Hello Everyone, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This episode is very important to us, and has taken a lot of time to organize. This is our look into regulations on pet food (A.K.A. Kibble). We have 2/3 of the people responsible for regulatioons and lobbying to make kibble what it is.


Our first guest is the Pet Food Institute.

About PFI

The Pet Food Institute and our members, who make 98% of all U.S. pet food and treat products, are committed to helping dogs and cats live long and healthy lives. As the voice of U.S. pet food makers for nearly 60 years, we provide factual information about pet food and treat safety, nutrition, and health to pet lovers, and advocate for a transparent, science-based regulatory environment for our members.

PFI is dedicated to:

  • Advocating for legislation, regulations and technologies that support the domestic manufacture and global distribution of safe, quality pet food and that provide for consumer choice;
  • Promoting pet food safety innovation in manufacturing and handling practices;
  • Delivering information about issues impacting pet food makers, their suppliers and distributors, pet lovers and other relevant stakeholders; and
  • Communicating the benefits of pet ownership to the general public at large.

Our offices are based in Washington, DC. Click here for contact information.


Meet The Pet Food Community

PFI’s members make 98% of all U.S. pet food products. Click through to learn more about our member companies, Board leadership, staff, and other organizations in the pet food community.



2017 PFI Producer Members
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

American Nutrition

Barrett Petfood Innovations

Bil-Jac Foods

Blue Buffalo Company

Brightpet Nutrition Group

Central Garden and Pet

Champion Pet Foods LP

C.J. Foods, Inc.

Diamond Pet Foods


Hill’s Pet Nutrition

The J.M. Smucker Company

Mars Petcare, US

Merrick Pet Care

Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.

Nestlé Purina PetCare

Perfection Pet Foods


Royal Canin

Simmons Pet Food, Inc.

Sunshine Mills, Inc.

TFP Nutrition

Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc.

Spectrum Brands

2017 PFI Associate Members

AGT Foods


AFB International

AGT Foods, Inc.

Alaskan Sea Food

Alltech, Inc.

Ameri-Pac, Inc.


Anchor Ingredients

APC, Inc.

ATC Scientific


Cablevey Conveyors

Camlin Fine Sciences

Campbell Wrapper Corporation

Cargill Inc.

CFS North America, LLC.

Cool Springs International

Darling Ingredients/ DAR PRO

Diversified Ingredients, Inc.

DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.

Dupont Nutrition/Health (formerly Solae LLC)

Emerson Milling

Eurofins Scientific, Inc.

Evonik Degussa Corporation

Extru-Tech, Inc.

Fairview Mills

Food Protection Alliance

Food Protection Services

Food Safety Net Services

G.A. Wintzer & Son Co.

Gilton Resource Recovery

Hamlet Protein Als

Hesco, Inc. (Sk Food International)



IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group

Kemin Nutrisurance, Inc.

Land O’Lakes

LaPointe Manufacturing


Lortscher Animal Nutrition (Formerly Lortscher AgriService Inc.)

Mac Process/Schenck Process

Malt Products Corp


Midwest Laboratories

Neogen Corporation

Nutramax Laboratories, Inc.

Orkin Pest Control

Parsons-Eagle Packaging Systems

Peel Plastic Products, Ltd.

Penford Food Ingredients

Perten Instruments, Inc.

Premier Tech Systems

Provisur Tech.

SeqTech Diagnostic, LLC

Silva International, Inc.

Specialty Commodities, Inc.


SRC Milling Company, LLC

Summit Ridge Farms

The Industrial Fumigant Company

The Peterson Company

Thiele Technologies

Trilogy Essential Ingredients

Trouw Nutrition

Valley Protein

Wenger Manufacturing


2017 PFI Affiliate Members

Watt Global Media


Board of Directors

Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

American Nutrition

The J.M. Smucker Company

Bil-Jac Foods

Blue Buffalo Company

C.J. Foods, Inc.

Central Garden and Pet

Diamond Pet Foods


Hill’s Pet Nutrition

Mars Petcare, US

Merrick Pet Care

Nestlé Purina PetCare


Royal Canin

Simmons Pet Food, Inc.

Spectrum Brands

Sunshine Mills, Inc.

TFP Nutrition




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October 7, 2017

This week on The Groomer Next Door podcast we're joined by such an intellegent man. He's studying the effects of Raw Feeding and well the results ARE AMAZING!! If theirs one thing I hope this podcast does for everyone is give pet parents around the World other options besides kibble.


This is a privately funded 30-year study by me, Thomas Sandberg. I am looking into the consequences of feeding a raw food diet to pets. I have studied dog's and cat's digestive system in dept since 1997 and believe that they both are carnivores. They require a species appropriate diet to sustain a strong immune system that in turn will promote a long healthy life and dramatically limit the risk of falling victim to serious diseases like cancer. 


