Answers Detailed Dog Food (Raw Frozen)


Rating: ★★★★★

Answers Dog Food (Detailed Formula) receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Answers Detailed product line includes three raw frozen recipes, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Answers Detailed Pork
  • Answers Detailed Beef
  • Answers Detailed Chicken

Answers Detailed Chicken formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Answers Detailed Dog Food Chicken Formula

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 31% | Carbs = 20%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken heart, chicken liver, ground chicken bone, chicken eggs, carrots, green beans, yellow squash, montmorillonite, cultured whey, sardine oil, anchovy oil, parsley, sea salt, vitamin E supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis13%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%31%20%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%56%15%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is chicken heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.

The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is ground chicken bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.

The fifth ingredient includes chicken eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The sixth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient includes green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.

The eighth ingredient is squash. Squash is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With three notable exceptions

First, montmorillonite is a naturally occurring compound rich in many trace minerals. Montmorillonite has been approved for use in USDA Organic Certified products.

Reported benefits include the binding of certain mold-based toxins and even controlling diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Next, sardine oil and anchovy oil are naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, sardine and anchovy oils should be considered commendable additions.

And lastly, except for vitamin E, we find no mention of added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list.

However, we are reassured to find a detailed list of naturally present nutrients on the company’s website.

Answers Detailed Formula Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Answers Dog Food Detailed formula looks like an above-average raw product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41%, a fat level of 31% and estimated carbohydrates of about 20%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 77%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Answers Detailed Formula is a meat-based raw dog food using a generous amount of chicken, beef or pork as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

12/24/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • aimee

    Hi Stacy,

    Yes, I know that Roxanne said the reason they won’t conduct an AAFCO feeding trial is because they disagree with the use of purpose bred dogs. This is a reason that everyone readily accepts. However, that reason is flawed. AAFCO doesn’t require purpose bred dogs housed in a laboratory to be used for a feeding trial. In fact Just food for Dogs has done AAFCO trials using dogs which remained in their own homes.

    The real reason that Answers hasn’t done an AAFCO feeding trial is simply money. It costs money to run a feeding trial and Answers has elected not to spend money on that endeavor. And that is Ok, I have no concern regarding that decision as long as the diet’s nutritional adequacy statement states the product is for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.

    But instead, the company is labeling their product as complete and balanced for all life stages. It stands to reason that a diet labeled as complete and balanced for all life stages will sell more units than one labeled for intermittent of supplemental feeding only, so there is strong monetary incentive to label a food as complete and balanced.

    My concern with this company is that the label claim of “complete and balanced”, from all I can tell is fraudulent. This has nothing to do with comparing ” a watermelon to a raspberry” is has to do company’s integrity and being truthful in regards to labeling.

    In regards to fat, raw fat and cooked will be digested and absorbed to the same degree. This has been tested and documented. I’ve never found it reported in any published literature that there is a protective benefit to raw fat in the diet.

    In regards to Answers, my concern about the fat level is in relation to the labeling. When fat/ protein levels as seen in Answers Pork were fed through reproduction the pups didn’t survive. Yet the food is being labeled as complete and balanced for all life stages. This goes back to my primary concern that the label claim is being made fraudulently.

    To date Answers has not addressed my concern.

  • Stacy Kruse


    Reading the post from Roxanne Stone, she very clearly states that Answers refused to do the testing of their foods through AAFCO because they don’t believe in the treatment of the beagle colonies that AAFCO tests on. And I have to agree with them. Answers used an independent Veterinarian to do the testing on the food over a year period as opposed to 6 months.

    I understand that you are trying to get them to give you a statement on how Answers food compares to the AAFCO standards. However, YOUR questioning of exact formulas in such a persistent way makes me questions YOUR reasoning. You sound like an enforcer for AAFCO. Like you are TRYING to make a raw dog food comparable to a processed dog food standard. A raw dog food is just that, “Raw.” It is not processed into a neat little kibble chunk, and is not going to have the same “nutrient” values as a processed food. Some Nutrients are much higher in a “Raw” food, while others are missing. However, by comparison, they Protein and Fat that is seriously lacking in processed foods is present in the “Raw” foods.

    Our furry friends are carnivores, not herbivores and not omnivores. They are meat eaters and scavengers in the wild. They don’t hunt down the berry bush or the pumpkin patch. Though they will eat these things when they can’t get meat. However, our furry friends also are not likely to hunt down a cow, a pig or a chicken either. And frankly, if you were to skin any wild animal, you would find that their fat level is much higher then their domesticated herd or flock cousins. Throw in some growth hormone and some steroids and the farmers special protein mix for his livestock, and viola, you have a standard, high meat, low fat farm animal that the butcher cuts up to feed us humans.

    And so yes, the fat levels on OUR meat is very low. But keep in mind that we humans are Omnivores. We can’t digest and get rid of fats the way our furry companions do. And you also then have to remember that we humans cook our meat, which furthers the digestive issues of fat for us. Raw fat actually passes through the system with less absorption then cooked fats do. But we would never dream of eating raw fat ourselves. Our furry friends on the other hand will eat it and do need it. But their digestive system is much shorter and less complex then ours. Where cooked fats in our diet are nothing more then signs of a heart attack waiting to happen, raw fats in our dogs and cats food helps them to digest and eliminate the raw proteins, fur, hide and bone that they would eat in the wild. It also helps to protect their digestive systems from any bone slivers that they may not have chewed well enough. And it does help with protecting them against disease and parasites that may have been present in their “Raw” meals.

    So, in conclusion, stop looking at the fat content by comparison of your HUMAN standard. And stop trying to force the AAFCO standard on a food that is not comparable in process to that of other dry dog and cat foods. It’s like trying to compare a watermelon to a raspberry.

  • aimee

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who found their response odd.

  • Bobby dog

    I think that is one of the rudest and unprofessional practices I have read about in quite a while. That and the response you received in reference to your concern speaks volumes about this company.

  • aimee

    The company is a real enigma. Their motto is “If you have questions …. we give you Answers” I would ask several questions, clearly bullet pointed and Jacqueline would pick something completely unrelated and respond to that. For example, this is the entire content of one of her replies to me. “If you are concerned about your information I suggest you create an email signature with a disclaimer stating your stipulations” She didn’t address any of my questions, just my concern over the company’s sharing of private information,

    I had said that I was concerned that Answers forwarded to me all the personal information from a poster from this site that had also contacted them.

  • Melissaandcrew

    I am sorry but your post caused me to lol. It just struck me as ironic that this company’s name is Answers.

  • aimee

    I thought I’d add new information that has come into my hands since posting my questions to Roxanne of Answers.

    Initially I asked Answers for a full nutrient analysis of their Detailed diets so that I could compare them to AAFCO . In Answers FAQ the diets are claimed to provide “complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages”. However, based on the information on their site, I didn’t see how this could be true as the company states they have not done an AAFCO feeding trial and the nutritional information posted did not meet AAFCO minimums.

