How do I prepare TruDog™?
We’re the easiest to use raw dog food in the world. Period.
TruDog™ is freeze-dried, and needs no refrigeration. Simply store it in a cool, dry place. Before feeding, just add water. Precise feeding instructions are included with every pack. It’s super simple.
Is there any added salt or sugar?
NO. In fact we even voluntarily disclose sodium in the guaranteed analysis.
Can I store TruDog™ in my refrigerator?
Refrigeration is not needed. Store TruDog™ in a cool dry place. Best fed within 30 days of opening.
Isn’t raw meat only for wild animals?
From a biological point of view, your pet dog is exactly the same as a “wild” animal. Dogs have the same genes as wolves; they’re the same species.
The only reason dogs look different to wolves is because they’ve been bred to look different. Inside, their digestive system functions in the exact same way. TruDog™ gives your pet what nature intended, and what your dog would choose by instinct. As we like to say, mother nature knows best.
Where is your food/boosters made?
All ingredients are exclusively sourced and packaged in the USA.
Why is TruDog™ more expensive than canned food or kibble?
There’s no way around it: It’s not cheap. But once you see the difference it makes to your dog’s health and happiness, we’re confident you’ll never turn back. For a 10 – 20 lb dog, you can expect to spend around $50 a month on ‘premium’ kibble. TruDog™ will be around $125 a month. But you’ll also have a healthier pet, lower vet bills, less shredding, and less poop to pick up.
Dog Food with No Recalls
TruPet, LLC has not issued any recalls on any of our TruDog products. Our processing plant takes every precaution to clean and sterilize before each batch of freeze-dried raw TruDog products are made. According to The Humane Society web site, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently took a much-needed step toward improving the safety of pet food products. FDA regulations now require that manufacturers of pet food sold in the U.S. use basic sanitation measures to prevent product contamination. Manufacturers must also maintain written plans for preventing food-borne illnesses such as salmonellosis. The rules are a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which also granted the FDA authority to mandate pet food recalls (in the past, recalls were at the company’s discretion). The regulations were finalized in September 2015, and businesses must meet the compliance deadlines set in the new rules.”
Homemade Dog Food
If you want the nutritional balance of feeding raw with the convenience of being a “done for you” freeze-dried mini nibble, then check out our TruDog products! Feed Me Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza Real Meat Super Food and Feed Me Crunchy Munchy Gourmet Gobbler Real Meat Super Food. But we also have a raw dog food cookbook available for free if you’d like to try making your own dog food. You can find that here:
Hypoallergenic Dog Food
If you really knew what goes into most pet foods, you wouldn’t be surprised that your dog’s body has a problem with what’s in his bowl. Some dogs don’t have allergies to a particular protein, they just have allergies to poorly-sourced particular proteins (the bits, parts, and leftover scraps used in pet foods, not the meat itself). Practices like ingredient splitting, high-heat processing, and ingredient sourcing were commonly used in the pet food industry. TruDog has a line of organic, healthy, species-appropriate raw dog food made with real cuts of meat- not leftover, inedible scraps. Our hypoallergenic Turkey FEED ME is delicious, nutritious, and free from chemicals, additives, and fillers.
Dog Food Versus Table Scraps
It all depends on the table scraps you are giving your dog! Before the dog food industry was created (we’re talking the early 1900s), dogs were being fed table scraps or butcher’s excess and they were living long healthy lives. You have to remember though; food back then was NOT Processed food! It was all natural, straight from Mother Nature. So if you want to make your own freshly prepared food for your Dog(s) – we say go for it. Here is a link to some recipes we like:
https://trudog.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/RockingRawDogFoodRecipes.pdf OR you can try Feed Me, our all natural 100% freeze-dried raw meat super dog food! Just as Mother Nature intended.
What is a ‘booster’?
Boosters are the ultimate healthy enhancer. Boosters can also be mixed into kibble to give your dog some real meat to sink their teeth into, just as Mother Nature designed.
What ingredients do you use?