If you feed a raw food diet and interested in supporting this study I hope you will register your pet. There is no fee to participate. My goal is to follow more than 10,000 dogs and 5000 cats for the rest of their lives documenting their health. I'm interested in all breeds and sizes.


If you arrived on this page because you have a pet with cancer, please register and I will share the information I have collected over the last two decades. I do not treat animals but I can guide and assist you to possibly help you beat this horrible disease sharing natural protocols. Register here.


You can also support these one-of-a-kind projects by donating to my funding raising campaign at Long Living Pets Research Foundation I'm currently unable to secure funding for these projects since the ones benefiting from this are us pet owners, not the commercial enterprises that make billions of dollars selling food that kills our beloved pets. Strong words I know, but sadly in many cases the truth. Close to 50% of our pets get cancer and that is not acceptable to me! The pets with cancer that I have assisted over the last 15 years were all fed a kibble type diet. All! 

I sincerely thank everyone in advance for any donations, every dollar helps! We need to keep this project going for the love of our pets. Please help now!


Current Projects

I'm on a life mission to help our beloved pets live long healthy lives and protect them from cancer. In 1999 I started these 30-year projects to study the benefits of feeding species appropriate food. The results from the first 15 years have been no short of amazing. I observed longer healthier lives and a dramatic reduction in cancer incidents.

3 current ongoing projects:

  1. Research into extending the life of dogs.
  2. Research into preventing cancer in dogs
  3. Research into natural cancer cures for dog


Phase 1 - of my three 30-year research projects are coming to an end

For the last 15 years, I have researched and tested my findings and theories on my dogs and a small group of other dogs from around the world.  My findings are amazing and confirm everything I learned 15 years ago after carefully studying the digestive system of dogs. My intentions were not to expose any dog to something that could be harmful. I tested it all on my dogs and others willing to do the same.

I believe beyond any doubt that feeding a simple diet of raw meats, edible bones, and organ meats will promote a rock-solid immune system. The immune system is a dog's ultimate defense against diseases and premature aging. The result is a long healthy life way past what is the expected lifespan of most breeds fed commercial dog food.


Phase 2 - Build a case of solid, indisputable proof based on what I found out during my first 15 years, by adding 10,000 dogs and 5,000 cats to my project.

I need your help

I'm expanding my project to 10,000 dogs and 5000 cats, and I will follow each dog and cat until their last day, documenting their journey on a diet of raw meats and bones. These dogs and cats come from all parts of the world. They report to me once a year with a status update. As long as they are fed a diet of raw food they will be a part of this groundbreaking project.

Categories/types of raw feeding I track and document:

Home Made Raw Food

  1. Prey Model Raw/Franken Prey
  2. Mix of Raw (often done in a bowl)
  3. Barf


NOTE: Most people feed homemade raw food that they buy from different sources. Not everyone can make/prepare their own raw food. Many pre-made raw food companies have arrived on the market over that last few years. Below are the ones that I have accepted and track as a 'raw feeding type'. If you are feeding a commercial raw food diet that is not listed please select 'Mix of raw' as the raw feeding type (one the registration form). Then you can write in the description what type of raw food you feed and mention the manufacturer. If I get several others using the same brand I will create a category for it. 


Commercial raw food manufacturers that I track specifically (you do not have to feed these to participate):


  • K9 Nutrition (Raw pre-made)
  • K 9 Karvings® (Raw pre-made): Website
  • Darwins® (Pre-made raw): Website
  • Stella and Chewy® (Pre-made raw): Website
  • TruDog® (Pre-made raw): Website
  • Jake & Blue's Raw Dog Food: Website


Other countries


  1. Wolf Tucker (Raw and Pre-made raw): Website



Vets all Natural (Bruce Syme): Website


South Africa

Raw Gold: Website

Raw Necessities: Website




WOM: Website


New Zealand

Raw Essentials: Website


Just to make clear, you do not have to feed any of these brands to participate in this study. Any variation of a meat-based raw food is accepted. But if you feed one of these brands please select them under 'feeding type' (on the registration form).


Not participating yet? Register here.


If you are a manufacturer of pre-made raw food and would like to add dogs or cats that are fed your product, please contact me with your company's information (website is OK). You can use the blue 'question and feedback tab' on the right side of this webpage. 


Invitation to participate

COVER-NEW-6-21-15-3-150wIf you are interested in participating in any of these projects, please take a few minutes to register. There is no cost involved. If you are new to feeding raw and not sure how to get started, I have written a short book just for you. Included with this book is lifetime support from me. No book can cover every need of a dog. There is no 'one fit for all' diet. Dogs and cats come with different nutritional needs. This book will get you started on a safe raw food diet without making the process too complicated. When you have made the switch you have access to me for further help if needed. I'm also building a network of knowledgeable animal care professionals that I can refer you too if such service is required.  
More about it here


More about the research projects here To help support this research and other projects please visit: https://llprf.org


Large and Giant Breed Dogs Can Grow Old!

