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A raw dog food diet is designed to mimic a dog’s natural ancestral menu. The whole concept of raw feeding is based upon a dog’s instinctive carnivorous bias — a built-in desire to capture (or find) and eat another animal.
Wolf with Raw Food

As unsavory as it may seem, it is completely natural for a wolf to consume the entire animal.

Meat, bones, organs and all.

As direct descendants of wolves, dogs are simply not genetically optimized to consume the 50% carbohydrate content of today’s commercial kibbles.

So, how do these diets compare?

The Ancestral Diet
Compared to Dry Kibble

No one can argue the dry baked pellets we call dog food aren’t convenient. Yet the nutrient profile of a dry kibble is nowhere near the nutrient content of a dog’s ancestral diet.

Canine Ancestral Diet versus Dry Dog Food

Notice the higher carbohydrate content of the kibble compared to the dog’s natural ancestral diet. Or how about the dramatically lower protein and fat levels?

The Benefits of a Raw Diet

Feeding a raw dog food diet has many notable benefits

  • Firmer stools
  • Improved digestion
  • Healthier skin and coat
  • Reduced allergy symptoms
  • Better weight management

There have been many reports of improved health when chronically ill pets were switched from a commercial product to a raw dog food.

The Downside
of a Raw Dog Food Diet

A raw dog food diet can’t touch the convenience of a kibble. Just measure and pour. It just doesn’t get any easier.

Yet besides the lack of convenience, there’s another critical issue. Bacterial contamination.

Salmonella and E. coli germs can always be a potential problem with raw meats. Yet the risk of food-borne disease is actually quite low.

That is, low risk for dogs. But not for humans.

That’s because a dog’s digestive system is shorter and more acidic.

Which makes canine infections like these fairly rare.

The real risk of food-borne disease is actually greater for a dog’s human caretakers — not the dog.

Yet with proper care and handling, this risk can be dramatically reduced.

How to Use Our List

Below you’ll find a list of the Advisor’s suggested raw dog foods. Of course, this list should not be considered a complete catalog of all the raw dog foods on the market.

For there are others. Many others.

We only provide this small group as a starting point.

As a matter of fact, if you know of a specific dog food you believe we should have included on this list, please feel free to share your recommendations in the Comments section below.

Or if you’re looking for some suggestions yourself, be sure to look through our readers’ Comments to find more good ideas.

Suggested Raw Dog Foods

  • Kim

    There’s one out of B.C.S., Texas (near A&M) called Nature’s Instinct – so far great,everything listed and the owner (family thing) is a woman who also works with training ing service dogs,working dogs and individuals. They have been great at meeting g in person and allowing you to go to their home and facility. There is beef, chicken, or turkey. Frozen and freeze dried is available.

  • Feline Ariadne Castaneda

    Hello, what about the Honest Company dehydrated food? Could they be added to the list or is that food not recommended?

  • Chanel

    Can you please review Happee Dawg raw food out of Highland, Ca? They are “small” and family owned. I’ve been feeding my Rottweiler their raw chicken diet for a few weeks and would love an unbiased review. Also, I don’t know whether the food is “complete” or whether I should be supplementing it with something. Thank you!

  • Jenifer

    Thank you for the informative information! I truly appreciate it! 🙂

  • Jenifer

    Thank you so much Shelby, I really appreciate it! 🙂

  • Jenifer

    Thank you so much Shelby! 🙂

  • Susan

    Hi, please read this link below “Facts & Myths about Yeast Dermatitis in Dogs” written by 2 Dermatologist Karen Helton Rhodes has a Face Book page also https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005477837597 she will answer any questions…
    http://www.healthyskin4dogs.com/blog/2015/9/8/facts-myths-about-yeast-dermatitis-in-dogs

  • Jenifer

    Hi Jacqueline, Thank you so much for your post, it makes perfect sense to me. I checked out the Zignature venison and, unfortunately, it has peas in it, which most all quality kibble seems to have. The problem is, my dog is allergic to peas. I am out of work right now and, unfortunately I cannot afford a raw diet. I am going to have to research some other brands of dog food. Thank you again, you have been most helpful!!!!!

