When you read the nutrition label of a standard bag of kibble, you might be under the impression that it is sugar free, or at the very least low sugar. Afterall, refined sugar rarely makes the list of top ten ingredients on dog food. This however is a lie. In fact, modern petfood manufacturing would be impossible on a mechanical level without some form of sugar; and lots of it.
If you are a dog owner, chances are you’ve bought kibble in the past, and may currently be doing so. The convenience and price point of dry dog food is difficult to ignore. Yet it’s important to understand that your purchasing decision is the result of millions of advertising dollars and entire government subsidized industries all pushing you towards the checkout aisle. In many ways your choice to feed kibble was not your own, rather a false choice handed down to you by multinational conglomerates with ties to everything from the retail to veterinary industries.
Many of our customers are surprised to find that we not only offer raw pork dog food but encourage them to try it as well! Since the 80’s pork has developed a bit of a reputation in the United States. Health concerns like trichinosis have led to entire generations associating the safe consumption of pork with overcooked, dry pork chops.
As with most issues, people “get it” quickly when presented with clear, indisputable facts. That’s usually the case with people who learn about the health benefits of grass-fed beef and environmental benefits of sustainable farming.
Savvy pooch parents are embracing the raw pet food movement! The benefits of feeding a raw diet speak for themselves. Many vets and pet nutritionists are also tremendous advocates for this great way of feeding dogs.
There is a misconception that feeding your dog a dry kibble diet is safer than feeding raw. There are daily safety recalls on dry kibble dog food for a myriad of reasons. Just because it is dry does not mean it ensures safety.
While most dogs have a love for eating that manifests daily in their ability to scarf up everything they come across - even, in some cases, things that aren’t strictly food - some dogs go against the stereotype and are finicky about what they eat.
When we first launched our dog food, we loved the name RAWF, short and sweet. But when we looked at it more closely, we asked ourselves, “Does it really convey who we are and what we are all about?” After all, we are Acabonac Farms, a small farm on Long Island, NY. We raise the best beef in the most sustainable way. We are all about supporting our local community by producing locally. And we make food for dogs the Acabonac way; fresh, raw, with human grade meats, fruits, and vegetables.