Why do big dogs die so early?

The average lifespan of a Great Dane is 6-8 years. To me, that never made any sense. Why would a small breed dog live longer than a large?camelot-1

For the past 13 years, I have conducted extensive research in an attempt to find an answer to this. My conclusion is not surprising, and it makes total sense. Dogs need the food they are designed for and altering this can severely compromise their health. The larger the dog is, the more affected it is by unhealthy food.

The so-called “dog food” that is sold by many different manufacturers is not suitable for a dog’s digestive system and does not supply them with enough nutrients to sustain a long, healthy life. This is particularly damaging to large and giant dog breeds since they require a greater quantity of nutritious food than smaller dogs do. Since large breed dogs eat more, they ingest more of the bad food and less of the good.

Dogs are carnivores; therefore, the only food they can properly digest, metabolize, and utilize is raw meat. This is a fact. There are still some people who do not agree that dogs are carnivores, but that opinion is based on a lack of knowledge or misinformation. I know the majority of dog owners accept this fact but, if you disagree, then my approach to extending the lifespan of large and giant breed dogs will be hard to accept.

A carnivore gets most of its nutrients from raw meats (80%), bones (10%), and some organ meats (10%), with supplements used to complete the nutritional requirements. Together, they fulfill a dog’s nutritional needs to sustain a strong immune system that protects against diseases and promotes healthy organs, bones, and joints.odin-cam-23

There are many books written about raw feeding, and I have read most of them. The problem I’ve found with the majority of these is that they complicate raw feeding to such a degree that many dog owners find it too difficult to follow. I believe feeding raw can be very simple, so I wrote a book about it.

I currently have two Great Danes; one is 9 years old and the other is 4 (as of Dec 2015). I have fed my Great Danes this way since 2000. Every year, my dogs undergo a full medical check-up and each year, without exception, they have been 100% healthy.

I decided to wait 10 years before I published my simplified version of raw feeding because testing my method on a breed that is known to live short lives, like the Great Dane, would tell me if I was on the right track. Over time, I made small refinements to my method, mostly when it came to supplements


How to extend the life of your dog

One of my goals is to double the average lifespan of giant breeds like Great Danes. My approach should work well for all breeds of dog, large or small.

I believe that

  • Giant breed dogs can live into their mid-teens.
  • Large breed dogs can live into their late teens - early 20s
  • Mid-size breed dogs can live into their early 20s to mid-20s
  • Small breed dogs can live into their mid-20s to late 20s 

There are two things you need to do:

1) Feed raw, natural food. I use a very easy to follow meal plan and you can get everything from your local grocery store but, for better prices, seek out local butchers and local raw feeding groups that buy in bulk.

2) Add a few supplements. The supplements are meant to ensure that your dog gets all the nutrients he/she needs. If you feed a good balanced raw food diet with enough organ meats you may skip supplements. 

For those of you who are new to raw food or who are wceptical of it, please read these articles about the many myths regarding feeding raw food to dogs.

What made me such and expert?

tom-2Well, like I mentioned I have studied and practiced raw feeding for over 15 years. I rescue Great Danes and currently have 2; Odin is three 5 years old and Camelot is 9 (as of Jan 2016).

elg-hund-1I was born in Norway and grew up in a farming area. I noticed early on that the farmers fed their dogs raw meat from chickens, cows and pigs. Sometimes entire live chickens were given to the dogs; reindeer and moose meat were also common sources of food. Several of these dogs, which were larger breeds like German Shepherds and Norwegian Elk Hounds, lived into their late teens.

When I started feeding my dogs raw food in 2000, most people thought I was crazy, especially when I fed them chicken wings. Explaining that raw bones are soft and harmless to dogs did not change many people’s opinions. It still amazes me how many people are misinformed about this. Interestingly, I received the most resistance from veterinarians, to the point that they even refused to handle my dogs. This has changed dramatically over the years and many vets are now recommending raw food to their clients.

The most common misconceptions are:

  • Bones are dangerous to dogs
  • Salmonella can make a dog sick
  • Dogs have changed over time and adopted to more human like foods
  • Dogs are omnivores not carnivores
  • Raw meat and bones will make dogs aggressive
  • Raw feeding is too complicated

I agree somewhat with the last point, raw feeding has been made complicated by some people. Those following the Barf Model (raw meats, bones, veggies and fruits) often have a hard time maintaining it, whereas the Prey Model (raw meats and bones) is much simpler and I have simplified it even further for people who prefer to feed their dogs from a bowl. I call it Raw in a Bowl. This is a good way of getting started and comfortable with the idea of feeding a balanced raw food diet. 

The idea is to get started, take the first step into raw feeding, that's what is important. Soon you will gain knowledge and become confident that raw food is good for your dog. This will be evident just watching your dog improve in many areas like; better coat, increased muscle mass, a calmer demeanor, smaller poop, cleaner teeth, less gas, less dog odor, plus much more. Thes confirmations will encourage you to explore other variations of raw feeding like 'prey model raw' and 'Franken prey'. 


