Why is the percentage of protein in fresh frozen pet foods always lower than the percentage in dry foods?
At first glance, it does seem that Rodi’s fresh frozen pet foods contain less protein than dry food: after all, the percentage of protein stated on the packaging is much lower than that for dry foods. One should take into consideration, however, that the amount is given as a percentage of the complete product (as is legally required). When we turn this into grams and then look at the amount of dry material, it becomes evident that the amount of protein in fresh frozen pet foods is, in fact, not very different from that in dry foods.
What is even more important, however, is the quality of the protein, or how well the dog can absorb this protein. The higher the biological value of a protein, the easier it will be for the dog to absorb that protein. Animal proteins are much easier to absorb than proteins derived from vegetables. So a food may have a very high protein content, but if the biological value of these proteins is low, they are not much use to the dog in practice. Rodi products are mainly composed of meat, and therefore the protein they contain is much more useful for your dog.
How are the Rodi fresh frozen pet foods prepared?
Rodi fresh frozen pet foods are prepared in our own factory in Opmeer, where they have more than 25 years of experience with the processing of fresh meat. The fresh meat and the other natural ingredients are ground, mixed, and then frozen at a temperature of -18 º C. This ensures that all important nutrients are preserved and thus retain their nutritional value. Next, the sausages or discs are packed in boxes and stored in a freezer unit. The products are then distributed to the customers directly from Opmeer.
Our factory is IFS (International Food Standard) Higher Level certified, which means we meet extremely strict quality standards regarding the processing and packaging of fresh frozen pet foods.
What is the best way to defrost Rodi products?
It is best to defrost Rodi fresh frozen pet foods in the fridge. Tip: Get the meal ready for the next day in the evening, just before you go to bed. The fresh frozen pet food will be defrosted in the morning.
What is the shelf life of Rodi fresh frozen pet foods?
After defrosting Rodi fresh frozen pet foods can be refrigerated for no more than one day. Remember that it is raw meat, after all.
On holiday! How do we feed the dog?
Fresh frozen pet food is not convenient to take with you on holiday, but Rodi has an excellent alternative: Rodi Sausages. Our Rodi Sausages contain at least 75% meat and thus tie in perfectly with the fresh frozen pet food your dog is used to. The only difference between Rodi Sausage and Rodi fresh frozen pet foods is the way it is prepared: Rodi Sausages are heated instead of frozen. As a result, the product can be kept outside the fridge, making it perfect as a reward but also as a complete food for holidays. Just like Rodi fresh frozen pet foods, Rodi Sausages to not contain artificial antioxidants, preservatives, fragrance, colour or flavourings.
What is the difference between Rodi Exclusive and Rodi Classic fresh frozen pet food?
There are some important differences between Rodi Exclusive and Classic fresh frozen pet foods:
- Rodi Exclusive products are manufactured without cereals.
- Rodi Exclusive products are available in 200-gram sausages with an edible and 100% digestible intestine skin in 800-gram packs. Rodi Classic products are available in 100-gram discs and 400-gram packs.
- Rodi Exclusive products all contain seaweed, cranberry and salmon oil.
- Rodi Exclusive fresh frozen pet foods are all complete. Some Rodi Classic products are supplemental products.
What about the quality of Rodi products?
Rodi products are all produced in our own production facility in Opmeer in North Holland. This production facility has been processing meat for more than 25 years and therefore has plenty experience with regard to the processing of (fresh) meat and food for dogs and cats. The production facility is IFS Higher Level certified, which means we can guarantee that our products are produced according to extremely strict quality requirements.
Why is the skin of the Rodi Exclusive sausages edible and digestible?
The skin of the sausages consists of collagen. Collagen is an animal protein derived from beef. And because collagen is derived from beef, it is natural and easy to digest.
What about raw meat and bacteria?
Raw meat contains bacteria, and so does our fresh pet food. A large proportion of these bacteria are good bacteria that contribute to your dog's health and boost its intestinal flora. However, some of the bacteria may cause problems in certain groups of people, such as young children, the elderly and people with impaired immune systems.
When feeding a diet of fresh raw meat, we therefore recommend that you take into account the hygiene requirements below.
- Store the meat in a sealed container in your freezer.
- Preferably defrost the meat in the fridge in a sealed container separate from your own food.
- After feeding, thoroughly wash everything that has come into contact with the fresh meat with hot water and soap. Don’t forget your hands!
- If your dog hasn't eaten the meat within an hour, you should discard it.
- Make sure you serve our fresh meat dinners in a cool place and out of the sun. It is also important that flies can't get to the raw meat, since they can spread bacteria.
- Ensure that small children can't get to the fresh meat.