  • Jaquette

    You’ve been given some bad information about yeast overgrowth on dogs. The carbohydrate content of your dog’s diet has nothing to do with external yeast growth. This is a common urban legend that gets passed around in the natural pet community. (Yes, even good vets are sometimes misinformed about this.) Yeast overgrowth on a dog is usually a symptom of food allergy. Allergy is an overreaction of the immune system as a response to certain proteins (not carbs). The reaction causes the dog to manufacture sugars in their skin (the sugar does not come from diet, and will occur even if there is 0 carb in the diet). The sugar can result in a bloom of yeast which feeds on the sugar. The source of the itching however, is hives. Get the hives under control, and the yeast will go away too. To control the food allergy you need a limited diet with a novel protein (a meat your dog has never been exposed to, like venison, rabbit, boar, or fish). Since your dog has been eating turkey, avoid all poultry. Stay away from common proteins like beef, chicken, lamb, and soy. Raw diets are still very healthy, and can help the immune system and skin recover faster (though they’re useless if you don’t remove the allergen).
    Vital Essentials is a quality brand with simple formulas and novel proteins. If raw in novel proteins is out of your price range, a LID kibble like Zignature Venison may work just as well. Food allergies take 2-8 weeks to respond to a change in diet. About 80% of the dogs I’ve worked with respond to a novel protein diet. If your dog does not recover with a change in diet, the culprit may be environmental allergies, such as dust or grass pollen. I hope that alleviates your mystery. Good luck!

  • Shelby Morimoto

    Primal frozen raw or Nature’s Variety Instinct frozen raw are both excellent raw pet food

  • Shelby Morimoto

    Primal Frozen Raw or Nature’s Variety Instinct Frozen Raw are both excellent raw diets for your dog or cat.

  • Jenifer

    Hi Audrey, thank you for your post, I really appreciate it! I am looking into a new protein, thank you for suggestion! I am also doing some research on yeast, and, I believe that is a contributing factor to his itching. I love my dog so much, and will not stop until I get to the bottom of this, it is so frustrating though, going to vet’s, etc. and no one has any answers. Have a great day!

  • Audrey

    Hello, not to argue with Susan, but my Shi-Tzu mix rescue had exactly the same issues. My Vet did recognize it as a food allergy, however. She had me switch her to a hydrolyzed protein to clean out her system. It worked like magic! Her paws healed and she’s no longer itching. This is a short term solution, though. Just to clean out the system. Now it’s coming time to switch her to a raw diet, and I’m in the same boat as you. I’m not sure which to go with. If you can, update your post with your results when you’ve tried one. 🙂
    P.S. If your dog’s condition is the same as mine, the recommendation typically is to clean the system for 8 weeks with hydrolyzed protein first, then slowly switch them to raw. The raw should also be a single novel protein for a while. Slowly introducing a new protein one at a time will usually help pin point if it is an allergy to a particular meat. Sometimes just removing the kibble type diet will eliminate the allergy.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Well, all you have to do is avoid raw food/bones!
    Not scary at all 🙂
    Have a nice day.
    Ps: I hope the info I have posted helps someone.

  • Jenifer

    Susan, Thank you for all of your helpful information, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of it. I am going to look at both sites and try the elimination diet as you had suggested. Thank you again, you have been so helpful! Have a great day!