Episode 189 “PETMIO”

September 23, 2017

Episode 188 “JUDY MORGAN DVM”

September 16, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This week we're joined by an amazing holistic Veternarian. you might ask "why practice holistic medicine?

I began my foray into holistic medicine by learning chiropractic care for animals. But, after a few years of using chiropractic treatments on my patients, I was ready to move on to other areas and learn new therapies. I focused on Traditional Chinese Medicine, where I use things like the characteristics of the feel of the pulses, and the colors and coatings of the tongue to make a diagnosis. Areas of warmth or cold in the body, the animal’s personality, the season of the year, and the pet’s diet all play into the diagnosis. I am also fascinated by how every disease can be correlated to a season, a personality, and the diet eaten.

Once I started treating more patients with alternative methods, I started seeing the problems associated with over-vaccination of pets. I started discouraging my clients from vaccinating every year. Now I recommend against using topical flea and tick preventatives and heartworm preventative medications year round, since I live in an area where fleas and mosquitoes disappear during our long cold winters. It no longer makes sense to me to apply chemicals to our pets every month. There are many natural alternatives available that are much safer.

I no longer recommend prescription diets which are made with poor quality ingredients when I know I can make the pet healthier with an alternative raw or home cooked diet using whole foods. Unfortunately, those vaccinations, parasite preventatives, and prescription diet products provide a huge revenue stream to veterinary practices, so many traditional veterinarians insist on annual vaccinations and year round parasite treatment. Even though my focus has become more about holistic medicine, traditional medicine has continued to play a huge role in the treatment of my patients. I never want them to be in pain, and if a traditional medication needs to be part of their therapy plan while we are working on natural healing, I won’t deny them the medication. Traditional medicine and surgery saves many lives. By integrating the best of both worlds, Eastern and Western, I have more tools available in my toolbox to help the animals I love.

The Integrative Approach

At my practices, I integrate traditional and alternative therapies, in an effort to find the right balance for each patient. No two patients are the same, hence their illnesses and symptoms are never the same. No cookbook treatments can be used. Sometimes it takes perseverance to find the right combination of therapies to solve the problem. Most clients that seek out alternative therapies understand that it takes time for the body to heal itself, especially after years of poor diet, over-vaccination, and over- medication.

When it comes to diet, one of the benefits of home prepared diets is the interaction between the pet and their owner. Taking time to plan a diet and put together variations helps clients bond with their pets. Watching the reaction to a home prepared meal instead of dry kibble in a bowl is priceless. Taking the time to play with pets in the yard or going for a walk around the neighborhood is great exercise for everyone involved. Leaving work a little early because your pet has been home alone all day is good for both of you. Animals, like people, are social creatures.

It’s a balancing act to find the right treatments that work for both the pets and their owners. I love watching the transformation of the pets and their owners when we find the right balance and see improvement in their lives.

Core Philosophy

The integrative approach combines the use of traditional veterinary medicine with complementary therapies. It involves minimizing the overuse and misuse of conventional medications. Integrating therapies like chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, cold laser, nutritional therapy, and Chinese or Western herbal therapies may allow the use of far fewer traditional medications.

1. Proper Diet
First and foremost, feeding the proper diet is the foundation upon which any integrative pet care program begins. Simply put, your pet IS what he or she eats. Minimizing harmful byproducts and chemicals is essential. You need to become a label reader. Know which ingredients are good and which are bad. Whether you are feeding commercial, home cooked, or a raw diet, whole, fresh, organic food ingredients are best. If a food is suitable for human consumption and is something you would consider part of a healthy diet, your pet can probably share with you. You should avoid grapes, raisins, chocolate, macadamia nuts, and onions, as these can be toxic. If something qualifies as junk food for people it will also qualify as junk food for pets (think chips, pretzels, candy). Each pet is different and there is no “one size fits all” diet that I can recommend across the board.

2. Minimize Vaccines
The second step in working toward a more holistic treatment plan for your pet is to minimize vaccinations. In the past, the veterinary community has advocated annual vaccinations for dogs and cats for common diseases like Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, and Lyme disease. More recently, research has shown that immunity from vaccination may last years, so veterinarians have backed off and most now recommend vaccinating less often. Vaccinations do not give instant protection from disease. The injection contains small amounts of the virus or bacteria which are killed or modified to prevent the injection from causing disease. The animal’s body recognizes the components of the disease and builds an immune response against the disease. Unfortunately, when the body is constantly bombarded with disease particles, the immune system can go into hyper-drive, causing an overzealous response. This overzealous response can cause the immune system to react against the cells of the body.

