Beginnings – we need something better for our pets – something other than heavily processed food!
I started looking into what commercial pet food was made from after my second Doberman Pinscher died suddenly, at the very young age of 8, of a heinous form of spleen cancer. Who get’s cancer of the spleen, or blood cancer – and she was my second to go so suddenly! So many of my friends pets are dying of crazy forms of cancers and also from renal failure! 90% of every single pet owner I know has had a sudden, tragic, pet death experience due to cancer or kidney failure. It’s alarming. If this were happening to humans – there would be unprecedented USDA food and/or environmental study & food recalls. It’s not rocket science to know that these incredible forms of cancers don’t happen unless one is either exposed to nuclear waste or is eating it! That’s what I call it anyway…. Hence, Pack10 was born.
The things I have learned: I began researching all aspects of nutrition for dogs and cats. I learned that most veterinarians do not do independent research on nutrition (aside from the very biased Purina food trials studied in vet school)., and that they will rarely guide you, as a pet owner, to source, make and feed your pet, fresh, moist, real meats & vegetables in order to improve their health, their illness, allergies, pancreatitis, or other ailment. They will almost always send you by way of medication, or “prescription” food – which has little nutritional value. I’ve learned that commercial feed companies use waste products in their foods, and call the ingredients chicken, beef, turkey, etc. I’ve also learned that the chemicals used and the synthetic supplementation used as additives to these products is killing our pets’ immune system, leaving your pet open to all types of cancers, allergies, immune deficiency disorders. There is no regulation in pet food, so essentially, commercial pet food companies can and do add toxic ingredients to make up your pets’ complete and balanced meal formula. There is also no regulation in the supplement industry (human or pet, & 99% come from China) I’ve learned that to keep a meat product in a bag, and on a shelf for 20 years, requires a barrage of chemicals, and a heat & pressure process that changes the molecular structure of any protein into a carcinogen – and pet food companies will still claim the product as being chicken, beef, turkey, etc…. I have learned that in nature, no animal would eat a dry diet (and neither would a human). A dry kibble diet leads to serious dehydration in animals, especially cats – who require 70% moisture in their diet. Dehydration is also apparent in dogs who guzzle water. I can spot so many misleading marketing ploys in TV ads and on packaging now – for example “dry food and teeth cleaning chews will clean your dogs teeth – ha! Those very things are what causes dental bacteria because kibble and chews get stuck between the teeth. Kibble contains sugary carbohydrates, which creates bacteria, which creates bad breath and dental decay. If you don’t believe me – eat some dry, crunchy, hard, sugary cereal and let me know if you don’t need to see a dentist because that’s all you need to clean your teeth. I have learned that cats are obligate carnivores – they can only benefit from and process meat protein. Any other ingredient in their food puts all major organs to task and creates piles of feces in the litter box. A cat on an all meat based diet will have little to leave in the cat box. I have also learned that fish is NOT a species appropriate diet for cats (or dogs). I learned this the hard way. We now own a $4,000 cat – he was free when I found him. He is male, had a urethra block due to inflammation from eating fish. Blockages are always deadly unless treated in time. If you visit the Coors beer plant, and take the tour of the beer making process – they proudly display a sign telling you that the spent grain/waste goes into making pet food! Any wheat product (spent beer grain) contains gluten – which I’ve also learned can cause serious immune system and allergy problems for dogs, cats, and humans. In 2015, I almost went to a “pet food” convention in Chicago, but changed my mind as 3/4 of the vendors at this convention were chemical companies. There was nothing for me there that I wanted to be a part of.
For all of the pets I have had the pleasure and responsibility of owning – this is what keeps me up at night. Had I known then what I know now:
Money Man – Siamese cat – died kidney failure (brutal way to go). Mr. Kitty – stray/tabby – died kidney failure. Baron – Doberman – died intestinal cancer. Sugar – cat – died bone cancer. Coco – Doberman – died spleen cancer.
At Pack10 we use only USDA certified ingredients to create hand-crafted, gently cooked meals & treats for dogs & cats. Everything we make is gluten free, and we make both meals and treats. Almost all of the vegetables we use are organic. Much of the protein we use comes fresh from farms in Longmont, CO. We offer a selection of proteins for K-9’s: Organic Ground Beef, Organic Beef Liver, Bison, Turkey, Turkey-Parmesan, Chicken, & Elk, American Grassfed Lamb (organic). We make all protein (moist) meals for cats (turkey/pasture raised pork, chicken, organic beef), because house cats have never evolved from their larger relative, the mountain lion, and can only process and digest meat protein.
Benefits of Pack10.Natural food
- Our vegetables are never cooked and retain all of their freshness and nutrient content
- Helps improve skin and coat and may clear up skin problems (see our testimonials page)
- Our products are gluten free; No chemicals, No preservatives, No additives, No flavorings, No colorants
- No dehydration or chemically treated components/ingredients
- We use USDA Certified quality meat protein only, that is nutrient rich, and more easily digestible, for your pet
- Pets consume far less water on a naturally moist diet, than when on a dry kibble diet
- Clears up halitosis (bad breath) when bad breath is not caused by dental problems
Cats are pure carnivores. Obligate Carnivores – Obligate carnivores require fresh, moist protein. We make moist, all-protein meals for cats (turkey/pasture raised pork, chicken, organic beef), because house cats have never evolved from their larger relative, the mountain lion, and can only process, benefit from and digest meat protein. Cats in nature do not eat anything dry, and they do not eat fish.
Eggs are a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B12 and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Protein, Selenium, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Digestible, gluten free, carbohydrates
It is true that dogs don’t absolutely need carbohydrates. Canines however have evolved to be able to digest, absorb and benefit from the nutrients provided in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are a good calorie source for dogs as well. Dogs have shown that they are capable of digesting a diverse diet of meat, carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit. Since dogs are carnivores, and humans are omnivores (and 30% of the human population is gluten intolerant), and gluten is never found in meat products, we have chosen only gluten free carbohydrates in all of our meals, and in some of our treats.
While humans and dogs are similar biologically, we are not identical. The digestive system of a dog does not contain specific substances that break down the walls of raw vegetables. So while it might be fine for you to eat some carrot sticks, the same cannot be said for your dog. To ensure your dog still gets all the benefits of these vegetables, Pack10 chops them into finely minced pieces, releasing the nutritional benefits. If you’re curious about cats, well – cats are unable to gain any nutritional benefit from either vegetables or fruit.
Organic Spinach Kale Blend
Organic Spinach, Kale, Chard and Carrot - a powerhouse of vegetable packed vitamins
Sweet Potatoes are a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin A, C, E & K