We exclusively use premium grade human cuts of US sourced meat. There is NO wheat, corn, grains, sugar, fillers, chemicals or by-products. Has no refined carbohydrates, no added salt – just pure digestible quality protein.
Why Raw Dog food?
It is what Mother Nature Intended for your fur baby. You dog is a carnivore and should eat a species appropriate diet of meat and vital organs. A raw food diet is all natural and the best way to get your dog essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that most commercial brands lack. For example muscle meat & organ meat is loaded with B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, minerals like phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium and iodine, important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. A raw food diet has 6 benefits: Healthier teeth & gums, Healthier skin & coat, Boosted immune system, Improved digestion, Increased energy & vitality, and Improved behavior.
Why is Dog food Grain Free?
Your dog is a descendant of the Wolf and should eat foods that their bodies were biologically designed to eat; MEAT! According to Dr. Karen Becker, DVM, “Cows are designed to eat grass, and their GI tracts are set up perfectly for this. Cows have big, round, flat teeth used to grind grasses and an unbelievable range of motion in their mandibles, allowing them to chew, chew, and chew. … Dogs and cats do not have this motion in their jaws. Dogs and cats’ jaws move only up and down like a trap door or a hinge, because dogs and cats are gulpers; they are not chewers. They don’t have chewing teeth. … Dogs and cats have very short GI tracts, compared to vegetarian animals that need to ferment food, as carnivorous animals consume foods with potentially very heavy pathogen loads. They were really meant to get foods in and get foods out very quickly.”
How Dry Dog Food Is Made?
With Baking or Popping. For baking, the foods start with a combination of dry ingredients and wet animal meat or animal by-products to create dough. The dough is first put into a pressurized machine to cook. Then the dough is forced through shapes and holes to create pieces. Next the pieces are put in a dryer to form kibble, and finally they are sprayed with fats, oils, minerals and vitamins to meet standards that are regulated by Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) that were lost during this cooking process. For Popping, the foods start with a hot liquid soup of meat, fat, and grain scraps. This liquid is put through another heat process that “pops” the liquid into light dry food of any shape, called kibble.
Dog Food 4 d’s
First let us tell you there Standards in place when it comes to making dog food to make sure they are nutritionally balanced, but no statutory regulations which mean that dog food companies can use animal parts that come from animals that were Dead, Dying, Diseased and/or Disabled to make their food. This is called Animal by-product or animal by-product meal. There are no standards that say these animals cannot be put into your dogs food, but they are condemned for human consumption. TruDog is not one of these companies! We use Human grade meats for our freeze-dried raw proteins so that your dog is getting the best food possible!
When Was Dog Food Created?
The first commercially prepared pet food was a dog biscuit product introduced in England about 1860. The British public company that took over the formula and production began a U.S. operation about 1890. In the 1930s, canned cat food and dry meat-meal dog foods were introduced. The 1950s saw the introduction of dry expanded type pet foods. The ‘60s were marked with great diversification in the types of food available to the pet owner — dry cat food, many more varieties of canned products, and new soft-moist products. (from petfoodinstitute.org)
Prescription Diet Dog Food / Therapeutic Diet Dog Food vs Raw Meat Diet – by Dr. Jan Hale, DVM
When deciding on any diet for your cat or dog, whether it is a maintenance diet or therapeutic diet, read the label!
Here is my take on so-called therapeutic diets. While I am glad to see that veterinarians are becoming more aware of the connection between nutrition and health. The disconnect comes with the definition of nutrition or should I say species appropriate nutrition and not necessarily profitable nutrition.
Basically, what I am saying is health is a balance between an optimum of proper function against the stressors of life, or those things that block or interfere with proper function. Things like environmental toxins, ingested toxins, mental stress and improper sources of energy (nutrition).
A dog or cat’s digestive system was designed to utilize prey, they are carnivores and as such designed specifically to consume raw meat. Their bodies have adapted to process raw, living foods.
