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Awesome Citizen Animal Health Projects SFRAW Supports: Please Participate!

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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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KetoPet Sanctuary

Providing Human-Grade Cancer Therapy & Healing Lifetime Sanctuary for Dogs

Right now, on a 53-acre plot of land outside Austin, Texas, we at KetoPet Sanctuary (KPS) are doing something incredible. This isn’t your typical canine rescue facility. KPS goes out of its way to rescue dogs with incurable, terminal cancer. Our goal isn’t to provide hospice-like treatment for terminal dogs – of course we care for and love the animals, but instead of writing off the canine companions to their fate, we at KPS provide groundbreaking cancer therapy. We’ve been doing this since October of 2014 and the results are astounding. Plus, we guarantee each dog will have a loving forever home, for life.

Learn more and donate to support this research and rescue effort — and learn more about how to prevent and treat cancer in your own animals!

 

AnimalBiome

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Science for cats and dogs: Your companion’s health and happiness start with a balanced gut microbiome.

AnimailBiome is a citizen supported research project that seeks to learn more about our dog/cat’s gut microbiomes in order to prevent and treat illness, as well as better understand how their unique gut microbiome status has an influence on behavior and health.

Learn more about their assessment kits for dogs or cats – which you can order and get results for now!

As part of our community, your pet’s gut bacteria will be used to improve the lives of other pets. We’re actively developing new therapeutics for cats and dogs with digestive disorders, including Fecal Microbiota Transplant Pills.

Animalbiome is the website representing the following two projects driven by the same group of researchers – learn more about these exciting projects below…

Kittybiome Project

The first Citizen Science project using the latest DNA sequencing technologies to explore the microbes that live in and on kitties. The Kittybiome Project is studying how microbes interact with cat biology, behavior and health. They are conducting the world’s largest study of the microbiome of kitties.

This is such exciting research with tremendous impact on the overall health and longevity of our feline friends. Register your cat(s) today, donate (if you can) and get a kit to learn about your own cats’ microbiome!

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Inviting YOU and your DOG to participate in a citizen science study of the doggy microbiome – brought to you by the creators of KittyBiome.

This project will help us to better understand how microbiomes differ among dogs. We need all kinds of dogs to participate – big and small, all kinds of breeds and mixes, healthy and sick.

 

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June 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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Last Call: SFRAW Member exclusive! Discounted enrollment on DNM University’s Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist Certification Course!

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Become A Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist with Dogs Naturally University & SFRAW! (and, as a SFRAW member, get an exclusive discount – see below…)

Become the best by learning from the best! Learn all about this new program here.

And, if you are already a current, dues-paying, participating SFRAW Member, we have a special deal exclusively for our current membership – but you have to sign-up now!

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Dogs Naturally put together SPECIAL pricing, exclusively for SFRAW members!

If you enroll now, as a current SFRAW member, you’ll get certified for only: $147!  

WOW! That’s a HUGE savings over the $395 standard tuition for personal enrollment.

Important details on this great discount: If you are a current, dues paying SFRAW member, we will gladly organize your enrollment with this pricing, but only if you are already an active participating SFRAW member.

Can I just join SFRAW now to get the discount? No, sorry – we are not offering this discount to non-members. We intend for this program to be a very special offer and exclusive benefit to our current, active, and established membership only.

Timing is Everything! We are now finalizing the group purchase for the discounted registration — but you can still register this week!

The cut-off for SFRAW registration is Sunday, JUNE 18TH. If you’re interested in joining the SFRAW team to get certified, please email or call 415-225-0589.  

Please submit (either in-person, via phone or email) the following personal details to register and pay:

  • Your First and Last Name
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Payment details (payment accepted via phone or in-person)

SPECIAL BONUS: SFRAW will be hosting a private after-event/study group for members for continued discussion on the topics covered in the program. We will review how DNM University’s recommended nutritional goals and needs can be achieved with the products we offer through SFRAW and/or through the educated, thoughtful procurement of certain foods. This private platform will allow Kasie to provide insights on the various topics covered, which will allow for an even greater depth of understanding and knowledge to SFRAW members becoming certified.

Please, join us!  Get certified and enjoy a higher level of confidence in preparing nutritious, safe and healthy meals for your dogs.

