The Next-Best Thing to Raw... Our Dehydrated Raw Grass Fed Beef Entrée Makes Feeding Your Dog a Species-Appropriate Diet Quick and Easy

Do you really know what you’re feeding your dog? More than 99% of commercially available diets are feed-grade, meaning they can contain ingredients not approved for human consumption or that failed inspection. Give your pet’s diet a major overhaul with our canine-approved, premium dog food made only with ethically sourced, human-grade ingredients.

  •  How our Healthy Pet Essentials Dehydrated Raw Grass Fed Beef Entrée can help you dramatically improve your dog’s diet:

    • Used as a treat, topper or a meal in itself, our complete and balanced dog food is formulated to meet the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) nutritional levels for all breeds and all life stages, including growth of large size dogs (70 lb. or more as an adult).
    • It contains only human-grade ingredients – USDA inspected meats, bones and organs from grass fed and humanely raised animals, sustainably sourced organic vegetables and fruits, and vitamins and minerals.
    • Designed as a species-appropriate diet for all ages of dogs, including puppies, our shelf-stable formula is free of grains, GMOs, soy and gluten.
Dog standing by the food bowl
Human-grade, species-appropriate food is the best food you can feed your pet.

For as long as I’ve been with Mercola.com – since 2009 – I’ve wanted nothing more than to encourage Dr. Mercola to offer a non-toxic, species-specific diet for pets made with 100% human-grade ingredients.

But there were always obstacles standing in the way, usually related to cost or the availability of raw materials.

A decade or more ago, you just couldn’t find consistent sources of free range, ethically sourced meats. Even if you could, they were too prohibitive in price to feed to your pet on an everyday basis. People could barely afford 100% grass fed meats for themselves.

Today, thank goodness, things have changed. Supplies are more plentiful and we have a whole new appreciation for clean food.

Many now rightly view food as medicine. What you eat can make a profound difference in your health.

And it’s no different with your dog...

Food is the foundation of your pet’s health, too. You can give your dog all the supplements you want, but if you’re not feeding him healthy, human-grade food that contains the necessary building blocks in biologically correct amounts, what I call species-appropriate macronutrients, you can’t expect your pet to truly thrive.

After all these years, Dr. Mercola’s team was finally able to consistently source the raw ingredients needed to produce dog food made with ethically sourced and human-grade constituents and keep it in stock. Most importantly, each bite provides balanced nutrition, whether you feed it to your dog exclusively or use as a topper or treat.

Before I tell you all about it, let’s take a look at why most of today’s pet foods may not be meeting your dog’s nutritional needs.

Today’s Pet Food Diets, Rated From Best-to-Worst

Wet dog food
While kibble is still near the bottom of my list, there are even worse pet foods.

With all the different pet food diets available today, it can be difficult to know which one is best.

To help you find the right food for your dog, I periodically rate all of the types of foods sold in big box stores, grocery stores and small, independent pet food stores.

Here’s my most recent list, from best to worst, starting with my favorite type of food for dogs:

  1. Balanced raw, fresh homemade diet (I recommend using our Meal Mix for Adult Dogs to ensure homemade raw and cooked diets are nutritionally balanced)
  2. Balanced cooked, homemade diet
  3. Commercially available balanced raw food diet (found in the freezer section of your small, specialty pet store)
  4. Dehydrated or freeze-dried raw diet
  5. Commercially available cooked or refrigerated food
  6. Human-grade canned food (the label must say the ingredients are human-edible)
  7. Super premium canned food (typically found at big-box pet supply stores or conventional veterinary clinics)
  8. Human-grade dry food (the label must state human-grade so it won’t contain low-quality or rendered unidentified proteins)
  9. Super premium dry food (found at big box pet supply stores and conventional veterinary clinics)
  10. Grocery store brand canned food (usually contain high levels of grains and therefore glyphosate and GMOs, and synthetic preservatives)
  11. Grocery store brand dry food (same issues as store brand canned food and lacks adequate moisture)
  12. Semi-moist pouched food (contains propylene glycol, a preservative closely related to antifreeze)
  13. Unbalanced raw or cooked homemade diet

While many of these types of foods may be temptingly convenient to feed to your dog, they don’t necessarily provide the biologically appropriate, food-based nutrients needed to maintain vibrant health.

Feed-Grade vs Human-Grade Ingredients – Why Kibble and Other Commercially-Prepared Pet Foods Are so Cheap

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Real meat is more expensive than the rendered "feed grade" meals used in kibble.