It is only in the last one hundred years they have been forced to eat commercial diets composed of by-products (the stuff left over from the human food industry), corn in any form and grains like brewer’s rice. Corn and its many forms found in pet foods are highly allergenic foods and difficult to digest and commonly contaminated with aflatoxins1 .
Inflammation of the gut is one of the most common causes of mal-digestion, blocking the absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract. Allergens cause inflammation.
The GI tract of dogs and cats have not evolved to make good use of an entirely kibble-based diet especially when composed of difficult to digest ingredients like carbohydrates and grains, and never will.
Therefore, besides all the reasons a highly processed kibble does not provide good nutrition, there is the fact that it usually contains species inappropriate ingredients. So the idea of starting with those negatives, it is highly unlikely that they could actually be beneficial as Therapeutic diets.
Many diseases states can be avoided in the first place by providing a species appropriate nutrition on an individual basis, and in many cases restoring health. So instead of coming in after the fact and trying to use therapeutic diets to correct a disease that most likely was brought on by unknowingly feeding an inappropriate diet, seems to me it would be better to start with a proper diet. Therapeutic diets appear to be solely based on a new profit center for the pet food industry.
Here are some guidelines to follow to keep your dog or cat’s digestive system strong and resilient so it can perform its duties of supplying the body with all the building blocks it requires and maintaining a healthy environment for the vast amounts of beneficial bacteria that make up about 90% of their immune system.
- Minimize stress by feeding a species-appropriate diet. Feed vegetarian diets to vegetarian animals and a meat based diet to carnivorous animals like dogs and cats.
- Provide a source of good bacteria (probiotics) to balance the ratio of good and bad bacteria, especially during times when antibiotics are used and it is best to limit their use.
- Add a good quality digestive enzyme to promote the utilization of the food being ingested.
- Provide a source of omega fatty acids, especially the ones the break down quickly like the Omega 3 fatty acids
Providing a balanced, biologically sound diet, a healthy lifestyle, digestive enzymes and probiotics, will nourish your pet, support healthy immunologic function, and bring overall vibrancy to her body, that is the definition of a real therapeutic diet.
1 Aflatoxins are a family of toxins produced by certain fungi that are found on agricultural crops such as maize (corn), peanuts, cottonseed, and tree nuts.
Dog Food for Senior Dogs
It is best to feed a diet that is appropriate for your individual dogs needs, not simply because they are a Senior Doggie. Please know there are no separate regulations on Senior dog food, only that commercial brands lead you think that all seniors need low calorie, low protein, high fiber and additional supplements.
According to Dr. Karen Becker, DVM, “Not every older dog is fat… so giving a reduced calorie diet is not a good choice. Protein Requirements do NOT Decrease as your dog ages… In fact, studies point to an increased need for protein as your pet ages. The reason senior dog food formulas have reduced protein content is based on flawed logic. Added fiber is not biologically appropriate for dogs… Too much fiber can create a barrier in your dog’s small intestine which prevents antioxidants, vitamins and minerals from being assimilated.. If additional fiber is necessary for your dog’s individual needs, try healthier alternatives to a high-fiber commercial formula like coconut fiber. Don’t count on any commercial food to supply adequate Omega-3 fatty acids or Joint supplements… The processing of commercial pet food renders omega-3 fatty acids useless. Technically they are still in the food, but they’re no longer active or helpful to your pet’s body. Joint supplements are another area where I wouldn’t count on additives to commercial dog food to be either good quality or beneficial. The amounts added to foods do not provide therapeutic levels of support. They are added to better market the food. Dog food formulas marketed for ‘seniors’ aren’t based on much science or even a solid set of guidelines outlining the general nutritional requirements for all aging dogs.”
Are Dog and Cat Food the Same?
They should be the same… a species-appropriate diet made for a Carnivore. According to an article by Dr. Karen Becker, DVM, “Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they have nutritional requirements that can only be met with a diet based on animal tissue.” Both Cats and Dogs should be eating a species-appropriate diet with high protein and low-to-zero carbohydrates.