3. Minimize Medications
Chronic use of medications can degrade the body’s ability to recognize disease-causing organisms. The liver and kidneys are the filtration system for the body, constantly weeding out toxic substances. While medications may help treat one symptom or disease, they may cause other symptoms or set up a cascade of events that may eventually result in the demise of the individual.


From Needles to Natural


After using traditional Western veterinary medicine to treat her animal patients for many years, Dr. Judy Morgan discovered a better way to help them live longer, healthier lives. In From Needles to Natural, she shares her journey from traditional to holistic veterinary medicine and helps pet owners understand the differences between good advertising and good health for their animal friends.

With more than thirty years of experience as a practicing veterinarian, Morgan blends her personal story as a lifelong animal lover with this collection of professional opinions about animals and animal care. From Needles to Natural covers a variety of topics including pet nutrition and food therapy, pet food labels, veterinary chiropractic care, acupuncture, and understanding the array of vaccines and medications. Morgan, who has produced a full webinar series on YouTube, discusses alternative and supplemental treatments for pet illnesses. While narrating heartwarming tales of the pets she’s treated, Morgan dispels the myths about effective pet care and teaches pet owners the benefits of feeding and treating an animal holistically.

Dr. Judy Morgan is a nationally renowned veterinarian certified in acupuncture, food therapy, and chiropractic care for dogs, cats, and horses. A sought-after speaker and blogger at both the local and national level, she integrates Eastern and Western medicine in her two award-winning practices in New Jersey.


Canine Kitchen Capers


Hue Grant and Judy Morgan DVM work tirelessly to give their nine rescued spaniels the best lives they can. Because they are well educated on the poor quality ingredients commonly used to make processed pet food, they realize that home cooked meals using high quality, real food ingredients helps their dogs live longer and maintain vibrant health. Dr. Morgan is a Certified Veterinary Food Therapist with over thirty years experience and understands the importance of providing well balanced healthy meals to pets. Hue is a self ordained chef and loves spending time in the kitchen whipping up new concoctions for pets and their humans.

Together, they have taught many pet owners how to prepare food for their own pets, making puploaf and puppins into everyday household words. Because many people have never cooked for their dogs, the first attempts can have comical results. Some people don’t cook for themselves, some are great chefs, and somejust seem to invite comedy. Those comedians were nice enough to share their stories for the entertainment of pet owners everywhere. In addition to providing healthy recipes for dogs, Hue and Judy have included recipes for humans and some recipes that are sharable meals. You’ll learn how to order take out, how to order room service, and how to whip up something for the kids after spending all day cooking for your dogs. This book will leave you laughing along with pet owners on a quest for better pet health.


What’s For Dinner, Dexter?


The pet-owner bond is strengthened when owners feel they are contributing to their pet’s well-being and good health on one of the most intimate levels of human bonding: food. Home cooking for your dog can be fun and easy. By using Chinese Medicine theory, you can keep your pet healthy using fresh, wholesome food ingredients. Learn to use food as medicine by following the simple guidelines in What’s For Dinner, Dexter?

Over 50 main dishes for your dog, some travel meals and snacks.


Dr. Judy Morgan’s Naturally Healthy Pets

with Dr Judy Morgan

Join host Judy Morgan DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT, world renowned author, speaker, and holistic veterinarian for an exciting show where you will discover healthy options for raising your pets in a more holistic manner. Not sure which vaccinations should be given or how often? Not sure which food is best for your individual pet? Not sure what to use for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention? Find out the answers to your questions in this weekly show where we interview the top experts and showcase the latest products that will help your pets stay naturally healthy.




Episode 187 “Kimberly Morris Gauthier”

September 2, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week we're joined by (in my opinion) is the Fairy Godmother of Biological Appropriate Raw Food. She;s an accomplished blogger, she's now a successful author, she's Kimberly Morris Gauthier. You've read her amazing blog " Keep The Tail Wagging" Let's get to know Kimberly a bit before she joins us this week.


I was born to love dogs and today, I'm having a blast living with my pack, feeding a raw diet, and sharing and learning from others in our community.

My Keep the Tail Wagging® journey started a few years before the blog was launched. In May 2010, we brought home two littermate puppies and for two years I struggled to figure out Rodrigo's health issues. When Rodrigo and Sydney were three, I switched them to raw after months of research and I've never looked back.

Raw feeding was complicated to figure out. There is a ton of information, differing opinions, and aggressive attitudes in the communities. I launched Keep the Tail Wagging® in December 2011 to write about dogs. I changed the focus to raw feeding in April 2014 because if I had trouble figuring out raw, I was certain others did as well.

Now I'm focused on helping others feed their dogs better while being a positive voice in the raw feeding community.

Keep the Tail Wagging® is a blog about the BARF model of raw feeding, dog supplements and raising littermates.

Raw Feeding: When I started feeding raw, I quickly learned that there's more to it than giving our dogs a whole chicken. It involves creating a balanced diet, choosing the right supplements, and finding safe, humane sources for the proteins. I love doing the homework and enjoy sharing what I learn with other dog owners.

