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!

Tips for Traveling with Your Dog in the Car

A survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) indicates that about 68% of U.S. households own a pet. Taking your furry friend on vacation is an exciting experience as you get to explore new places and spend some quality time with him. In this post, we share useful safety tips when traveling with your dog.

Don’t Go Breakin’ (Your Dog’s) Heart

Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a pretty frightening word, and certainly not one you want to hear associated with the health of your beloved canine. This condition has been in the news a bit lately and can be especially worrisome to hear that certain forms of the condition may be related to diet. It’s worth taking a moment to understand the issue and what you as a pet parent can do to make sure the condition doesn’t affect your dogs.

Diet’s Role in Doggy Dental Hygiene

Most dog owners go a long way to keep their four-legged friend healthy; routine checkups, regular exercise, quality food, and so on. But what about his dental health? According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), periodontal disease is the most common oral disease in dogs. A healthy dog’s teeth should be white and free of tartar and plaque. They should also not be broken or jagged.

What to Do If Your Dog Gets Diarrhea

Diarrhea is quite a common canine affliction as your pet will put almost anything in its mouth. This problem is a symptom of gastrointestinal issues and is characterized by loose, frequent stools which may be accompanied by abdominal pain and lethargy. Diarrhea varies in duration, intensity, and frequency from one dog to another.

While you might not be able to completely prevent diarrhea in your pet, knowing as much as you can about it could help you limit the occurrence of these nasty episodes.

Why Kelp is Great for Dogs

Benefits of Kelp for Dogs

When slimy seaweed floats beside you in the water, it can startle you; but kelp is actually really good for both people and dogs.

Kelp is a natural source of amino acids; it is 25% protein with only 2% fat in this sea veggie. Kelp is known for its iodine, which is important for healthy thyroid function. While other plants from the sea are nutrients for dogs, kelp contains 60 different minerals and vitamins and 21 amino acids, making it a great ingredient to have in dog food.

Is a Raw Diet Healthy for a Puppy?

Just like babies, puppies grow rapidly during the first few months of their lives, and a proper diet provides the necessary nutrients to meet their needs. This developmental stage needs to be well fueled for a healthy pup. In this article, we will talk about the benefits of a puppy being fed an AAFCO-approved, commercially-prepared raw pet food.

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