We wholeheartedly believe in incorporating as much fresh food, especially raw meat and vegetables in your pet’s diet as much as possible for health and longevity. However, as the pet food industry remains unregulated in Canada, it falls on you as the consumer and pet parent to do some basic quality verifications to ensure you are feeding your pet food that is safe and meets your quality expectations. To help you with this, we wanted to provide you with some basic techniques from our Quality Assurance program that you can easily use at home to assess the quality and safety of any raw food.
5 Simple Ways to Check That Your Raw Meals are Fresh and Safe to Feed Your Dog or Cat:
1) Understanding Normal & Abnormal Colour Changes in Raw Food
When it comes to fresh foods, it is important to be able to distinguish a normal colour change that is natural from one that you should be concerned about.
Normal Colour Changes
Since raw diets are made predominantly from fresh whole foods, slight colour variations between batches are completely normal. If you are observe a colour change in your raw food, here are some things to check:
Meat Colour: It is a myth that if meat turns brown, it is spoiled. There may be slight variations in the colour of meat and poultry from batch to batch depending on the food the animals are eating, breed and other environmental conditions. There will be variability between different suppliers and the farming conditions.
Fat content: The amount of fat content in your pet’s food will vary slightly, which impacts the overall look as well. For instance, the fat content of our proteins varies slightly from season to season due to the age and activity level of the animal. This means that fat content can normally fluctuate by 1-2% from between batches, with some meals appearing marginally paler in colour as the percentage of fat increases.