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Food & Nutrition > TOTW alternativies
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Barked: Thu Jun 5, '14 7:16am PST 
I'm looking for possible alternatives to TOTW in the same price range. A 30 lb bag of TOTW is usually around $45-$50 at Tractor Supply. Any other comparable brands seem to cost more money for less product.

I have fed Blue Wilderness previously which is usually around $60 for 24 lbs but one of the huskies poops way too much on it which is why I switched.

I figure since TOTW is made by Diamond it might not be a bad idea to switch or at least rotate with other brands.
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Raw Food Diet > Can I feed pre-made raw long term?
Chloe

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Barked: Mon Jun 2, '14 1:43pm PST 
Some stores don't have the Balance so I have to buy the blend.
On their website it says "Bravo! Balance meets AAFCO standards for 100% complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages of a dog or cat."

"Our four-part Bravo! Blends formula is for intermittent and supplemental feeding only – you should consider adding your choice of supplements for a complete and balanced diet. "

To make the blend complete they suggest EFA's, A high quality vitamin/mineral supplement that includes trace minerals.

They also recommend digestive enzymes, probiotics and vitamin e to metabolize the EFA's.

I must have missed the vitamin/mineral supplement part. Can anyone suggest one to use?

I'm aware of TOTW's issues. They were eating Blue Wilderness but one of them had to go to the bathroom constantly, so I switched. Orijen is way too pricey. Not sure what would be a better substitute.

I have noticed the poop being a little hard, perhaps I will have to add some boneless meat.
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Siberian Husky > A husky that doesn't like to run?

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Barked: Mon Jun 2, '14 1:30pm PST 
We have a 4-year old rescue husky, who I figured could use some exercise. Sometimes when I let her out in the yard she will run around like a crazy animal, making noise, I call it talking to herself. Granted she doesn't do this for a long period of time, but huskies are supposed to be active breed dogs.

I looked online and it seems like a lot of people have success biking with their dogs. I bought a bike attachment to try it out. There are a bunch of rails-to-trails around where we are so we brought her and the bikes down and she seemed OK with it at first. Then it seemed like she didn't want to go anymore. The trails are a bit rocky so we figured maybe her paws were hurting. We didn't go very far, maybe 1 mile since she isn't used to it.

Later I had my bf take her around the neighborhood on the sidewalk, which is also around 1 mile, and she stopped a couple times like she didn't want to go any further. She also refused to drink any water until we were home.

Do we have a crazy husky that just doesn't like to run?
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Raw Food Diet > Can I feed pre-made raw long term?

Chloe

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Barked: Fri May 30, '14 9:03am PST 
Is it OK to feed pre-made raw like Bravo long-term or even for the lifespan of a dog? I know raw feeders typically aren't in favor of feeding ground or vegetables but I find pre-made a lot easier. I don't enjoy cooking for myself not to mention trying to prepare raw meals for the dogs.

I have been feeding my small dog Bravo, I rotate between chicken, beef and sometimes turkey. Sometimes I buy the balance (which is considered a complete diet) other times the regular (which they recommend supplementing with fish oil and vitamin e. I supplement with fish oil and need to look into getting some vitamin e.

For the larger dogs pre-made is too expensive, even if I were to prepare the food myself i haven't been able to source reasonably priced red meat. Currently I alternate between TOTW kibble and TQDF beef hvm, pork hvm and leg quarters.

Thoughts on TQDF?
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Raw Food Diet > Thoughts on feeding 3D and 4D meat?

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Barked: Sun Dec 22, '13 10:39am PST 
I can buy chicken for cheap enough from the grocery store but I should be feeding more red meat than white, right?

