A. Here is the Story of Rudy Greens.
Q. How do I use Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine?
A. 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.