Dry food prepared with Fleischsaftgarung
Our dry food is prepared with FSG (Fleischsaftgarung). FSG is a method of preparing fresh meat. It comes from the kitchen rather than the feed industry. It was modelled on techniques that top chefs often use to make meat tastier and also healthier.
The FSG (Fleischsaftgarung) creates the important properties of our dry food that are so appreciated by dog lovers.
- The vacuum: The meat cooks under vacuum. So nothing is lost, not even natural flavours, as it is the case with boiling.
- The reduction: We use a special technique that allows us to slowly reduce the moisture in a vacuum. Slow reduction is also known from the kitchen as gentle boiling down. Reducing the moisture of the meat juice intensifies the natural meat flavour.
- The vacuum: All the natural vitamins and nutrients of the meat are completely preserved.
- The low temperature: Due to the low temperature, during FSG (Fleischsaftgarung) the vitamins and nutrients are preserved.
- The dog's digestive system has hardly changed during domestication. Meat is still the most important source of nutrition. Proteins denatured with FSG (Fleischsaftgarung) are digested better than raw meat.
- The faeces resulting from FSG dog food are correspondingly small, dimensionally stable and have no obtrusive aroma. The consistency of the faeces makes it easier for your dog to pass it (once or twice a day).
- No tummy bloat due to swelling
- Reduces the risk of gastric torsion
- Shortened food rest because your dog feels less dull and tired after the meal
- No food soaking, which leads to an unappetising mush
In a world full of advertising promises, it is hard to tell the good from the bad. That is why we have commissioned TÜV Süd Elab (now ELAB Analytik GmbH) to test our dog food regularly and independently. What is tested:
- Our fresh meat content: testing of recipe compliance at the preparation site.
- For harmful substances, to protect the health of your best friend.
- Our declaration
Further information is available at: www.elab-analytik.de/platinum-english/
Fresh meat for your dog without raw feeding
Even a quick glance at a dog's dentition shows unmistakably: it is made for meat. Canine teeth and carnassial teeth are not found in an herbivore. As the dog’s intestine is short it is optimised for the absorption of nutrients from meat – It is shorter than it is in humans and also significantly shorter than the intestine of a pure herbivore.
Therefore, the structure of the dog’s body leaves no doubt that physical well-being and lasting health can be achieved with meat as the main component of the diet. For this reason, PLATINUM's focus has always been fresh meat. When we talk about meat we are talking about fresh meat and not about meat meal und animal by-products.
Meat meal is produced when the nutrient-rich meat juice and the natural fat content are extracted from the fresh meat applying high temperatures and high pressure.
Meat meal is not tasty and it is significantly less nutritious than fresh meat. That is why there is no meat meal roast on the table on Sundays and no meat meal in our dog food.
Dog food prepared with FSG (Fleischsaftgarung) is no ordinary dog food
Meat becomes more digestible by heating. Scientists of Harvard University have found out that proteins denatured by heat, can be digested faster than raw meat. This is valid for humans as for animals. Furthermore, heating the meat, kills any pathogens (germs and bacteria) that may be present, which spares the body an energy consuming defence against infection.
That is why we use fresh meat to prepare our food. The method of preparing is called FSG (Fleischsaftgarung). In this process, fresh meat is cooked only in its own meat juice as in the kitchen. We are not talking about everyday kitchen, but gourmet cuisine, where chefs use special cooking methods to prepare meat tastier and also healthier, thanks to the meat juice. FSG combines a selection of these cooking methods to prepare a delicious and nutritious meal. Adapted to the nutritional needs of the dog, our quality food is a big step forward for the dog. The dog sees itself as a real member of the family and not as a wolf.
Dry Dog Food
Compared to dry food prepared with FSG (Fleischsaftgarung) industrial dried food is produced by extrusion, pressing or baking. This results in gluten-free dry dog food and grain-free dry dog food, as well as dry puppy and young dog food and dry senior food.
Extruded dry food (dog food)
Extruded dry food is a result of a pasty mass of dry food ingredients which is strongly heated, applying high temperature under pressure, pressed through nozzles and dried. Meat is not the main ingredient in about half of all extruded dry dog food on the market. The extruders dried food ingredients can contain only about 25 percent of fresh meat. The dry food extruder is unable to process more fresh meat without the dry food pieces croquettes falling apart again. Therefore, meat meal is predominantly used for extruded dry food (dog food). Extruded dry food always swells, sometimes more and sometimes less. Swelling dog food increases the risk of a gastric torsion in larger dog breeds.
Cold pressed dry food (dog food)
Cold pressed dry dog food is produced in a similar way to pelletised press feed used in factory farming. Therefore, the dried food pellets for cattle and pigs, for example, look very similar to the cold pressed dried food pellets for dogs. However, dry food (dog food) is only pressed from flours such as maize meal, rice meal, rumen meal, bone meal and meat meal. Cold pressed dry food (dog food) combined with water, decomposes into flour again after about an hour. The term cold pressed dry food (dog food) also is not quite correct because animal-based ingredients such as rumen meal, bone meal or meat meal, are also pressed. These components were produced by applying high temperature and high pressure long before cold pressing. Tests have shown that there is also cold pressed dry feed that swells up like extruded dry feed. Consequently, in this case, cold pressed dry dog food would also pose a risk of gastric torsion in larger dog breeds.
Baked dry food (dog food)
Baked dry food can be produced with a high percentage of fresh meat. However, the ingredient dough of baked dry food (dog food) is heated longer than the extruded dry food (dog food). Tests have shown that there is also baked dry feed that swells up like extruded dry feed. In this case, baked dog food would also pose a risk of gastric torsion in larger dog breeds.
Dry dog food prepared with FSG instead of dry dog food
Dry dog nutrition is produced by cooking fresh meat in its own meat juice at a low temperature for a long time, while the meat juice is constantly reduced. Although the result is called dry food, the texture is not like the texture of common dry dog food. The remaining moisture of the meat juice makes our dry food chewy-soft. Reducing the meat juice enhances the meat taste and smell in a natural way. Therefore, dog food prepared with FSG (Fleischsaftgarung) comes without flavour enhancers, without attractants and without odourants. The low temperature during cooking also preserves the nutrients of meat and meat juice.
The dog's digestive system is made to digest meat, which is why dry food prepared with FSG has an excellent conversion into energy for the body to use. The naturally high digestibility is also shown by the fact that the dry food does not swell in the stomach like extruded dry dog food, some cold pressed dry dog food and some baked dry dog food do. Overall, dry food prepared with FSG is suitable for all dog breeds and all age groups (puppies, young dogs, adult dogs and senior dogs).