Emu Gotta Hear About This!

Steve’s Real Food now offers an Emu diet as part of the Quest line of cat-specific formulas and as part of Lamu, our new complete and balanced diet! Why emu, you ask? Let’s take a closer look at the flightless “bird” to see why it is such a good choice for your pets.

Though emus look very similar to birds of flight, they are actually a part of the ratite family, which also includes the ostrich and cassowary. Emus are the second-largest living bird in the world by height and have been raised and consumed in their native Australia for thousands of years. Unlike poultry birds, emus have red meat, similar in taste and texture to lean beef.

Emu meat is an exceptional protein in that it is higher in vitamin C, iron, and digestible protein than beef, yet still has the equivalent fat and cholesterol content of poultry. 43% of the fat per serving is monounsaturated, which helps lower LDL, or “bad”, cholesterol. Emu fat is prized for its use in making emu oil, which not only contains anti-inflammatory properties but is also rich in fatty acids like oleic and linoleic that are great for nourishing skin and coat. According to data from the USDA and the University of Wisconsin, emu meat has fewer calories, more protein, less fat (including saturated fat), lower cholesterol levels, more iron, less sodium, more potassium, and more of vitamins A, D, & E compared to other commonly consumed meats like poultry or beef.

This is all great to hear, but how is it beneficial to pets? The Steve’s Real Food Emu Diet is the perfect option for pets who suffer from the following common conditions:

Obesity  – The low calorie and low-fat content of Emu meat make it easy for your chubby feline to trim pounds without compromising nutrition. Considering that over 58% of housecats in the US are classified as obese, this is a very good thing!

Pancreatitis – Emu meat is easily digestible, has low fat, and contains ample naturally occurring moisture that a pet with pancreatitis needs to get healthy.

Allergies – Since emu is an “exotic” meat that is fed raw, it has a low chance of causing or aggravating existing allergies. Pets who have hot spots, itchy ears and/or paws, hair loss, or other symptoms of a food allergy will benefit from the easily digestible raw novel protein.

Anemia – Emu meat contains over twice the amount of iron as beef, so for pets that have diagnosed anemia or those who show symptoms such as black tar-y stools, lack of appetite, general lethargy, and/or very pale pink gums, the high iron content of emu will help raise iron levels and diminish symptoms.

In addition to the alleviation of the above conditions, an emu diet will provide an important variety for your pet. When pets eat food from a wide variety of sources, they are able to absorb nutrients more effectively than if they were fed the same food with the same amounts of nutrients every day. Apart from the practical side of the variety, your pet will appreciate that she doesn’t have to eat the same food for every meal of her life!

Whether you choose Steve’s Real Food Emu Diet to address certain problems or because you want superior nutrition for your pet, your pet will love you for it!

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  • My dogs LOVE their new food!! I used to feed them dry kibble and they would leave their food in the bowls for 2 days before they would eat. Now they wake me up in the morning ready to eat. They also have so much more energy, they act like they are puppies again. The customer service is awesome! Too bad all companies don't have this kind of service. I will continue to buy Steve's Real Food for my dogs.

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    Kelley Dillon
    11/18/2017
  • CONVENIENT, RELIABLE, DOGS LOVE THE FOOD I switched my dogs to a raw diet about 2 months ago. My older dog was panting a lot and he had a potato sized growth on his shoulder. The growth is now the size of an egg and his excessive panting has stopped. My younger dog was overweight despite the fact that she was very active and on a strict low calorie diet. She has slimmed down quite a bit.

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    Trish C
    10/22/2017
  • We were skeptical of feeding raw. Finally we decided to take the plunge. The first surprise was, my dogs loved it. And the goat milk yogurt is a complete hit! They all love it. We had one small issue with the shipping and after one email everything was taken care of. But now that it's been several months we have noticed many other things. None of my dogs chew on their feet anymore. None of my dogs have itchy flaky skin anymore. And they are all pretty and shiny with tons of energy.

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    Denise Moitoza
    8/12/2017
  • My dog was a picky eater and overweight. After 4 months of eating this raw diet he is almost at his recommended weight. I no longer have to coax him to eat by doctoring up his kibble. He eats the food as is and empties his bowl right away.

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    Carrie Thompson
    12/10/2017
  • I wanted to give a shout out to Tara at the corporate office. She really went above and beyond! I had several questions about switching my dog over to raw food and the transition that's involved. She met with me in person and took the time to listen and gave me some great suggestions/feedback to my questions. She shared what her own dog went through and how raw dog food helped. Tara made me feel comfortable and was so kind and thoughtful to take the time out of her busy day to be so helpful. My dog is LOVING the food and has been transitioning very smoothly. Thanks so much for being so awesome, Tara. It meant a lot to me and because of the experience I had and the kindness you showed to me, I will continue to be a grateful customer and will recommend Steve's to all my fellow dog moms and dads.

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    6/20/2018

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