My goal isn't to pressure others into changing their dog's diet; instead, I want to share an alternative for those who are interested.

Raising Littermates: When we made the decision to bring home 2 puppies, I learned that many people felt that it was a terrible idea and a few people were cruelly vocal about their opinion. Today, we have 2 sets of happy, healthy littermates and I like to share our choices that lead to these great dogs while encouraging dog training.

We must give our dogs the gift of dog training.


A Novice's Guide to Raw Feeding for Dogs Paperback


Episode 186 “PRIMAL PET FOOD”

August 26, 2017

This week on The Groomer Next Door podcast we continue our discussion on nutrion. Raw diet is the topic and we continue to find quality guests who have backgrounds to support the conversation. You deserve to have information from a quality source and I want to deliver it to you.

In early 2000, our founder Matt Koss discovered that his dog, Luna, was displaying early signs of renal failure. After exhausting all other methods, Matt took the advice of a holistic veterinarian who recommended switching Luna to a diet based on bones and raw food (also known as BARF or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food), which mimics how an animal would consume food in the wild.

With a renewed sense of hope, Matt created his own species appropriate pet food for Luna. After a short time on the new raw diet, not only did her appetite drastically improve, but she also showed an increase in energy and overall happiness. After seeing the powerful results of raw feeding firsthand, Matt set out to bring Primal to market so that other pets could enjoy a happier, healthier, more vibrant life.

Since refining and enhancing Matt’s first homemade recipe, our mission has been focused on elevating the health of pets through species appropriate nutrition. As passionate pet owners, we understand the care and concern that goes into choosing a source of nutrition for your companion. That’s why we’ve developed products that make it easier than ever to keep your pet’s diet as close to nature as possible.

Every product in the Primal Pet Foods lineup is produced using the highest quality ingredients, including 100% antibiotic- and steroid-free USDA human-edible meats, poultry, and game in addition to certified organic produce* and unrefined vitamins and minerals.

We believe every pet deserves to live life to the fullest. That’s why all of our products contain the highest quality wholesome ingredients, including 100% USDA edible-grade meats and certified organic produce, to fuel a happy, healthy, vibrant lifestyle for years to come.

By offering your pet our raw food formulas, you’re providing them with a diet that closely mimics their natural eating habits in the wild. Through the use of species appropriate, highly digestible food products, Primal Formulas offer a better way for dogs and cats to assimilate essential nutrients.

Primal Formulas, Mixes and Grinds are made with fresh, antibiotic- and steroid-free whole muscle meat, organ meat and meaty bones with no added hormones. This combination of high-quality protein provides the essential amino acids, fatty acids, active enzymes and natural-source calcium necessary to support the overall health of your pet.

Our Formulas and Mixes incorporate essential vitamins and minerals through certified organic fruits and vegetables. You’ll never find synthetic supplements in our products — only unrefined, food-based nutrients to support immune, circulatory and digestive health.

We only use USDA edible-grade ingredients. There are no pet-grade meats in any of our products. Primal Formulas contain meats, poultry and game sourced from 100% vegetarian-fed animals that are processed and inspected under strict USDA guidelines for safety and sanitation. All proteins in our products are procured from sustainable ranches in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

Beef Muscle Meat, Raw Meaty Bones and Organ Meat: Rich in B-complex vitamins • High in zinc • Rich in iron • Natural source of essential amino acids • Provides essential fatty acids • Rich in manganese, selenium and potassium • Natural source of bio-available calcium

Buffalo Muscle Meat, Raw Meaty Bones and Organ Meat: Rich in B-complex vitamins • High in zinc • Rich in iron • Natural source of essential amino acids • Provides essential fatty acids • Rich in manganese, selenium and potassium • Natural source of bio-available calcium

Chicken Muscle Meat, Raw Meaty Bones and Organ Meat: Rich in selenium • Rich in B vitamin niacin • Rich in vitamin B6 • Natural source of bio-available calcium, glucosamine and chondroitin

Pheasant Muscle Meat, Raw Meaty Bones and Organ Meat: Rich in the trace mineral selenium • Rich in B vitamin niacin • Rich in vitamin B6 • Natural source of bio-available calcium, glucosamine and chondroitin

Pork Muscle Meat, Raw Meaty Bones and Organ Meat: High protein with low saturated fat • Rich in the trace mineral selenium • Rich in B vitamin niacin • Rich in vitamin B6 • Rich in iron, helping to carry oxygen through the bloodstream • Natural source of bio-available calcium, glucosamine and chondroitin

Salmon: Provides essential amino acids • Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids • Excellent for skin and coat health

Sardine: Rich in vitamin B12, selenium and Omega-3 fatty acids • Support cardiovascular health • Rich source of bone-building vitamin D

Turkey Muscle Meat, Organ Meat and Neck Bones: Rich in the trace mineral selenium • Rich in B vitamin niacin • Rich in vitamin B3 & B6 • Natural source of bio-available calcium, glucosamine and chondroitin




August 19, 2017

This week on the podcast we're joined by an incredible author and blogger. She's an absolute pleassure to speak with, and I'm so honored to say M.K. Clinton is joining us this week.

