FAQ

Safety

What is HPP?

HPP (High Pressure Processing) is a scientifically unique and validated method to increase microbial safety of (human) food. Cold, isostatic pressure (equally applied on all sides) eliminates harmful pathogens, while preserving the full nutritional value and sensory quality. This process is executed at refrigerator temperature to ensure minimal denaturation of proteins and minimal damage to other nutrients. All Raw Veterinary Diets are exposed to this unique process in their final packaging, to prevent recontamination.

Where can I find additional information on HPP?

The following websites can provide you more information:
Avure Technologies website: www.avure.com
Illinois Institute of Technology website: www.iit.edu
American Pasteurization Company website: https://www.americanpasteurizationcompany.com

How do the products retain their nutritional value after HPP?

HPP affects the products at cell level. Harmful (pathogenic) bacteria such as Salmonella, E.coli 0157: H7 and Listeria Monocytogenes are single-celled organisms that may be present in raw meat. HPP destroys the cell wall of these organisms. HPP has no effect at the molecular level. As a result, nutrients such as proteins, enzymes, prebiotics and vitamins and minerals are not affected by HPP. HPP ensures a microbially much safer fresh meat meal while the nutritional value, vitamins and minerals, taste and color are hardly affected!

Does HPP affect the enzymes in the diet?

No! HPP has little to no influence on the naturally present enzymes in the diet.

Enzymes are very resistant to high pressure. Many enzymes in our food remain active up to a temperature of 60-80 degrees. The high pressure in the HPP process is achieved by pumping cold water (4 degrees) into a vessel, which is subsequently pressurized up to 6000 bar for several minutes. Due to this high pressure the temperature rises slightly. Because the treatment lasts only 3 minutes and the products are just above the freezing point at the start of the treatment, the water temperature will not exceed 25-30 degrees during the process. This means that the products will retain their nutritive and sensory value after the HPP process.

Where does the HPP proces come from?

High pressure is a natural process. More than a century ago, scientists discovered that harmful bacteria found on land (sea level) could not survive when brought to deep sea level (very high water pressure).

In the last decades, this phenomenon has been further developed so that we now have a scientifically validated and natural way to eliminate harmful pathogens while retaining enzymes, nutritional integrity and taste.

Product information

Wich Energique diet is suitable for my dog?

Energique Raw Veterinary Diets offers you a wide selection of high quality raw meat diets for your dog. Consult with your veterinarian which meal is suitable to support your dog.

You suspect your dog of food hypersensitivity and are trying to avoid a specific ingredient?

If you suspect that your dog may react sensitive to a specific dietary ingredient, please consult the composition on the packaging to assure whether this ingredient is present in the diet of your choice. Energique is fully transparent about the ingredients that are used in the different diets.

What should I feed my dog if he/she has a specific dietary requirement?

Please consult your veterinarian to discuss the best dietary option for your dog. Your veterinarian can help you diagnose the problem and advise you on the suitable dietary option.

What should I feed my allergic dog?

When you dog shows allergic complaints, it is important to determine, together with your veterinarian, whether the allergic reaction of your dog is caused by food. If it has been established that your dog is allergic to a component in its diet, it is important to find out which ingredients should be avoided.

In the Energique Raw Veterinary Diets range, two hypoallergenic diets are available, one based on duck and the other based on insect protein (Bufallo worm) as the sole source of animal protein. Both products are formulated without wheat, corn and soy.

What is the difference between organic and inorganic forms of minerals?

Organically bound minerals, also called chelates, are minerals that are linked to an amino acid or other organic molecule. Research has shown that chelates are, in some cases, more effectively absorbed into the body than non-chelated (inorganically bound) minerals. However, this is dependent on the type of mineral, and the type of organic molecule that is being used to bind the mineral. In some cases chelated minerals are used differently in the body than the inorganically bound minerals. and may therefore be less effective once absorbed in the body. The assumption that organically bound minerals are by definition superior to inorganic forms is incorrect. When using vitamins and minerals in sufficient quantity and of good quality there is no reason to prefer chelates over inorganically bound minerals. In Energique Raw Veterinary Diets, some of the minerals (like copper) are present in chelated form. However, specific choices were made to only chose mineral chelates that are scientifically proven superior over the inorganic form.

What are pre- and probiotics?

There is a difference between prebiotics and probiotics. Prebiotics is a collective name for indigestible carbohydrates (dietary fiber) that can be broken down (fermented) by specific “healthy” bacteria in the large intestine. Prebiotics are found in vegetables, fruits and grain products. Due to their structure prebiotics are not enzymatically digested and absorbed in the small intestine. Prebiotics can stimulate the growth healthy gut bacteria (probioticsin the large intestine.