 

 

 

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June 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

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

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SF RAW TCB DELIVERY ZONE

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 will pick-up daily from us before 1pm and promise delivery by 3pm at the latest to all within the designated service area.
We look forward to this new relationship with TBC Courier — another great local small business working hard to provide a high quality services!

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May 10, 2017 at 3:47 pm

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Making & Using Raw Goat Milk Slurry for Naturally Reared Puppies/Young Dogs

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Here’s a nice supplement for nursing young puppies and older puppies that would benefit from an extra boost in nutrition and healthy immune function. We recommend feeding raw, locally pastured goat milk products as a meal or supplement daily for at least up to 4-6 months of age; and to continue feeding raw goat milk, yogurt/kefir and pastured eggs for life – seasonally, when available.

Raw goat milk is particularly nourishing for puppies during the nursing stage and into weaning to solid foods (starting around 5 weeks of age).

Truly pastured raw milk is a key component; if you cannot find goat milk, use locally pastured raw sheep, camel or cow milk, as a safer alternative to pasteurized milk. Pasteurized dairy products are problematic for digestion and immune function, and will not provide the same benefits as raw dairy; they should not be used as a substitution.

BASIC RECIPE:

  • 1 quart RAW goat milk from pastured goats
  • 2 raw egg yolks from pastured chickens (alternatives: 1 raw egg yolk from pastured duck eggs or 4 organic quail eggs)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. organic blackstrap molasses (alternative: 1 tsp. of raw, organic, truly pastured liver)
  • 1 pinch Himalayan sea salt

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

  • 1 tsp. melted or liquid beneficial fat: raw pastured butter, SFRAW RED GOLD, or algae-derived DHA (pierce/empty 2 caps)
  • 4 Tbsp. truly pastured, organic raw milk colostrum, yogurt or kefir (read labels! Must be additive free; simply cultured dairy with beneficial probiotics)
  • 1 teaspoon or 2 caps (open and empty) of one of the following high quality probiotics:
    • MegaSporeBiotic
    • PrescriptAssist
    • D-Lactate Free Probiotic Blend from Custom Probiotics
    • Garden of Life Primal Defense

 

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KASIE’S OPTIONAL PUPPY DIGESTION BLEND (ONLY AFTER 12 WKS OF AGE):

Combine 1 TBS of each herb together in a coffee grinder or mortar/pestle:

  • organic fossil-shell powder (food-grade diatomaceous earth)
  • organic raw carob powder
  • organic slippery elm bark or marshmallow root powder
  • organic dill
  • organic fennel or anise seed
  • organic chamomile flowers or catnip
  • organic & tested for radiation/heavy metals Norwegian or Icelandic kelp granules or powder
  • organic dulse granules or spirulina powder

Prepare this batch, store in a glass jar with a lid in a cool, dark, dry location.

  • Use 1/8 tsp. of the combined ingredients in each fresh/daily batch of your Goat Milk Slurry. Alternately, you can use our Healthy Powder & Starter/Detox Herb Blends in place — they are wonderful for this use!

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These herbs are to be used only between the ages of 4-12 months of age, and used on a rotating schedule of 3 weeks on/2 weeks off.

Choose 2-4 herbs and combine 1-2 TBS of each herb together in a coffee grinder or mortar/pestle:

  • organic elderflower/elderberry powder
  • organic echinacea powder
  • organic astragalus powder
  • organic ginger root powder
  • organic turmeric powder combined with organic black pepper, freshly ground

Prepare this batch, store in a glass jar with a lid in a cool, dark, dry location.  Use 1/8 tsp., as needed, of these combined herbs in each fresh batch of your Goat Milk Slurry.

MAKING PUPPY SLURRY – EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • Measuring spoons
  • Mortar and pestle or electric coffee grinder
  • Blender or food processor
  • Candy or meat thermometer
  • Heavy bottom sauce pan or pan/bowl combination (double-broiler)
  • Hand-held wire whisk or fork

DIRECTIONS

In a blender or food processor, blend together the egg yolks, molasses/liver, yogurt/kefir, probiotic, and your chosen herbs until well combined.

Gently warm the goat milk in a double broiler (warm to approx. 100-110 degrees). Remove from heat, add the melted butter/RED GOLD or DHA. Stir to combine. Add the blended ingredients to this, and whisk everything together to combine.

DO not overheat the goat milk, yogurt or DHA; yet it is important to serve warm to your puppy, but heat will damage/denature or degrade the nutrients in the milk and supplements.