It looks like there is a butcher about an hour away from my house that some people on my yahoo group buy from with decent prices. I'll probably have to take a trip there. Most of the red meat would be ground though. Is a diet of ground boneless red meat and bone in white better than kibble? Has anyone ever fed goat? Is that considered red meat? Looks like they sell a whole goat cut into 6 pieces for $1.95/lb. Not really sure what that would look like. I'm not comfortable chopping up a whole animal. Well better I realized this now vs later.
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Raw Food Diet > Thoughts on feeding 3D and 4D meat?
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Barked: Fri Dec 20, '13 12:00pm PST 
A recent thread here made me stop and think about where the meat I'm feeding my dogs is coming from. I started feeding raw because I wanted to feed my dogs a better diet than kibble, but I'm wondering if I'm just feeding them raw the same meat that would be in their kibble anyway.

The closest thing my state has to a co-op are individuals who sell meat through a yahoo raw feeding group. There is a Blue Ridge Beef distributor, a company called Top Quality Dog Food and another woman who sells meat that she says is sourced from New York farmers.

Blue Ridge lean beef is around $1.50/lb and this other woman sells a beef/tripe mix for $1.25/lb. It's nice that it is cheap, but I never really stopped to think about why. There must be something wrong with the meat since if there wasn't it could be sold for way more money for human consumption. Also the individuals selling this must be getting it for even cheaper and then mark it up to make a profit themselves.

I don't know any of this for a fact but google searches have resulted in posts saying that blue ridge does sell 3D beef and it is also denatured with charcoal. Anything within a similar price range must also be the same thing. I have never seen beef at the grocery store for a cheap enough price that I could afford to feed it to my animals on a regular basis. Even pork is usually at least $2/lb. If this is all I can afford to feed my dogs, is it any better of a diet than kibble?
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Raw Food Diet > Blue Ridge Beef

Chloe

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Barked: Thu Dec 19, '13 7:25am PST 
I am skeptical about any raw food that is marketed for pets because if there was nothing wrong with it why wouldn't it be sold in the grocery store? However at the same time there is no way I could afford to feed my big dogs beef without a product like this and I'm thinking it has to be at least as good as kibble. I live in CT and have purchased Blue Ridge lean beef and natural mix from a local dealer.

Your thread prompted me to do a google search and I have no idea how true this is but a thread on dogfoodadvisor.com says that Blue Ridge is connected to Lea-Way Farms which is a collection facility for dead, diseased and dying animals. Also it is denatured with charcoal because the meat has been condemned for human consumption and it lessens the chance that it could ever make it into the human food supply chain.
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Raw Food Diet > Answers Pet Food and picky eaters

Chloe

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Barked: Thu Dec 19, '13 7:03am PST 
I believe only the detailed blend uses kombucha and whey.

Do you think that both diets are balanced when the detailed includes more ingredients?
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Raw Food Diet > Answers Pet Food and picky eaters

Chloe

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Barked: Wed Dec 18, '13 11:53am PST 
I know most on this forum probably prepare raw themselves but I was wondering if anyone feeds or has fed Answers Pet Food. There seems to be a consensus out there that it's better than other premade brands. They offer three meat sources and have two formulas, straight and detailed.

Straight is supposed to be a complete diet with the addition of raw goats milk. Straight is a combination of meat, organ and ground bone. Their organ content seems to be a bit high (30%) but they are including heart in addition to liver and kidney as an organ source. The goats milk has this listed for ingredients: Raw goat’s milk with added cultures (Lactococcus lactis and Leuconostoc mesenteroides),honey, and organic cinnamon.

Detailed includes other ingredients in addition to meat, organ and bone, like eggs, vegetables, kombucha, fish oil, montmorillonite and other trace minerals.

I have started feeding half raw, half kibble because I was unsure as to whether they were getting everything they needed when I was doing full raw. My little dachshund however now refuses to eat kibble. She is small enough that even feeding premade wouldn't be an issue. But I don't see how both of the answers formulas can be considered complete and balanced when the detailed formula clearly has more things added to it. My vet has told me that feeding meat bone organ and fish oil supplements is not a balanced diet that I could feed them long term.

Thoughts on the answers pet food? Does one formula seem better than the other?
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Raw Food Diet > Anal gland issues on raw?
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Barked: Wed Dec 18, '13 11:27am PST 
What did you add as a source of fiber?
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