Dog Food for a Puppy
If you are going to feed a raw diet, please remember that simply giving your dog a big piece of beef or poultry will not have sufficient nutrients in it. To give your puppy a nutritionally balanced meal the raw diet must have more than just muscle meat (what you and I would eat), it must have everything they would eat from prey in the wild. If it doesn’t, your puppy’s growing body could have less nourishment than feeding a low quality dry kibble. TruDog is a great freeze-dried raw diet that is nutritionally balanced containing whole cuts of healthy meats, organs, bones, and blood.
Where Is Dog Food On Sale This Week?
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Dog Food Calculator
Not sure how much to feed your dog? Check out TruDog’s feeding guideline calculator and chart!
The feeding calculator is based on feeding 2% of body weight to maintain weight. Growing puppies and pregnant or nursing dogs may require as much as 3-4% of body weight fed daily during early growth and high bio-performance requirement periods.
When Changing Dog Food You Should Transition Their Meals
As you begin feeding a new dog food, like TruDog, to your pet we suggest introducing the food product using the following steps:
- Begin with 25% New Food and 75% Old Food for a few days of feedings
- Move up to 50% New Food and 50% Old Food for a few days of feedings
- Continue change to 75% New Food and 25% Old Food for a few days of feedings
- Complete the transition to 100% New Food
** Please be aware that some dogs with stomach issues may need more than a few days of feedings at each step to prevent tummy upset.
Dog Food With Real Meat
We exclusively use premium grade human cuts of US sourced meat that is flash frozen within 2 hours of being harvested to preserve the high quality meat at its peak of freshness.
Which Dog Food Has The Most Protein?
TruDog Feed Me is a high protein freeze-dried raw dog food made with human-grade quality muscle meat, vital organs and ground bone. We are following the laws of Mother Nature feeding your fur baby a species appropriate diet.
Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza:
Crude Protein, min………41.00%
Crude Fat, min………….28.00%
Crude Fiber, max…………4.00%
Crunchy Muncy Gourmet Gobbler:
Crude Protein, min………46.00%
Crude Fat, min………….15.00%
Crude Fiber, max…………2.00%
Who Regulates Dog Food?
You’d be surprised that dog food is not regulated like human food is. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) was established in the early 1900’s to govern “feed” animals used for consumption. Again, that is the “Feed” control not the “Food” Control. To this day they are still governing your dog’s food with the same rules from the 1900’s made to fatten up the Feed, which would in turn fatten your dog and we don’t want that. Sadly the AAFCO does not actually have any real power. They only provide guidelines that States try to follow.
“The FDA entrusts AAFCO to issue regulations governing ingredients, feeding trials, labels and nutritional claims. But AAFCO’s rules fall short of ensuring that America’s pets receive adequate nutrition, or even foods that cause chronic digestive, skin, eye, and coat problems.” (source: Harvard Edu, Deconstructing the Regulatory Façade)
Which Dog Food Is Bad?
We recommend reading the ingredient label of your dog’s food very carefully. There are 3 loopholes in the guidelines for the pet food industry that you should be aware of: (source: FDA.gov – http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/ucm047113.htm )
- The 3% Rule: If the label states “with (ingredient – like beef or lamb)” then that named ingredient must not be less than 3% of the total weight. That’s not a lot of protein!
- “4D” Animals: Dog food companies can use animal parts that come from animals that were Dead, Dying, Diseased and/or Disabled because there is no law, regulation or guideline that says theses cannot be added to dog food. These are usually called Animal by-product or animal by-product meal.
- Commercial made “premium, gourmet, and all-natural” dog food can be just as poor quality as other brands because these brands can legally contain the exact same ingredients as cheaper brands and they are Not held up to higher standards.
Dog Food Without Grain
TruDog does NOT mix our meat with grains, fillers or any chemical additives found in so many other commercial brands. There is NO wheat, corn, grains, sugar, fillers, chemicals or by-products. Has no refined carbohydrates, no added salt just pure digestible high quality protein.
Why Is Dog Food So Expensive?