    Jacqueline Hill, Vice President of Operations and Product Development, replied ”
    AAFCO knowing they are behind recently allowed companies to compare
    their nutrient profile to other companies who did an AAFCO feeding trial
    to make the AAFCO claim. That is how we make the claim.”

    I asked Answers to provide this new regulation and the name of the diet they were comparing to their diets to but Answers never answered.

    At that point I e- mailed AAFCO. The Vice- Chair of the Pet Food Committee responded to my inquiry. She said that she could not come up with any situations in which the statement from Answers would be truthful. Furthermore, a company can not compare their nutrient profile to another company who completed a feeding trial to make a claim of nutritional adequacy as it is not an available option. In summary, the Vice- Chair of the Pet Food Committee said statement was untruthful and inaccurate.

  • aimee

    Hi Roxanne,

    Thanks for stopping by and posting. I absolutely agree with you that the bioavailability of nutrients from a fresh unprocessed diet will be different from the purified nutrient sometimes used in studies that NRC based their guidelines on.

    In some cases the bioavailability will be higher and in other cases lower. NRC for example cautions the users of it’s tables that when using food to meet vitamin requirements they need to account for the low bioavailability of some natural sourced vitamins and apply a modification factor to the published numbers. And just the other day another poster and I were discussing that we had each found that copper when sourced from pork liver is reported as not being bioavailable at all!

    I also agree that AAFCO standards are interpeted as using ingredients commonly used in commercial pet food and have adjusted upwards for some nutrients when a lower level would be adequate when using other sources.

    You said “Our philosophy on approaching proper nutrition for these carnivores is to turn to their ancestral diet”. You didn’t define what this is, on this site it has been reported as 50% protein calories, 44% fat calories and 6% carb calories. Your pork diet is ~75% fat calories, ~22% protein calories and 2% carb calories. This is very different. If you look to dog milk as the perfect profile it varies significantly from dog to dog and throughout the lactation cycle but is ~30% calories from protein 15% carb and the balance fat. Your diets are lower in protein, higher in fat and lower in carb compared to these examples. What is Answers version of the ancestral diet? I don’t see how your pork diet would ever support reproduction.

    When I questioned the Zn level in your foods you sent a very nice explanation using your beef diet and NRC RA for adult dogs. You calculated NRC as being 4mg/1000 kcals based on assumed bioavailability of 25% and Answers showed how beef provides 9mg/100 kcals with an estimate of 6 being bioavailable.

    I understand that but Answers pork diet has only 29.5% of the Zn contained in the beef diet, 2.6 mg Zn/1000 kcals. Even if the Zn was 100 % bioavailable it comes up short of your calculated NRC requirement.for 4 mg/1000kcals. However, the diet says it is appropriate for puppies and NRC requirement for growth is higher than adults, making your diet look even less adequate . I asked Jacqueline to explain how you are confident Answers would meet the needs of a growing pup but she never answered. Perhaps you will.

    In regards to AAFCO feeding trials. I completely agree they are minimal and any manufacturer can do far more. For example when I talked to the company whose growth diet I fed they reported they followed the pups for a minimum of 6 months and some for a year and collected over 1200 data points /pup including hormone analysis, DEXA scans and radiographs to follow orthopedic development.

    In regards to the “feeding trial” by Dr. Amy Nesslerodt, you report on your site that the diets were supplemented with Answers Additional. AAFCO doesn’t allow supplementation. Also it wasn’t clear if only one diet was fed or if she fed multiple formulas to the dogs over the course of the year. Using multiple formulas could help even out the extreme nutrient differences in your diets. For example your pork diet only contains 3,811 IU/kg Vit A while the beef has 110,537 IU /kg, nearly 30 times as much.The pork diet has only 2.5 mg copper /kg and if it was sourced from pork liver likely unavailable, the beef has over 10 X as much..The pork diet when fed on it’s own for 1 year might reveal those deficiencies but when combined with the beef diet and the supplement Answers Additions may not. So I’m not sure of the relevance. .

    It is always interesting to me that companies that don’t invest in trials claim they don’t do so for welfare reasons, especially as Just Food For Dogs said that they will share with any company, how to do an AAFCO trial using volunteer dogs who remain in their own homes. Apparently there is no requirement to use a purpose bred colony of dogs kept in confinement.

    What I really don’t understand is how Answers Detailed can make a nutritional claim of adequacy for AAFCO for all life stages. The diets do not meet an AAFCO profile and you haven’t done any feeding trials. Jacqueline Hill said that you make the claim based on another company’s feeding trial data.

    When applying the AAFCO “family rule” I found this: “The subject nutritionally similar food must be of the same processing
    type; contain the same moisture content; bear a statement of nutritional
    adequacy for the same or less demanding life stage as the lead product;
    contain a dry matter metabolizable energy (ME) content within 7.5% of
    the lead product’s dry matter; meet the same levels of crude protein,
    calcium, phosphorus, zinc, lysine, thiamine as the lead food; and meet
    the nutrient levels and ratios of the lead family product or the AAFCO
    Nutrient Profiles, whichever is lower.”

    The only company I know of that has done raw feeding trial is Natures Variety and Natures Variety told me they are the only company to have done a raw trial.

    Your diet’s nutrient profile does not meet AAFCO and is very different from NV. For example the Calcium levels of NV are ~ 1% on an as fed basis with a max water content of 66% making Ca on a DM basis of 2.7% your DM basis for Ca for your pork diet is reported as far below this at only 0.4%. NV Zn levels are reported as ~25 mg/kg as fed, 69 mg/kg DM and your pork diet is 28.9 mg/kg. DM. The nutrient levels are not similar to either AAFCO or NV. I don’t see how you can claim adequacy unless there is a different company who has done a raw feed trial.I’m assuming when I read the diets must be of the same processing type you’d have to compare raw to raw.

    I repeatedly asked Jacqueline Hill to cite the “new” AAFCO regulation that allows one company to use another companies data and specifies how close the diets must be. But she never answered.

    Is there a “new” regulation or are you using AAFCO family rule? If there is a new regulation please post it here.

    I also repeatedly asked her to which company’s diets is Answers comparing itself to and she never answered.

    Perhaps you will explain it all to me.

  • Roxanne Stone

    Based on the comments and conversation recently posted here
    on dog food advisor I would like to take this opportunity to address them. My
    name is Roxanne Stone and I am responsible for all of the raw materials,
    finished formulations and regulatory compliance for Answers Pet Food. In
    regards to the questions posed around our Detailed Formulations and their
    nutritional adequacy I would like to explain our position and philosophy on the
    published nutrient data, regulatory agency involvement, and limitations placed
    on the manufacturer in regards to choices and restrictions for labeling.

