100% Flea-Free Since 1989: How You Can Be Flea-Free, too! (without EVER using toxic substances/preventatives)

History/Backstory:  I have been raw feeding and 100% Naturally Rearing all of my animals – yes, even foster animals and very sickly rescues, seniors, kittens and puppies –  since 1989. At the time, my animals and the dogs I grew up with during my childhood, had fleas. Spot-on treatments had not come on the market yet, but, being responsible and following the veterinarian’s advice, our animals ate only dog/cat food (“no tablescraps”), and got their routine annual re-vaccinations. And, especially as they aged and during the hot California summer months, they also suffered from fleas. Yet nothing worked to control them! Despite our use of costly veterinary and OTC flea dips, baths, sprays, powders, and various flea collars – our animals continued to have fleas plus they itched, had missing fur/skin issues. Fleas were a problem for us in the 1970-80s, for sure! Once I learned there was a different approach (1, 2, 3) to how to manage, support, and maintain

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Best Veggies For Pets – According to SFRAW :)

When preparing meals for your dog/cat, you may think about adding beautiful, organic produce to the menu or recipe – it’s very appealing, as humans, to include fresh veggies and fruits — so colorful, so healthy! Right? Well…the truth is, adding produce to our carnivores’ diet can get a bit complicated (check out these great articles from PerfectlyRawsome, RawFeedingRebels, RawFed, DrDobias, PrimalPooch, DogsNaturally, CatInfo.org and Blakkatz).  Whether the addition of produce (which are carbohydrates, even if you choose low-glycemic options) in the diet is healthy/damaging may vary widely for our dogs and cats… One thing most people are unaware of is that, on a biological, nutritional and physiological level, our domestic dogs and cats have ZERO nutritional requirements for vegetable or carbohydrate in the diet. Yes, our dogs can (and have been forced to, ever since kibble came on the scene in the 1950s) tolerate a limited amount of carbohydrate matter in the diet better than cats do, but neither species has the biological capacity

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Awesome Citizen Animal Health Projects SFRAW Supports: Please Participate!

Heads-up!  There are a few really cool research projects taking place right now that we hope our members will both support and participate in.  We encourage everyone to get involved — this type of independently funded research (by you and people or organizations that are not directly influenced by megafood/pet food corporations/industry) is directed at understanding what we can do to help our companion animals live healthier, longer lives. We are very excited by this type of research and hope to see many SFRAW members participate, and support/contribute, if you can! Long Living Pets Research Projects Mission: Help pets live longer healthier lives and limit the risk of cancer. This project provides guidance, and research-driven information to better the health of dogs and cats. They are seeking participants for their research projects and you can easily register your pets online to participate — any pet can be included, past and present/any health status. Click the photo to learn more…  

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NEW: SFRAW Delivered To You via TCB Courier (available in select SF locations)

NEW DELIVERY OPTION: TCB COURIER Have SFRAW orders delivered FAST by bike courier service, TCB Courier! We recently partnered with TCB for local delivery of our products. TCB is way cool — we’ve used TCB personally many times over the years for FAST and personable service from local restaurants for food that arrives in proper order/good condition! SFRAW DELIVERED: DOWNTOWN, TENDERLOIN, HAYES VALLEY/HAIGHT, MISSION, DOGPATCH, SOMA, POTRERO, BAYVIEW & BERNAL (parts of each)  TCB has arranged for a service area for SFRAW members specifically, and the below pricing structure for deliveries. If you’d like to order for delivery within this service area, please call us and we’ll get your order to you ASAP! Zone 1 1- 8lbs = $14 9- 18lbs = $18 19+ = $22 Zone 2 1- 8lbs = $16 9- 18lbs = $20 19+ = $24 Zone 3 1- 8lbs = $18 9- 18lbs = $22 19+ = $26 Order for same-day delivery cut-off is 11am. They

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Seasonal Powerhouse: Raw Goat Milk – Why It’s Wonderful & Suggestions on How to Feed

Fresh, raw goat milk from locally pastured goats is a delicious, health promoting seasonal food. Health conditions raw goat’s milk appear to help include a variety of degenerative diseases, allergies, arthritis, and GI imbalances including irritable bowel syndrome. We’re very fortunate to have an excellent source for this and to include it in our foods – raw goat milk is added to our Vitality Blend and all of our Formulas. In particular, fresh raw goat milk is an exceptional addition to the daily diet for young puppies. Natural Rearing breeders and many cultures around the world rely on this functional, nutritious raw food to promote healthy growth, and stronger immunity in puppies. Why Raw Goat Milk from Pastured Goats is SO Great: Nutritionally, goat’s milk is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, vitamins (preformed reinol) A, E & D3, and healthy cholesterol (vital for proper brain function, sex hormones and more). It provides more calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, selenium, and

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How to Make & Use Eggshell Powder as a Calcium Source

About Eggshell Powder (ESP) You can find commercially produced eggshell powder (ESP).  Some pet food companies (even raw pet food companies) use ESP as a calcium source in their foods.  However, there are several problems with commercially produced (not home-made) eggshell powder: it comes from chickens that were raised in a factory farmed setting and subjected to unhealthy, cruel and inhumane conditions; because of the way the birds are fed and kept, the eggshells may not be nutritionally equivalent to eggs that come from chickens raised on pasture or as pets in one’s backyard; the shells are most likely irradiated, which denatures the product. “Irradiation damages food by breaking up molecules and creating free radicals. The free radicals kill some bacteria, but they also bounce around in the food, damage vitamins and enzymes, and combine with existing chemicals (like pesticides) in the food to form new chemicals, called unique radiolytic products (URPs)”. Besides freezing, we are very concerned by the use of

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