Answers Raw Pet Food
Answers Pet Food is what we’d consider a great wholefoods-based pet food with scientific and environmentally conscious principles. The idea behind it is simple although difficult to put into practice.They created a raw pet food that is enhanced using fermentation to inhibit pathogens while improving the digestion of the pet. Basically, enhance good bacteria in the food until pathogens don’t stand a chance. The longer it ferments, the better it inhibits pathogens so when it is in your fridge thawing, Day 2 food is better than Day 1 food. It may smell a bit more sour but that is a good thing according to their Nutrition Science Director.
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Is Answers Pet Food safe?
In their safety validation tests, they found that when they tested for E-coli, Salmonella, listeria and lactic acid bacteria that competitive inhibition worked really well. They also did not find any positive salmonella sample in fecal tests.
For those who want to read more on competitive inhibition using probiotics, you can look here on research on competitive exclusion https://www.sciencedirect.com/.../competitive-exclusion
The fermentation process not only inhibits pathogen growth, it also generate beneficial micro-flora/ probiotics which is vital to your pet's gut health. They do this through either using raw goat milk whey and kefir .
Answers Pet Food has been around since 2009 so it is not new, but it is the first and only fermented raw pet food.
Did we also mention that it is a family-owned operation that supports organic family farming, uses biodegradable packaging, no synthetic ingredients, no GMOs or pesticides and practices humane animal raising? They also have livestock that is grass-fed and grass-finished.
So how would you use Answers Pet Food?
For customers feeding smaller dogs, Answers is good for normal feeding. However, for medium- to large-sized dogs, we’d recommend adding some of their items as part of your rotation. The reason is that digestion and gut flora are integral to health and that is why we keep on talking about “Health from Inside Out.”
As such for medium- to large-sized dogs, we’d suggest their fish stock, which is functional as in it can help joints, provide thyroid support. They also have cheese bites, fermented chicken feet, fermented pig feet and kefir. There are so many options for making Answers improve your dog’s health long term.
For more on their safety process, watch https://youtu.be/zZxOMbJPEXs. Note that they are not saying they meet the FDA's policy on zero tolerance as that policy does not make sense for pet food.