FAQs

Q. How did the name Rudy Green's come about?
A. Here is the Story of Rudy Greens.

Q. How do I use Rudy Green's Doggy Cuisine?
A. As a mix-in to dry food- replace an equal portion of dry food with Rudy Green's, stir  and watch your dog dance! This all natural product is frozen so it is preserved without adding chemicals. It can be thawed in your refrigerator overnight or in the container in a microwave on defrost for about 5 minutes. Be sure it is completely thawed, but not hot, before serving it to your dog on it’s own, or mixed with dry food. If you choose not to use the entire 12 oz. container, simply put the lid back on and refrigerate the leftovers for up to 3 days. Since Rudy Green’s is PEOPLE FOOD, it won’t stink up your fridge like an opened can of dog food will.

Q. Can I feed my dog only Rudy Green’s?
A. This product is intended for use as an enhancement to a dry diet, although in some cases a diet of this product only may be beneficial. Please seek advice from your veterinarian.

Q. This looks like real food- why is it labeled a treat?
A. AAFCO and FDA have 2 classifications of pet food – “Completely Balanced Foods” or “Treats”. Completely balanced foods must meet all AAFCO regulations and have a minimum content of specific nutrients. To do this pet foods quite often contain additives, fillers and by-products. We've chosen not to add these components to Rudy Green’s. As it is just real human grade food, cooked in formulations that are healthy for dogs and frozen for preservation, this product is labeled as a treat. For more information read the FDA’s information on pet food labeling.

Q. What exactly are the “by-products’ listed on pet food labels?
A. Dogs love meat and they need protein but not as much as you might think. Unlike cats, who need high amounts of protein and no carbohydrates at all, dogs need as much as 50 percent carbohydrates, and meat should be the first ingredient, followed by more absorbable grains like rice. If you’ve read any dog-food labels, the term “by-product” appears a lot. Meat by-products consists mainly of animal parts that are not used for human consumption, such as bones, organs, blood, fatty tissue and intestines. If a label says “chicken by-product,” all the parts must come from chicken; the same goes for lamb, beef, etc. Some experts argue that by-products should be avoided entirely, and that a dog’s diet should contain meat, vegetables and absorbable grains, not ground up bones and organs. These critics say that it’s simply too hard to know what exactly is included in by-products. Dog owners would do best to look for real meat, vegetable and grain ingredients.

Q. Can I actually eat Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine?

A. Yes. You might want to add salt and pepper.

Q. I’ve heard human food is bad for dogs. Why is this different?
A. Most of us eat foods that are heavily salted, seasoned, or contain things like onions that are not good for dogs. Rudy Green’s is all natural human quality food prepared especially for dogs.

Q. Can I cook these recipes or something similar for my dogs at home?
A. Yes, and the ingredients for each variety of Rudy Green’s is stated clearly in descending order on the labels (which are also on this site). Always check with your veterinarian to know what is best but there are some websites to help you prepare healthy meals for your dog.

DECODING PET FOOD LABELS

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It seems as though everytime you turn on your TV there is a new brand of dog food claiming to be the best, healthiest and even going as far as to say that it could extend the life of your pet, but everyone knows you cant believe everything you see or hear on TV so how is a regualar consumer supposed to make sense of all this information not to mention the ingredients that we can’t pronounce much less even heard of. So lets try and break this down…..

According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration, pet food ingredient labels must ensure proper listing of ingredients in descending order from most weight to least weight. Which means, you’ll know by looking at the top five ingredients listed, that those are what composes a considerable amount of your pets’ food.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Meat

Ok so seeing a delicious sounding meat listed first on your dogs food ingridient label should be a good thing…. right? Wrong. “Meat” doesn’t necessarily mean beef. Seeing “meat-meal” as an ingredient on your pet food label can mean any kind of mammal tissue is included in the mix. Know where your meat comes from by looking for specifics such as chicken, lamb or other specific sources of meat. In addition, consider “poultry” as another hazy source that can be interpreted as any bird, not necessarily chicken.

Now that I am thoroughly grossed out and disgusted…moving right along….

Proteins

Pay attention to the source of protein in your pet food. Just because the food shows a high percentage of crude protein doesn’t ensure the quality of the source. Once again, look for specific sources of meat as the main source of protein instead of items like corn gluten meal or bone meal, as they tend to have lower absorption rates than meat-based proteins, not to mention terribly misleading.

Byproducts

I refuse to buy food with this word used in the ingriendient….serously,, that could mean anything!

How would youfeel about eating food with “byproducts” in it? Items like “chicken byproduct” contain ground parts of chicken, possibly including feet and beaks. As a general rule of thumb, steer clear of byproducts altogether.

This just keeps getting worse for me…..I am starting to feel deceived and feel horrible for feding my dogs this kind of food for years simply b/c I didnt know any better!

Carbohydrates

As with the kind of carbs you eat, whole grains are the way to go for your pets. Flours such as wheat flour and corn flour tend to be highly processed sources of carbohydrates. Also look for ground rice as a carbohydrate source that usually offers higher nutritional value.

Fats

Keeping Fido’s skin and coat looking squeaky-clean and soft to the touch can be as easy as choosing the right food. Fatty acids play an important role in keeping that snuggly fur in tip-top condition. Look for foods with sunflower oil, flaxseed oil or chicken fat for great sources of this nutrient.

I hope this article at least opened your eyes enough to read the labels and if you still dont feel safe, you can always buy Rudy Greens Doggy Cuisine, Its 100% all natuaral, delicious and comes with peace of mind for you, the pet owner. PLease feel free to visit www.rudygreens.com to learn more!