These healthy bacteria will help the body in preventing growth of pathogenic bacteria in the gut. That is why prebiotics are important for healthy intestines, because they serve as source of energy for healthy bacteria, herewith stimulating their growth.

Probiotics are strains bacteria that are thought to be beneficial for gut health, like Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria in humans. The beneficial effects of probiotics are not always clear because the type of bacteria that are perceived as healthy can vary between animal species. Feeding of Yakult or tripe as probiotics is a popular trend to add probiotic bacteria to the diet of the dog. However, the question is whether the bacteria in Yakult are beneficial for the dog, as they are adapted to the digestion of people. The same holds true for tripe, as the bacteria present in the rumen are species specific for cattle.

The use of prebiotics, herewith stimulating the growth of the species specific probiotics in the animal's own intestinal tract is preferred.

Are ground meaty backs a safe source of calcium?

Absolutely! The meaty backs that are processed in Energique Raw Veterinary Diets are finely ground and do not contain any compact bones (e.g. long bones) that are hard to digest. This assures the diets being safe to small breeds too. By only using the back parts of the animal, the diets are also guaranteed free of thyroid tissue.

What is the shelf life of Energique Raw Veterinary Diets?

When stored deeply frozen (at -18 degrees Celsius) and in an unopened package, the shelf life of Energique Raw Veterinary Diets is 2 years after production date (which is printed on the package). After thawing the diets in the refrigerator, the diets stay fresh for up to 3 days at a maximum of 7 degrees Celsius.

Why do the diets sometimes differ slightly in color?

Energique Raw Veterinary Diets do not contain any colorants and/or flavoring agents. The color of the diet is thus solely determined by the natural ingredients. This may cause small color differences from batch to batch.

Is there a correlation between raw feeding and thyroid problems in dogs?

Veterinarians are regularly confronted with dogs that are fed with raw diets that contain throats of cattle or necks and ventral carcass parts of poultry. This predisposes dogs to ingestion of thyroid tissue, which may lead to a high concentration of thyroid hormone in the blood. This may cause serious health disorders in dogs, like weight loss, muscle wasting, unkempt coat, heart arrhythmia, and breathing difficulties.

In order to exclude these risks, the Energique Raw Veterinary Diets do not process any throats, necks, and ventral carcass parts in the diets. Only fleshed back parts of the carcass are used in the diets, to prevent presence of thyroid glands in the products.

Are Energique Raw Veterinary Diets also suitable for cats?

No, Energique Raw Veterinary Diets are not suitable for cats. Cats generally have a higher protein requirement than dogs, and need extra additives in the diet, such as taurine. Many of the conditions for which RAW diets have been developed are specifically tailored to changing needs in the dog and are not optimally suited to tret the same disease conditions in cats.

My dog is a picky eater. How do I ensure my dog eating the Hypoallergenic Insect?

Energique Raw Hypoallergenic Insect has a very low fat content, making its slightly drier in structure compared to the other RAW diets. This has major advantages in the treatment of chronic complaints in the gastrointestinal tract, but has a disadvantage when it comes to smoothness and taste of the diet.

To help a picky eater transfer to the Hypoallergenic Insect, we advise you to add some lukewarm water to the diet. This way extra fragrances are released from the ingredients, and the diet becomes less dry.

Energique Raw Veterinary Diets contain added minerals and vitamins. Why not just complete the diet by using five or more different animal species?

Contrary to popular belief, using five or more different animal species to formulate a diet is not an adequate measure to assure a complete and balanced diet. There is little variation in nutrient composition between animal material from different animal species and also from different body parts of the same animal. The table below shows the nutritional composition of some ingredients and animal species frequently used in BARF diets(Dillitzer et al, Br J Nutr, 2011, USDA database (https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/)). From this table it can be concluded that the variation in (micro) minerals and vitamins is very small. Using a variety of animal species or carcass component is no direct solution to prevent mineral and vitamin deficiencies in the diet.

Is it safe to feed kibble and raw meat within the same meal?

Mixing kibble and fresh meat can be regarded as a safe option. The stomach pH normally becomes low enough for proper digestion, and there is no such thing as "sagging or floating in the stomach". The stomach is not a glass of water, but an organ that is constantly in motion to mix the food slurry with the digestive juices. So feel free to mix your dog’s kibble with some fresh meat. However, when handling regular raw meat, always ensure good hygiene to prevent contaminating your own environment with potential harmful bacteria as much as possible.

With regard to pressed or extruded kibble, both can be mixed with raw meat without any problem. However, if your dog is treated with gastric acid inhibitors or has a history of reacting sensitive to feed changes, be more cautious with feed changes and mixing different feed products, and try to find a type of food that will suit your dog best.