    One very important point I think that needs to be emphasized here when evaluating the research
    and published data in the NRC manual, which has been extrapolated by AAFCO to
    create their nutrient profiles for dogs and cats, it has largely been performed
    using very isolated, purified ingredients and/or very processed low quality
    commercial dry and or canned food type diets. Therefore, when trying to compare
    the nutritional value of these foods there are a lot of liberties taken when
    attempting to make comparisons to raw, minimally processed, unpasteurized and in
    our case fermented whole food type diets. It is crucial we take a big step back
    and truly look at the set up of an experiment, the time frame, the quality and
    source of the raw material used. Although, we would agree that the published
    research in the NRC can offer some valuable information and may be used as a
    guideline to help in the basic requirements for nutritional adequacy it is not
    the ONLY source of nutritional adequacy data out there. When attempting to
    understand whole food nutrition there is much to consider in regards to the
    amount of synergy and complex interactions that function in a whole food system.
    This is incredibly difficult to simulate in an experimental design and often even
    more difficult to quantify. Even though
    we have a come a long way in the nutritional sciences field at gaining a better
    understanding of the function of macronutrients, micronutrients, enzymes and
    their metabolic pathways we are still a long way away from the complete
    understanding of the complex techniques and chemical pathways that Mother Nature
    has used since our inception. Again, the industry overall is taking a lot of
    liberty to say that we got this all summed up in one nice neat package.

    Our philosophy on approaching proper nutrition for these
    carnivores is to turn to their ancestral diet, before “we” as humans interfered,
    believing that “we” can do it better. No matter how advanced we feel we have
    become, we will NEVER be able to trump Mother Nature. But alas we live in a
    world with many manmade laws, rules, regulations and inconsistent bureaucracy governing
    our industries. In order to live and function in this world we must often abide
    by many of them, even if we don’t completely agree with them. So that brings us
    back to the AFFCO statements on nutritional adequacy. After carefully studying
    the protocol for the AAFCO feeding trials we were extremely discouraged at what
    they required and did not require. Obviously, they want these trials carried
    out in a very controlled environment, which would be expected when attempting
    to set up a controlled experiment and minimize external variables. In order to
    do this the testing facilities involved are pretty much limited to using confined
    Beagle colonies, where the quality of life and welfare of these animals is in
    serious question. Additionally, these feeding trials are limited to only 6
    months and only require 4 values be examined to determine nutritional adequacy.
    We simply could not support this type of environment and treatment of animals, which
    is why we chose not to participate in an AAFCO sanctioned feeding trial. Rather,
    we chose to allow veterinarian Dr. Amy Nesslerodt to conduct an independent
    (meaning we had no control over the reporting of the outcome of her trial) feeding
    trial, which consisted of a full blood chemistry panel, CBC (complete blood
    cell count), urinalysis and fecal analysis. The test duration was one full year
    rather than only 6 months. We are very confident in the initial feeding trial
    results and the data that was collected. Additionally, over the past 4 years we
    have continued to conduct various feeding trials on many different breed types,
    and ages, including pregnant and lactating bitches with many holistic
    veterinarians, and independent pet retailers. This has helped us in our continued
    research, giving us significant data as well as experience through observation
    that we need to indeed determine our formulas are consistently performing to
    the nutritional standards and quality we require.

    When it comes down to communicating the nutritional information
    of our formulas to the end user on packaging and labels this is where the laws,
    restrictions and requirements become very convoluted. And often results in
    consumer frustration and confusion when attempting to decipher labels and
    interpret regulatory statements for nutritional adequacy. We spent many, many
    hours in meetings and consultation calls with officials from state’s Departments
    of Agricultural and FDA/CVM officials, and regularly attend the AAFCO meetings.
    Based on the choices offered by the regulatory agencies we feel we have done
    our best to communicate to the end user the nutritional adequacy of our

    It is our intent not to only teach to the current regulatory
    requirements (AAFCO standards) for kibble (see Dogs Naturally Magazine, Raw
    Food and AAFCO, July/August 2012 issue) being applied to raw diets are harmful
    to pets, but as stated in our company mission and vision, be a leader in
    the industry to make changes for the sake of all pets and their owners. We
    encourage and embrace dialogue such as on this site to bring awareness of the
    very concerning situation that most commercial raw diets have chosen to comply
    with the antiquated nutritional requirements at the detriment to many pets. We
    suspect, as possibly in this situation, some other raw diet manufacturers want
    to discredit us to silence the truth. Attending AAFCO meetings every 6 months
    is costly and tedious, but we feel it is necessary to bring about positive change.
    I meet with the FDA at every meeting and have started the dialogue. We have
    veterinarians across the country that understand the severity of the situation
    and stand with us in our fight to make this change. We hope to bring the
    dialogue of how inappropriate current AAFCO requirements
    are for raw diets to larger platforms such as media and even the legal arena to
    get the message out to pet owners.

    As any manufacturer should we are always looking at how we
    can bring the best nutrition to the bowl. Several years ago, after much
    research, we decided to add Celtic Sea Salt to our formulas. More recently we
    brought fermented fish stock to the market. Due to our research on fish oils (questionable
    quality for sourcing of fish oils) we have chosen to remove them from our meat
    formulas and instead add fermented cod livers (for a healthy source of concentrated
    omega fatty acids) along with high vitamin butter oil (listed on the ingredient
    panel as butter) for a superior source of Vitamin K2. We are working on the lab
    analysis to update the nutrition information to reflect these changes and will post
    them to our website soon.

    We know that nutrition is an opinionated science and we
    encourage dialogue to bring awareness to the different opinions. It can be
    difficult for any one scientist or lay person to make knowledgeable decisions
    about what to feed especially when moving to a superior source of nutrition that
    can initially induce detoxification or a health crisis; so judging the outcome
    of a healthy diet requires the pet owner to be well informed. It is a
    manufacturer’s responsibility to bring that information to the end user and one
    of our main goals. Ultimately, a diet should NOT
    be judged on how it measures up to outdated regulatory standards but more
    importantly how it performs.

    In conclusion, I will end with a few wise quotes from one of
    my mentors and well respected holistic veterinarian, Dr. Doug Knueven…….”100%
    complete [nutrition] assumes 100% complete knowledge of food and nutrition,
    biology, genetics, chemistry and physics. It is a common myth that the minimum and maximum amount of essential
    nutrients needed for normal dogs is known. Most is not known. We are just
    trying to avoid toxicities and deficiencies.” Additionally Dr. Knueven states
    in his September 2014 article in Dogs Naturally Magazine, Misguided Diet Dogma,“Mother
    Nature is smarter than the smartest veterinary nutritionist” and I couldn’t
    agree more.Ultimately, it is left to the end user to draw their own conclusions
    and decide for themselves what products and services they will support.

  • aimee

    Hi Shawna,

    Actually, I’m a bit surprised that you feed Answers. I thought I’d read from previous posts that you would consider a food that only provides 22%-25% or so calories from protein to be inadequate.

    Answers philosophy also differs from yours as they believe that protein damages the liver and kidneys.

    “When protein is consumed in excess it will be converted to sugar
    and the by-products…..urea, along with excess nitrogen, sulfur and phosphorus that are left to be excreted. Through research and experience we know that over time this can have damaging effects on the liver and kidneys.”

    My experience with Jacqueline Hill was very different from yours.

    I inquired about the Zn content and she sent a very nicely calculated out explanation of how their food meets NRC based on their assumed Zn bioavailability. .The concern I had though was that in the calculation Answers used Zn levels for an adult dog and the beef diet, which has over 3 times the Zn level as in the pork diet and over twice that of their chicken diet.

