look at marine oils, click here.


#3: Sourcing

It matters what the animal you are feeding ate! A company should prioritize the quality and sustainability of its meat. The company should list where the animal was raised and what is consumed. Companies with sketchier sourcing often will attempt to cover the quality by using greenwashing terms such as "humanely raised, free-range, natural," and more. In contrast, brands with higher quality ingredients tend to spend their resources on the product versus marketing labels. To learn more about sourcing, click here.


#4: Synthetic Vitamins & Minerals

It's still unclear how synthetic vitamins and minerals are absorbed and used in the body. Some synthetics may be more easily absorbed, while others may not be bioavailable. This causes deficiencies as well as toxicity in pets all over the world. When feeding real fresh foods, the vitamins themselves are not exclusively fed. Instead, the whole array of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and co-factors are being put into the body for optimal absorption and use. Without these extra compounds, it is implausible that synthetics would be used the same way in the body as their natural counterpart.

For example, studies show that natural vitamin E is absorbed twice as efficiently as synthetic vitamin E. The uncertainty and dangers of mixing so many synthetics with unknown risks to achieve "balance" cause infestation, such as the Hill's recall and many more. While synthetics have their place, replacing all nutrients with synthetics should be avoided. Thankfully, several brands are out on the market that minimally uses synthetic supplements.


List of quality premade brands -


USA

*The Bones & Co

*Small Batch

*Primal Pet Foods

*Raw Feeding Miami

*Viva Raw

*All Provide

*Rebel Raw


Canada

*Iron Will Raw

*Red Dog Blue Kat


Balancing Ratio Grinds


Premade raw puts the convenience in fresh feeding. Whether you are feeding for a short or long time, ensure to rotate brands and proteins. While it can get expensive depending on your location, dog's size, and more, knowing quality premade brands can help during busy times and emergencies.

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