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We understand you will have questions. We had questions too when we first started down this path several years ago. Unlike you, we had no place to go to get our questions answered. Luckily for you, we have learned enough during our journey to help you on your journey. And, like you, we will always be learning, and adding to our knowledge bank and sharing with you. 

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The following is a list of questions we’ve frequently answered. If you have a question, that’s not answered here, please send us an email to info@mbarqsolutions.com, and we’ll get right on it!

QUESTIONS

ANSWERS

How does fresh, whole-foods benefit my dog?

There are many benefits of serving your dog fresh, whole-foods. Providing unprocessed and clean foods eliminate the toxins your dog would be ingesting. Many health issues dogs may acquire are often related to these toxins creating cellular inflammation. This leads to disease, and need for medications…more ingested toxins. See Benefits of Fresh, Whole-Foods for your dog for in-depth information.

How much does it cost to feed my dog fresh, whole-foods?

Our menu plans are based on the weight of your dog in ten pound increments. We worked extremely hard to make our menu plans affordable and easy to locate ingredients. We provide a daily, weekly and monthly estimated cost, but your costs may be slightly different depending on where you live and shop. See Cost of Ingredients by menu plan and weight class.

Where do I buy the ingredients in your menu plans?

Like you we do not have time or the energy to be going to multiple grocery or specialty stores. Thus, the ingredients in our menu plans can be typically found at ordinary grocery or big box discount stores like Costco, BJ’s, Walmart, etc. If we utilize a novel protein, they can typically be found at a local butcher.

How soon will I see the benefits of a fresh, whole-food diet for my dog?

There are many benefits of serving your dog fresh, whole-foods. Providing unprocessed and clean foods eliminate the toxins your dog would be ingesting. Many health issues dogs may acquire are often related to these toxins creating cellular inflammation. This leads to disease, and need for medications…more ingested toxins. See Benefits of Fresh, Whole-Foods for your dog for in-depth information.

What if my dog has a health or medical condition, can I still put them on a fresh, whole-food menu plan?

Dogs with health or medical conditions are the best candidates for a fresh, whole-foods diet. Commercial dog foods contribute to cellular inflammation and the health issues your dog may be experiencing. As a result, we will create a Customized Menu Plan designed specifically for your dog’s unique needs.

What if my veterinarian is against fresh, whole-food or raw diets?

Unfortunately many veterinarians are not highly trained in nutrition. We prefer working “with” veterinarians versus against, but not all are open to that relationship. We recommend you do what is going to make your dog healthier than they are today. It’s up to you to make those decisions, and sometimes it’s counter to your veterinarian’s beliefs. 

Does my dog need to be under veterinarian care to safely transition to a fresh, whole-food diet?

In the case of major illnesses, such as diabetes, cardiovascular, kidney, liver, etc, your dog is most likely is under veterinarian care already. If not, we highly advise your dog be under veterinarian care. Otherwise, our Good Start Menu is a safe transition for most healthy dogs, while the Customized Menu Plan is a perfect start for dogs with health issues.

What if my veterinarian wants me to put my dog on a prescription commercial dog food?

Sadly, many veterinarians are not well versed on nutrition, and/or the woes of commercial dog food. Thus, their natural inclination is to recommend you put your dog on one of the many prescription dog foods available. This is a very safe approach for them unlike fresh, whole-food diets. Unfortunately, this is not the path to improved health for your dog. 

Which weight class should I buy if my dog is in between two different weights?

If you suspect your dog could lose a few pounds we suggest you buy the weight class below their current weight, and vise versa if your dog could gain a few pounds. Always buy the weight class for your dog’s goal weight. Within each menu plan we provide ways to safely increase or decrease calories. See how we calculate caloric needs for more information. Note: It will take several weeks, if not months, to see visible weight changes in your dog.

If my dog is overweight, should I buy the menu plan for their current weight or their goal weight?

If your dog is overweight or obese, always buy the weight class for the weight they “should” be, not their current weight. Our menu plans keep the caloric intake for your dog consistent over time making it easy and safe for your dog to lose weight. Note: If your dog is obese it is recommend you discuss your intentions with your veterinarian to make sure there aren’t any health conditions we should be aware of requiring a modification in the plan.

How do I decide which dog food menu plan is best for my dog?

We understand you might be confused on which is the best program for your dog. The first question you should ask is whether your dog has underlying health conditions or diseases you’d like to treat with fresh food. If so, you might consider our Customized Menu Plan

The next question you need to ask is whether your dog is currently eating fresh, whole-foods as part of their diet. If the answer is no, or just a little bit here and there, look into our Good Start Menu Plan.

And finally, if your dog has been off commercial dog food and only eating fresh, whole-foods or raw, then our Refresh Menu Plan is a great fit. We have two different plans currently.

See a Comparison of Menu Plans!

The information offered by MBARQ Solutions is intended to provide general guidance. Nothing on the web site or our menu plans constitutes veterinary advice. We are not veterinarians. We are nutritional experts who’s menu plans are intended to work alongside traditionary veterinary protocols.

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