    If you use anything other than the beef diet and maintenance, when using their own method of calculation the diets come up deficient by their own standards. I inquired about that several times but no response.

    The other concern I have regarding marketing these diets as all life stages is that the diets are essentially carbohydrate free. This isn’t necessarily a problem for an adult dog, though I’d prefer a higher percentage of calories from protein than their diets provide as some of that will be used for gluconeogenesis leaving less for enzyme, tissue synthesis etc.

    However, for reproduction, when feeding a carb free diet at protein levels as found in the Answers diets puppy mortality was very high, something like 2/3 died. For successful reproduction to occur the percent of calories from protein was nearly double what is in Answers formulas.

    Jacqueline told me they only use NRC for regulatory matters(but NRC isn’t a regulatory body)and that NRC research isn’t good. But then she sent a “blurb” from a work by Reynolds in support of using a high fat level in a dog’s diet. I’m familiar with Reynolds work on sled dog diets from where.. oh yeah the NRC : ).

    Of interest to me though is that she left out the section from that paper in which Reynolds reported that when the dogs were fed protein levels at the level we see in Answers, the dogs had a much higher injury rate than when fed a higher percent of their calories as protein.

    She also forwarded information as to why they have to under report the GA’s protein and fat level to leave wiggle room for day to day variation. Yet they leave a lot of wiggle room for fat but not protein. The company cuts their protein min close report min as 13% and actual 14-15 % and gives wide berth on the fat level report min 10 when actual 18-20. Some may see this as trying to hide how much fat is in their food. This diet doesn’t come close to the protein levels in the “ancestral ” diet which is what it seems many are striving for.

    Looking at this from a holistic perspective, if I only had a choice between Answers and Purina or Science diet or yes even Ole Roy. I’d feed those other products hands down over Answers, who won’t give me any answers despite their motto.

  • aimee

    Thanks Dana!

  • Dori

    Hi Shawna, Since I do feed a rotational diet I don’t have any issue in feeding Answer’s Detailed and keeping it in rotation. I too have spoken to Jacquie many times since I started on raw and came across Answer’s Detailed review. She’s a really nice lady and was willing to stay on the phone with me for longer than I would have wanted to stay on with me back then asking so many dumb questions that I had. The only thing that confused me is that I thought that if a company stated that they were complete and balanced and were comparable to AAFCO that they would have tested at least one of their foods. I didn’t realize that they were allowed to use a different companies feeding trial or statement. I have about as much interest in AAFCO’s regulations as I do the FDA.

    Honestly, and I’ve said this often on this and other sites concerning whatever foods you’re feeding; if you are feeding a rotational diet (I rotate with every single meal) I don’t care whether a food claims to be complete and balanced. Even the ones that say they are complete and balanced I don’t particularly believe. As with most everything, it’s all about marketing. This can be seen with so many of the very large dog food manufacturers that have so many types of foods and we all know it’s all about marketing. An All Life Stages food is good for all be they puppies, adults or seniors (with the possible exception of large breed dogs which I know absolutely nothing about), dogs that are too thin or too fat do not need special foods. Feed more if too thin, feed less if your dogs too and walk your dog. Less food, more movement. Jeesh, it’s not brain surgery. Of course, if your dog has a medical condition it may have special needs nutritionally speaking.

    I may sound cynical (maybe it’s actually wisdom from having been around the block a few times lol) but I assume most, if not all, companies have something on their packaging that is pretty much at out and out lie or they are playing with wording to get you to believe whatever they want you to believe.

    I also love your Edit——–absolutely the most disgusting, despicable dog food companies may actually be complete and balanced and I sure as heck would never ever feed any of those foods to my dogs.

    I do believe that if a person is going to feed one food to their dog for every single meal without ever changing that food (which is crazy talk to me) then they should at least attempt to research that food and make sure it is or assume it’s not and figure out what you need to supplement it with . Easier is just to rotate but not solely within the same brand. What ever formula they are feeding from one brand is going to be deficient throughout their entire line. Rotating needs to be, yes within the brand, but I feel it really needs to be rotation with different brands. But you know how it goes, Shawna. Somebody finds a food that their dog does ok with and then don’t want to move from there thinking that since they are not scratching, vomiting, poops look normal that every is ok. It’s not going to be ok in the long run feeding a dog a food (the same food) that is lacking nutrients. I have a hard time trying to get friends to understand that.

  • dana

    Hi Aimee,

    Wow! thank you for your persistence. It is disconcerting that Answers owners cannot or will not answer your pertinent questions. My opinion of their company and their products has waned immensely.

    I will not be using their products unless they come forth and answer your questions. They should know those answers and if they do not then the purported qualities of their products are all in doubt.

    I very much appreciate and admire the effort you put forth in pursuing the truth regarding the G/A and nutritional data of Answers and other companies that have posted questionable data and claims.

    This forum is fortunate to have you speaking up intelligently and earnestly.
    I have read the links you shared (thank you) incl: https://weethnutrition.wordpre… and I must add that you also Rock!

  • El Doctor

    Hi Dori

    Answers says they did their own feeding trials.

    “Have you done your own feeding trials?

    Answers partnered with veterinarian Dr. Amy Nesselrodt to complete a year-long feeding trial with Answers Detailed plus Answer’s Additional.
    While not an official AAFCO feeding trial, we examined values above and beyond that required by AAFCO and have posted the results.”

  • Shawna

    Here’s another example on how comparing kibble to raw could skew the nutrient requirements. I’ve been discussing “phytates” in grains and some other starchy foods for quite a while now. Look at what phytic acid can do to minerals like zinc and calcium. “The zinc- and iron-blocking effects of phytic acid can be just as serious
    as the calcium-blocking effects. For example, one study showed that a
    wheat roll containing 2 mg phytic acid inhibited zinc absorption by 18
    percent; 25 mg phytic acid in the roll inhibited zinc absorption by 64
    percent; and 250 mg inhibited zinc absorption by 82 percent.12 Nuts have
    a marked inhibitory action on the absorption of iron due to their
    phytic acid content.13”

    Foods higher in phytates will need extra of these minerals that bind with phytates. Raw foods have very minimal to no phytates allowing them to include less of certain minerals as the minerals will be utilized by the body not bound up to the phytic acid (and fiber). Dr. Becker discusses how fiber binds minerals. “Too much fiber can create a barrier
    in your dog’s small intestine which prevents antioxidants, vitamins and
    minerals from being assimilated.”

  • aimee

    Thanks Dori!

    I’d love to know what product Answers is claiming their product is comparable to, but I think that is a question they are not going to answer!

  • Shawna

    Hi Dori,

    I’m not a fan of feeding any one brand but I do and will continue to use Answers in my rotation. I had over an hour long conversation with Jacqueline Hill when Dr. Becker’s forum was still up and I discussed the conversation on the forum.. Unfortunately the forum is gone as is all the posts on it. :(

    I was more than impressed with Jacqueline’s knowledge about “real” food and nutrition versus nutritionism.. Jacqueline is, or at least was, a member of Weston Price and a the chapter president (I think it was) for her area.

