Jeff Baker is the founder, CEO and president of Canine Caviar, makers of dry and canned dog food, as well as treats and supplements.
Q What kind of research went into the creation of Canine Caviar in the mid-’90s?
A I have a background in animal science, nutrition and pharmacology. While working as a stem cell researcher for a pharmaceutical company in Germany, I was researching and analyzing the effects of a flea control product. I noticed the chemical reactions between food and the venom in the insect bites in his own Great Dane. That lead me to more extensive research in animal nutrition, how wolves or wild dogs would eat and how pH affects our pets.
Canine Caviar continues to be a science-based diet as I continue to work with a dedicated team of researchers, scientists, veterinarians and nutritionists all over the world. Together we seek new advancements and latest breakthroughs in pet health.
Q What does the saying “Closest to Nature” mean to Canine Caviar?
A Canine Caviar is created with carefully selected and minimally processed ingredients, limited to what is necessary for optimal health and free of ingredients used as fillers. Minimal processing leaves more nutrients in the kibble and gives Canine Caviar the highest digestibility. Since wolves’ diets in nature are single protein, Canine Caviar formulas are also single protein. Since wolves eat an alkaline diet with pH of 7.1-7.4 in nature, Canine Caviar is also Alkaline 7.1-7.4. Pet parents can offer their pups a complete and balanced diet with the health benefits seen in nature or a raw diet.
Q What are the primary benefits of proper pH levels for a dog?
A The pH level is one of the most important balancing systems of the body. An alkaline diet helps more oxygen move into the cells which allow the DNA’s self-recovery mechanism to function more efficiently and effectively. It reduces the risk of many health issues like kidney and liver problems, diabetes, reduces itching, scratching and hot spots, settles digestive upsets, reduces anaerobic activity and cellular degeneration (aging). We all want our beloved pets to live a long, healthy and happy life, and it begins with Canine Caviar and the right pH balance.
Q How would you describe the sourcing of Canine Caviar’s proteins?
A Canine Caviar utilizes wild-caught or free-range protein sources that are free of added hormones and antibiotics. Great care is taken to ensure all proteins are sustainably sourced and ethically raised.
Q Who was Moguls the Great Dane, and what was his impact to Canine Caviar?
A Moguls was the best friend of mine when I was working as a research scientist. The bond between us was the driving force that led to the creation of Canine Caviar. Moguls had some health issues and allergies, specifically to insect bites, which resulted in several visits to the emergency room. During my research, I discovered the chemical reaction between the insect venom and food was leading to allergic reactions in Moguls. This prompted me and my fellow scientists to research and formulate a special diet for Moguls that consisted of all-natural holistic pH balanced ingredients to maintain an alkaline pH. An alkaline pH of 7.1-7.4; mimics and supports the pH of all of the organs and tissues in the body. While being fed this special diet, Moguls stopped having allergic reactions, maintained a healthy pH of 7.1-7.4 and lived a long, healthy live to the age of 17.
After the pharmaceutical company sold, I was encouraged by family and friends to start my own pet food company to help other pets. Continuing to be true to the roots of Canine Caviar since 1996, the alkaline diets have made a difference in millions of animals’ lives. Canine Caviar is a science-based manufacturer and one of the few remaining family-owned and operated companies in the industry.