Roxanne_Profile_200x200Guest Contributor— Answers Vice President of Research and Development, and as one of the owners, Roxanne Stone earned her master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science with a minor in chemistry from Utah State University.  With 24 years in research, product development, and quality assurance, Roxanne also sources, formulates Answers pet food, and is responsible for quality control and food safety.


At Answers Pet Food, our philosophy on pet nutrition is fairly simple.

We believe Mother Nature is the best authority on proper animal nutrition and it’s difficult to argue otherwise. A quick glimpse into observing the diets of canine ancestors, as well as their wild counterparts—the wolves, is all that is necessary to gain a good understanding of their basic diet and what makes them thrive.

Once most pet owners do even a small amount of research on dog or cat nutrition, the decision to feed raw is obvious. We encourage all pet owners to become educated on the basics of pet nutrition so they have the knowledge and tools to make the best choice in feeding their pets.

Historically, it has only been in recent years (about 80 years ago), that our pets have been introduced to the highly processed, sterile, grain based, enzyme deficient, modern diet. Prior to this, they consumed a raw, protein-based diet either through hunting smaller animals and rodents or from the raw bone and meat scraps they received from their human caretakers.

It isn’t surprising that we can observe a parallel in the same degenerative diseases and allergies in our pet populations that we see in our own human population, as humans have also moved to this highly processed, high carbohydrate diet.

Dr. Karen Becker, DVM and licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor, clearly explains that the short G.I. tracts of dogs and cats (carnivores) are not designed to digest large amounts of carbohydrates, which unfortunately are the base of most commercial pet foods. Rather, they are intended to digest raw protein based diets. Dr. Becker links many of the following diseases to the high carbohydrate, grain based pet food diets including;

• chronic skin conditions

• auto-immune diseases

• allergies

• urinary tract infections

• kidney stones

• degenerative joint disease

• and cancer

…just to name a few.

Many pet owners who see the nutritional benefits of raw are reluctant to try it for fear of harmful bacteria. Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM and author of The Holistic Health Guide, Natural Care For The Whole Dog, mentions that in his experience, pathogens such as E. Coli and Salmonella, are rarely a problem for dogs and they are able to handle these bacteria much the same way their ancestors have for millennia.

We agree that healthy pets with well developed gut micro-flora should not experience any ill effects from consuming raw meat. However, Answers Pet Food also takes food safety and manufacturing to the highest level when sourcing and preparing our products. We understand that reducing the risk of harmful bacterial contamination starts at the farm, and in the manner the livestock are raised, fed, and handled. All of our raw meat ingredients are sourced from livestock that are free-range, pasture-fed, and have never ever been administered growth hormones or antibiotics. Our raw meat ingredients are from USDA inspected facilities and are passed for human consumption.

Answers_Chickens_0112_altAnswers puts strict quality control measures in place at our manufacturing facility (also USDA inspected) to control pathogens. In fact, many of our ingredients are delivered fresh and processed upon arrival to deliver the highest quality end product. In addition, we use one of the most traditional methods in the history of food preparation for reducing the potential growth of harmful bacteria—fermentation. We add fermented green tea (decaffeinated kombucha) into each batch of our Detailed formula. This decreases the overall pH of the product, provides a competitive environment of “good, beneficial bacteria” and reduces the growth of any harmful bacteria.

On the consumer level, raw products should always be handled with the utmost care and concern. We recommend following the same safe handling procedures as you would when preparing your own meals using raw ingredients. Always keep raw food separate from cooked and ready to eat products. This can be as simple as dedicating one of the lower shelves or drawers in the refrigerator to raw products only. Wash all surfaces, utensils and hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water after they come in contact with raw products. Keep raw products frozen until you are ready to thaw and serve them. Once raw products are completely thawed they should be kept refrigerated (<42°F) and consumed by the pet within 7 days. We recommend not to re-freeze previously thawed raw foods if at all possible. Following these safe handling practices and using good hygiene is the best defense in keeping both humans and pets in the household healthy and happy.

Dog teeth being examined by the animal doctorPreparing your own homemade, nutritionally complete, raw dog food can be expensive, inconvenient, and time consuming. Specially created by a nutritional scientist, Answers Pet Food developed one of the most nutritionally-dense lines of raw dog food. No calculations, guessing, preparing, or mess—Answers raw, fermented food is available in several sizes and forms. These formulas come in an environmentally-friendly, recyclable package. It’s a convenient, nutritious source of naturally raw food for pet owners to choose and feed with ease.

We are here to help support and share our knowledge with all pet owners and provide their pets with a safe, nutritious, high quality, 100% raw, whole food diet.

8 comments on “Why We Choose To Feed Raw

  1. Roxanne.. This is really inspiring.. Have been following you guys for sometime now.. You guys are spearheading into a whole new era of pet foods.. Wish to follow.. Cheers..

  2. Susan King

    What kind of toothpaste and brush did you find to be the best? We have a 15 pound terrier mix. Have never brushed his teeth. He has a sensitive stomach. Would love your input!

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  4. I have an australian shepard at home about 35 pounds. Would this type of recommended dog food be good for him

  5. Karen Kovaz

    I have a 9 y/0 border collie that is fed Primal raw rabbit over the past year due to allergies to chicken, turkey. lamb and salmon. She also receives goats’ milk daily and krill oil and I had been supplementing with Green Juju Just Greens and Primal Beef Bone broth occasionally. She has developed skin irritation and some itchy spots on her abdomen the past few weeks. I have eliminated the Green JuJu since it has zucchini squash and she does have sensitivity to summer squash and zucchini and spinach but I wanted to try the greens to find out if she could tolerate eating it without reacting. switched her to the Answers Straight Formula Beef last week and continuing with the goats’ milk and I use Dr. Dobias’ Green Min and Soul Food Supplements. She likes the beef and I want to switch my 3 y/o border collie (he does not have any food allergies) to Answers’ pet food but I am concerned about feeding the detailed formula since my 9 y/o is overweight and needs to lose about 6-8 lbs (she had been on Honest Kitched dehydrated food prior to starting on Primal Raw last year so had been overweight for past few years and has not been as active due to the passing of her sister last summer and she has a tumor growth that surfaced in June and even though her mobility is OK and she is receiving CBD oil and Golden Paste for any discomfort, her activity level is far less over the past few months. I am concerned about the amount of fat in the detailed fornulas given that there is butter and cod liver oil (I realize that grass-fed butter is healthy but it is still high fat) and what the glycemic index (carbohydrate factor) with the veggies since I noticed you use carrots that are high glycemic. Could you please e-mail more information on the fat and carbohydrate content of your detailed beef formula?

    • Karen

      Thank you for using Answers Pet Food. Our glycemic index is very low. Remember our vegetables are fermented before adding them to the formula. Fermentation converts sugar to organic acids. Our fat level is one to one fat to protein. That is the safest ratio as if it is less than that then the body must convert protein to energy and that is very hard on the kidneys and liver. Use our feeding calculator on our website to determine the amount of Answers to feed. Use the weight the dog should be when calculating the amount to feed not what they currently weigh.

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