    Although it wasn’t AAFCO compliant, Dr. Amy Nesselrodt DVM did a year long feeding trial on her own dogs using Answers foods. Blood evals were taken before, during and after the year long trial and Dr. Nesselrodt documented the whole process on her blog. Susan Thixton talks about the feeding trial on her Truth About Pet Food blog. Of interest, in my opinion, Susan states that standard feeding trials are inept as they are often very short and done in a lab setting vs a real life setting.

    Veterinarian and Nutritionist Dr. Meg Smart feels the same way. She writes on her blog “The validity of trials conducted on dogs and cats kept in a kennel or research facility is questioned, as these animals do not have the same freedoms and human bonding experiences of the pets kept within a home environment. Most nutritional trials on companion animals are only valid for that particular group, maintained under the same conditions, fed identical diets. Even the results from the relatively simple non invasive digestibility, palatability and feeding trials done in kennels or catteries specifically established and approved to conduct these trials have come under scrutiny when environment, previous diet, gender, breed and age differences are considered.”

    I’m not sure of Dr. Nesselrodt’s credentials when it comes to diet but she wrote an interesting article for Dogs Naturally Magazine. The article is titled “Raw Pet Food And AAFCO”. In her article she includes some interesting quotes like this on “how do all the wild canids throughout the eons of history manage to
    thrive and reproduce without ever consuming the first molecule of
    micronutrient from a commercial source? …All live well without any
    vitamins added to their diet. Insight to this situation is gained from
    research done by pioneer vitamin investigators of the 1920s and 1930s.
    They could not produce a vitamin deficiency unless feeding a diet high
    in soluble carbohydrate.” And this one “Dr. Doug Kneuven, DVM adds: “100% complete [nutrition] assumes 100%
    complete knowledge of food and nutrition, biology, genetics, chemistry
    and physics. It is a common myth that the minimum and maximum amount of
    essential nutrients needed for “normal” dogs is known. Most is not
    known, we are just trying to avoid toxicities and deficiencies. There
    should be different nutritional standards for raw and processed foods.”

    There are very nutrient dense ingredients in Answers foods — cultured whey, kombucha, sea salt and montmorillonite as some examples.

    If Answers was the only food I could feed, I’d still take it any day over anything from Science Diet or Purina and the likes—-despite their “apparent” perfect balance.

    Edit —– keep in mind “Ol Roy and Beneful” are “complete and balanced”..

  • Dori

    Hi Aimee,
    As a matter of fact I’m pretty sure I have a box of it in the freezer. I’ll go check and get back to you.

  • aimee

    Hi Dori,
    I asked that question many times but Jacqueline Hill didn’t answer it. The only company I know of that has done a raw food feeding trial is Natures Variety. Jacqueline Hill used to work for Natures Variety so I assumed it might be that one BUT to apply the “family rule” the nutrient levels and energy densities between products need to be similar. There are large differences between the products, so I don’t see how NV trial could be used by Answers.

    Personally I think the company does not understand and has misapplied the family rule. But I could be wrong

    I asked Jacqueline Hill to please educate me by providing me with the wording and the exact regulation that allows them to make an AAFCO claim based on a different company trial but she didn’t answer that question.

    Dori, Any chance you have a box of it now or could call the store where you get it from and find out what the exact wording of the AAFCO statement is? . I’d LOVE to have a carton ( especially the pork one) if it had an AAFCO statement on it for “all life stages” for my “collection”

    I don’t think Jacqueline will respond back to me anymore as her last two e-mail didn’t address my clearly asked questions and had a hostile overtone, as much as one can tell such thing in this medium. I may be misinterpreting.

  • Dori

    Hi Aimee, Do you know which company’s feeding trial data they used? How is this even legal? Maybe legal isn’t the correct wording as no one seems to regulate or monitor any of these companies. I’m assuming they didn’t tell you, I just wondered if you knew. This is a bit disturbing as Answer’s Detailed is in rotation at my home. I don’t feed it too often as no one near me sells it so I have to make a special trip to purchase the food. I’ll have to rethink my use of this food. Jeesh! If it’s not one thing it’s another with dog food companies. Thx for your post to Dana.

  • aimee

    Hi Dana,

    I thought I’d follow up to you in regards to the e mail exchange I’ve had with Answers.

    Answers asked if I work for another raw food company. Apparently they thought because I was asking what their actual average levels of fat and protein were in their diets I was trying to steal the secret recipe : ) They said they were reluctant to give me that information as other companies have copied their levels.

    I replied that it really was no big secret what the levels in their diets are as it only takes a bit of algebra to figure out the protein is around 15-16% and the fat around 18-19%..

    The actual/typical levels for the beef and chicken are 15% protein 18% fat and 14% protein and 20% fat for the pork version.

    On a caloric basis the pork takes 22% calories from protein, 76% calories from fat and 1.6% calories from carb.
    There formulas exceed NRC safe upper limits for fat.

    Despite the motto” If you have questions… we give you answers” I didn’t get many answers except for the fat/protein levels.

    The primary questions that I wanted an answers for I asked several times, yet they remain unanswered 1 What is the wording of your AAFCO statement on the boxes of Detailed. 2. What is the AAFCO regulation that specifies a company can make a claim of meeting AAFCO by using a different company’s feeding trial data? 3 What company’s feeding trial are you comparing your product to to make a claim of adequacy. 4.What is the NA for each of your formulas?

    I really question this company’s use of an AAFCO claim as complete and balanced for all life stages. The nutrient profile doesn’t meet AAFCO, they haven’t done feeding trials and I don’t know of any raw food with a feed trial claim whose profile is so devoid of nutrients as Answers products are. It is a mystery.

    I asked a boarded vet nutritionist about the “competitor rule” . My question and her response can be found here

    Over all the company philosophy seems to be that protein damages the kidneys and liver ( it does not) and since dogs don’t require carbohydrates one should feed a lot of fat, thus the very high fat content of their food.

    Dana the company forwarded to me your emails to them along withl your personal information. I told them this concerned me and asked if they had gotten permission from you before sending all this to me.

    The company responded that to prevent them from “sharing” information you need to put a disclaimer in your signature that stipulated they are not to share.

    I thought it would be common courtesy for a company not to give out all your information to strangers. Shrug…. Live and learn.

  • blondebat

    Hi Dana,
    research SoJo’s for rotation.

  • aimee

    Hi dana,

    You can find the AAFCO nutrient profile here :

    The profile is based on the food having 3500 kcals/kg dry matter( DM). If the food exceeds 4000 kcals/kg DM the numbers in the tables must be “corrected” to account for the increase in kcals/kg. This calculation is based on a simple ratio.

