Those who feed ready made raw food. What brands do you use? What�s your dog�s favourite meal?
I am using Natural Instincts, nature�s menu and Nutriment. Bought a selection from each to see what they like. My two dogs love the tripe and the beef range�.. not so keen on the duck but they would eat it. However, they would turn their noses on the nuggets, maybe they prefer the more meaty meals as the nuggets contain veg? But when I add veg/carb to their meat, they would eat the whole lot�.. Strange dogs!!!!!
One thing I noticed for all brands is that the mince is cheaper than the meat meals. Do you think it�s made from lesser quality cuts, less meaty and has more offal in it?
And when you buy raw, do you look for human graded ingredients or does that not bother you? I have seen some mince for around 80p/lb or less but I am pretty sure it�s not human graded.
I am using Nutriment and the minute. I am really happy with it and have no concerns with the quality.
I haven't used many other manufactured raw diets so am going here on comparing to Prize Choice which I have used and what I have read about other meats.
The main thing for me as a give away ia no unpleasent smell at all, even in the tripe ones. Yes, stick your nose right in there and you can smell tripe but it doesn't have that stinks the freezer out smell an unsealed pack of prize choice has.
When it is defrosting, the liquid that needs stiring back through isn't water or even watery blood, it is just blood.
Prize choice, was watery (never saw blood come out of the meat), mushy and a pretty unpalatable smell. Not horrific but a bit 'blah' of you know what I mean. I have never ordered from DAF so perhaps unfair of me to comment but I have seen some comments that some of their meats can be on the stinky side. That puts me off straight away as I have to share our freezer with the dog!
I have no such concerns with Nutriment as is looks and smells good and is well packaged. I would rather pay a little more for this. In the grand scheme of things I am still paying no more than for a good quality diet such as Nature Diet. It costs �6.30 a week to feed my dog Nutriment factoring delivery and the fact that as a little dog with a high metabolism he is on 3% too.
Oh and flavour wise mine seems to prefer chicken and lamb flovours. Pork is one of his favourite meats if I do my own.
He isn't at all keen on Nutriment Beef which I think is because of the heart used, he never has liked heart. But to be honest, I suspect a potential health issue which, after we have had tests and spoken to the vet, may mean cutting beef from his diet anyway.
Oh and with regards to meat quality and smell...just remember that when you open a can or bag of kibble you are dealing with the finished polished up product...they could have used rotting slurry for all you know!