As you may remember, about a month ago, we began experimenting with "prepared raw food" as meal toppers. Pierogi and Gilly (but mostly only picky pup Pierogi) have always craved meal toppers over their portioned dry kibble entrees. So, we're always in search of the next tasty topper for the boys. Over hundreds of meals, they've been served homemade toppers and conventional toppers from cans, cartons and pouches, but we never ventured to try raw food. Honestly, raw feeding had always intimidated me...until we finally tried a version of it.
We serve Pierogi and Gilly what I would call "prepared raw food" because we're not quite dishing out butcher sleeves of meat hunks. (By the way, if you're not familiar with raw dog food diets, I would liken them to the humans' Paleo diets -- which focuses on only intaking the foods that our primal ancestors consumed.) We've dabbled in freeze dried, and now frozen, raw food and it turned out to be more suitable for us than I would have thought. Based on our experience and the way we use it, here's what we like most about "prepared raw food"...
- "Prepared raw food" is available in many different varieties -- both in terms of how it's preserved and presented and the flavors. You can find freeze-dried, frozen and dehydrated varieties that are presented in pellets, patties, chunks and powders. Plus, the flavor profiles are more than impressive -- nearly every meat source is available. We're currently working through a bag of Primal's Scoop & Serve Turkey and Sardines Formula.
- Depending on how the "prepared raw food" is presented, it can be served as is, or thickened with water to coat the rest of the meal -- which is how we prefer our toppers.
- It doesn't look or smell bad. I had assumed that "prepared raw food" would appear gruesome (visible bones, blood and gristly bits) and smell strongly, but it's neither.
- "Prepared raw food" is typically sold in larger quantities than other conventional, store-bought toppers (freeze-dried and frozen foods are typically sold in several pound bags), making it far more convenient. I'm anticipating that our current four pound bag will provide a month's worth of toppers for Pierogi and Gilly.
- When used as a topper, it's also more economical than using other conventional, store-bought toppers (cans especially). If our current bag can be stretched over a month, it should save us nearly $15.
- Beyond the savings, "prepared raw food" also typically boasts more wholesome ingredients and better quality nutrients than conventional, store-bought toppers. Among the ingredients in our bag includes: turkey bones and organs (the stuff that dogs really love), whole sardines and organic vegetables.
Do you have any experience with raw dog food diets? What other questions do you have?
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