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08-27-18 Answers from Answers

Join Dr. Judy this week as she interviews another member of the team making history in the pet food industry. Meet Answers Pet Food’s Nutrition Science Director, Billy Hoekman, joining us from Los Angeles, California where he lives with his wife Emily and their dog Lua. Many of you have already heard about Answers Pet Food, a high quality fermented diet using only whole raw foods. Billy has extensive involvement including Research & Development, product development, working with farms, science education, and conducting a majority of their health and nutrition consultations. The Answers company sources livestock from family farms that are Certified Humane Raised and Handled, and crops are grown in the traditional manner consistent with organic quality and sustainability – but with all this, you may wonder “why fermentation?”. No worries! Billy will help you understand that, as with all fermentation, the bacteria not only create new nutrients, enzymes and organic acids, but they also become an extremely effective probiotic for your pet, which is critical to your pet’s health. Billy is also a regular attendee of the yearly AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) meetings, where he participates in the fight for pet food labeling and ingredient definition transparency. He also routinely speaks around the country on a wide variety of topics ranging from nutritional concepts to environmental concerns. If you’re raw feeding your pet or thinking of doing so, you’ll want to hear Dr. Judy and Billy discuss why a fermented raw diet is an option you may want to consider.

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