Let's meet M.K. Clinton

My pen name is M. K. Clinton, but you can call me Melissa. I love writing about dogs and sharing ideas that help make it easier to be an awesome pet parent. I also love to laugh…a lot! But that’s not all. Are you looking for the newest products on the market? You are in the right place! Do you have questions about why your pup is doing what it’s doing? I can help. Maybe you are looking for great contests and discounts. No problem, I have you covered. If it has to do with dogs, we are Barking from the Bayou about it! We also feature the BFTB NETWoof News each Monday where our anchors fetch the best animal news around. The news team consists of Bentley the Basset Hound, Pierre the White West Highland Terrier and Paisley, our Weather Lab. It is a week’s worth of good animal stories, sports, and the U.S. weather forecast. Don’t worry about their reporting; they speak perfect English with a southern flair.   The best way to describe me is GRITS...Girl Raised In The South. I live in northwest Louisiana with my husband and our four-legged hairy child, Bentley, who is a human trapped in the body of a Bassett Hound. Our "granddog" Pierre, the Westie also lives with us. The two are best friends and have no plans on ever moving out on their own. Barking from the Bayou is a family affair with my husband doing the photography, the dogs offering their opinions and me writing it all down for you to enjoy. I’m also the author of The Returns, a hilarious dog adventure that takes place in New Orleans. The characters in my books are based on my pets’ personalities. I love writing the series because it provides me a chance to laugh with my pets that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. The Returns and The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers are available on Amazon.com.


The Returns – November 11, 2013

What happens if you arrive at the Pearly Gates before your time? F.B.I Agent Bentley Clanton finds out the hard way as he is directed to a little-known area devoted to correcting glitches in the longevity system. The Returns Department specializes in finding appropriate bodies for “early arrivals” before sending them back to earth. It seemed an acceptable solution until Bentley realizes his new body includes long velvety ears, four stubby legs with giant paws, and a tail. Helping him adjust to life as a Basset Hound is his rookie Guardian Angel, along with three other canine Returns. Laugh along as a delightful Golden Retriever, a feisty Chihuahua, and Flamboyant Westie join Bentley to form an unlikely brotherhood of crime-fighting heroes. The Returns takes you on a fun-loving, junk food eating adventure through the exciting streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. *Selected as an Indie Book of the Day award winner **Read what others are saying about The Returns: “Hugely enjoyable, Very clever, and HIGHLY entertaining! It gives the term “good fun” a whole new twist!” L. Cooper – So, I Read This Book Today “A MUST read for dog lovers!” D. Feyen – More Than A Review “A book to keep you smiling from cover to cover! -Amazon Review “Best book I have read in ages. This would be a wonderful book to be made into a movie!” -Amazon Review The Returns is recommended for readers age 12 – 112! Cover by Holly Madison of Whimsical Graphix. Editing by Leiah Cooper of So, I Read This Book Today.

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August 5, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens, and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door. This week we discuss cat litter. For all you cat pet parents out there theirs so much we don't know about something our cats care about almost as much as they love food and sleep. Our guest Tom Atyeo .


Sick & Tired of Dusty, Smelly, Boring Cat Litter?


  • Vibrant Fun Colors to Personalize Your Cat’s Litter Box
  1. Pink
  2. Green
  3. Orange
  4. Purple
  • More fun colors coming soon!
  • Absorbent Micro-sized Crystals are SOFT-on-PAWS
  • Easy-to-Scoop Clumps
  • Convenient Twice a week scooping
  • Dust-Free!
  • Amazing Odor Control! “Do you even have a cat living with you?”
  • 70% Lighter than clay litters



  • It is a naturally occurring mineral that is purified and processed into either granular or beaded form
  • Silica gel’s high surface area allows it to absorb water readily, making it useful as a desiccant (drying agent).
  • Silica gel is non-toxic, non-flammable, and non-reactive and stable with ordinary usage.
    Basically, it is a natural combination of water, sand and oxygen that is shaped into various sized beads.



It is similar in feature to a sponge because it absorbs a lot of liquid and moisture. It is different than a sponge because it does not become soft or wet – silica gel keeps its shape and stays dry to the touch.

Once saturated with water, the silica gel can be regenerated by heating it to 120 °C (250 °F) for two hours.





July 29, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens this week we're so lucky to share the next 80 minutes with an amazing women. We have the pleassure of talking with the President/CEO of Dr. Harvey's. Here's xome information about Dr Harvey's

As a pioneer and the very first companion animal food producer in the ultra-natural and all-natural category of pet food, the team at Dr. Harvey’s has dedicated itself over the past three decades to a powerful vision: helping guardians give their companion animals a better, healthier, happier, longer and more fulfilling life.