  • Susan

    Hi, a dog doesn’t react to grains unless he has a food intolerance to certain grains & proteins, yeasty ears, yeasty itchy skin & paws happens when the dog has environment allergies or is sensitive to certain ingredients….My boy has Seasonal Environment allergies worse in Spring/Summer good thru the cooler months as long as he doesn’t eat any foods he’s sensitive too
    & my boy gets real smelly, yeasty, itchy skin & paws when he eats, chicken, turkey, oats, barley & corn, his ears itch when he eats carrots, paws also go red after walking on wet grass or after the rains…
    It’s best to do a food elimination diet first to work out what foods are making him itch, baths are the best thing you can do is weekly baths or twice a week, or daily when dog is real itchy, baths wash off any allergens, pollens & dirt that’s irritating their skin, I use “Malaseb” medicated shampoo can be used daily & kills any bacteria & allergens on the skin.. join this face book group called, “Dog issues, Allergies and other information support group” you’ll learn heaps a Dermatologist called Karen Helton Rhodes often pops in the group this is one of her links, “Facts & Myths about Yeast Dermatitis in Dogs, http://www.healthyskin4dogs.com/blog/2015/9/8/facts-myths-about-yeast-dermatitis-in-dogs
    I thought the same & follow Karen Becker where she say yeasty dogs need to eat a raw diet with no carbs, until I joined the group & someone said read this link above it explain the way yeast works… a raw diet is the best to feed
    a dog it’s intestinal tract is short & is built to digest protein not grains & high carb diets, then a balanced cooked diet then wet tin then kibble, make sure the raw diet is a single novel protein its balanced properly. When a diet is to low in Omega 3 & is too high in Omega 6 fatty acids the dog will suffer with skin problems..Chicken & Turkey is very high in omega 6 fatty acids..
    Rodney Habib did a video on his Face Book page showing foods that are high Omega -6 is Pro-inflammatory & Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory & reduces inflammation..
    if your dog is sensitive to chicken or turkey like my boy is when I put him on a raw diet his yeasty skin & paws only clear up when we tried kangaroo we didn’t know he was sensitive to chicken & turkey that’s why its best to do a food elimination diet to work out what foods he can eat, I’d stop the turkey & brown rice & start all over again with 1 novel protein like kangaroo, rabbit, pork a protein he hasn’t eatin before & boil some sweet potatoes you feed this for 6 weeks & see if there’s an improvement vet diets are best to use they are balanced Royal Canine have their PV-Potato & Venison, PR-Potato & Rabbit, PW-Potato & Salmon or Royal Canin Hypoallergenic wet tin food is best to feed while doing the elimination diet the protein is Hydrolyzed & it has pea fiber as the carb, so there’s no ingredient the dog should be sensitive too, all these R/C formula’s are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, then after 4-6 weeks just eating the Hydrolyzed vet diet & your dog isn’t itchy & scratching you start adding 1 new ingredient to his diet like cooked chicken & see does he reacts add 1 new ingredient for 6 weeks it takes anywhere from 1 day to 6 weeks for a dog to react with food sensitivities.. if your dog still red paws & itchy it likely he has environment allergies & would do real well on the new CADI Injections people in the face book group swear by these new CADI injections but they’re for environment allergies not yeasty skin.. here’s “ZiwiPeak” its Air Dried raw or Wet Tin raw you have a small dog so it shouldn’t be too expensive I feed my cat the Ziwi Peak Mackerel
    & Lamb air dried & Venison & Rabbit & Lamb
    raw wet tin food for cats she loves it … Ziwi Peak give samples
    https://www.ziwipets.com/catalog/ziwi-peak-dog-nutrition

  • Jenifer

    Thank you for letting me know, that is scary!

  • Jenifer

    Thank you very much, I really appreciate it! Have a great weekend!

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    http://skeptvet.com/Blog/ab
    check out the latest comments
    Excerpt from above blog/comments:
    “Pet Fooled represents a narrow, ideologically driven bit of propaganda that ignores almost all the extensive scientific information about nutrition in favor of conspiracy theories about the pet food industry and unreliable, anecdotal beliefs about nutrition.”
    I have found this site to be very helpful.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Intestinal blockages,gastrointestinal upset, salmonella and broken teeth are not unusual occurrences with raw food (especially small breeds). Plus raw food would have no effect on environmental allergies.
    Yes, a specialist may be able to help your dog, testing, diagnosis, and a plan of treatment (that works) happened after one visit, in my experience. Good luck
    Ps: The dr you mentioned KB is a homeopathic vet.
    Their beliefs are different, and not helpful, possibly harmful imo.
    I believe in science based veterinary medicine.

  • Jenifer

    Thank you for the information, I am not listening to any “crowd”, I am trying to get the best information to help my pet, baby, feel better. What made your dog react to the raw food? That is really scary! Honestly, I’ve lost faith in all practices at this point as no one can help my poor dog.

  • Jenifer

    Thank you for the information, I appreciate you explaining the difference.

  • Jenifer

    Hi Bryn, your information is very helpful and I will definitely look into it. The essential oil and coconut oil sounds great and I will try that right away. I have a lot of essential oil’s, and I will get the one that you recommended. Thank you so much for your recommendations, I greatly appreciate them!

  • Pitlove

    Hi Bryn-

    Yeast found on the skin and yeast found in the intestinal tract are not the same and even have different names. Malassezia= yeast on the surface of the skin. Candida= yeast in the intestinal tract. Malassezia has nothing to do with food, unless there is a food allergy/sensivity suppressing the immune system.