There’s no question that pet food made with human-edible ingredients costs more – usually a lot more. Why is that?

It all comes down to the type of ingredients used in the food. All pet foods use one of two different categories of ingredients: human-grade or feed-grade.

Humans eat “human-grade” food, meaning it meets the standard for “edible.”

With pet food, if it is made with only human-grade ingredients, it will also contain human-grade supplements.1

To meet Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) standards for “complete and balanced” pet foods, manufacturers purchase vitamin and mineral premixes that are added to the slurry during production.

Typically produced in bulk for agri-business, these synthetic feed-grade premixes are supposed to be blends of the correct amounts of vitamins and minerals. But sometimes they’re not.

Excessive levels of vitamin D in premix products were the source of a recent lawsuit with about 300 plaintiffs, some of whom had more than one dog sickened or killed. Most recalls of feed-grade pet foods are due to the mass-produced premixes.

Even though a few pet food manufacturers have been making human-grade claims in recent years, less than 3% of pet food products are actually made with human-grade ingredients, including human-grade vitamins and minerals.

For the most part, kibble and canned pet foods are considered feed-grade as they are made with feed-grade ingredients. Some gently cooked foods and raw foods (dehydrated, freeze dried or frozen) may be made with human-grade ingredients, but many are not.2

When you do find a pet food that contains only human-grade ingredients, expect it to cost more. Clean, government-inspected-and-passed meat (especially ethically sourced meats) costs a lot more than meats that fail inspection and AAFCO-approved waste products – or meat-meals from unknown and untested sources.

So, what exactly makes up feed-grade food? Let’s take a closer look, if you can stomach the details...

The Unsavory Truth About Feed-Grade Pet Food

Bowl of wet dog food
If you knew what was in your dog’s food, you may not want to serve it.

Most owners have little idea of what they are actually feeding their pets when they buy ultra-processed pet food (kibble and canned food). I believe that if they knew, they might think twice about buying it.

Feed-grade ingredients are essentially waste products of the human food industry, and include the unwanted parts that are unsuitable for humans to eat. If a food is not food-grade, it is feed-grade.

These AAFCO-approved waste products come from various sources, including:

  • Meat slaughtering and processing plants
  • Dead (including diseased) animals from farms, ranches, feedlots, marketing barns, animal control agencies and other facilities
  • Fats, grease, and other food waste from restaurants and stores

All of the ingredients are combined and put through a “rendering process” to make different types of meat meals, which are not approved for human consumption, but common ingredients in pet food.3

First, the rejected tissues and approved waste material are combined in large containers where they are ground down to chips or shreds.

The mixture is then cooked at 220°to 270° F for up to an hour to separate the meat from the bone. The grease, or tallow, that rises to the top is skimmed off and added later as one source of “animal fat” you see listed on pet food labels.

Finally, the remaining product is put into a press to squeeze out all the moisture and to pulverize it into a powder. Screens separate excess hair and large bone pieces from the rendered powder.

Keep in mind, the pet food rendering industry exists for one reason only – to turn animal and food waste not fit for human consumption into ingredients pet food manufacturers will buy.

My question to you is... Is it really what you want to feed your animal? Deciding what to feed your dog isn’t just about what you want in the food. It’s also about what you are trying to avoid...

From Carcinogenic Residues to Heavy Metals, What Else May Be Hiding in Your Dog’s Food

Dog biting her food bowl
It's no wonder so many dogs are picky eaters when fed feed-grade food.

Here are some other things you need to know about your dog’s feed-grade kibble or canned pet food:

  • Heat destroys nutrients and denatures proteins. Pet food ingredients are heated, on average, four times during processing before sitting on a shelf for up to two years, calling its nutritional content into question.
  • Carcinogenic byproducts of high heat processing produce heterocyclic amines, acrylamides and advanced glycation end products (AGEs) which pets consume.4
  • Independent testing confirms higher-than-ever levels of lead and other heavy metals (often from tainted vitamin mixes), glyphosate, phthalates, flame retardants and BPA in pet food.
  • Additives such as chemical preservatives, artificial colors, dyes, rendered fats, fillers and emulsifiers are used with most processed foods.
  • Palatability enhancers are often added to trick pets into eating food that isn’t biologically correct – or tasty – for them.

But maybe the most potentially devastating ingredient is one you hope your pet never comes into contact with, because a single exposure could cause harm...

One of the Pet Food Industry’s Dirty Little Secrets That Could Kill Your Pet

Kid with his pet dog
Dogs of all sizes and ages have died from pentobarbital-tainted pet food.