There’s no way around it: It’s not cheap because we exclusively use premium grade human cuts of US sourced meat that is flash frozen within 2 hours of being harvested to preserve the high quality meat at its peak of freshness.. But once you see the difference it makes to your dog’s health and happiness, we’re confident you’ll never turn back.
What Dog Food Is Made In The USA?
TruDog is exclusively sourced and packaged in the USA. Our cattle are free-ranging, Wisconsin grass-fed 100% USDA certified Beef. Our Turkey is cage-free, USA born, raised and harvested. We only use USA sourced and harvested Bison Liver and only 100% Wild Alaskan Salmon.
Dog Food to Reduce Poop
It holds true for dogs that what they eat determines what their feces are like, and the improvement that a raw food diet can have on your dog’s digestive tract over a kibble diet is astounding. According to Dr. Karen Becker, “Raw food diets usually produce small, hard balls of poop that are easily passed and usually turn white and crumble and blow away in a day if you forget to pick them up.” She goes on to say that when transitioning from a kibble diet to a raw food diet “feces will change – and for the better.” Trudog’s 100% raw meat diet contains no fillers which are easier on your dog’s bowels and produce less poop that doesn’t stink.
Dog Food to Control Shedding
A raw dog food diet will improve your dog’s health from the inside out – and this includes improving their coat. According to Dr. Karen Becker, while transitioning from a kibble diet to a raw diet dogs “shed out their old, dead, dull hair, and they begin growing shiny, soft fur.” Once a dog has grown its new coat it will shed less and look great! And if your dog needs a jump start, Soothe Me is a great Trudog product that uses natural ingredients in soft chews to help a dog’s skin and coat recover from the toxic effects of our environment.
Dog Food to Help Bad Breath
Raw, raw, raw. Raw dog food is the best way to go if you want your dog’s food to help treat his bad breath. Raw food provides all the essential nutrients your dog needs with no fillers, which means much less plaque and bacteria in his mouth. Trudog’s 100% raw meat diet can help with that! Of course, the best method to directly deal with bad breath is to brush your dog’s teeth. Even if you are brushing your dog’s teeth daily you might not be getting the results you want. Trudog offers two products, Spray Me and Gel Me, to help combat persistent bad breath along with brushing.
Dog Food to Help Arthritis
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: raw. Raw food diets are proven to boost the immune system, provide a healthier skin and coat, and increase energy and vitality. Putting your dog on a raw diet where he is receiving essential nutrients will lead to less arthritis problems as he ages. That is why Trudog only provides a 100% natural, raw meat diet. It’s simply the best option for your dog. Trudog also provides a Free Me product which is an all-natural joint supplement which is proven to reduce inflammation, increase range of motion and joint cushioning,and reduce discomfort. These products will help dogs with arthritis maintain mobility even as they age.
Who Owns Dog Food Companies?
The Founder and CEO of TruPet, LLC that created TruDog is Lori Taylor. Read her story behind creating TruDog by clicking this link: https://trudog.com/about-trudog/
Dog Food To Help Lose Weight
There are many benefits to feeding your dog a freeze-dried raw diet like TruDog – one of them is weight control! The high protein and natural vitamins, minerals and nutrients help your dog absorb and use more of their food. You will start to see your dog has firm lean muscles and strong bones. Feeding TruDog means their body is no longer absorbing unnecessary fillers, grains, preservatives and hormones that could lead to obesity.
Dog Food Near Me
Right now TruDog is only sold in small boutique pet stores around the Cincinnati, OH area. You can, however, purchase our food at our online store and over at Amazon.com and Petsmart.com. We deliver right to your door step, and it’s hard to find our dog food any closer than that!
Which Dog Food Should I Buy?
We highly recommend you buy what Mother Nature Intended for your fur baby! You dog is a carnivore and should eat a species appropriate diet of meat and vital organs, like TruDog. A raw food diet is all natural and the best way to get your dog essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that most commercial brands lack.
