F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

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I’ve seen a lot of raw foods – what makes Pawgevity different?

  • We source our ingredients ourselves – from our local farmers – no middle men.
  • Our lamb is 100% grass fed, chemical free and never experiences time on a feed lot or at auction. Minimal stress means a healthier animal, high in CLA’s (conjugated linoleic acid).
  • Our chickens are truly pasture raised, using rotational grazing methods and are chemical free.
  • We refuse to purchase from factory farms or sight unseen.
  • Our produce is all certified organic.
  • We don’t mix proteins or include ingredients that are known allergens.
  • We don’t include “novel” ingredients for marketing purposes.
  • We produce in small, hand packed batches at production facilities that are human grade and follow all of the applicable HACCP and safe food standards (in fact, we’re the only “pet” food made there).

Our ingredients are traceable from farm to bowl. And that’s just the basics!

My veterinarian says feeding raw food is dangerous.

Properly sourced and prepared raw food is anything but dangerous and has been used by holistic vets and animal caregivers for as long as cats and dogs have been domesticated.

If you look at the long list of pet food recalls you’ll note a trend – they’re all kibble/dry/moist foods and treats and processed canned foods. You may be interested in speaking to another veterinarian who is more knowledgeable about true nutrition.

Try the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association website.

How do I transition my animal to raw?

Transitioning, especially cats, requires patience and perseverance. We recommend starting by mixing in a minute amount of raw food with the animal’s regular diet (about the size of a pea). Gradually increase the amount added, while decreasing the old food. Watch your animal’s stools during this time and slow the process down if encountering diarrhea or constipation. A period of detoxification is normal, while the body expels toxins (this can manifest in runny eyes, soft stools, skin changes, etc.) The transition phase can take a week or several weeks, as all animals are individuals.

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How much do I feed?

This table is a good place to start. Monitor your animal’s size and adjust accordingly, activity levels and metabolism differ greatly.

ANIMALS’ WEIGHT FOOD AMOUNT PER DAY
10 lbs. 4 ozs. (1/2 cup)
15 lbs. 6 ozs. (3/4 cup)
20 lbs. 8 ozs. (1 cup)
30 lbs. 12 ozs. (1.5 cups)
40 lbs. 16 ozs. (2 cups)
50 lbs. 20 ozs. (2.5 cups)
60 lbs. 24 ozs. (3 cups)
70 lbs. 28 ozs. (3.5 cups)
80 lbs. 32 ozs. (4 cups)
90 lbs. 36 ozs. (4.5 cups)
100 lbs. 40 ozs. (5 cups)

Why does your label say “intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only?”

We don’t add in vitamin or mineral mixes to meet AAFCO’s “complete and balanced” diet requirements. We don’t believe that any ONE food can be truly “complete and balanced.” We believe that true nutrition comes from a varied, whole foods based diet.

What else should I feed in addition to Pawgevity?

First, you don’t have to add anything. But we believe in variety and would encourage it. We’re constantly working on new formulations to cover an even wider spectrum of whole foods – stay tuned for new releases. That said, there are many choices to complement your animal’s diet if there are no intolerances. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Wild Alaskan salmon a couple of times a week (lightly cooked, unless you purchase sushi grade).
  • Canned sardines in olive oil or water.
  • Whole eggs, raw, with the shell finely ground (be sure from a safe source).
  • A small amount of local, raw honey (not for diabetics).
  • Raw, organically grown fruits and veggies, in small amounts.
  • Raw almonds and walnuts, in small amounts.

Don’t feed: any processed human foods, grapes, raisins, onions, macadamia nuts

For a more comprehensive list, see the ASPCA’s website.

Do we need to supplement?

You shouldn’t need to supplement unless your animal has a specific need. Consult a trusted holistic veterinarian if you are unsure.

Where can I buy Pawgevity?

Pawgevity™ is available from many holistic veterinarians and natural food retailers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. If you don’t see Pawgevity™ available in your area, please check back soon. We are adding new locations weekly.

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Do you offer bulk discounts?

For information on bulk discounts please contact us.

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Why are you doing this?

We truly love animals and want to revolutionize the “pet food industry”. We hate to see animals suffering needlessly and it’s time to take a stand.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete”
-Buckminster Fuller