Pet food companies would rather you not know, but countless animals have been sickened and many have died from eating pentobarbital-tainted food.5

Years ago, the FDA tested dog food for the presence of pentobarbital – the drug that’s used to euthanize animals. Testing 90 different brands of kibble, they found that 44, or almost half, tested positive for pentobarbital.6

Upon closer evaluation, they discovered the drug and euthanized animal were linked to common ingredients in processed pet foods: meat and bone meal, beef and bone meal, animal fat and animal digest.

What’s even worse, at the time, pet food manufacturers were not required to recall those pentobarbital-contaminated foods, so no one really knows how many animals suffered.

I’d like to tell you that these were isolated cases and it no longer occurs. But I can’t. And today it involves more than just kibble...

In the past few years, nearly 30 different pet food varieties have been recalled because they contained both pentobarbital and meat from euthanized animals. More than 90 million cans of “premium” pet food were recalled in 2018. Recalls and lawsuits stemming from that event and others continue today.7

A recent incident that resulted in at least one dog death and many cases of sickness involved a pet food meat supplier who also had a side business as a dead animal carcass processor.

That’s right... This company removed dead animals from farms – including euthanized horses – and sold the contaminated meat to pet food companies. The suspected source of contamination was a euthanized horse that had been “added” to a mixture of beef sold to pet food companies.

Unless your pet food is made with human-edible ingredients, you really can’t know for certain the quality of the raw materials in your bag or can.

All the more reason to choose your pet food with extreme care...

Why Your Domesticated Pup Needs Clean, Excellent Quality, Species-Specific Food to Truly Thrive

Most feed-grade pet food contains 30 to 60% carbs and other biologically inappropriate fillers. Even so-called ‘grain-free’ diets are full of potatoes and tapioca.

Just take a look at the first 10 ingredients by weight in one of the top-rated dog foods sold online, in big-box stores and even some veterinary offices:

Brewers rice, brown rice, chicken by-product meal, chicken fat, wheat gluten, corn gluten meal, corn, natural flavors, powdered cellulose, dried plain beet pulp

Yorkshire Terrier dog
Dogs of all breeds and sizes need species-appropriate food.

How could these ingredients possibly meet your dog’s nutritional needs? They don’t, and here’s why these and other inappropriate ingredients shouldn’t be in your pet’s food:

  • Rice, wheat, corn, “ancient grains” and tapioca are high-glycemic carbohydrates. Dogs do not have a carbohydrate requirement, so these fillers provide unnecessary calories from starch that your pooch doesn’t metabolically require.
  • Chicken by-product meal is not the same as whole ground chicken. In addition to chicken meat that was deemed not approved for human consumption, it contains the rendered parts of chicken carcasses, including necks, feet, intestines and “unavoidable” feathers.8
  • Corn gluten meal is used to increase the protein content on the label and isn’t organic, so we can assume it’s most likely genetically modified and contains excessive glyphosate.
  • Corn, corn gluten meal and wheat gluten are major sources of mycotoxins and aflatoxins that typically aren’t measured when included in pet food, and can cause acute toxic illness and cancer.9
  • Powdered cellulose is an inexpensive plant fiber that, in large doses, can inhibit your dog’s digestion and absorption of other nutrients.

Over the last century, the pet food industry has brainwashed owners into feeding their pets a lifetime of ultra-processed, high-carb diets (the equivalent of fast food) that can only sustain life, and not without potential metabolic consequences.

Most dry foods on the market don’t provide healthy macronutrient ratios for dogs or cats because the bulk of calories come from inexpensive carbohydrates.

Because carbs aren’t nutritionally required by either species, their metabolic machinery functions most optimally when carbs are restricted to less than 20% of overall caloric intake.

Introducing Our Dehydrated Raw Grass Fed Beef Entrée for Dogs of All Ages

Dogs do best when they derive the vast majority of their nutrient requirements from fresh, whole-food sources. In the last hundred years (since fast-pet food hit the market), they haven’t evolved to thrive on a lifetime of highly refined, high-heat processed rendered pellets.

Excellent quality meat that provides all of the essential amino acids and organic, fresh fruits and vegetables that provide the bulk of vitamins and minerals are absolutely necessary for your dog’s optimal health and vitality.

As I hinted to earlier, Dr. Mercola’s team has finally been able to source the raw materials for a species-appropriate diet for dogs that contains humanely raised and sustainably farmed ingredients.

