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    Yep, the mince I buy has organs and bones as well as meat. Breasts, tenderloins or other parts that were too small for sale get thrown in the mincer along with the bone. Many places don't use high percentages of meat/organs and mostly use frames so just make sure to ask exactly what goes in the mince. It's usually pretty easy to tell which places only use frames. I like that my supplier makes it to order and if they don't have a high enough frame to meat ratio they call and let me know it will be an extra day before I can pick it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I'm pretty sure that the brands I buy mentions it has no preservatives in it. But I'd still rather get it from a butcher so I can ask the right questions.

    The advantage of pet mince over human grade mince is that it usually contains offal and sometimes ground up bone as well, both good for dogs.

    Though I will sometimes buy human grade mince and offal from the supermarket and mix it up myself, but it tends to be more expensive.
    I won't mention the actual brand but it is one that is sold in major supermarkets .... it was on today tonight or ACA(yeah i know not the most reliable source) but their story said something like "the pet food stated no preservatives on the label but when lab tested showed many times what would be acceptable in human food levels of sulphur dioxide". It's a while ago now when i saw that story but i have read and seen other similar reports. Just be careful what you'refeeding your dogs is my point. At least human grade is regulated and must meet certain criteria. The first ever story i saw showed a labrador who could no longer control their back legs due to brain damage causd by lack of B1(i'm pretty sure that was the vitamin affected) and it was due to feeding it soley on pet grade roo meat
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    Ah. All the more reason to go to the butcher instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Ah. All the more reason to go to the butcher instead.
    yup, i would think buying from a butcher is relatively safe ... although i wasn't long ago i saw a report about a butcher who was pumping human grade food with masses of the preservative(obviously thats an isolated incident)

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    Ugh, the more that you read, the worse it gets.

    I'm really thinking hard about changing my boys' diet, but UGH, as a vegan, I can't tell you how much the BARF/RAW diets gross me out. Now, reading all this stuff about pet mince - it's so hard to be sure what is the right thing!

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    I've just checked out the Phuds site. It sounds pretty decent.

    Beloz, do you serve with cooked or raw mince?

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    I read the title as pet mice, sigghh

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Dog's gut's are set up for raw. I have never cooked meat for them.

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    I wish my dogs would eat raw.. Only the last couple of weeks I have been putting 2 kilos of pet meat
    in the microwave for 15mins then serving it to them cooled..I stopped cooking up the big 50kilo for
    them..So much work..
    I try to give it to them half cooked n half raw so I can get them eventually on raw, but no they turn their
    nose up at it and will leave it there for 2 days..

    Dam it....

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    I must say I can't remember if I've ever even tried to give raw food to one of my dogs before, for the last 14 years my small dogs were very fussy and I went from brand to brand trying to please them.

    Having a boxer who eats absolutely anything put in front of her is pure joy, so I was delighted when she loved raw food.

    D-Dog I know what you mean about being grossed out, I'm a meat eater, but it still is not pleasant dealing with raw mince, and even more so when you get a sloppy kiss planted on you straight from the food bowl I've learnt to keep active and not sit on the couch straight after feeding ... The BARF raw food is more expensive but comes already frozen in the pattie sized portions, so less to have to touch and for me was a good place to start...

    The difference in her coat (shine and softness) is worth it though. I'm going to order some Phuds and talk to a well researched butcher and a chicken supplier.

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