Local butcher shop offers meaty alternatives to traditional dog food

An Eagle Point business, The Butcher Shop, said the secret to keeping your dog healthy is making sure the ingredients in their food are known and trusted. (KTVL/Genevieve Grippo)

Accoridng to the FDA, 13 dog food products have been recalled over the past year.

An Eagle Point business, The Butcher Shop, said the secret to keeping your dog healthy is making sure the ingredients in their food are known and trusted.

Co-owner Cam Callahan said that's why the store started making their own dog food about five years ago.

Since then, he said the business has taken off. Each day, staff members expect to sell between 400 and 600 pounds of dog food.

"Something that you love so much-- your dogs-- they give you comfort. You want to take care of them," said Callahan.

The product is made completely of raw meat that's ground in-house. Varieties include beef, turkey, lamb, chicken, rabbit and other combinations.

Besides buffalo and elk ingredients, Callahan said all of the meat is locally sourced.

"I want to know what goes into it, just like when I'm doing stuff for you out of our retail counter," he said. "I want to know what farm it's coming from. I want to know how the animal's been treated, and I want to know how it's been processed."

Because the food doesn't have any fillers or artificial hormones, dogs don't have to eat as much to fill up-- making the one and five pound bags that the products come in last a little longer.

The butcher shop says their prices are similar to some dry dog foods.

If you buy a five pound bag, each pound is $2.00.

One pound bags go for $2.50.

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