In contrast to the popular feed-grade dog food that we just talked about, let’s take a look at the top ingredients by weight in our Dehydrated Raw Grass Fed Beef Entrée:

Beef, Beef Heart, Beef Bone, Beef Liver, Beef Kidney, Organic Butternut Squash, Organic Spinach, Organic Beets, Organic Blueberries

Dramatically different, isn’t it? Instead of feed-grade mystery ingredients, its made with high-quality 100% grass fed U.S. beef and organic vegetables and fruit.

Grass Fed Dehydrated Beef
Our Healthy Pet Essentials Dehydrated Raw Grass Fed Beef Entrée

Our Dehydrated Raw Grass Fed Beef Entrée is:

  • Formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages, so it’s appropriate for puppies and any size dog, including small, large and giant breeds.
  • Made with 100% grass fed beef humanely raised on Midwest family farms without antibiotics, added hormones or grains.
  • Made with sustainably farmed, organic vegetables and fruit, including butternut squash, spinach, kelp, beets and blueberries.
  • Fortified to nutritional standards using human-grade vitamins and minerals.
  • Carefully dehydrated with state-of-the-art technology.
  • Tested for quality and stability.
  • Free of antibiotics, added hormones, grain, gluten, glycerin, sugar, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Dehydrated Raw Grass Fed Beef Entrée contains less than 8% net carbs, meaning the bulk of your dog’s energy requirements are met by excellent quality protein and healthy fat, just the way nature intended.

Crafted to meet canine nutritional needs, this grain-free and filler-free food can replace your dog’s current food entirely or you can use it as a to be tasty meal topper, a nutrient-dense meal several times a week, or a treat or snack.

Made with 100% Grass Fed Beef for Your Dog’s Nutrition and Your Peace of Mind

Cows eating grass
Our product comes from 100% grass fed cows.

Did you know that grass fed beef can still contain glyphosate, a proven probable carcinogen, bioengineered grains and even antibiotics?

As incredible as that may sound, it’s true. There are currently no regulations for “grass fed” claims with beef, so this allows even grass fed cows to be fed grain-byproducts, including genetically modified grains, and receive routine antibiotics and growth hormones.

And because the grass fed industry is woefully under-regulated, there are no regulations concerning the use of glyphosate in non-organic grass fed beef production.

The only way you can avoid that risk is to choose 100% grass fed beef from a company you know and trust.

That’s exactly why we chose a select group of independent Midwestern family farmers to provide our beef, bone and organ meats for our Dehydrated Raw Grass Fed Beef Entrée.

Holistically and humanely raised, these cows spend much of their lifetime outdoors grazing (except during cold Wisconsin winters when they are boarded during inclement weather), away from pesticides, antibiotics and bioengineered grains. They roam freely on grass pastures or are fed grasses that haven’t been treated with herbicides.

Not only is raising pasture-fed cattle the most humane way to produce beef, it’s also the most responsible way for the integrity of farmlands.

All of these independent family farmers’ cattle are born, raised and harvested in the U.S., and they utilize stringent, proactive food safety testing to make sure their products are safe for consumption by both humans and pets.

Top-Notch Quality Control Standards Help Ensure Your Dog’s Food Is Safe to Eat

Healthy Pet Essentials Dehydrated Raw Grass Fed Beef Entrée

I believe safety should always be one of your top concerns when choosing dog food. Unfortunately, with today’s commercially prepared, feed-grade pet foods, a food that you can trust is becoming increasingly hard to find.

That’s why we’ve chosen to team up with a trusted manufacturer who ‘walks their talk’ when it comes to safety. Their four-point quality control standards are second to none:

  • Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs): Written cleaning procedures ensure employees are consistently using the correct cleaning and sanitizing procedures, ensuring their product is produced in a hyper-clean and well-maintained production environment.
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs): This system ensures product is consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards.
  • Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) Program: This detailed program analyzes their production process from start to finish, including raw material production, procurement and handling, manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product for any biological, physical or chemical hazards. Scientifically validated controls are implemented where hazards have been identified.
  • Food Defense Program: This plan is implemented to protect their food products from contamination or adulteration intended to cause harm.

The combination of quality control standards like these with high-quality, human-grade raw materials, including 100% grass fed beef from small, independent Midwestern family farmers, organically grown vegetables and fruit, and human-grade vitamins and minerals helps ensure your dog receives food that is not only bountifully nutritious, but also safe to eat.

Designed with Your Convenience in Mind, Stock up Today on Healthy Pet Essentials Dehydrated Raw Grass Fed Beef Entrée for Dogs

I wanted to create a food that was not only nutritious and safe for your pet, but also easy for you to store and feed.

