Commercial pet food has existed for only about 80 years. The food we are most familiar with for pets is the artificial diet of kibble and canned food. Prior to the advent of these “pet foods” dogs and cats ate scraps from their owners tables. There is no evidence that feeding commercial pet food has been a benefit to domestic dogs and cats and in fact there is evidence that these commercial and denatured, poor quality foods are dangerous and detrimental to our pets long term good health.
These two forms of pet food, kibble and canned, have been the mainstay of commercial offerings for dogs and cats. The last decade has shown a sharp increase in a demand for a different kind of food as guardians have begun to understand the enormous benefits of feeding foods that are neither canned nor kibbled. As the benefits of feeding raw foods and fresh whole foods have become evident to guardians worldwide a revolution in the feeding of pets has begun. As the understanding of optimal nutrition for pets has made clear that kibble and canned foods are not an appropriate diet for animals, new healthier and more nutritious ways of feeding whole foods have become available.
One of the newer and better options that is quickly gaining in popularity throughout the country is freeze-dried foods.
Pets parents have quickly understood the benefits and convenience of feeding a freeze-dried diet to their dogs and cats.
Freeze-dried foods can provide all of the many health benefits of frozen raw foods without much of the mess and fuss of a frozen or refrigerated diet.
Those who feed raw diets believe that this is a far healthier way to nourish their dogs and cats. They often see dramatic improvements in their dog’s health after switching to a pure whole food diet. Dogs plagued with various skin allergies, picky eaters and overweight dogs improve when they fed a strict diet of whole raw foods. Meats and vegetables can be freeze-dried to make this type of diet easy to prepare. In most cases, freeze dried foods are “just add water and serve”. This gives dogs and cats the benefits of a homemade raw diet as freeze drying leaves the ingredients as close to fresh as possible and does not require additional chemical preservative to stay for long periods of time at room temperature.
Feeding frozen or fresh raw foods can be messy and time-consuming especially if you have to gather all the ingredients yourself and try to balance your dog’s nutritional needs.
Ease of use is only one reason why a freeze-dried diet can be perfect for those who want to feed raw, but want the convenience of kibble.
It has the ease and convenience of kibble yet it’s comprised of the same ingredients as a raw or fresh diet and contains no preservatives. The food is not messy to prepare or feed. The food will already be nutritionally balanced so you don’t have to spend time choosing the ingredients or making the food yourself. You can still give your dog raw bones for recreational chewing. Never give your dog cooked bones. Freeze-dried foods also have a long shelf life making them ideal for traveling with your dog or cat and for keeping in an emergency survival kit. No additional refrigeration or freezing is required. You can store freeze-dried foods easily in any kitchen cabinet.
Freeze-drying is a process that removes moisture from the ingredient without the use of heat as in dehydration. All the guardian needs to do is add water back to the freeze-dried food to rehydrate it.
The freeze-drying process includes freezing the food, lowering the pressure around the food, removing the moisture, and sealing the product. The freeze-drying process acts as a preservative, which is how the food can last for so long without any other preservatives.
When choosing a freeze-dried food look at the ingredient list and consider the same things you would consider when choosing a raw food diet for your dog or cat. Check the amount of protein, fat, and fiber on the guaranteed analysis. Freeze-dried foods are a great alternative for people who want to feed a raw or home cooked diet to their dog or cat. Animals will absorb the same nutritional benefits of eating raw foods without the mess. The foods are nutritionally balanced, easy to handle and store, plus they keep for a long time. We recommend making sure the ingredients are sourced in the USA and that the food in made in the US.
In 2013 Dr. Harvey’s launched Oracle, a unique line of freeze-dried foods for dogs and cats. Freeze-dried foods are a great alternative for people who want to feed a raw diet but do not want to deal with frozen foods. Dogs get the same nutritional benefits of eating raw without the mess. Oracle is nutritionally balanced and high in protein, vitamins and minerals. Oracle for dogs and cats is easy to handle and store and it keeps at room temperature for a long time.
The reception for this unique food has been overwhelmingly positive. Pet parents are thrilled to find the Dr. Harvey’s quality in a complete food. Oracle provides the perfect diet for the pickiest of eaters and for the most discerning of pet parents. Made with freeze-dried antibiotic and hormone free proteins, Oracle provides the highest quality nutrition for dogs and cats. Oracle’s special blend of protein, vegetables and herbs makes this “just add water” diet the perfect solution for guardians who want the best diet and do not have the time to prepare homemade raw food from scratch. Oracle has become very popular for dogs suffering from allergies, obesity and other health issues and is especially helpful with dogs and cats that are extremely finicky.
Dr. Harvey’s is proud to have made such a fine and convenient food that is so close to the fresh foods that we have offered to pet parents for over a quarter century. Oracle is seeing the future of animal nutrition.