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SmallBatch Raw Pet Food

March 6, 2021 | Pet Food

Just who is SmallBatch?

They are a small, family owned company founded in 2005 in San Francisco, CA. Inspired by the wonderful local and sustainable sources around us, they set out to make a different kind of raw pet food.

The company started out producing raw dog food from local farmers markets and ranches in California. They distributed their pet food to consumers all over the state. Now they’ve also added an additional facility in Oregon where they use locally grown and produced food from the Pacific Northwest to make raw dog food that is distributed through Washington, Colorado, and Oregon.

All of the ingredients are carefully selected to meet the standards every pet deserves: organic herbs and vegetables, hormone and antibiotic free meats, and only pure honest supplements such as organic kelp and bee pollen.

Why Go Raw?

Despite years of domestication, the digestive system of cats and dogs hasn’t changed much. Their incisor teeth are sharp, making them perfect for ripping through meat and tearing it off the bone. Dogs also have short intestines which allow them to eat a large amount of bacteria and digest it without suffering any negative side effects. The high acidic levels of their stomachs allow them to do so safely.

They are still designed to eat and digest raw meat. Not only are they built to eat raw food, they love it and the nutrients inside (that sadly gets cooked and processed out of other food) keeps our pets healthy, shiny, and full of life. Studies show that raw-fed cats and dogs suffer from fewer diseases and live longer than those fed canned or processed foods.

Benefits Of A Raw Diet

There are plenty of reasons to go raw for your pet. Here are some of the key benefits on going raw.

Healthy Immune System
Gain greater resistance to viruses, bacteria and parasites, also increase overall vitality.

Smaller Poo
More bio-available components; you’ll pick-up firmer, smaller, less-stinky stools. Natural enzymes in raw food also help aid digestion.

Healthy Skin, Coat + Teeth
Pets fed a raw diet have soft, shiny fur. Reduced shedding and less hairballs for cats. Raw bones are nature’s toothbrush to keep the chompers clean.

How To Transition To Raw

It is important to make a transition from one food to another slowly. It is also important to remember that Smallbatch is raw food; it cannot be left out like kibble, there is no grazing. Practice safe food-handling protocol. Wash your hands and any utensils or surfaces that come in contact with raw food with hot water and soap.

Day 1: Replace 1 oz. (or 2 tbls) with 1 oz. of Smallbatch
Day 2: Replace 2 oz. (or 4 tbls) with 2 oz. of Smallbatch
Day 3: Replace 3 oz. (or 6 tbls) with 3 oz. of Smallbatch
Day 4: Replace 4 oz. (or 8 tbls) with 4 oz. of Smallbatch
Day 5: Replace 5 oz. (or 10 tbls) with 5 oz. of Smallbatch
Day 6: Replace 6 oz. (or 12 tbls) with 6 oz. of Smallbatch

During the entire transition period, it is important to the well-being of your animal to remain patient and resist the urge to diverge from the transition program. Give your animal lots of love and attention. Take extra care to monitor your companion, making sure that their behavioral patterns and stool are normal. The process will vary with each pet as each one is different and can have different reactions.

How To Feed Raw

Raw food should be kept in the freezer until ready to be used. Thaw out desired number of sliders or patties. Don’t forget to do that ahead of time!

Feed only when completely thawed, never feed frozen food to your pet as this will be very hard for your pet to digest and a dangerous choking hazard. Common practice can be to put some patties in the fridge to thaw a day before you’re ready to feed. Also, do not microwave raw food as it will cause your product to lose most of the nutritional benefits for your pet.

Cats + Dogs eating sliders
5lbs: 2 sliders a day
10lbs: 4 sliders a day
15lbs: 6 sliders a day
20lbs: 8 sliders a day

Dogs eating patties
5 lbs: 1/4 patty a day
10 lbs: 1/2 patty a day
15 lbs: 3/4 patty a day
20 lbs: 1 patty a day
40 lbs: 2 patties a day
60 lbs: 3 patties a day
80 lbs: 4 patties a day
100 lbs: 5 patties a day

Give a designated amount to your pet, follow the amounts provided by the chart above. It is suggested that you feed our pet between 2-3% of their body weight. Feed them 2% if they need to lose weight or 3% if they are in good shape. For puppies, kittens, nursing mothers, or if they endure rigorous activity and exercise, feed them 4-5% of their body weight.