Dr. Mercola’s shelf-stable Dehydrated Raw Grass Fed Beef Entrée is ready-to-feed straight from the bag. There’s nothing to prepare or thaw. Simply add water, wait five minutes, stir and serve.

Here’s what else makes it so convenient... Unlike true raw food, you can serve it to your pet and leave the house without worry of it spoiling. And because it doesn’t require refrigeration, it’s perfect for traveling, camping and boarding.

Our Healthy Pet Essentials Dehydrated Raw Grass Fed Beef Entrée is the perfect nutritionally balanced food you can feed with confidence as a complete meal, a nutritious topper or the ultimate treat. Order your supply today.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. 1. Q: How much food does one bag make?

    A: One 3 lb. bag of food a makes 12 lb. of rehydrated food.

  2. 2. Q: My dog prefers Dehydrated Raw Entrée with no water added. Can I feed it dry, right out of the bag?

    A: Because this is a dehydrated food with all the water removed, we suggest you rehydrate it before feeding to your pet if the food is your dog’s complete meal. If your dog is a picky eater, try mixing the food with broth instead of water.

  3. 3. Q: How do I prepare the food?

    A: It’s very easy to do. Simply measure food into a bowl (feeding amounts according to the size of your dog are provided) and pour warm or cold water over the cubes to saturate. Use at least equal parts of food and water. Soak food for five minutes before serving. Cubes can be mashed with a fork or served whole.

    As with any dietary change, transition to the new food slowly, letting your pet’s stool appearance set the pace of transition. Begin by replacing a small amount of your dog’s current food with Healthy Pet Essentials Dehydrated Raw Entrée. If stools are normal, gradually replace larger amounts of your pet’s current food until you are feeding all dehydrated raw.

    If your dog’s stools become loose, transition more slowly, reducing the amount of new food you are mixing in until your dog’s GI tract has had time to adjust. Average transition time is 1 to 3 weeks, but some sensitive dogs may take longer to wean onto a new food. Transition at a pace that doesn’t cause GI upset in your dog.

  4. 4. Q: Do I have to feed my dog a total diet of Dehydrated Raw Entrée or can I use it as a treat or topper?

    A: Our Dehydrated Raw Entrée can be used as a treat or a food topper. Simply crumble the dry nuggets on your dog’s current food or use the nutritionally complete nuggets as yummy treats.

  5. 5. Q: My large dog eats a lot of food. Can I mix Dehydrated Raw Entrée with what I’m currently feeding?

    A: Yes. While I don’t recommend feeding kibble to your animals as a sole diet, you can add our Dehydrated Raw Entrée to any current food to increase your dog’s level of whole food nutrition. Because our Dehydrated Raw Entrée is such an outstanding source of bioavailable nutrients, giving some is better than none.

  6. 6. Q: Can I mix the food with water in advance?

    A: Yes, you can rehydrate up to four days of food in advance and store in a sealed container in your refrigerator until ready to feed.

  7. 7. Q: Can the rehydrated food sit out at room temperature? Sometimes my dog won’t eat his meal right away when I need to leave.

    A: Yes, that’s one of the advantages of our Dehydrated Raw Entrée. Because it is dehydrated and is no longer truly “raw”, it can sit out without spoiling. I recommend tossing any uneaten food after 8 hours.

  8. 8. Q: Why is kelp added to the food?

    A: Kelp is added to meet your dog’s iodine requirements with a whole food source.

  9. 9. Q: Why are fruits and veggies added to the food?

    A: Without these sources of roughage, the diet would be deficient in not only fiber (critical to balance and maintain your dog’s intestinal health and microbiome), but the food would also be deficient in several vitamins and minerals, requiring the addition of more supplements to make the food nutritionally complete. These foods also provide phytonutrients, antioxidants and polyphenols not found in meat, bone and organs.

  10. 10. Q: What the calorie content and macronutrient breakdown of the food?

    A: There are 390 kcal/cup of food, 38% protein (min), 39% fat (min), 2% fiber (max) and 6% moisture (max). Ash is estimated to be 8%. Net carbs are calculated to be less than 7%.

  11. 11. Q: Will you be offering frozen raw diets for dogs and cats in the future?

    A: Dehydrated Raw Entrée is made from fresh, raw food that’s been dehydrated (the water has been removed). This means the product is shelf-stable and easy to ship, unlike bulky frozen food, which must be mailed on dry ice, increasing the cost substantially. We hope this product is popular enough so we can add to our food offerings for pets.

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