  • Bryn

    Hi Jennifer. If it’s yeast then it’s more than a skin issue – it’s an immune system/gut issue. 70% of the immune system is in the small intestines. Your dog obviously has that imbalance. So a raw diet is a good idea along with probiotics to get his gut back in check. I suggest some excellent supplements as well. You could look to local farms or check if there are local raw feed groups on Social media and where they get their meat – sometimes it’s from a local source. I highly recommend Arborvitae essential oil for it’s soothing affects on the skin and since it has the ability to kill yeast and is safe for dogs. You would want to dilute it 1/2 tsp coconut oil and 1 drop arborvitae oil for a dog UNDER 50 LBS. 1/4 tsp coconut oil and 1 drop arborvitae oil for a dog OVER 50 lbs. Mix up a batch and put in a glass jar (like a mason jar or something) and put a tiny bit on his paws once or twice a day. Get an oil that’s pure. I use doTERRA for my family. Hope that’s helpful.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Okay. “Allergy shots” Allergen specific immunotherapy, is all natural, no medication involved in desensitization. It is now available sublingual (by mouth) so, no shots either, if you prefer.
    I would try a different dermatologist, the second one I found was very helpful.
    I never did the “blood test” as the dermatologist didn’t think it was indicated.
    Intradermal skin testing is the only accurate test for environmental allergies.
    Once treatment was started I saw immediate results.
    I know you don’t believe me and you are listening to the homeopathic $ crowd.
    But, I hope you find a solution for your pet. Best of luck.
    Ps: My small breed went to the emergency vet X 2 due to side effects from raw food.
    So, I suggest you know where the closest 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic is located, just in case.

  • Jenifer

    Hello and thank you for your reply. My dog cannot have any vaccines or allergies shots of any kind as he almost died when we first got him and he was vaccinated. I have taken him to a board-certified dermatologist with no luck. I’m simply looking for the best raw food diet to treat his yeast, as he has tested positive for yeast many times and does very well on the medication they gave him. Also, he was allergy blood tested and he is allergic to mainly everything. Thank you again!

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Consider going to a board certified dermatologist for testing and an accurate diagnosis.
    Diet will not fix this if it is environmental allergies. There is no cure, however there is effective treatment. Treatment is lifelong.
    My allergic dog receives allergen specific immunotherapy with excellent results, 5 years in, no more ear infections, pruritus, infections.
    Ps: I do not consider your source (the dr you mentioned) reliable.
    For science based veterinary medicine go here http://skeptvet.com/Blog/?s=allergies
    Also, the fact that your dog responded to apoquel (you said so in a previous post/thread) indicates that the allergies are environmental, apoquel has no effect on food allergies/sensitivities.

  • Jenifer

    Hi! I have been trying, literally for 2 years, to help relieve my dog, a rescued and VERY loved, 5 year old Male Maltese Shi-Tzu Mix, of his constant itching and biting of his Paws. I have been to regular vet’s, holistic vet’s, dermatologist, etc. I think I finally figured it out, with the help of Dr. Karen Becker, that it is yeast causing his itching. From what she recommends, I need to switch to a raw diet with little to no carbs or grains. Being new to all this I am wondering if anyone can suggest a good brand, that is high-quality and not crazy expensive. I currently give my dog a cooked homemade diet that consists of boiled turkey, sweet potatoes, brown rice and kale, with added supplements. Thank you so much for your help!

  • Dorothy

    Hi Glenda, I just switched from Acana single protein to raw. I am very fortunate in that one of my puppy people owns a pet food store and her focus is raw. She is not close enough to be my supplier but she has provided a wealth of information. First, she recommended that I do a complete transfer with 12 hours between the last feed of kibble. Second, she recommended I feed a complete prepared raw diet to start – so I have chosen Iron Will Raw as it came highly recommended by her. It is important to feed a variety of proteins however initially you need to check your dogs tolerance to the different proteins – for example I did not know that many dogs have an intolerance for chicken and beef because vaccines are grown using chicken and beef cells (I found that hugely interesting). So, I am starting with a complete chicken for a week, then I will do beef for a week, then turkey, then pork – there are lots of choices but with this supplier they have a “Pawty- Platter” that is really good value and so I want to test the tolerance to the meats in that package. Good luck with your transition – I am hoping to great things – I have been dealing with mild allergies for the last few years so I am hoping this will help my guys.

  • Kelli

    Too cute!

  • Kelli

    So I got a bag of Lamb Sojos to try for my 6 1/2 month old spayed female. Should I be concerned about the carb levels more now that she is fixed? She is my first dog. Had her on Fromm Puppy Gold but she liked the Fromm hasen duckenpfeffer better so she’s eating that. She’s maintained exact weight however sometimes she likes to play picky don’t want to eat. I really like the ingredients of the Nulo freestyle salmon and red lentils for small breeds. She sampled the puppy salmon and pea and liked it so I think she will like the other. It has way less carbs than most kibble. I bought the Sojos at a place that I can easily return if she doesn’t like it. I got it more to be a food additive to her kibble instead of canned however the carb levels have me concerned. I also am wanting to get her off a kibble with potatoe in it. Fromm I wish didn’t have them in it. The vet is recommending kibble with not so many different kinds of protein sources. The Fromm has 6 or 7. Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated!