And to bring that special vision to life, we produce the finest all-natural foods, treats, herbal supplements and herbal grooming aids for dogs, cats and birds. We proudly follow the principles of a fresh, organic, holistic, natural and top quality nutrition – which means our products contain absolutely no added chemicals, no preservatives, and no synthetic additives or coloring agents. We believe that companion animals should be fed fresh whole foods and proteins, and that “health begins in the kitchen!”

Quite simply, our healthy products give companion animals the nutrition they need to achieve optimal health, avoid the ailments caused by processed “pet foods,” maintain a strong immune system, and increase their lifespan.

And just as valuably, our wholesome products give guardians the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they’re doing the “right thing” for their beloved companion animal, and playing an active role in their enhanced health and longer life.

Other key features that define us as a company include:

  • We use only the highest quality products with no processed ingredients of any kind.
  • Our food helps lower our customer’s veterinarian bills.
  • We produce all of our products right here in the United States.
  • Our foods have helped companion animals dramatically recover from conditions such as skin allergies, cancer, kidney and liver problems, chronic digestive issues, IBS, chronic diarrhea, bad breath and more.
  • We’re a family owned and operated, and never lose sight of our vision.
  • We’ve helped 1000’s of companion animals reclaim and maintain vibrant health.
  • We never compromise on quality – period!
  • We offer the very best customer service.
  • We love and care about your companion animal in the same way that you do!

About Dr. Harvey's

Dr. Harvey’s Healthy Formulations makes fine health food & safe all-natural care products for companion animals. We believe your Dogs, Cats, Birds, and Horses deserve the very best. Our products include all natural foods, chemical free grooming essentials, nutritious treats and chews, and essential vitamins and supplements to keep your animal companions healthy and happy.

When you choose Dr. Harvey’s you and your companion animal benefit from 30+ years of research and experience that has made countless pets live long and happy lives eating all natural, whole foods. We’re always ready to answer your questions and all of our products are made here in the USA.



July 22, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This is episode 182 with Daniel Orrego. This is going to be an instant classic because Daniel is intellegent, he's doing amazing work, and you're going to learn so much. With that said let's learn a bot about KetoPet.

Daniel Orrego, President, KPS

Pursuing a metabolic approach to addressing cancer using nutrition as a central pillar for disease intervention, offers a tremendous benefit, in that it does no harm. In collaboration with Veterinarians, Oncologists and Research Scientists, we continue to validate the anti-cancer effects of nutritional ketosis

Human-Grade Cancer Therapy for Dogs

Right now, on a 53-acre plot of land outside Austin, Texas, we at KetoPet Sanctuary (KPS) are doing something incredible. This isn’t your typical canine rescue facility. KPS goes out of its way to rescue dogs with incurable, terminal cancer. Our goal isn’t to provide hospice-like treatment for terminal dogs – of course we care for and love the animals, but instead of writing off the canine companions to their fate, we at KPS provide groundbreaking cancer therapy. We’ve been doing this since October of 2014 and the results are astounding. Plus, we guarantee each dog will have a loving forever home, for life.

Our Protocol

At KPS, we feed dogs a high-fat, adequate protein, and low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet for all of our canines while they are at the facility. Most nutritional protocols rely on faith, lacking objective metrics from which the diet can be analyzed. However, unlike other diets, the ketogenic diet is one type of nutritional protocol that can be assessed by examining blood glucose and ketone levels. By definition, a ketogenic diet is any diet that produces ketones, so we use blood metrics to determine the efficacy of the diet.

We also control the dogs’ calories to get their bodyfat levels to where we want them to be. In addition to the diet, we use state-of-the-art diagnostics for validation for the state of cancer. We spare no expense and use the diagnostic tools that physicians use to examine humans. This allows us to see where the tumor sites are, what the glucose uptake is in the cancer cells, and how effectively our protocol is reversing cancer. PET/CT scans give us a very strong indicator of these metrics, and we have very tight tracks on the status of cancer in each dog.

Our Sanctuary

Our facility is located in Georgetown, Texas, which is located 27 miles north of downtown Austin. We have a huge, 53-acre plot of land with an outdoor dog park, built-in miniature water park, and an inside play and living area that includes a big-screen TV with surround sound.


  • Ketogenic Diet

    High fat, low carbohydrate, and adequate protein diet

  • Metabolic Conditioning (METCON)

    strenuous physical exercise

  • PET/CT Scanning

    Diagnostic nuclear imagery at 0, 60, and 120 days

  • World-class Care

    Daily monitoring by in-house veterinarians and veterinary technicians

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

    Dogs are treated with HBOT therapy, which has been shown to successfully reduce the size of tumors.