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Raw Feeding

Raw Meat is not complete!

Whilst theabove is evident and obvious, analysis at a deeper scientific level reveals (as with much in science ) there are opinions that vary. The deeper you go, the more questions generally reveal themselves and sadly, fewer answers. We have taken things to a level we hope is appropriate for normal customers currently feeding raw or considering it. The primary source of our information is an organisation called FEDIAF. This is the EU authority on the subject of Canine Nutrition as far as the Production, Recipes and Labelling of Pet Foods is concerned. It operates through a panel of Vets and Canine nutrition Scientists from European countries. These people meet up regularly to keep abreast of the latest research in Canine Nutrition. They publish a comprehensive list of nutrients which can be updated on an annual basis - K9 A-Z formulas will adapt to the latest research on an ongoing basis.

The plan for this part of our new website is to gradually build the information available to those interested in Raw feeding to be as helpful as possible. We welcome submissions from anyone and everyone but have a natural leaning towards quantifiable items.

The FEDIAF nutrient recommendations are freely available and would be a good source for reference.

Some vets and representatives selling you herbalbased alternatives much more cheaply than our own product throw out the scare storiesconcerning product recalls with scientific supplements. This is disingenuous in our opinion as Herbalbased compounds and competitive products are almost always cheaper partly because they have no standards with which to comply or measure their products efficacy. Some suggest such low doses of their supplements as to render them useless. They are not tested in any comparable way or ever recalled which would suggest certain conclusions should be reached about them.

So, what are the nutrients a normal dog needs?

Please understand your reasons for feeding raw. Many people think it is a simplecase of giving the dog food that is more suited to its ancestral heritage however many I speak with become pertubed to discover that Natural is not always best for their dog and furthermore what is natural?

People assume the Wolf is the optimum top of the tree predator and lives for 20 years plus but sadly its diet means it lives around 7 years only. This life expectancy can be improved with the benefit of science but we don't think dog lovers truly wish to emulate this lifespan with their own dogs.

Wolves and Domesticated dogs are different species. Canis Familiarisis a sub species ofCanisLupus. The similarity is approximately equal to Humans and BonoboMonkeys who actually only eat fruit yet we would never use that as a reason to feed humans just fruit. It is a massive subject where humans share 99% of our DNA with plants and fruit. In fact every living entity on earth shares 99% of its DNA with us.

Further info will be written imminently

K90 A-Z Recipe Composition (Statutory Declaration):

To learn more about each of the K9 A-Z ingredients individually, please ClickHere and download a 42 x A4 page document for your perusal

Feeding Guide:

Dog Weight in KGs Supplement Volume Chia Seeds Mls
5-10 15-30ml 1-2
10-20 30-60ml 2-4
20-30 60-90ml (25kg dog 41 gs) 4-6
30-40 90-120ml 6-8
40+ 120ml 8

Our Unique Selling Point of delivering scientifically defined amounts of each nutrient to meet the recommendations as published by FEDIAF as near as possible.The most reassuring fact is that the main reason Vets started recommending complete foods albeitmostly kibble was because the dogs life expectancy and quality of life was improved in their opinion versus what prevailed at the time with mostly scraps. It has also become apparent that CanisFamiliarisunlike the wolf has a number of genes switched on that result in the production of enzymes in the dogs gut that specialise in making the energy from seeds and carbohydratesmore easily metabolised.

The net result is that K9A-Z takes a similar approach to nutritional additives with the principle of defined amounts as appears in 90% of the Dry / Wet Food products to support their recipes. This, then, is our position. Unlike other herbal and similarly presented solutions and products they do not define or commit themselves to the amounts of each nutrient and whilst they refer to their products as natural and raw they may well contain more natural items but this also means they come with unnecessary elements. In the end it is all about getting the nutrient into the metabolism of the dog and often the purer form of a particular nutrient is more bio-available than whenit is a small part of a herb, plant or flower etc.

Many proponents of Raw feeding are somewhat extreme and passionate about nutrients and are adverse to a product with synthetic additives in them due to fear rather than real evidence.

We are surprised (although disappointed) that a small number of vets and representatives of commercial supplements have negative opinions on synthetic nutritional additives and in principle scare owners with alternative truths about scientifically based products unsupported by evidence.

With the exception of unnecessary synthetic colours and preservatives and contrary to popular belief and misunderstanding the nutritional additives in tinned and commercial dry dog foods are essential for EVERY dog's health and well-being. All pet foods (even those that vets sell, especially as prescription formulas) will contain the same synthetic nutritional additives. Some of our ingredients are produced by fermentation. Only additives permitted for use in the EU may be used for pet (and other animal) food production. The European Food Standards Agency conducts stringent reviews of safety and efficacy before additives are permitted for use. Manufacturers of additives are tightly regulated and are independently audited to ensure product quality and safety. This can not be said for the Herbal producers and we only use manufacturers that we, under the guidance of our manufacturer approve. (approval is multi-layered but includes assessment of their accreditation with independent bodies and/or our own auditing process). Materials are tested at the point of manufacture by our suppliers scientists for undesirables and they must conform with EU legislation

It istrue that all trace elements are potentially toxic at high levels but they have clear legally defined maximum inclusions and pet foods as well as our K9A-Z Supplement are designed carefully to account for this. All our nutrientsat the levels used are as specified for well-beingas this is genuinely in our best interests which are allied to the best interests of your dogs.. The fact that these ingredients can have other uses at vastly different levels is of no relevance and K9A-Z compliesfastidiously in quality control at EVERY step

The story that many transmit is probably an early example of a non news story. The Chinese pet food recall linked below is related to Jerky treats (and possibly only duck varieties but others may be involved). It is very disingenuous of the website to show a picture of a kibble feed. These treats do not include nutritional additives. There have been significant efforts to identify the cause of the issues with these jerky treats but as far as I know no causative factor has been identified. UK veterinary bodies remain vigilant to this but as far as I know there have been no cases in the UK. The 2007 recall was specifically linked to and limited to a single Chinese supplier adulterating a material with melamine (intentionally or otherwise) and not related to synthetic nutritional additive production.

Preservatives - Ethoxyquin is no longer permitted to be used and in the process of being withdrawn. BHA and BHT are permitted (with legal maximum levels defined) and need to be declared on the label whenused however some research exists that MIGHT and I repeat "might" show a possible link to illness. They are permitted by EU legislation to be labelled under the category label of ‘Antioxidants’ and the manufacturer must disclose the levels added if requested by a consumer.

Cellulose - this is a good source of insoluble fibre that can assist with bowel function in pets. It also has abrasive benefits for dental care and can help prevent hairball formation in cats. Levels included in pets foods would be less than 4% so would maybe have a stool bulking effect but little else of concern.

Silica – this is used as a flow agent in some powder blends however not in K9A-Z and the inclusion level in the final product would be tiny so certainly not used as a bulking agent. It is inert.

Chondroitin – we only supply avian chondroitin exactly for the reason that marine sources in our view are unethical and not sustainable. We cannot guarantee it is from free-range birds and poultry production systems vary around the world. Poultry are not farmed for chondroitin production rather it is a by-product of the industry.