  • Glenda Pacey Gray

    Thinking of making the switch from acana to raw. I am in Ontario Canada. Has anyone ever fed tollden farm raw frozen patties? I was thinking of perhaps giving her the raw patty at one feeding and then acana at her evening feed. I know I can’t mix them together but wondered if I coukd alternate between the two or if it’s best to just go 100% raw?

  • Donna Randall

    Recommendations are to start with a chicken based diet for transitions and introduce the other types of proteins over the next 4-8 weeks.

  • Cathie Randall

    Casey (AKA Mr. grumpy Pants) is a nearly 4 year old mostly Papillon rescue. He came from the rescue on Instinct Nature’s Variety raw kibble. We switched him to the same brand raw frozen soon after he came home. I just looked up quality raw diets and was delight to find ours listed here. He requires significantly less than recommended and seems to love it!

  • Heather Malagon

    My 13 pound 7 year old dog has 2 different autoimmune diseases that are very rare in dogs and her vet said a raw diet might help and it wont hurt to try it. There are some vets out there that care more about the pets health and less about money and also some vets that really don’t know much about the raw diets. His only concern was about the bacteria since her immune system is compromised from her disorder but she has been on antibiotics and a high dose of prednisone for awhile which is not healthy for her so why wouldn’t I try the raw diet. I think you need to talk with people who have fed their pets raw diets and see what they say about them; I wouldn’t listen to those who bad mouth it and never tried it!!

  • Sherry V
  • Prince Randorson

    Which raw foods are made using high quality meat, that is not from a rendering plant?

  • Powhatan

    “As direct descendants of wolves, dogs are simply not genetically optimized to consume the 50% carbohydrate content of today’s commercial kibbles.” << is all one needs to know. Strange to see that on a site whos purpose is to grade dog food (kibble). If its dried and its pelleted its made for a chicken not a dog. Give your dog meat,bone, tendon, fat… with some good organic vegetables and he will be GREAT

  • Powhatan

    The vets opinion matters not. Dogs natural food is always better for them. PERIOD… we have been feeding raw for 20 years. Let your dog get hungry and watch him eat it.

  • Debi Dumas

    I have the same- well an 8 lb. yorkie. I was having the worst time getting her to eat. I brought her to a pet nutritionist and he suggested Stella & Chewy freeze dried chicken patties. She LOVES it. Licks the bowl. I have noticed, after a few weeks, her coat is shinier, and her nose looks less dry. I usually give her 2 meals a day, 1 1/2 of the patties, with warm water added to them. Hope that helps- I’m not sure if my dog would have eaten full on raw- the freeze dried is kind of an in between option.

  • Tracie Draper

    I absolutely believe my vet. I called him after my dog did not try the raw food. Thanks for the input

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    In my exprience, delicate small dogs don’ t do well on raw diets.
    Make sure you know where the closest 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic is located.
    If you don’t believe a veterinarian that has examined your dog, I have nothing to add.
    Best of luck

  • Tracie Draper

    I have a 7 pound yorkie that is almost 1. I want to switch him to raw. I bought the primal raw venison and he would not go near it. I was thinking about trying the freeze dried pork or duck to see if he liked that. Also was told by my vet that he doesn’t feel he will get all the nutrients he needs from a raw diet. any advice would be appreciated.

  • Deb Clausen-Werner

    Happy to help…look me up on FB and we can talk. to much to type!!

  • Teresa Estes

    Call Barf World! They are super helpful, in a simple straight forward way. I started our lab. The food is already prepared and a balanced diet. It’s not gross at all. I add to it their Barf+ which is a probiotic/enzymes and Omega-3 (Nordic) or Krill oil.

  • Edie Brokaw

    Has anyone ever tried All Provide out of Georgia?

  • Brent Stires

    Primal is!

  • Sally Holmes

    Hello – has anyone used poppyspicnic.co.uk ?

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m glad you feel that way. I also lightly cook (warm up) frozen raw for my two big dogs as a topper and have never had an issue. Again, a small amount for big dogs. I like the fact that it contains organ meat and fruits & veggies that are minimally processed.

  • aimee

    I don’t know that ground cooked vs ground raw would make a difference in regard to obstruction potential. I think the overall amount fed would be the greater concern.

    In my case I was cooking as using as a topper. The bone amount was minimal in relation to the size of the dog.

  • aimee

    Hi Ashley,
    I had no concerns about cooking and feeding the amount of ground bone in the product I used.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    The bone is ground up, it can turn into cement in the gut and cause a blockage.
    I would imagine it is more likely to harden and do so if cooked.