Dog Food Without Grains, Salt, Sugar
Dog Food To Help With Gas
Putting your dog on a raw, species appropriate diet like Trudog will improve their digestion. Your dog will have less irritable bowels and firmer & smaller stools from the natural enzymes they will get from the meat and vital organs. If your dog needs some extra help, try TruDog’s Protect Me. The first Pet Probiotic that will assist their digestive tract and nutrient absorption while boosting their overall health with a powerful blend of the correct beneficial, viable bacteria strains.
Raw Dog Food versus Kibble
Raw dog food is a species appropriate diet of meat and vital organs. A raw food diet is all natural and the best way to get your dog essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are not “added on” later after the contents of most commercial kibble have all being cooked. Plus a raw food diet has no fillers, grains, salt, sugar, yeast, or artificial anything unlike most commercial kibble.
Which Dog Food Is Easy To Digest?
TruDog’s Feed Me Beef and Turkey proteins are easy for your dog to digest because they follow Mother Nature’s diet requirements. Your dog is a carnivore and should eat a species appropriate diet of meat and vital organs. A raw food diet is all natural and the best way to get your dog essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that most commercial brands lack.
Who delivers Dog Food?
TruDog delivers right to your door step in the U.S.A or Canada, and it’s hard to find your dog food any closer than that!
What Dog Food Is Grain Free?
TruDog is grain Free! We use only is a high protein freeze-dried raw dog food made with 100% U.S.A sourced, human-grade quality muscle meat, vital organs and ground bone in our Feed Me Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza and our Crunchy Munchy Gourmet Gobbler.
Beef Bonanza Ingredients: Beef, beef tripe, beef lung, ground beef bone, beef liver, beef heart, beef kidney, beef blood, beef fat, herring oil (natural source of vitamin D), mixed tocopherols (natural antioxidant), d-alpha tocopherol (natural vitamin E).
Gourmet Gobbler Ingredients: Ground Turkey with Bone, Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver, Herring Oil (natural source of vitamin D), Mixed Tocopherols (natural antioxidant), d-alpha tocopherol (natural vitamin E).
Dog Food For Sale
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How Much Dog Food To Feed?
Not sure how much FEED ME to give your dog? Check out TruDog’s feeding guideline calculator and chart!
The feeding calculator is based on feeding 2% of body weight to maintain weight. Growing puppies and pregnant or nursing dogs may require as much as 3-4% of body weight fed daily during early growth and high bio-performance requirement periods.
Canned Dog Food versus Dry
No matter what kind of dog food you are looking for.. dry, canned, frozen… make sure you read the label! This is the most important step of selecting what to feed your dog to make sure he/she is getting the highest quality food without any filler, grains, sugar, salt or artificial anything.
According to Dr. Jan Hale, DVM, “A dog or cat’s digestive system was designed to utilize prey; they are carnivores and as such designed specifically to consume raw meat. Their bodies have adapted to process raw, living foods. The GI tract of dogs and cats have not evolved to make good use of an entirely kibble-based diet especially when composed of difficult to digest ingredients like carbohydrates and grains, and never will. Providing a balanced, biologically sound diet, a healthy lifestyle, digestive enzymes and probiotics, will nourish your pet, support healthy immunologic function, and bring overall vibrancy to her body, that is the definition of a real therapeutic diet.”
Are you interested in following Dr Hale’s diet suggestions? Then please click here for TruDog FEED ME for a species appropriate diet and click here for TruDog PROTECT ME – the first doggy probiotic and prebiotic to improve your fur baby’s digestion.
What Dog Food Is Bad For Your Dog?
Food with grains, fillers, sugar, salt, low amounts and/or low quality protein, corn, artificial anything and especially animal by-product or animal by-product meal is bad for your dog. Your fur baby is a carnivore and should be eating a species appropriate diet with high amounts & high quality proteins, no grains and no artificial anything. Don’t be fooled when you see a big piece of steak on your dog’s food bag because by law commercial brand foods only have to use that “steak” in 3% of the total bag weight. So in a 30 pound bag of food only 0.9 pounds of it has to be steak! May as well not even be in there.