High speed mechanical blending of the goat milk can alter the beneficial nutritional qualities, so it is best to combine the final ingredients with the low-tech method of a hand-held wire whisk or fork.

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Must be served warm (approx. 80-100 degrees; test with thermometer) but DO NOT OVERHEAT.  To warm, use a double-broiler or water bath method (best), place in a warm oven in a ceramic/heat proof bowl, or warm on the stove in a heavy bottomed saucepan on very low heat/warm. Please do not use a microwave.

Ideally, make up a fresh batch daily and keep in the refrigerator between warming/feedings, which works well for large litters. However, with a single puppy, either prepare smaller daily batches or prepare a batch fresh and use within 2-days (stored in the refrigerator). Extra can be portioned out into smaller sized containers for daily feeding and frozen (day one) to reheat in a water bath for future feedings, or simply given to your adult dogs.

Serve on a small platter, plate or bowl or pour over their meal. May be used as an entire meal for up to one meal/day; ideally, the morning or mid-day meal.

PUPPY BODY WEIGHT WITH SUGGESTED DAILY SERVING AMOUNTS (MAY BE DOUBLED, WHEN NECESSARY)

<10 lb. 1 fluid oz.

10-20 lb. 2 fluid oz.

20-40 lb. 4 fluid oz.

40-60 lb. 6 fluid oz.

60-80 lb. 8 fluid oz.

80-100 lb. 10 fluid oz.

>100 lb. 24 fluid oz.

REMEMBER: IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR GROWING PUPPY LEAN! ROLY-POLY/PUDGY OR OVERWEIGHT PUPPIES ARE AT HIGH RISK FOR SERIOUS GROWTH AND MUSCULOSKELETAL DISEASES.


Give your puppy this added food to boost their immunity and maintain proper weight — but please don’t let your puppy get heavy or chunky! In doing so, you will be risking their health quite seriously by allowing them to be heavy during the development period and putting them at risk for diseases such as enostosis (eosinophilic panosteitis).

To learn more about Natural Rearing your puppy, please visit these sites:

Natural Rearing (the original resource)

AuNaturelK9s

Natural Rearing Dog Breeders Association

Natural Rearing Breeders Association

The Whole Dog

 

Written by sfraw

May 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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

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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.

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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 K2 than cow’s milk. More here.

Although the mineral content of goat’s milk and cow’s milk is generally similar, goat’s milk contains 13 percent more calcium, 25 percent more vitamin B-6, 47 percent more vitamin A, 134 percent more potassium, and three times more niacin. It also contains 27 percent more of the antioxidant selenium than cow’s milk.

Juliette de Bairacli Levy, the grandmother of Natural Rearing, promoted the use of raw goat milk as a healthful wholesome food in maintaining dog/cat health in her first book published in 1955. Since then, breeders and devotees to her Natural Rearing methods have incorporated fresh raw pastured goat milk as part of their programs to provide the most ideal nutrition for generations of vibrant health. Raw goat milk is a key aspect of the Natural Rearing program and is a highly beneficial traditional, medicinal food.


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A recent study referred to goat’s milk as a “functional food”; an abundant source of bio-organic sodium, a nutrient that some naturopaths have dubbed “the youth element”.

According to the Journal of American Medicine, “Goat milk is the most complete food known.” Having fat molecules one-fifth the size of those in cow’s milk makes it easier to digest and tolerable to those with compromised digestive systems or lactose intolerance.

The protein in goat milk forms a softer curd (the term given to the protein clumps that are formed by the action of stomach acid on the protein), which makes the protein more easily and rapidly digestible.


About Vitamin A for dogs & cats (bit of a tangent…) Like other good animal sources of Vitamin A, goat milk contains preformed Vitamin A (retinol) in the milk fat that allows it to be readily available for use by the body. This is especially true for cats, who cannot convert carotenes to vitally important retinol from vegetable sources such as sweet potato, carrots, etc. Cats MUST get their vitamin A provided to them in the form of retinol from animal protein sources such as liver and egg yolks (and, as mentioned, goat milk is another healthy seasonal option to use in addition to these necessary foods).

Like cats, dogs do better when provided species appropriate foods that their bodies can easily and efficiently convert to vital nutrients and absorb vitamins and minerals from. This is found in animal-sourced whole foods, not vegetable sources or synthetic derivatives, for the majority of daily required nutrients. Converting Vitamin A to a usable form is inefficient and not always successful in dogs (read more here).