    Looking at Answers Detailed pork the company reports 65 kcals/ounce which works out to 2288 kcals/kg as fed. To put this on a dry matter basis divide by the dry matter in the diet. The company reports a maximum of 68 % moisture so I’ll use a lower value of 65% moisture which gives us 35% Dry Matter. 2288 divided by .35 = 6537 kcals/kg dry matter. The correction factor is 6537/3500 = 1.86

    Now we can compare AAFCO to the posted nutritional information

    Answers reports the pork as having .4 % Calcium. AAFCO min for main. is.6% So even before applying the correction factor we can see the diet is deficient. The correction is .6 x 1.86 = 1.12% So answers has only 35% of the AAFCO min for maint. Scary thing is they say the diet is for all life stages. AAFCO min for growth is 1.86% meaning this diet only has 21% of the minimum.

    Answers reports 28.9 mg/kg Zn AAFCO min is 120 mg/kg x 1.86 correction factor = 223 mg/kg Zn. Answers has only 13% of the AAFCO min.

    Answers reports 25.5 IU Vit E/kg AAFCO min is 50 x the correction factor 1.86 = 93 IU/kg Answers has 27 % of the AAFCO min.

    The really really odd thing is that Answers said “You never want a raw diet to be equivalent to the AAFCO nutrient requirements, that would be seriously overdosing in nutrients like zinc which in turn could lead to hemolytic anemia.”

    This statement is just plainly false on many levels. I don’t know why they would use Zn as an example as zinc is a pretty nontoxic metal. A dog has to ingest a lot of it to cause anemia. This happens when dogs eat pennies.

    This review states that Answers meets AAFCO via the nutrient method. But the nutrient information the company posted clearly does not meet AAFCO profile and the company thinks it is dangerous to do so. Answers told me made an AAFCO claim based on a different company doing a feeding trial on a raw diet and it passing. Huh???

    There is something called the family rule whereby a company can do a trial on their “lead” product and then extend the claim to their other similar products. I’ve never heard of making an AAFCO claim based on a different company’s feeding trial. It all seems very odd.

    dana, I don’t feed raw. If I did I’d lean toward Natures Variety. I do use Primal raw as a topper for my dog who is on a venison diet but I lightly cook it.

  • dana

    hi aimee,
    Is there a website that lists AAFCO’s required nutrient levels? What nutrient levels of Answer’s formulas do you find to be deficient? I was considering this food for my rotations based on Mikes review but I now have doubts.
    Which Raw food brands do you use? My current rotations are Vital Essentials, Small Batches and Pronto grinds. I would be more comfortable adding a few more quality options; particulary one without fruits and vegies…. One of my dogs, a Mastiff X, was very itchy on Darwins due, I am quite sure to the 30% fruits/vegies included.. I was initially interested in Answer’s Straight formula for my allergy prone pal.

  • aimee

    Hi dana,

    It never concerned me that the three formulas share the same GA numbers, as those are just maxs and mins. It is of much greater concern that their posted nutrient levels are far below AAFCO mins yet they say the diets are “complete and balanced”

  • dana

    A friend emailed Answer’s also and shared the response to his question of. how the 3 different meat types ended up with the same protein and fat percentages. Here is Jacqueline Hill’s response:
    ” We feel the protein to fat ratio is very important and all our formulas should be optimal. We know some pet owners may not rotate and we claim each Detailed formula can be fed solely so it is our responsibility to have the optimal ratio. When we purchase out raw materials we get a percentage of muscle meat and we get a percentage of fat and we mix them to create the optimal protein to fat ratio. Roxanne is a food scientist and she determines and
    formulates all our products.”

  • aimee

    I emailed Answers regarding getting an average/typical Nutrient Analysis for each formula. They wrote back and said to use the information on the website.

    The odd thing is that the information posted on their website reports that their diets are all very very deficient compared to an AAFCO profile. I don’t see how they can say their diets are complete and balanced for all life stages using that data. Hopefully they have reformulated and have current data someplace.

    The diets all appear very high fat and baseline protein on a caloric basis as the only way to get the calorie counts they report is to have a fat level much higher than the GA.

    I wrote back and again requested a average NA.

    So far this doesn’t look to be a company whose products I’d be comfortable using.

  • theBCnut

    Yes, it does, which is very good, in my book, but trace minerals don’t make up for missing major minerals. They do however add an element that many dog foods are lacking entirely.

  • LabsRawesome

    It contains Montmorillionite Clay, which has over 60 trace minerals.

  • LabsRawesome

    Okay. I don’t use Answers and I have never been on their website. After reading the post from denali, I just assumed he/she was not understanding Mike’s review. If I was using this food, I would contact Answers and ask that question.

  • Shawna

    The “guaranteed analysis” of any pet food is a guarantee of minimums and maximums not of exact amounts. The protein and fat have to be no less than the number stated on the analysis. So if tested, Answers, or any dog food, has to have at least the stated amount but could have more than the stated.

    The amounts stated for fiber and moisture are maximums — the food can not have more then what is stated but can have less.

  • theBCnut

    Don’t get me wrong, I use and like Nature’s Logic, but I don’t consider it to be a balanced food. I use it as part of a varied rotational diet. They did an analysis on one formula, the chicken, I believe, and used it’s results, with a little tinkering, as the GA for all their foods. They said they were going to fix the issue quite some time ago, but they never did. I still like their food and their philosophy, but I wouldn’t count on it being completely balanced. It’s low in some minerals, at the very least. This is another case of wishing that companies just came clean and told the whole truth. I would rather a company admit that their food is not perfect(which I already know-duh), rather than have them act like they think they are perfect(that gets the hairs on the back of my neck standing up). If you want to find the original story, look for posts by aimee on the NL review, but you’ll have to go back pretty far, more than a year, or you can go over to the forum side and do a search. It came up again over there a couple weeks ago, maybe.
    Sent from my iPod

  • dana

    hello BCnut,

    I missed the Nature’s Logic event and my browser shows no discussion under the Natures Logic review. Was the issue resolved?
    Ironically, I was just looking at Natures Logic cosidering whether or not to include it as a rotation kibble for one of my dogs, husky/lab x, who every few weeks decides he does not like Raw food anymore. His disdain for raw lasts just a few days and then he is back to enjoying the raw with gusto. Not sure whats up with that. Anyway, I buy small bags of kibble just for him as my other dog (lab/mastiff x) is on raw full time.

  • DogFoodie

    Yep. Disappointing.

  • dana

    hi denali,

    You are onto something here! I visited the Answer’s website and I clearly see what you are referring to. How odd that each of their different meat formulas shows the same General Analysis.

    It seems unlikely that Chicken, Beef and Pork would each have the same Protein of 13% and Fat at 10%. Certainly for starters, Beef would surely have less fat than Pork! I guess Dr Mike is ok with this as I imagine he checked the G/A ‘s prior to writing his reviews. I hope he will chime in and explain how such very different meats could end up with the same G/ regards to protein and fat…

  • theBCnut

    Nature’s Logic all over again?

  • DogFoodie

    I looked and noticed that also. Under ingredients, the percentages of muscle meat, organ and bone differ for each recipe, yet the GA remains the same.

  • sandy

    Actually, as of the last review, the company does list the same GA’s on their website for the three products.

  • sandy

    That would be a question to ask Answers. Let us know what they say if you find out!