  • ashley

    They said it was because of bones (like Chandlerbing had commented), but I have not seen any bones in any of the food I have used by them. Maybe it is fine as long as I check for bones? I crumble the freeze-dried patties up before I put them in water anyway, so I would see if there were bones in them.

  • aimee

    I’m guessing they are saying that because they don’t know how the process will affect heat labile nutrients. As for myself, as I was only using the cooked raw as a topper, I wasn’t concerned about that issue

  • ashley

    Just as a response in case anyone else reads this and has a similar question: Stella and Chewy’s confirmed that you cannot cook their food.

  • Amy Hester

    Does anyone use Canisource truecru?

  • ashley

    I emailed both companies so I’ll update when I receive responses.

  • Chandlerbing

    Sometimes raw dog food has tiny bones in it and should not be cooked. Maybe you should call the companies first to make sure?

  • Natalie Martin

    Hi! My dog is a lab/pointer mix and she’s about 11 yrs. Right now we have her on purine kibble but I would like to get her switched to a raw diet but all this info can be overwhelming and not sure where to start. She tends to eat her own poop and the cats poop. She also has fatty cyst in numerous places. Any recommendations on where to start and how to switch her?

  • ashley

    Thanks Aimee!

  • aimee

    Hi Ashley,

    I’ve cooked raw frozen by sauteing in a frying pan.

  • ashley

    Hi everyone. This is my first post on Dog Food Advisor. I have been mixing rehydrated freeze dried raw patties (Primal and Stella & Chewy’s) as well the frozen raw Stella & Chewy’s patties into my dog’s kibble. Unfortunately, one of my dog’s recently had a life threatening illness and is not allowed to have raw food anymore. I have a lot of it left, and it would be a shame for it to be wasted. I was wondering if anyone had made the decision to cook any of the raw food they’d purchased and, if so, what method did you use? Maybe I could bake the thawed patties or make a cooked stew using the dehydrated ones? Just curious if anyone has any thoughts. Thanks!

  • paradise5

    Thats why our Dogs are dying of Cancers , Tumors , bad Health period!, from Dry Kibble Diets ,and treats , and the worse Vaccinations!

  • paradise5

    I would love some , im in kamloops , but could come up , unless someone is coming down to Kamloops or area , I would give some gas money!. I have 3 Dogs and help with rescues , so the bones are wonderful for that.My # is 250-299-8975 and its Debra Milenk. Thank you

  • DeathRayBob

    Are there any 5 star pre made raw that have a higher percentage of protein than fat??

  • sassmum

    I think you should add Amore Pet Foods! I’ve owned the company for 12 years and buy all the meat. I’ve been to the farms from which we source so I know the quality of the ingredients and the living conditions of the animals. We do both raw frozen and MEGA morsels (our cool air dehydrated) food. We do not use an additives, preservatives, synthetic or Chinese ingredients. All our meats (except kangaroo and lamb) are locally sourced. We use only fresh vegetable, extra virgin olive oil and BC kelp. 100% on what is in the bag is on our label!

  • sharron

    i tried Primal freeze dried, all it did was make Lexee constipated

  • aimee

    Hi Kim,

    I guess it goes to show you that different people value different things. I’d choose Natures Variety over Primal because they do HPP all their diets. : )

    I’ve fed Primal in the past but I always cooked it since they don’t HPP the variety I was using.

    But the company makes me nervous. Their website posted that they meet AAFCO profiles but the nutritional information posted was far short of AAFCO min. When I inquired about that the company responded saying they feed trialed the diets and so didn’t need to meet AAFCO. When I pointed out that the diets didn’t meet criteria for using the family rule the company stopped responding to my inquires.

    I prefer Natures Variety as they HPP the diets, were able to answer nutritional questions correctly and they do consult with a veterinary nutritionist.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Kim-

    Natures Variety has been sourcing their rabbit from France for quite sometime now.

