FAQs About Albright’s Raw Dog Food

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We want our customers to know and understand as much about the benefits of raw feeding as we do. Here we answer some of the most common queries about making the change to a raw food diet. However, if you have a question that hasn’t been answered below, don’t hesitate to get in touch here.

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Ingredients and Nutrition

What's in Albright’s raw dog food?

Raw all-natural whole-food ingredients combined to give your dog all the nourishment they need. The muscle meat comes from chicken breasts and necks. Beef hearts, pork hearts, and turkey gizzards. Organ meats are derived from beef kidney, and beef, chicken, pork land turkey livers. Then there’s ground bone, organic whole eggs, including the shell, rounded out with kale, cranberries, sunflower oil, and organic dried kelp.

All ingredients are human-grade quality, but (not least because it contains ground bone and eggshell) this is pet food, and should never be consumed by humans.

Details of the provenance and complete nourishment found in all ingredients can be seen on the Ingredient Benefits page.

What does the term B.A.R.F mean?

The acronym stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. This denotes a complete and optimally nutrious pet food, in which none of the ingredients’ benefits have been lost in processes like cooking or pasteurisation. As with Albright’s Raw Dog Food, it should mostly comprise quality muscle meat, with some offal and bone, and a small complement produce such as, eggs, fruit and vegetables, sunflower oil and kelp to give your dog full nutrition. 
Some people follow the Prey model of raw feeding, which is just meat, organ, and bone, without any produce. Ours is the B.A.R.F. model and is complete and balanced.

What does the term ‘Prey’ mean?

The Prey model of raw feeding is a diet consisting purely of meat, organ, and bone. Vitamins and supplements are also sometimes added. Albright’s follow the B.A.R.F. method.

What does 80/10/10 mean?

Dog owners that use a Prey model in raw feeding follow this formula. Muscle meat 80%, organ meat 10%, bone 10%. In our food, the kale, kelp, cranberries, sunflower oil, and eggs consist of about 12% of the final product. Taking that into consideration, our food then conforms to the 80/10/10 formula.

What exactly does ‘complete and balanced’ mean?

Simply that this food contains all the nutrient elements your dog requires, without needing supplements. Albright's Raw Dog Food has been formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the American Association of Feed Control Officials, AAFCO. It’s a complete and balanced food for all life stages, including young, larger dog breed that will grow to be 70 lbs or more as adults. Any product that doesn’t meet AAFCO standards cannot be sold as a food, but only as a ‘topper’ or ‘treat’. We use real food to meet those standards, not a vitamin powder.

Why does your raw food contain fruit and vegetables? 

In the wild a predator usually consumes most of the prey animal. That includes the contents of the stomach and intestines of the herbivores they eat. Whether or not they know it, those small portions of vegetation provide vital nutrients to the predator. We include kale, cranberries, kelp powder, and sunflower oil to make our food complete. I

What do you mean by human-grade pet food?

All ingredients are edible and human grade, and it is produced in an FDA compliant plant. Since it contains bone and eggshell, the final food is not for human consumption. It is a pet food. However, we never use denatured meats (dyed to indicate it is not for human consumption), nor do we ever use meat from ‘downed cattle’ (those which for a range of reasons have been slaughtered as they are no longer able to stand). Albright’s will only ever use human grade beef, chicken, turkey and pork.

Do you add vitamins to your food? 

No. Our recipes are carefully created precisely to ensure we don’t need to! For more details visit our Ingredient Benefits page.

QuestionDoes it contain ground bone?Does it contain ground bone?

Yes. Ground bone is a great source of calcium and phosphorus, and it’s also been found to aid dog’s digestion.

Do you use commercial dried bone meal? 

No. Our ground bone comes from the beef femur bones we sell. They're cut up on the band saw and produce some "bone dust" that we include in our Beef Recipe. The Beef & Chicken and the Chicken Recipe have enough bone from the chicken. The Turkey Recipe contains ground turkey bones, and the Pork Recipe has ground pork bones.

Why does your food contain eggshell? 

