Those of you who follow my blog or myself and Holly Instagram you will be aware of the following; number 1 she is fussy, and I mean really fussy and secondly we travel a lot so being able to bring food on the road with us is super important. Holly has been on the raw diet for the past 7 months and has recently lost her enthusiasm for her raw food and had a very upset tummy at the same time.
I love the benefits Holly has shown since the switch to raw. Firstly she leaned out and had looked great. Holly was previously fed a combination of a high quality dry food accompanied by human food. Holly was fed in line with guidelines and received more than average exercise, being a dog walker she came to work so exercise wasn’t the problem. With raw her body took all the goodness from the food and the waste was minimum. That’s the second benefit, teeny tiny poops! This is a clear indicator of quality food compared to her previous diet.
While at the beach for our morning swim myself and Holly got talking to a fellow dog owner who was just as crazy about her pooch (crazy dog people are my fav!). We got talking to food that we feed our pups and I was telling her that we feed raw but find it so hard when travelling to keep that up then she shared the light with me. She feeds her pooch freeze dried raw dog food. I had no idea such a product existed, I was aware of dehydrated treats but not freeze dried food.
Before heading off to the pet store to see our available options I was informed the following; freeze dried raw is expensive and secondly the amount that you feed your dog will not seem sufficient.
We headed to the pet store and the freeze dried raw section is TINY in such a huge store. There were three different options in the store. The store employee wasn’t up to date on the freeze dried products but was able to let us know the best seller so we picked up two different brands of freeze dried raw food – Primal Freeze Dried Nuggets Beef & Salmon and Stella & Chewy’s.
Primal Freeze Dried Nuggets Beef & Salmon
Okay first off we bought the Cat version of the food based on the ingredients beef and salmon just sounds delicious to pass on. A minor blip but hey let’s see how we get on with it, can’t be much of a difference in the food, right?!
What is in the food?
The most important question you as a dog pawrent should always be looking at. So many dog food companies use marketing as a ploy to make you think that there is actual food in the dog food. If you have Netflix I highly reccomend you watch Pet Fooled documentary on the pet food industry.
Okay before I go on a rant on how to select a good dog food let’s dive into what’s in Primal Freeze Dried Nuggets. As stated front and center on their packaging is that it contains 91% Beef, Salmon, Organs & Bone and 9% Produce & Supplements, sounds like we are off to a good start.
First thing I notice when I look at the ingredients is that the list is long and the second thing I notice is that it sounds like a grocery shopping list. I KNOW what all the ingredients are and even some of the ingredients are organic. When was the last time you looked at dog food ingredients and seen ORGANIC!!
Beef Hearts, Beef Livers, Ground Beef Bones, Salmon, Organic Kale, Organic Squash, Organic Carrots, Organic Apples, Organic Broccoli, Cranberries, Blueberries, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Montmorillonite Clay, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Parsley, Salmon Oil, Taurine, Organic Coconut Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Organic Quinoa Sprout Powder, Dried Organic Kelp, Alfalfa, Vitamin E Supplement, Mixed Tocopherols (natural preservative).
How to feed Freeze Dried Raw Food?
The food is packed into nuggets which are approximately 2 x 1 x 1 inches. Based on your dogs weight there is a daily feeding guide for your pet. Holly weighs around 20lbs and her nugget per day guideline is 8. As you can see in the video we like to make mealtime frun so we divide the nugget into an enrichment mould so mealtime lasts longer.
The pack we bought is 14oz and this makes 3lbs of real food. You need to add water to the food which I didn’t. I poured some milk in as an extra treat.
A 14oz pack of pet food costs around $40 CAD. Based upon Holly’s mealplan this pack of food lasted 5.5 days. which works out around $3.50 per meal which is high compared to other options available within the pet industry. Some dog food meals could be under 30 cents a meal. You get what you pay for when it comes to dog food. Just look at the ingredients above you will not find any comparison is any dry dog food on the market. The ingredients are FOOD, no fillers, no grain, corn, wheat or soy and gluten free. The beef is antibiotic free raised without any hormones.
As I mentioned earlier Holly is a major food snob and will only eat the best of the best! I divided up a couple of nuggets up into a BPA Free Mould and milk to top. Holly dove right in and made sure that there wasn’t a crumb left. Holly enjoyed the food so much that after some of the meals she still looked for more. She would go over to her food cupboard stare at it, do a little dance, come paw me for more. And yes I am a sucker so I would divide up a nugget and pop it in the mould. If you are feeding your dog in an ordinary mould I would highly suggest some slow eating dog bowls, moulds it at least doubles the length of meals.
This food could also double as treats, the smell alone is amazing. This would be perfect for travelling and bringing on the road with us.
There are so many good things that myself and Holly can say about this food. It’s full of good nutritional ingredients, organic and hormone free. There were no side affects on the poop front which if you are reading this you will want to know. We didn’t try to re hydrate but did add some milk. Amazing food for travelling. The downside is the cost of the food but as I said before it is actual food and the cost is in line with other freeze dried raw food so if you are looking to buy freeze dried raw food be prepared to pay upwards of $40 per week depending on the weight of your pooch. This is a 5+ star pet food, your baby will not be disappointed.
Have you tried Primal Freeze Dried Dog Food or Cat Food? What are your thoughts, we want to know!