A. Requirements for Dogs

Frohring (1935; 1937) fed vitamin A-deficient diets to puppies and determined that for growth 100 IU vitamin A per kg (45.5 IU per lb) body weight was lost from the liver daily. Crimm and Short (1937), using a similar vitamin A depletion technique, estimated that the minimal daily vitamin A requirement of adult dogs was 22 to 47 IU per kg (10 to 21.4 IU per lb) of body weight. The NRC (2006) suggests that the daily vitamin A requirement would be met by 1,515 IU per kg (689 RE per lb) of diet for all classes of dogs. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO, 2007) recommendations, which suggest 5,000 IU of vitamin A per kg (2,272.7 IU per lb) of diet. 

B. Requirements for Cats

The cat, compared to other species, has a high vitamin A requirement relative to its body size. Controlled studies designed to define the vitamin A requirements have not been published. However, the requirement has been estimated to range from 1,600 to 2,000 IU of preformed vitamin A per head per day (Scott, 1965; Gershoff et al., 1957a). In long-term studies, 4,000 IU retinol per kg (1,818.2 IU per lb) of diet was not adequate for pregnancy, but 6,000 IU per kg (2,727 IU per lb) prevented deformities and provided for normal kitten development during lactation (NRC, 1985). The NRC (2006) vitamin A recommendations for cats is 1,000 µg retinol per kg (455 µg retinol per lb) for kittens and adults at maintenance and double this level for cats in late gestation and at peak lactation. The AAFCO (2007) recommendation for cats is 5,000 IU per kg (2,273 IU per lb) of diet for maintenance and 9,000 IU per kg (4,091 IU per lb) for both growth and reproduction functions.

Quote taken from a scientific article written by DSM, a pet food supplement supplier to the industry. The article does a very good job explaining the consequences of deficiencies of this nutrient in dogs and cats, and how, as carnivores, they require the animal-derived version of the preformed nutrient to naturally and ideally meet their daily requirements.

Researchers have found the preformed Vitamin A in goat milk to have cancer-preventing properties, too. This form of vitamin A is particularly beneficial for dermal health — so it can help maintain a healthy skin/coat in your animal.


Goat milk has long been used and recommended as an aid in the treatment of ulcers due to its more effective acid buffering capacity. Goat milk has more buffering capacity than over the counter antacids. (The USDA and Prairie View A&M University in Texas have confirmed that goat’s milk has more acid-buffering capacity than cow’s milk, soy infant formula, and nonprescription antacid drugs.)

Goat milk alkalinizes the digestive system. Being rich in alkaline minerals, it does not produce acid in the intestinal system.

Compared to other forms of dairy, goat milk is highest in the amino acid L-glutamine. L-glutamine is an amino acid we frequently recommend for cats and dogs with IBD and colitis; or for animals we suspect may have what is referred to as hyperpermeable bowel, or “leaky gut syndrome”.  This amino-acid works to repair the lining of the gut and helps to resolve this common gut permeability condition. Leaky gut is a very common, yet serious syndrome that contributes to a variety of chronic diseases including skin allergies and other autoimmune diseases throughout the body.

SFRAW’s OWN TRULY PASTURED | LOCAL | RAW WHOLE FOOD SUPPLEMENT

GOAT MILK is a traditional nourishing food that is suitable for animals of all ages; particularly good for the very young/old, and those suffering from with allergies or GI imbalances.

Raw goat milk is a source of easily digested probiotics that can help with many chronic issues.

Serving Suggestion: Try adding a pinch of herbs such as peppermint, chamomile, slippery elm, ginger, cinnamon; increase nutrient density by blending with raw egg yolk + bit of raw honey or blackstrap molasses.

Feeding: Use as a supplement or treat to the regular diet. May be fed daily.

Suggested Serving Amounts: 1 oz for every 10-lbs of your pet’s body weight; goat milk is wholesome food and adds calories and nutrition to the diet, but if your animals love their goat milk and digest it well without gaining weight, you may offer much more per day.

Fun Factoid: One of the longest lived dogs on record enjoyed twice a day servings of fresh raw goat milk – up to two cups per day for a medium sized dog!  Raw goat milk sure did work for her — she lived to be 30-years old, free from vet visits, illness or debility, and passed of natural causes.