Eggshell is rich in calcium and the attached egg membrane has collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. If however, you’d prefer no eggs or eggshell in your dog’s raw food, our Turkey Recipe and our Pork Recipes are both egg-free.

If it's grain free, do I need to worry about DCM/dilated cardiomyopathy?

In the last few years a few dogs have developed DCM on a grain free diet. DCM is often caused by a lack of taurine, the amino acids used to metabolise fats. Research is still being done, but it doesn’t seem that a lack of grains is the problem. Rather, it appears that many pet-food manufacturers have swapped out grain fillers for even cheaper bulking ingredients such as peas, lentils, beans, and potatoes, and these ingredients may be preventing taurine production or the use of taurine.

Albright's Raw Dog Food, and other high quality raw foods, are meat-based (so rich in taurine), and don’t contain any kind of filler, be it grains, pea protein, lentils, beans, or potatoes. Raw food like ours has not been implicated in any of the DCM cases to date. 

Product Info.

What recipes do you sell?

We’re always working on new  improved products, currently our range includes a Beef, a Beef & Chicken Recipe, a Chicken Recipe, a Turkey Recipe and a Pork Recipe. All are sold frozen.

In what quantities can I buy Albright’s Raw Dog Food?

 We sell our food in tube cases called ‘chubs’, weighing either 2 lbs or 5 lbs. Our 2 lbs chubs are packed 16 to a case (for a total case weight of 32 lbs), while our 5 lbs chubs are packed 5 to a case (for a total case weight of 25 lbs). Our  plastic chub wraps are BPA (Bispenol A) free.

What’s the shelf life?

 Because we sell it frozen, our raw dog foodI can be stored in the freezer for up to a year after the date of manufacture. You’ll find a “Best By” date and lot number on each package and case. Thaw in a refrigerator (usually takes 2-4 days), and once opened use within 72 hours, or repackage and refreeze within 24 hours. Defrosting in a microwave will destroy the raw food’s natural enzymes and cook the bone content.

Do you make a puppy formula? 

All of our food can be fed to puppies as soon as they start eating solid food. All recipes are formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the American Association of Feed Control Officials. It is complete and balanced for all life stages, including young larger dog breed that will grow to be 70 lbs or more as adults

What about freezer burn? 

Freezer burn is caused by dehydration and food exposed to air for a long time. This is unlikely since our food is sold in vacuum-packed chubs.

Why is the color different from the last package?

 The raw meat that we use will vary in color, and that is perfectly normal.

This food has a strong smell. Is that normal? 

Yes. Our food smells stronger than fresh beef or chicken because it also contains offal such as liver and kidney. It started out with good ingredients, so a strong aroma once thawed is normal.

Changes in My Dog

Since moving to a raw diet, why is my dog pooping less?

Your dog's stool will usually be smaller and firmer on a raw diet. Instead of eating a lot of bulk filler that passes quickly through the digestive tract, more of the food is used and digested. As long as your dog is maintaining the proper weight, less poop is just another big benefit of raw feeding. And it should smell less too...

Is my dog constipated on raw food?

Because your dog’s stools will be smaller and firmer they may have to strain a little harder. This is no bad thing, as it helps evacuate the anal glands, so you won’t have to pay a groomer or vet so often to do the same. If a dog really does seem to be constipated, give them a spoonful or two of canned pumpkin. If it seems to be a regular thing for your dog, just add a spoonful to your dog's food daily. Some dogs just need a bit more fibre. Pumpkin is low in calories, good for them, and they love it. 

My dog used to leave his food around all day, now it’s gone in a minute. Is that too fast? 

No. That's  exactly how dogs and wolves behave in the wild. It just proves your dog knows that raw is right.

My dog always begs for more. Am I not feeding him enough?

 If your dog’s weight is staying where it should be, then rather than needing extra, it’s far more likely your dog just wants more of the good stuff.

How can I tell if my dog is the right weight? 

For information on the healthy weight range for each breed see The American Kennel Club’s Breed Weight Chart

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