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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