What Else Can You Do With Goat Milk? Besides feeding goat’s milk every day while it is in season, there are a number of different ways you can use this functional food. Here are some suggestions for incorporating raw goat milk into the diet.

1. Most animals will enjoy simply drinking a small amount as a treat – as is.

2. Pour some over their Grinds/Formulas, Meat+Veggie Blends, Offal or Xkaliber meals.

3. Clabber the milk; add a bit of the clabbered version to their meals.

 

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Here’s a recipe for a nutritious snack we like to prepare for our dogs:

1/2 cup unsweetened, organic and raw coconut, finely shredded

1 cup raw goat milk

1 egg yolk

1-2 tsp. raw honey or organic unfiltered blackstrapp molasses

Soak the coconut in the milk for about 30 minutes-1 hour. Add the egg yolk and honey or molasses – mix well. Serve a teaspoon to small dogs; tablespoon to large dogs; store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days; freeze what will not be used within this time to defrost and feed later. Alternatively, you can place in ice cube trays or other mold to make a frozen treat for your dog!

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COOKED MEATLOAF/MEAT MUFFINS (MEATBALLS)

For those that feed home-cooked meals, here is a unique Meat Loaf recipe for adult dogs that incorporates goat milk:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add:

1-2 cups sprouted oats, millet, amaranth, rice, quinoa or lentils – must be organic and soaked/sprouted, then chopped. Alternatively, you can use a sprouted wheat-free, gluten-free, yeast-free bread like Bread SRSLY , dice or tear up the bread into bits

4 truly pastured duck or chicken eggs, no shell

2 Tbs. SFRAW Healthy Powder with Bone Meal

2 cups raw truly pastured goat milk

2 tsp. oil of choice (organic red palm, olive, coconut, etc.)

2 lbs. MSF Patty Mix of choice (lamb, beef or pork), or any high quality ground muscle meat mixed with 10-15% organs, or 1.75 lbs. ground muscle meat + 0.25 lb. chopped organ meat

1 tsp. ground eggshell powder, 2 tsp Animal essentials Seaweed Calcium OR 1 Tbs. bone meal

SAVORY additions (optional): 1 clove of fresh organic garlic, minced + 1 Tbs. SFRAW Seasonal Herbs or fresh, chopped organic culinary herbs, or turmeric + black pepper; scoop of Red Star nutritional yeast

SWEET additions (optional): 1 chopped organic dried date or fig; pinch of organic ground cinnamon and/or powdered ginger; scoop of organic carob powder

Mix everything together in the baking dish or large bowl and then transfer to muffin pans. Start with the first three ingredients, then add the milk and the remainder of the ingredients, mixing in the meat last. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until done (muffin pan sizes differ — mini to jumbo). Serve cool or at room temperature. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

You may enjoy other creative ways of feeding raw goat milk to your adult dogs & cats — or simply serve it ‘as is’! It really is a wonderful food, and we are very happy to make this available to you and your beloved animals.


Written by sfraw

May 10, 2017 at 2:56 pm

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Congratulations to Rosalind: JVS 2017 Employee of the Year Award Winner

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We are so proud of Rosalind and thrilled that she won this very prestigious award, from a pool of thousands of other nominees!

c_a_dxvuiaaajiuYesterday, Kasie Maxwell accompanied Rosalind and Sadie at the JVC #StrictlyBusiness2017 Luncheon at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis – an impressive event! The fundraiser raised over $1 million dollars; $125K just during the luncheon.

We finally got to see this short film about her story; and Rosalind spoke in front of over one thousand people in the audience. Wow! She ended her speech with a touching, shameless plug for SFRAW, which was just awesome.

We are so happy for her! Rosalind deserves this honor; we couldn’t be more pleased with the very good work she does for us at SFRAW.

We’re thankful to Sadie of JVC and Claire at SFMade who worked together to place Rosalind as our most successful intern (we’re working with SFMade again this year for another summer Intern; it’s a great program).

My only complaint is that Rosalind can only work part-time, not full-time, while she’s in culinary school 🙂 Congratulations, Rosalind!!!

