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    Just bought K9 Natural freeze dried raw- add water and feed.

    We are a mix of RAW and BARF feeders with Dried (Kibble) Wellness as a back up. I went to get some more Wellness and saw this- ended up with it instead. 100% grain free, ingredient list looks great.... have not used it yet- hope its good!
    Anyone using it? What are your thoughts?

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    I saw something similar at the vet. My thought was it would be great for camping but would have to spend a couple of weeks changing the pups stomach over before or could be disastrous..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetboy View Post
    Just bought K9 Natural freeze dried raw- add water and feed.

    We are a mix of RAW and BARF feeders with Dried (Kibble) Wellness as a back up. I went to get some more Wellness and saw this- ended up with it instead. 100% grain free, ingredient list looks great.... have not used it yet- hope its good!
    Anyone using it? What are your thoughts?
    Its true that I am a raw proponent and I sell meat based dog treats. But I am just wondering with this statement, that you feed your dog raw (i imagine this means meat, bones and offal) and BARF (which is meat and unnecessary grains/ veg) why you are going the wellness path? From the raw/ barf statement it sounds like you understand the value of a meat based diet .. so why compromise? If it is 100% grain free, does that mean they use veggies as the rest of the food, because if they do that is just filler, there is no evidence that dogs need a lot of carbs in their diet.

    If we go on holiday with our dog, we just suck it up and pay more money for the meat from a local butcher wherever we go. If I give him a small can of dog food, I use that as a dog treat, and would rather feed him meat based dog treats as his main meal, as they are a 100 fold better for him.

    So maybe my question should be ... what do you consider a RAW diet to be, and how much are you feeding your dog RAW and BARF at the moment? Just curious as most people are either a manufactured dog food person or a raw diet person ...
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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    I use the wellness kibble as back up usually- I am a shiftwker and single parent, sometimes I need something I can just throw at the dog!
    His regular food is roo mince/tail, minced offal, eggs, sardines, bones of many varieties and descriptions, some veggies/fruits (mostly leftovers/scraps, whatever is excess in my veggie patch). In the past I have used frozen BARF patties as a back up but they take up too much freezer room.

    1 bag of kibble lasts us 9 mth to a year, infact, our last pack was out of date by 9 mths (still used it).

    Anyway- thought I would write a quick review of freeze dried raw:

    Pros:
    - looks like a great ingredient list
    - does not need to be kept in the fridge
    - dog seems to like it (beagle will eat anything though...)
    - well tolerated by his system - no poo or digestive probs (again, beagle eats anything without any consequences most of the time)

    Cons:
    - expensive (approx $150 a box)
    - needs to be soaked in water for ages (I am talking hrs) so not as quick and convenient as I thought
    - dog seems hungry (but its starting to get cold- might be trying to put on some winter wt)

    Will happily use it up but wont be a return purchase for us.

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    the process for freeze drying food is quite complicated and can be expensive, but the food is usually nutritionally good.

    Eg freeze dried peas.

    However it's not the same as fresh - eg freeze dried coffee (most of the instant stuff).

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