At Paleo Ridge, we stay at the cutting-edge of science and research in order to ensure we offer your beloved pets the best and most healthy diet available.
It is our sole purpose to develop and formulate the most natural, nutritionally balanced meals for your pets.
After extensive research and based on the only concrete information available, we create our meals using only what a dog would have eaten when wild. We believe that we have a responsibility to our pets to feed them a species appropriate diet, one that they have evolved to eat and one that is natural and healthy for them.
All of our complete meals are based on the “80-10-10” principle which in plain terms means 80 percent meat, 10 percent bone and 10 percent organ. These are the closest proportions of each food that keeps dogs healthiest. We have a base of thousands of customers spanning many years with thriving dogs, most of whom claim their pets have never been healthier.
We stay up to date with all research and will continue to develop new recipes and meals that are researched and proven to give a Dog their full requirements of each important nutrient, allowing them to thrive and be as healthy as possible.
The secret to Paleo Ridge’s quality is our relentless commitment to only sourcing the best ingredients. We search far and wide to find farms which align with our core values of high welfare, ethical rearing and sustainable farming. In addition to this, our commitment to only sourcing high welfare and ethically reared meats, means our Raw Dog Food is naturally more nutrient rich.
We believe sourcing is one of the most important factors in creating healthy raw dog food, so we’ve gathered some more information into some of the meats we use
Why we use Organic Chicken
Certified organic poultry producers are subject to a strict production regime based on sound organic principles which cover the whole farm system - all with the aim of protecting our fragile environment; maintaining a respect and concern for the welfare of our animals through strictly controlled natural rearing conditions and the use of high quality certified organic feedstuffs; an avoidance of contamination from antibiotic residues and GMOs - all of which results in wholesome and nutritious end products produced under conditions which nurture a respect for the sustainability of the land we live on. Free range and battery farmed birds live on average up to 35-52 days, organic birds live almost twice as long at around 81 plus days. Chicken is an excellent source of niacin and very good source of protein and selenium. It is also a good source of protein, selenium, vitamin B6, and phosphorus. It is also a good source of choline, pantothenic acid and vitamin B12.
Organic meats are generally healthier. One study found that organic chicken contained 38% more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Why we use Grass fed Beef
As well as being the most ethical and high welfare method of rearing cattle, grass fed cattle also have a number of important differences from intensively reared beef. Below is a little more detail into some important nutrients which grass fed beef contain.
Monounsaturated fat: Grass-fed beef contains much less monounsaturated fat than grain-fed beef.
Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats: Grass-fed beef has the recommended ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats (3:1)
Omega-3s: This is where grass-fed really makes a major difference, containing up to five times as much omega-3.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA): Grass-fed beef contains about twice as much CLA as grain-fed beef. This fatty acid is associated with a several health benefits.
Vitamin A: Grass-fed beef contains carotenoid precursors to vitamin A, such as beta-carotene.
Vitamin E: This is an antioxidant that sits in your cell membranes and protects them from oxidation.
Grass-fed beef also tends to be richer in other antioxidants. Beef is loaded with vitamin B12, B3 and B6. It’s also rich in highly bioavailable iron, selenium and zinc, creatine, carnosine. Grass fed beef Liver is high in Folate B9, choline, copper, Vit A and many more. You’ll also find more iron, sodium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc in grass-fed meat. The beef contains more thiamine and riboflavin, too. All of these minerals help keep your dog’s body healthy and feeling great.
Why we use Grass fed Lamb
Grass-fed lamb is a significant source of omega-3 fats, a nutrient whose adequacy in the diet is associated with decreased risk of inflammation and possibly with reduced risk of heart disease. In addition, the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats is far better in grass-fed lamb.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is found in variable amounts in grass-fed lamb. Increased intake of this nutrient has been associated with reduced inflammation and reduced body fat in some studies.
About 40% of the fat in grass-fed lamb comes from oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat. This type of fat has been associated with decreased risk of heart disease.
Grass-fed lamb is a very good source of selenium and a good source of zinc. Healthy intake of these minerals is a protective factor against oxidative stress because they are co-factors in important antioxidant enzyme systems.
Simply put, beef and sheep are designed to eat grass, not grain and other artificially modified food. Grass is what’s best for them. And it’s without question, better for us to eat meat from animals naturally reared on grass.
When animals are grass-fed, their meat is not only lower in saturated fats but also higher in omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show may help to prevent heart disease and boost the immune system. Aside from the health benefits, we believe grass-fed meat is better for the environment, the farmers, the animal and the consumer. And that’s better for everyone.
Why we use Free Range Turkey
Turkey meat is a good source of iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. It is also a source of vitamin B6 and niacin, which are both essential for your dog’s energy production.
The meat is low-GI and can help keep insulin levels stable. Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and plays an important role in strengthening the immune system.
It is also a source of selenium, which is essential for thyroid hormone metabolism. It also boosts immunity and acts as an antioxidant.
Why we use High Welfare Duck
We only source our duck from high welfare, free to roam farms.
Duck is abundant in a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. Ducks, like other types of poultry, are a good source of protein, iron, selenium, B vitamins, and Zinc, potassium and phosphorous. Duck contains Heme iron, this form of iron present in duck and other meat, fish and poultry, is better absorbed by your dog’s body than the non-heme iron found in plant-based foods. B vitamins help your body produce energy from the foods you eat. Getting plenty of iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 by eating foods such as duck helps prevent anaemia, a condition that can cause fatigue and dizziness.
The skin of duck contains about 1/3 saturated fat and 2/3 monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat.
Why we use Outdoor Reared Pork
We only source Pork from high welfare, outdoor reared farms. Pork is a nutrient-rich food. It is a good source of potassium, riboflavin and zinc, and is an excellent source of vitamin B6, thiamine, phosphorus, niacin and protein. Pork is naturally low in sodium, too.
In summary, we believe the natural way is best. Human interference into feeding dogs has so far been the biggest slight on dog’s overall health since our cohabitation began over 10,000 years ago. Feeding dogs what they would have eaten when wild is the only sure way to support health in dogs at all life stages and give them the best possible opportunity to live healthily and flourish.