*Keep in mind that these are recommendations. Things to consider: age, level of activity, health, metabolism etc. These all play a part in the necessary feeding quantities of your pet. Monitor your pet’s dietary needs and adjust accordingly.

Fresh Ingredients

SmallBatch raw frozen dog food receives DogFoodAdvisor.com ’s top rating of 5 stars!
SmallBatch Lamb – Raw Dog Food

Ingredients: Lamb hearts, lamb, lamb bone, lamb livers, lamb kidneys, lamb spleens, organic squash, organic celery, organic bok choy, organic cauliflower, organic green beans, salmon oil, organic dandelion greens, organic apple cider vinegar, organic kelp, organic cilantro, organic bee pollen, organic wheat grass, organic bilberry, organic garlic, organic oregano, organic thyme

  • The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too. Lamb is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
  • The second ingredient is lamb. Lamb is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” lamb and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.
  • The third ingredient is lamb bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
  • The fourth ingredient is lamb liver. Liver is a vitamin-rich protein that’s safe for your dog to eat. It contains vitamin A, B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc, essential fatty acids, and more.
  • The fifth ingredient is lamb kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.
  • The sixth ingredient is lamb spleen, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a positive addition to this recipe.
  • The seventh ingredient is squash. Squash is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

From there, the list goes on to include a number of other supplements.

First, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential part of normal metabolism; however, they cannot actually be produced by the body, so they must be consumed through the diet. Some of the benefits include reduce inflammation, improve cognitive function, reduce dermatitis and allergies, improving coat health, plus keep a healthy cardiovascular system.

Wheat grass is prized for its vitamin and mineral content. Yet unlike wheat, wheat grass is gluten-free.

Apple cider vinegar has commonly reported benefits including improvements in skin and coat condition, a reduction of itching and scratching, the elimination of tear stains on the face, fewer brown or yellow urine spots in lawns, increased mobility in older dogs, reduced flea populations, and an improvement in overall health.

Kelp is a natural source of amino acids; it is 25% protein with only 2% fat in this sea veggie. Kelp is known for its iodine, which is important for healthy thyroid function. While other plants from the sea are nutrients for dogs, kelp contains 60 different minerals and vitamins and 21 amino acids, making it a great ingredient to have in dog food.

Bee pollen’s key benefits are that it contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein, and live enzymes. Because of its dense nutrition bee pollen uses include supporting energy needs, muscle strength, healthy digestion, and immune support.

3 Big Differences Between Small-Batch And Other Commercial Dog Foods

When you think about it, you’ll realize that dogs tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to nutrition. Eating mass-produced kibble that’s packed with fillers day after day probably isn’t the most satisfying diet. No wonder commercial diets can lead to lethargy and boredom!

Here are the top three differences you’ll find when you compare Smallbatch dog food to commercial brands:

  1. Smallbatch food has little to no fillers. Major dog food producers use a lot of filler in their product because it’s cheap and readily available. While it’s not inherently unhealthy for your pup, wouldn’t you rather give them their daily calories from food that’s packed with nutrition and nothing unnecessary? Having a clean, high-protein diet will most likely lead to boosted energy for your furry friends.
  2. Smallbatch food doesn’t have added sugars. That’s right – major food producers add sugar to your dog’s food, too. Just like humans do, dogs enjoy the taste of sugar and can get hooked on it. High sugar levels have the same effects in dogs that they do in humans, too: obesity, hypoglycemia, and tooth decay. Sugar in dog food takes many forms, like caramel, sucrose, or syrup.
  3. Smallbatch foods aren’t heavily processed. The sad truth about the proteins in commercial dog food often come from the scraps of food processed for humans – think beaks, hooves, etc. All those byproducts have to be processed to make an attractive, tasty food for your pups. With human-grade dog food, you can actually see what your dog is eating.

Smallbatch uses meat that comes from free-range, pasture raised animals and their produce is always 100% certified organic. The supplements in Smallbatch pet foods are pure, organic, and unrefined. They don’t use high pressure pasteurization (HPP) techniques either. HPP is a technique where products that are already sealed in their package are subjected to a high level of isostatic pressure that is transmitted by water. This extends the shelf life, but also takes some of the nutrients out of the food.

Sources for the blog post:

  • smallbatchpets.com
  • dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/smallbatch-raw-frozen-dog-food
  • pawsitivelypuredogfood.com/blog/2018/8/7/3-big-differences-between-small-batch-and-commercial-dog-foods
  • topdogtips.com/raw-dog-food-taken-new-level-smallbatch

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