If you happen to see her at SFRAW, please take a moment to thank her and congratulate our celebrity 🙂

How to Make & Use Eggshell Powder as a Calcium Source

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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 any modern food additives or “kill-step” process that alter the natural nutritional and beneficial qualities inherent in food. We find these techniques (HPP and irradiation are the most widely used) high-risk/dangerous and potentially damaging to health;
  • they may be contaminated with arsenic and other heavy metals, or other potentially dangerous contaminants;
  • they usually come from Chinese sources. Unfortunately, this presents a problem with knowing what might be in them and what to test for to ensure safety and purity, even when lab testing is done by the US re-seller/manufacturer.

Thankfully, making your own eggshell powder is really simple.  Here’s how…

Start with Eggs: Pasture-Raised, Home-grown/Backyard or Certified Organic

Purchase eggs from chickens that were raised properly: either on pasture or from backyard, free-range chickens.  If your eggs are unwashed (BEST!), you will want to gently rinse the eggs (before cracking them) with a soft brush using produce wash or castile soap. Rinse well to make sure they do not have fecal matter, dirt or feathers on them.  You will want to collect at least a dozen eggs worth of shells before getting started.  Store the shells in the freezer until you have enough of them to make powder.

Make Eggshell Powder (three easy steps!)

RINSE: Rinse the eggs well, but gently – rinse them three times with fresh water or run water over a pile of the shells in a colander.  Do not remove the membrane; it is a healthy addition to the diet and is a powerful joint supplement.

If you are concerned about salmonella, you can also chose the additional step of boiling the eggshells in water for 10 minutes. This will eliminate the risk associated with bacterial contamination (please, keep in mind, this risk is mostly an issue for people and rarely a health risk to dogs/cats).

DRY: Next, dry the eggshells out completely.  You will want to dry the eggshells out in an oven or on a sunny windowsill really well for a few reasons.  The drier they are, the easier they are to grind and the safer they are to be stored on the shelf – moisture can lead to mold growth, which may be toxic or dangerous.  The shells should be completely dry to the touch, brittle and quick to crumble.

  1. Bake in the oven at 250-350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Place eggshells in an open, shallow dish in any south-facing full sun window. Leave for a week or more until totally dry.
  3. Place eggshells in a dehydrator and dehydrate until achieving a desired “bone dry” consistency

GRIND:  Crumble the shells down a bit and then grind them in small batches in a coffee grinder, mortar & pestle, or food processor.  You may need to run and pulse the grinder or food processor back and forth to get them ground up completely.  An ideal consistency is that of baking powder, but if it’s a little bit coarser than this, that’s okay.  You want them to be fully ground into a gritty powder at a minimum because the finer the grind, the better the calcium can be absorbed by the body.  When done grinding, be sure to keep the lid on the grinder to allow the powder to settle first or you will open up a cloud of powder.  If stored in a cool, dark, dry place, ESP will last for a year on the shelf.

Using Eggshell Powder

Eggshell powder is an excellent source of calcium for those that do not feed consumable whole or ground bones as a part of the daily diet or use a product that already includes enough calcium to balance the phosphorus in the meat, organs, produce and grains you are feeding.  Note: Feeding dairy as part of the diet does not provide adequate dietary calcium for dogs or cats to balance their diet!!!

 

General Feeding Guidelines:

1 teaspoon of eggshell powder contains an average of 1800 mg of elemental calcium carbonate. 

The consistency of your grind will slightly alter how much calcium is in a teaspoon (range is 1800-2200 mg/teaspoon). It is best to err on the side of a little extra calcium than to underfeed this essential and vital nutrient for dogs and cats.

We have some general feeding guidelines for the use of eggshell powder below.  Different cuts of meat and different proteins will each have unique phosphorus levels, but this is a good general guideline that will provide your pet with an adequate amount of calcium in their diet.

Note: If you really want to get specific with your calculations, I LOVE the very awesome El-Sham’s online calculator tool to calculate perfect ca:ph in your pet’s food — it has been around for over a decade and it’s an oldie but goodie (highly recommended!!)  

Weight of Meat | Ground Eggshell

¼ pound               |     1/8 tsp

½ pound               |     1/4 tsp

1 pound                |     1/2 tsp 

 

Links to Learn More

Catcentric (for felines)

Dogaware (for canines)

Eggshell Powder for Human Consumption – YES!

Here’s a site that shows you how to prepare calcium for people consumption from eggshell powder.  Check out this blog post to learn about using eggshells as a calcium source, but also about other great uses around the home!  

Originally written by Kasie Maxwell for SFRAW 2006; revised/updated 2017.

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