Fresh Frozen Dog Food?

by Mary Haight on April 8, 2010

Dog food at a supermarket in Brooklyn, New York.
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He felt like he was about to go over the edge, would frozen dog food be the answer?  Like many of us, he read a lot of dog food labels trying to figure out which one would help his dog live a long healthy life. It’s so confusing.

Karen Scoggins, a creator of Fresh Frozen Dog Food went through much the same process when she bought the ultra premium brand of food for her Labrador, Hunter a couple of years ago.  When Hunter died as a result of tainted dog food during the big recall, Scoggins got to work, researching what was going on with pet food.

What she found out shocked her into choosing another career path.  It was lucky and rare that she could put her 15 years in engineering, chemistry, and R&D  to use with her new passion: making an excellent brand of pet food from restaurant quality foods–the kind she wanted to feed to her own dogs.  She was determined to offer a different kind of value to the customer. The result of three years of development is My Perfect Pet  food, a fresh frozen dog food.

I had sent an email asking Scoggins what her process was, what experts were involved, and how she settled on fresh frozen dog food and here’s her response:

“Our formulas are based on consultation with a number of veterinarians, animal nutrition experts, and numerous published studies to achieve a nutritional profile that not only far exceeds industry standards, but establishes My Perfect Pet as the absolute healthiest choice available in the commercial dog food industry.  (All nutritional profiles are validated and posted on our website.)  We have over 3 years documented results with various breeds, ages, conditions, and dietary histories, and our results have been 100% successful.  We have also worked with veterinarians to develop custom diets for dogs with special nutritional needs (most common are liver conditions and cancers) and we are seeing exciting results there.”

I wanted to follow up today on some details and found Scoggins by cell phone on a break in San Filipe, not 50 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake that just hit the region.  Well, that was a first–never conducted an interview during aftershocks before:) Out of the house minutes before we spoke for safety reasons, Scoggins was more than willing to go ahead and answer any questions (even while keeping an eye out for cracks in her home).

One of the main ideas driving her pursuit of ideal dog food ingredients is that “health and a longer life can be had through a prevention approach.”  Diseases that can stem from obesity like diabetes often have their roots in the carbohydrate fillers that prevail on many dog food ingredients lists: Corn, corn glutens, and grains. All are feeds used to fatten cattle quickly and can be found near the top of the ingredients list on kibble bags. You only need look at what a carb heavy diet does to us to understand how important the right mix of fats, proteins and carbs is to optimizing health.  My Perfect Pet‘s carb ratio is less than wild dogs eat,  around 15%.

Scoggins uses whole foods, mills them in her kitchen, and fills the fresh food into forms for freezing. Fresh frozen means you should understand there are limits to the time in the freezer, just as there are for your own food.  Defrost what’s needed for the day.  Sales direct to the public are made through her website, and Scoggins has begun forming relationships with retail vendors. If you don’t live in California, you can order it shipped or check the website for a local vendor. The lamb, chicken, beef brisket, sweet and white potatoes, kelp and more provide a nice variety of nutrition for your dogs.

In keeping with another of Scoggins principles, to engage the public trust, the new commercial kitchen located in Poway, CA., schedued to open May 1, has a glass enclosed feature so people can stop in and watch how the dog food is made.  Many thanks to Karen Scoggins for the interview under unusually stressful circumstances! See more on the website here.

One endnote: there are no preservatives in this food. Care to share your thoughts on that?

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6 comments
Linda
Linda

It's so nice to hear that people like Karen are making helathy food for our dogs (because I wonder what's inside the canned food that we buy at are grocery store). Hopefully she will start making cat frozen food too. In every case it's nice that there is a new food option to choose from.

little doggie
little doggie

My Perfect Pet food sounds good. especially love the idea that it is preservative-free

Mary
Mary

I'm wondering about Karen's meat source. I keep hearing "grocery store"....is the meat for this food purchased at a grocery store?

Rod@GoPetFriendly
Rod@GoPetFriendly

I understand that you get what you pay for, and I am happy to see what appears to be a high quality product hitting the market. I wish them the best of luck. One of my concerns is cost per pound. In looking at My Perfect Pet's website, it appears that 1 case = 40 food bars = 20 lbs of food = $85 for the least expensive product. That's $4.25 per lb. By way of contrast, the dehydrated raw food we serve our dog costs about $1.72 per lb (full disclosure: 1 cup of this food + 1 cup of water = 1 lb; 1 box = 43 cups of food and costs $74 ... less 15% if you buy in bulk) Another concern is how quickly you would go through this food. Buster, our GSD eats 4 cups of dehydrated raw food = 4 lbs of food per day. ASSUMING the same quantities hold up, Buster would go through 8 food bars per day (half pound each) and polish off the case in 5 days. One box of our dehydrated food feeds both of our dogs for a week. By the way, MPP's web site shows that the dehydrated raw food is the second best type of food to serve.

Karen Friesecke
Karen Friesecke

How interesting that a tragedy inspired Karen to start a healthy dog food company. I also find it cool that the public can watch her company make the dog food, talk about transparency!

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