Our kefir is made from fresh raw milk. The milk comes from a local farm in PA. Their cows are grass fed and the milk is approved for human consumption. We add the kefir grains to their milk and make the kefir here at our farm. We seal 0.5 lbs of kefir (about 1 cup) in a vacuum bag and flash freeze it. Once frozen we seal 2 bags of kefir together into a larger bag and vacuum seal that again to avoid spillage in case of a leak in the smaller bags. Net weight of this product is 1 lbs (= 2 x 1 cup).
The use of Kefir dates back about 2000 years and it's the oldest known fermented milk yogurt. It was developed by shepherds in the Caucasian Mountains. The shepherds carried fresh milk in leather pouches - on occasion the milk would ferment into grains and result in a bubbly beverage. The grains were considered precious. Upon discovery, the people of the mountain learned to culture kefir by talking the kefir grains and mixing them with fresh, raw, cow or goat milk which they left in goatskin leather bags to ferment. The word Kefir is derived from the Turkish word “Keif” describing a state of feeling good.
Typically one tablespoon of kefir contains 5 billion beneficial bacteria. The probiotics found in Kefir contribute to health in a wide variety of ways:
- Contains a substantial amount of B Complex vitamins, Calcium, vitamin A, Vitamin D, magnesium, phosphorus
- Contains tyrptophan, an essential amino acid
- Helps prevent illness by strenghtening the immune system
- Is easily digestible
- Has natural antibiotic and anti-fungal properties
- Promotes anti-cancer and anti-tumour activity in the body
- Promotes the faster healing of wounds
This food is ideal to help your pet recover his natural immune system after a treatment with antibiotics. It is also ideal for growing puppies and kittens. Since the kefir grains break down the lactose in the milk into smaller, easier to digest particles, kefir can also be enjoyed by those who are lactose intolerant.
Please feed in moderation if this product is new to your dog or cat ... it might cause diarrhea if consumed in larger quantities while the GI tract of your dog and cat is not used to it yet. Start out feeding a very small amount (1/2 teaspoon for kittens, puppies or toy breed adult dogs, 1/2 tablespoons for medium to larger adult dogs). Slowly increase amount over the time frame of 1 to 2 weeks if no diarrhea occurs.
Here is a little table with our daily feeding dosage recommendations - once your pet has adjusted to this new food:
- Small size dogs and cats - 1 tsp to 1 tbs
- Medium size dogs - 1 tbs to 2 tbs
- Large dogs - 2 tbs to 3 tbs
- Extra large dogs - 4 tbs to 6 tbs
Do NOT feed kefir together or shortly after a meal with raw meat ! Make sure to have at least 3 hours of time in between a raw meat meal and the kefir ! Milk and meat fed at the same time can cause serious diarrhea !
Do NOT feed while your cat or dog is taking antibiotics, only start giving kefir once the treatment is completed !