  • Kim Wright

    Honest kitchen isn’t a raw diet and has to much starch for my liking, If I were you I would use primal over natures variety because the natures variety is electronically treated to kill pathogens and also sources it rabbit from china. I am assuming you live in the States as they are all American companies. I live in Canada and am fortunate to have a few family owned raw food companies to choose from .I do like primal though

  • Kim Wright

    Hi Sami
    I use iron will raw along with big country raw and pets 4 life. They all have a website you can look up. I was using big country raw almost exclusively, but prefer the iron will overall because it has a better fat to protein ratio due to the fact that they use skinless chicken duck etc were as bcr uses skin on. You need to be aware that these diets are not completely balanced so you do need to add fish oil and a supplement. I personally use best in show total support and green lipped mussels. As for pets 4 life it is a completely balanced diet, however it can be pricey, and also some dogs don’t react well to ground flax. I use this when traveling because it is really convenient. So for the long reply. Hope this info is helpfull.
    Cheers

  • Ed Schnauzer

    Raw BISON meat and bones.
    About two or tree times a year I purchase and butcher, in my house, a whole Bison from one of the best free rang Bison farmers of Northern British Columbia. The meat I use for my extented family and frinds consumption. Each time I end up with about 300lbs of bones and trimmings (approx 50%/50%).
    Anybody interested??
    Greater Vancouver Area

  • nosnittap5377

    Somehow, your post changed from what i recieved via email:

    A new comment was posted onDog Food Advisor

    disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    “Because, sharing my experience and knowledge may help someone. The subject does interest me and I do tell others about my negative experience with raw feeding in hopes of preventing others from experiencing the harm it caused.”

    I didn’t see anything saying that you tried raw, and had no reason to believe that you had, because you believe in science based, not holistic medicine. Or that you had any negative experience that caused harm. I just noticed you pushing vets and pet dermatologist. If I had a negative experience, I would share it as much as as positive one, but without pushing another agenda. What was your experience and what harm was caused? Thanks and peace to you.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Because, sharing my experience and knowledge may help someone. The subject does interest me and I do tell others about my negative experience with raw feeding in hopes of preventing others from experiencing the harm it caused.

  • Monica Reinhart

    Yes, but you are replying to several comments by telling everyone to go to the vet because of what you believe and this thread is about feeding raw, which most vets don’t agree with. So I was pointing that out in case you weren’t aware that this thread is related to an article about raw feeding, why, and to share experience and ask questions about this issue. I often wonder why people feel the need to express themselves on matters that do not interest them and are not in line with their beliefs, that’s all.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    “I think you are on the wrong forum.”
    I don’t think so, I can voice my opinion, just as you can.
    I tend to believe in science based veterinary medicine.

  • Monica Reinhart

    No more of of a health risk than handling our own food. Our own, GMO corn fed, antibiotic and hormone-laden food is full of salmonella and who knows what other toxins, which are the direct cause of allergies, immune disease, skin problems, ear infections, candida overgrowth, etc. Environmental toxins wouldn’t bother us or our pets as much, if our immune systems were not compromised by synthetic and poor food ingredients, and meds. Raw food is better for humans and and a raw, species appropriate diet for our pets is healthier. Vets will never agree because they’d lose business. Meds are not the answer and only mask symptoms. I saved my cat by feeding a raw diet, probiotics, real vitamin c, clay, slippery elm, and fllax oil. Her coat was shinier than it had been in years, her poop was the most normal, smaller poop that I’ve ever seen and it didn’t stink, she stopped sneezing, stopped howling, which vets blame on old age and is not true, looked extremely healthy, played like she hadn’t in a while and regained hydration. All of this in less than one week. The vet said she didn’t need fluids, what a joke, and only needed antibiotics, which had not helped her before, and steroids, so I refused. He did not believe in anything I mentioned and just wanted to extort $88 for euthanasia. I just took her home and tried anyway. Minor signs of improvement showed in a day, which was enough for me to save her from the euthanasia I had scheduled. I think you are on the wrong forum.

  • Sami Martel

    I am looking for information on Iron Will Raw Food – Canadian company from Ontario – any info?

  • Francis Cooke

    My pup a 1and a half year old Siberian Huskywas started on raw at 12 weeks old and has been doing great at first I made it how he eats different brands Primal, natural variety instinct and Stella and Chewys mostly ( with raw you can feed different brands going from one to a rather freely)

  • InkedMarie

    The Honest Kitchen isn’t a raw food

  • Beth Edwards

    what about the Honest Kitchen?

  • Crazy4cats

    I agree with the other two replies, have some blood work done if you haven’t already. My furry nephew had these issues and he ended up being hypothyroid. He takes a small pill for it now and has improved drastically. How is his weight?

