The Cats & Dogs Dinner Company source their products from an MPI (Ministry of Primary Industries) licensed company which is audited as a Primary Processor.
All of the meat product is fully traceable, and they have an extensive Risk Management Plan in place. It’s important to note that we do not buy from Secondary Processors or Retailers as they are not subject to the MPI regulations.
The Cats & Dogs Dinner Company offers a wide range of raw products that include bone in pieces and minced cubes. The minced cubes are blends of whole animal, offal and muscle meats and contain less than 1mm diameter bone from game animals. Bone from game animals is of a lesser density than farm animal bone and is considered highly digestible. The density of the bone in our blends is comparative to that found in chicken necks.
All of our pet food is wild caught, free range New Zealand game!
Sourced from New Zealand, all wild rabbit is shot then gutted and chilled quickly. Rabbit meat is low in calories, cholesterol, saturated fats and sodium, and high in vitamin B12, calcium and phosphorus.
Sourced from New Zealand, only shot possum (not trapped) is used. It is gutted and chilled quickly to preserve freshness. Possum is more popular with dogs and has a gamy smell. Possum meat is high in Omega 3 and 6, high in protein and low in fat.
Sourced from New Zealand, wild goat has a more diverse diet so potentially a better nutritional profile. Goat meat is high in iron, protein, and potassium and low in cholesterol and sodium.
Sourced from New Zealand, wild venison (Red deer) is low in fat, high in protein and iron and a great source of vitamin B2, B3, B6 and B12.
A very good source of iron & protein, good source of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, Omega 3, excellent source of Omega 6 & taurine. Whole chicken pieces (antibiotic and growth hormone free) are used, not just the carcass.
Duck is a rich source of selenium and Zinc which are crucial for enzyme function. Zinc also boosts the immune system, and Selenium helps thyroid function. Duck necks are great for dental hygiene.
Kangaroo is a great meat; very lean, and contains lots of iron, zinc, protein and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – the fatty acid that may help prevent cancer, atherosclerosis, and osteoporosis. CLA has also been shown to aid in the management of glucose and insulin levels. Kangaroo contains 5 times as much CLA as Lamb. Roo is especially good for dogs and cats with allergy issues. Kangaroo will be on the menu soon!
Lambs Green Tripe
Green tripe contains essential fatty acids, Omegas 3 & 6, protein and the ideal Calcium to Phosphorus ratio of 1:1 (which is vital for proper bone and joint development and sustainability). Also, the overall pH is on the acidic side which is better for digestion and includes Lactic Acid Bacteria, more commonly known as the probiotic ingredient Lactobacillus Acidophilus. Great for healthy cats & dogs and those with gastrointestinal issues.
Salmon contains important peptides that may provide support for joint cartilage, insulin effectiveness and control of inflammatory digestive tract conditions. It is also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids; Omega 3 fatty acids have been linked to coat/skin health. We use whole salmon smolt, which is nutritionally superior to just frames and head.
Allergies – What Are They?
The following is easily sourced information online but not necessarily one endorsed by every vet. It is up to you to use common sense in the case of your own dog or cat.
An allergy to a certain food is an adverse immune response to a food protein. This is different from other adverse responses to food such as food intolerances and toxin-medicated reactions. When the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies a protein as harmful, you get an allergic type reaction. These reactions can range from mild to severe and the type of responses include dermatitis, gastrointestinal and respiratory distress, and (to a lesser degree) life-threatening anaphylaxic responses.
Traditional vet thinking treats the symptoms via prednisone shots or a ‘super premium dry food’ that still contains potentially allergy causing beef, chicken or wheat. Prednisone is a great anti-inflammatory drug however, there can be unpleasant side effects. Usually these allergies are in response to beef, chicken or wheat proteins, but they can be a response to horse or venison also.
The best way to treat allergies is by using a ‘novel protein’. This is a protein that the body has not come across previously e.g. rabbit, hare, kangaroo, goat, possum or fish.
The Cats & Dogs Dinner Company sell an extensive range of different meats, probably the best range in New Zealand!
Certain breeds of dog are especially prone to allergies, for example:
… and there are many more. Cats can also have allergy issues.
Your pet was once a hunter, so they still need the diet of a hunter!
What is Tripe? And why should you feed it to your cats and dogs?
Many people aren’t quite sure what it is… in reality it may be one of the best things you can give to your dogs and cats!
Tripe is the stomach of ruminating animals such as cattle, deer, sheep and goats. Ruminants have a 4 chambered stomach – the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum. The animal swallows barely chewed food which is slightly broken down in the rumen and reticulum and promptly sent back to the mouth for more chewing. It then passes through the reticulum and omasum and into the abomasum where it is further broken down by gastric juices, amino acids and digestive enzymes.
The digestive process of the ruminant is like a fermentation process with good bacteria acting to aid in the digestion of the hay grasses and grains. This is incredibly rich, not only providing completely natural digestive enzymes to dogs and cats, but also vitamins, fatty acids and amino acids.
- The enzymes not only help digestion in your dogs and cats but also can be extremely helpful in cleaning their teeth.
- Tripe contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids which are essential for a healthy skin and coat.
- The vitamins and amino acids are in large part what gives your dogs and cats energy and spunk and green tripe has those to spare.
- Green tripe is an excellent source of probiotics due to the large numbers of helpful microorganisms contained within the digestive tract.
- Tripe is also good for dogs and cats suffering from sensitive stomachs and maladies such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Green tripe is an incredibly gentle food. It is often the first thing that raw feeding breeders introduce puppies to (as young as 3 – 4 weeks old).
Often green tripe is confused with white tripe which is for human consumption. Tripe for humans is put through a cleaning process that removes all the good beneficial bacteria and enzymes that make it so good for your dogs and cats. So after the stomach contents are removed, it is washed then bleached to give it its white colour. It now lacks all the good bacteria that make green tripe nearly the perfect food for your dogs and cats.
So what about the smell? Tripe does have a strong smell, no question about it; it varies slightly from barnyard odour to a more pungent smell. Its smell is down to what the ruminant was eating prior to slaughter. However, the smell will not hang round for long because as soon as you place it in front of your dogs and cats it will be gone in seconds!
For more information check out https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-stink-on-tripe/