  • LabsRawesome

    The Answers Detailed product line includes three raw frozen recipes, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

    The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

    Answers Detailed Pork

    Answers Detailed Beef

    Answers Detailed Chicken

    Answers Detailed Chicken formula was selected to *represent* the other products in the line for this review. ************ The Chicken Formula was selected to represent all 3 formulas. Every food on this site is reviewed this same way. Although some formulas within the same line may receive different star ratings, that is not the case with Answers. This review does not state that all 3 formulas have the same exact nutrient profile. They do all receive 5 star ratings per this review.

  • denali

    Attn Mike Sagman

    I am perplexed how all of Answers formulas (Chicken, Pork and Beef) have the exact same General Analysis. How can all of these very different meats have identical Fat and Protein percentages.??? Especially when the company claims to use all natural meats with no added vitamins and minerals, etc.
    Anyone have some ideas about this?

  • Spock

    Amy, what you have said in your post is all painfully true.

    I was involved in the rescue community for a while. I encountered countless numbers of homeless animals in shelters whose eventual, anonymous fate lay on an unnoticeable weekend spent dickering with some fickle, inattentive child or a recovering adult with a similar, perhaps predictable outcome. They lose interest in the dog. I can’t help but judge them as often as I do the lemmings who sent these confused, deserted souls to their eventual, lonesome death .

    I came upon four unassuming angels who were last-minute, death-row dogs that have blessed my life for 10 adventurous years. They’re spayed and they eat real or raw food.

    My vet, who is alternative/holistic in her approach to healing, alerted me to the commercial dog food companies’ unreported sin. As you pointed out, the ingredients include products that were formerly living, loving and wanted creatures, labeled perhaps as “beef” or “By Products.”

    I can’t listen to giddy, ignorant friends or casual inquisitive bystanders who want to have litters of pups with no careful thought of that innocent dog’s eventual whereabouts or no thought to secure a viable home for them – just the hope of a return on investment. A gift of companionship, a life, is reduced to a gambling weekend in Vegas when i’ve got four reasons to tell closed ears they don’t need “papers” to have unconditional love.

    In my state we’ve contested chaining and dumping. We’ve struggled to strengthen laws regarding dog fighting (Vick case) where battered souls are destined to be PTS in kill shelters, a cruel, predictable fate from this world.

    These shelters are here and sadly they’re necessary. But we’ve made inroads in these places and reduced their PTS numbers through selfless, unrelenting efforts by people like you and me who care and try to make a difference.

    The answer is spay and neuter. For the responsible few who are a cut above the rest and want to have a wholesome companion from cradle to grave via a reputable breeder, then you’re above the discussion and don’t let your hearts be troubled.

    Ignorance and apathy, with both of whom I am familiar, are our greatest adversaries.

    Keep the good fight.

  • sandy

    Thanks! We’ll be using the fish stock after the current container of goat milk is done!

  • kate

    hi Sandy,

    I just recently started serving my dogs the Fish Stock and they devour it. It has so many outstanding health benefits that I am tempted to use it myself except I cannot get past the smell !!!

    I will definitely be adding their Detailed product into my rotation of raw foods. I am enthused by the review here and from perusing their website which has the complete Guaranteed Analysis and full ingredients listed for each of their products (. ) Plus, ALL of their ingredients are thoughtfully sourced (

  • sandy

    Anyone use the fermented fish stock?

  • Doglicious Bakery LLC

    If anyone is in the Pennsylvania area, we sell “Answers” in our shops, along with other raw diets. You are welcome to contact us and we can hook you up with raw foods. We would be glad to help! Doglicious Bakery LLC, 717-405-5318..

  • Chelsie Hall

    You are welcome!

  • Nancy Calloway

    Thank you. I spoke with her and there is a place in this town that only sells the frozen goat milk. They can order it IF I order enough. There are minimum orders. Then there is a place 1 1/2 hours away where I can get it on the way to the NC beach where we often go. So I can make it work with some effort.
    THank you so much.

  • Chelsie Hall

    I am in TN and get mine from my local boutique. It’s called Answers Fermented Fish Stock. You should be able to call the number on answers website and it actually goes to Jacqueline Hills cell phone, one of the owners. Tell her you are interested in the fish stock and would like to know who sales it in your area. They have the best customer service I have ever encountered. Good Luck!

  • Nancy Calloway

    Sorry — I should have read this review first, before I asked! :)

  • Nancy Calloway

    Do you mind telling me WHERE you get your fermented fish stock and what the product name is? THank you. I think I will use some of that.

  • Chelsie Hall

    I have been feeding both Straight Answers Pork and the Detailed Chicken patties to my dogs. The detailed is nutritionally complete. It is in patty form so I thaw out the patties as I need them and store the rest in the freezer. My coondog on Straight Pork he gets 14oz of the meat (I have the 4lb carton) so I scoop that out with a large stainless serving spoon, I pour in the goats milk and fish stock to make it a complete meal for him. He gets 8oz of milk a day and 6oz of fermented fish stock. Of course I do this in two feedings so the ratio is split in half.

  • theBCnut

    It is definitely a case of deciding which risk is more acceptable to you. I have never had a dog get mammary tumors, but I have had 2 die of bone cancer and great gobs that had bad hips, both of which could possibly be affected by early neutering. Some of those dogs with bad hips were obvious even as 8 week old puppies though, so I can’t really blame early neutering for them, and one of the ones that had bone cancer wasn’t neutered until he was over 8 years old and started having prostate issues(which is an intact dog problem), so I can’t really blame early neutering for those either. See, a very complicated issue, encumbered by previous experience.

  • Crazy4cats

    Isn’t that the truth!

  • Dori

    As always, damned if you do and damned if you don’t. I have always had my dogs spayed at an early age. Well, as with anything in life, you can’t avoid everything 100%. We do our best with whatever research and info we were able to come up with at the time. And as always, the research and info is always changing. Thanks for the reply.

  • theBCnut

    I have smaller dogs than HDM, but they also do better on a higher fat diet. As long as they are getting enough protein for their protein needs and they don’t have medical issues that limit the amount of fat they can handle, I like having a slightly higher fat content. 1:0.65 does not offend me.

  • theBCnut

    Absolutely! It’s also better for bone growth and joint function.

  • theBCnut

    It’s also more likely to become cancerous, and I’ve heard, cause hormone related behavior issues.

  • theBCnut

    Absolutely!! However, in intact females, mammary tumors and female related infections are more likely.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Nancy –

    For some, yes, a 1:0.8 ratio of protein to fat would be considered high. Many aim for a 2:1 ratio. For me, no, I wouldn’t consider this too in fat. This is close to the ratio I like my dog’s meals to be at. My dogs are large, extremely active and have high energy needs and I’ve found it’s easier for me to keep weight on them with a little more fat in their diet. It really depends a lot on your dog and its needs – there’s no magic ratio to shoot for because every dog’s needs are different. If you have less active dogs you may find this a little high, but it would certainly be fine if fed in rotation with other leaner meals.

