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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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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 > 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 > To those who feed raw and kibble
Chloe

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Barked: Wed Oct 9, '13 3:56pm PST 
If I feed kibble in the am and raw in the pm, does each raw meal have to contain bone to avoid loose stool? Or could I alternate a boneless meal and then bone in the next day?
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Food & Nutrition > Do you add anything to your dogs kibble?

Chloe

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Barked: Mon Sep 9, '13 8:38am PST 
I have been feeding raw since the beginning of the year but I'm thinking about doing half kibble half raw. I'm not sure I am providing enough variety and balancing things correctly.

I have read about people adding ACV, yogurt, cottage cheese and eggs among other things as a supplement to their dogs kibble.

I would be feeding a high quality kibble like TOTW or BB, would these supplements still be needed or are they for lower quality kibbles?

To give you an idea of what I'm talking about here and here are some supplement recipes I have found.

Thanks.
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Small Dogs > Does anyone have a big dog too?

Chloe

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Barked: Thu Jul 11, '13 6:27pm PST 
We have two siberian huskies and have had a dachshund for about a year now. I don't leave them alone unsupervised due to the size difference but for the most part they are ok together. The little one chases the big ones around. We got her as a puppy, not sure if the transition would have been as smooth if she was an adult.
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Raw Food Diet > Vitamin Supplements?

Chloe

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Barked: Thu Jul 11, '13 6:24pm PST 
How does one determine if the diet you are feeding is low in anything? I find the spreadsheet for balancing a diet confusing.
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Raw Food Diet > Vitamin Supplements?
Chloe

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Barked: Wed Jul 10, '13 5:51pm PST 
Chloe and Shadow went to the vet today. I informed them that they were on the raw diet, she wanted to know if it was premade or something I prepared. I told her it consisted of chicken, beef, pork, bone and organ. I supplement with fish oil and Shadow gets glucosamine. She said that this is not a balanced diet that I should be feeding over the long term. She said that I should be including some sort of vitamin supplement. I know she has referred me to balanceit.com in the past. So do I need a vitamin supplement? Those are really the only meat sources I can get, and maybe turkey sometimes. The organ is beef liver and kidney.
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