Posts Tagged With: raw feeding
Back in September I posted about Raw Paws Pet Food contacting me to possibly do product reviews. Unfortunately not long after receiving the package Nandy got sick followed by Teddy’s surgery and long recovery. Fast forward and now things are about as normal around here as they ever will be so time to review!
Without much planning I got the duck out of the freezer on Friday. It’s a 5 lb chub of complete ground duck, which feeds the preferred raw ratio of 80% meat/muscle, 10% organ, and 10% bone:
The chub is tightly wrapped and sealed but the next morning I did notice some leaking from both ends. Not really a problem, just something to remember for future usage. It’s long so I had to use two plastic bags to completely cover it:
It was still firm after 48 hours in the refrigerator which made unwrapping it quite easy. I was nicely surprised by how little stuck in the ends of the wrapper:
Very easy to slice:
Teddy is on two meds so I just cut a small hole, dropped the pills in, and resealed:
Cricket is the fussiest eater of the three dogs but even she dug in after just a few seconds of sniffing:
Average daily meals for the three are between 3 and 4.5 lbs, so per pound cost of this for me is a bit high. The dogs loved it though and it’s nice to have a prepared meal without having to think about balance. It’s definitely something I would buy to keep on hand for a special treat or for when I’m out of town. I can also see this being convenient for traveling with dogs.
Thank you to Raw Paws for this opportunity, and a special thank you to Amy for her patience waiting for this to post. Of course the dogs are always appreciative:
Even raw fed dogs can get an occasional upset stomach, here it’s usually due to nibbling on weeds or grass in the yard. When it happens I make a batch of what I call Calm Tummy and that’s their meal for the day.
1 cup boiled white rice
1/4-1/2 cup boneless chicken
1 15 oz can 100% pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
Most folks boil the chicken with the rice. I’ve done both raw and cooked; with the latter I’m just very, very careful to make sure there are absolutely no bones or bone pieces in the chicken.
This makes enough for all three dogs. Once the rice is cooled I mix everything together, each serving is topped with 1 tsp of Perfect Form, which could also be mixed in for picky eaters.
The only downside to this is that it’s not a fast prep meal, I cook the rice for 15 minutes and it takes a while to cool. My dogs definitely enjoy it though!
Disclaimer: I am not a vet, vet tech, pet nutritionist, etc. This is what I’ve found works for my dogs after a lot of experimentation!
Raw Paws Pet Food contacted me after a tweet about possibly doing reviews of some of their products. Their website is very user friendly; I like the fact that there’s a filter for ‘chews by hardness’, and that food, treats, and chews can be filtered by protein source. Quite a few special diets can be accommodated as well.
After a few emails I decided to try a frozen food and a treat or chew. For the former I wanted to go with a protein the dogs had never had before so I decided on duck for that. The dogs will also be trying the smoked oxtails which Raw Paws lists as a 4 on their chew hardness scale.
Unfortunately the package arrived just before Nandy got sick. A week later and I’m still finding it difficult to get motivated so the reviews are on hold temporarily.
A new Asian market opened near our house so I stopped by today to check it out. It’s a very nice, clean store, large variety in both their meat and seafood departments.
I got chicken drumsticks for .50 per pound, which is an excellent price, and good-sized sardines for .99 per pound. Everything else I picked up will be new for the dogs: beef feet, duck wings, and duck feet.
This was my first order with Reel Raw. Their products are more expensive than Big Dan’s but all of their meat is pasture raised, grass fed, free range, etc depending on the animal in question. And all meat and bones are 100% USDA inspected and approved and fit for human consumption; again a big difference from many of the other companies. Excellent customer service when there was a question about one of the items I wanted, and the box arrived exactly a week after I placed the order, very well packaged and everything frozen solid.
Shipping costs are always an issue with meat orders. Real Raw offers free shipping when product is ordered in 50 lb increments. My main reason for this order was to get pork for the dogs and I couldn’t touch their prices at the local grocery stores or Asian markets. I ended up getting a pork complete ground mix (80% meat/muscle, 10% bone, 10% organ), pork feet, pork hocks, pork liver, and turkey necks. The next time I order I will just get the ground mix and liver.
So the freezer is definitely now full and the dogs will be starting their fifth protein some time next week.
At this point the dogs have successfully tried the following proteins: chicken, fish, beef, rabbit, and turkey. Because of the variety, meals are easy to put together and the dogs love what they’re eating!
Below are some photos/menus of meals from the past week or so:
This is a beef gullet, basically cartilage with some surrounding muscle meat. A great source of natural glucosamine and chondroitin. I tried cutting this thing with a variety of kitchen knives and shears. No luck. I finally just gave it to Doodle as part of her meal and finally found something she actually had to work at and didn’t finish in a minute or two. I’ll definitely be ordering more of these!
10 lbs of boneless beef chunks:
This is a 3 lb beef tongue. I wasn’t sure how to tackle this one! Once semi-defrosted it sliced easily, like a boneless ham.
This is 5 lbs of frozen green beef tripe strips, the stomach of ruminating animals. This is not the bleached tripe seen in grocery stores. Green tripe stinks. It’s not like manure or dog poop, not like vomit or garbage. It’s like a dozen of the worst smells you can imagine, mixed together to rot, and then multiplied by 10. Just plain nasty, but the dogs absolutely love it and it has lots of health benefits for them.