  • Babslynne

    My dog had similar issues, please have him checked for thyroid problems, for my dog it was Cushing’s, his back had bald spots from his neck, down his back and over his ribs, even his tail, and it was crusty oozy stinky in spots. I soaked those spots in coconut oil and wrapped him in one of those thunder shirts. I added coconut oil to his food to balance his thyroid and started giving him Melatonin and flaxseed lignans. Its all natural and I didn’t read about any side affects so I had to try it and sure enough his skin cleared up and his hair is growing back. http://www.dogaware.com/articles/wdjcushings.html
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01801836I/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_17?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1NSXJ7I8F20VA
    https://www.chewy.com/thundershirt-anxiety-calming/dp/41103

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Please seek veterinary care, rule out medical issues, senior workup, labs.
    if it is within your means to see a veterinary dermatologist I would (sooner than later).
    I would not apply anything to the skin, nor would I give over the counter meds intended for humans, or supplements, or home remedies without the approval of a vet that has examined the dog. You can make things much worse and increase the risk of infection.

    From a previous post:
    “What you describe sounds like environmental allergies, food would have little impact, if any, on this condition”.
    “I would continue to work with your veterinarian, however, for best results, I would go to a specialist, a veterinary dermatologist.
    Have you tried the search engine here? This subject comes up frequently.
    Example: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/irritated-skin-food-allergy/
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/dog-chewing-nails-till-they-bleed/
    “Food allergies are rare. Food sensitivities tend to result in GI disturbances such as vomiting and diarrhea. Environmental allergies tend to show up as pruritus, ear infections and such”.
    “I tried all kinds of things times 1 year (including going back and forth to the veterinarian), but, did not get results till I took her to a dermatologist for testing”. “Allergen specific immunotherapy worked in her case”.
    “Unfortunately, steroids and such are often necessary (for brief periods) to stop the suffering and prevent infection”.
    “Allergen specific immunotherapy is the most natural treatment”.
    “Also, I have heard that some dogs do well on apoquel, you may want to consider staying with that, talk to your vet”.

  • Nellie ‘Rice’ Samms

    I have a dog with huge yeast issues. His back is nearly bare now… hot spots everywhere. I have tried everything. It’s been ongoing for some time. At one point, I did cave and use medicated shampoo, meds, etc. it wasn’t overly effective. I do think he also has allergies (def. to beef). He is 9 and we have had this issue for a few years to be honest. I have had him on top quality food – from raw to acana to canisource, etc. all good food with no drastic difference. My question is would the apple cidar or vinegar burn his skin (or sting possibly)? I have to bath him every week. Cannot live with the smell.

  • Kimi Painter-Shaffer

    Any thoughts or findings on Eureka frozen raw dog foods?

  • nicky

    thank you very much with your input. i will absolutly speak to my vet about it!!

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I would do what ever you did for the last dog, diet and all. Sixteen years is wonderful!
    Of course age related maladies and genetic predispositions are going to play a role.
    Please consult a vet before you go down this road, raw doesn’t agree with all dogs, especially small breeds.
    http://skeptvet.com/Blog/?s=raw+diet

    Raw diets are another popular option on the market today. Studies have shown that 20-35% of raw poultry and 80% of raw food dog diets tested contained Salmonella. This poses a health risk for your pet, but also for humans. This is especially true for children or immunocompromised adults, whether exposed to the raw food directly, or the feces of the pet eating the raw food. Additionally, there is increased risk of other bacterial infections and parasitic diseases when feeding raw diets. And the bottom line is there is no reason to believe raw food is healthier than cooked food. (excerpt from) https://www.mspca.org/angell_services/choosing-the-right-diet-for-your-pet/

  • nicky

    hello all.

    I had a chihuahua who recently passed away at almost 16. she was always kibble fed.she also developed what the vet believes was a brain tumor that caused seizures that ultimatly cause her passing. otherwise she was always in good health.
    a new chi baby will soon be joining the family and im looking at benefits of raw feeding for the tiny dog ….and i do mean TINY …..variety. I would apreciate input or ideas.

    thanks .

  • InkedMarie

    Hi Erin,
    Do you mean NVIR? If yes, it has produce; an ingredient may be causing the allergies.
    I feed ground raw that I buy from Hare Today; it has meat/bone/organ & some have tripe. It comes in 1, 2 or 5lb chubs. Other good companies are Raw feeding Miami, Reel Raw and My Pet Carnivore. I’m sure there are more.

  • Erin OConnor

    I am new to raw feeding. I was feeding Honest Kitchen. I slowing began transitioning my dogs to Natures Variety Instinct Raw. My dogs have been on NBIR since the begining of December. I took my 7 year old to the vet yesterday. For the first time ever he has shown signs of allergies. He has red irrated paws. I am ready to quit raw. Any suggestions?

  • Jason Proctor

    Raw Wild does not put organs OR bones in their products. If you want to feed a truly balanced raw dog food, you should use another product. They view organs as “by products” and use supplement additives to their meals, but they don’t give a breakdown of what they add on their site.