Is the pH (acidity) of the dog's stomach lower when it is fed a raw meat diet?

Research has shown that the stomach pH of the dog does not differ when it is being fed kibble or raw meat. This seems only logical, as in the stomach protein digestion takes place, involving enzymes that are optimally effective at these lower pH values. The stomach contains sensors that closely monitor the acidity of the stomach and stimulate the release of extra gastric acid when the stomach pH becomes too high. In this way the acidity of the stomach is optimally adjusted to the size and type of the meal, so that the enzymes can optimally function and an effective digestion can take place.

Is it true that added vitamins and minerals, also called premix, are unnatural/ syntetic?

The added minerals and vitamins are not synthetic. After all, you cannot "make" iron, copper, manganese or zinc in a laboratory. These are elements from the periodic table. As far as the vitamins are concerned, these are extracted from natural sources such as yeasts, fungi or produced by bacteria. Synthetically fabricated substances, like the anti-oxidants BHT or BHA, are not used in Energique products.

The preservation of the Energique/RAW Veterinary Diets is achieved by deep-freezing, and the vitamins (eg. vitamin A and vitamin E) are only added to cover the needs of the animal and not to keep the products fresh. Energique/RAW Veterinary Diets are guaranteed free of aromatic substances, colorant and flavoring agents.

At Energique, we routinely perform nutrient analyses on all our diets by sending samples to independent accredited laboratories. This gained us some knowledge with regard to nutrients imbalances that frequently occur in raw materials of animal origin. We add these vitamins and minerals to our diets, so that your dog can enjoy a complete and balanced meal on a daily basis.

It may be interesting to realize that this also happens in human nutrition. Growing children are prescribed extra vitamin D drops because experience has shown that there are otherwise shortages in the diet, which adversely affects the bone growth of children. Iodine-containing salt is added to our bread so that we do not develop an iodine deficiency. Our margarine is enriched with vitamins A and D, so that we can consume sufficient amounts of those vitamins as adults.

Some raw feed manufacturers and owners adhere to the philosophy that adding vitamins and minerals would not be necessary, as a wolf does not receive extra vitamins and minerals in nature. However, research has shown that animals in nature are faced with deficiencies (shortages) in nutrients on a large scale. This is one of the reasons why the lifespan of an animal in nature is significantly reduced compared to their domesticated counterparts. So, if an animal receives a specific diet on a long-term basis, then this diet will have to contain additional vitamins and minerals to keep the animal healthy on a longer term. Our vitamins and mineral mixtures are completely tailored to our products to provide these supplements in a balanced way. We thus made a conscious decision not to follow the trend that vitamin and mineral additions are "not natural", but to make good and complete products instead, which you can safely to your dog for a long time.

Availability

Where can I buy Raw Veterinary Diets?

Energique Raw Veterinary Diets can be purchased at veterinary clinics. If your vet is not offering Raw Veterinary Diets yet, you may ask him or her to contact us to purchase it for you. On the website, on the page “Availability”, the veterinary clinics that currently sell Raw Veterinary Diets near you can be found.

Can I become a reseller of Energique Raw Veterinary Diets?

If you are a practitioning veterinarian, please contact Energique via +31 (0)513-571191 or via info@rawveterinarydiets.com.

Can I also purchase Energique Raw Veterinary Diets online?

No, Energique Raw Veterinary Diets can only be purchased through veterinary clinics. This to assure that you receive proper guidance by a veterinarian when your dog receives a veterinary diet for its health problem. In addition, proper handling is of primary importance to guarantee safe feeding of a raw meat diet, which begins with proper cooled transport of the products. When transporting frozen products directly to customers it is of importance that the products are transported and delivered under cooled conditions, which cannot be guaranteed by most of the online resellers.

Can I receive a sample?

Energique Raw Veterinary Diets are frozen diets. At Energique we feel strongly about food safety. As such we do not send out products to customers, as we cannot guarantee proper cooled transport to all areas of the country. The diets can be puchased at a local veterinary clinic as a separate sausage of 450 grams. That is an ideal amount to try the diets. Make sure you consult with your veterinarian, before starting to feed one of the products to your dog.

Where can I find the purchase costs of the diet?

The purchase costs of the diets vary per diet depending on the cost of the ingredients.

Please, ask your veterinarian about the specific costs per diet.

Does Energique Raw Veterinary Diets offer promotional deals, like many kibble manufacturers do (e.g. purchase 9 bags, and get the 10th for free)?

Energique Raw Veterinary Diets does not offer promotional deals to entice you to purchase the products. Our diets are fairly priced to begin with.