  • Nancy Calloway

    HDM you know a lot — I’m looking for an affordable way to go Raw or Dehydrated Raw. But here is a Q: In the DMB this food is 40% Protein, 31% FAT and 20 % carbs. Proportionally, isn’t that on the high side for fats?

  • Nancy Calloway

    Well we have to do the best we can when situations arise. One never knows what’s ahead. For sure, We here surely do CARE– a lot!

  • Nancy Calloway

    Yes, I saw that and I think she is wonderful.

  • Nancy Calloway

    I appreciate the correction. Also being in tact increases immune function and therefore, Health over all.

  • Dori

    “nut” does any of this apply to spaying?

  • Betsy Greer

    I intended to wait as long as possible with my Golden, Sam. Unfortunately, he had an undescended testicle (cryptorchid). The longer you wait, the smaller it gets and it can become very difficult to find. : (

  • theBCnut

    Well, actually, a dog with no testicles won’t ever get testicular cancer, so they aren’t wrong, they’re just stupid. However, a neutered dog is more likely to get bone cancer, which is also more common than testicular cancer. And they are also more likely to have metabolic diseases, which are nearly unheard of in intact males. But intact males are more likely to get prostate disease and cancer.

  • Cyndi

    Here is an article that supports your decision. Good for you. If I would have known all I do know, I never would have gotten my dogs fixed.

  • Nancy Calloway

    I totally support that. My 21 month old GSD is NOT getting neutered. The kennel where he stays charges me $10 more a day because of it. They say the urine is so acidic it “upsets the other dogs” — so I pay it. They also gave me a lecture (based on OLD ERRONEOUS information which I think was based on gossip) that he is now more likely to get Testicular Cancer due to my leaving him in tact. That is totally WRONG. Like you I have chosen to be a responsible pet owner where that is concerned. He has a fenced in area and that is where I leave him if and when unattended – which is not that often.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Chrissy –

    “Straight” is not a balanced diet and is not intended to be fed on its own. If you’re going to feed the “straight” you need to add the necessary ingredients and supplements to balance it.

  • Chrissy

    As I look into the different types of Raw diets…there is the Straight and Detailed on here….perhaps I should get a little of each – feed our boy with really bad allergies the straight, and then try the rest of the pug pack on the detailed? Is this the way we should go? ~ Chrissy

  • Chrissy

    Hello! I am wondering what is the main differences between the two – detailed, straight, goats milk, etc – their products I am wondering about? We have gone down the raw feeding before and have never been successful. However, our senior boy has just had it really rough with awful skin conditions. We have tried everything. We have now just about forced him to switch over to raw – actually out of them all he was the easiest to transition (the others still have not made it far) – his skin conditions are improving – slowly but they are. We have never been able to even say that. We are currently feeding primal, however, we give them all the goats milk and I swear by that too. Our other little girl went through a lot of surgeries and cancer. She had a really tough time recovering from these, but the minute we began giving her the goats milk – she just started turning the corner, so I am now a firm believer in that as well. I guess I am so new to the Raw – trying to figure out if we can give him some Answers raw and Nature’s Variety from time to time – and trying to figure out what the differences are with this brand? Thank you so much! <3 Chrissy

  • SandyandMila


  • Dori

    Oh , Katie loved the goats milk, it just didn’t love her.

  • Shawna

    Yep, definite fishy smell. BUT, I’ll take it ANY day over raw green tripe. :)

    I expected it to have some bits in it but it was just stock. Maybe the curds in the goat milk had me expecting something??

    The dogs were more antsy than normal when I was prepping their food tonight. It did slow them all down while eating though. Yay!! I didn’t measure either so may have been a bit over zealous with some. Will let you know if there are any consequences to that. :)

    I’m going to use some of it to rehydrate the next premix or freeze dried I use.

    Oh, will probably hold off on any intentional full on kisses for a bit yet tonight… :)

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Let me know how it is! I bet it’ll be stinky. I think I remember seeing an episode of Bizarre Foods where Andrew Zimmern was served surstromming and I think even he had trouble stomaching the smell. lol.

  • SandyandMila

    Vital Essentials also makes goats milk, not sure if your Katie would like it any different, just letting you know. :)

  • Dori

    I think you and Max will like the food. If you ever want to call Answers, Jacquie (the owner) is really nice and glad to answer any and all questions you have.

  • Shawna

    I bought some the other day. Plan on mixing in with their food tonight.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    Thanks, good to know. I think I’ll have them order it for me. I bought the small carton of goat’s milk to try. It’s thawing in the fridge. I’ll be trying it out on Max tomorrow. He doesn’t have any allergies but does get yeasty with too much sweet potato.

  • Dori

    As you know, commercial raw is not inexpensive so I would say Detailed Answers is pretty much in the same ballpark as other raws in my rotation. Primal Pronto, Darwins, Stella & Chewy’s Raw, Vital Essentials Raw, Natures Variety Instinct Raw bites. Some are a little more, some a little less so I think it all pretty much balances out in the end with the 5 star commercial raw foods.

    I’d like to add that I have tried Answer’s Goat Milk. Two of my girls due fine with it but Katie, my allergy girl, can’t tolerate it. Makes her very very itchy.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    Thanks Dori! That is helpful. How does the price compare to other commercial raw foods?

  • Dori

    Hi Caroline. I use Detailed Answers in my rotation or raw foods. All three of my dogs love it and do very well on it. Hope this helps.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Answer’s now has fermented fish stock.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    Thanks Betsy. I’m definitely going to try the goat’s milk. I just emailed my store to ask them if they can order the Detailed Answers and how much it would be.

  • Betsy Greer

    I really wanted to try it, but the place I found that was supposed to be able to order it, stopped. There are lots of places best me that sell the goat milk. I do use that, but not on a regular basis – just when I think about it.

  • Freeholdhound

    I forgot to post!! I couldn’t find the ANSWERS table anywhere- Grrr. They were on the vendor map but couldn’t find them if they were there that weekend.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    Thank you for sharing SandyandMila. I’m thinking about giving it a try. My pet store carries quite a few raw varieties: Tucker’s Raw, Genesis Raw (local to FL), NV Instinct, Primal, and Stella & Chewy’s in addition to Answers.

  • SandyandMila

    My local store has it too, it happens to be the only raw this particular store carries. I usually have to go out of town for any other raw. You can tell they’re not so used to selling it, the cashier called it a “raw craze”. lol I’ve tried all 3 formulas and it’s great that you don’t have to feed as much of a quantity as you would other commercial raw brands. I love using Answers goat milk for my dog and cats.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    Has anyone used Answers Raw? I just found out that my local pet store can order this for me. Is it worth a try?

  • Caroline Capobianco

    Me too! I just found out that my local pet store carries the Answers raw goats milk. I didn’t see any of the raw food in the freezer but I’m sure they can order it for me. I was wondering if anyone has used it and what they think of it.

  • Teresa B

    Amy, I want you to come up with three solutions to this “epidemic”. It is dangerous to come up with ONE solution and ‘force’ everyone to accept it as THE solution. In fact, there are many solutions.

  • Denise Matise

    your very welcome Mike & i do hope u agree with me n like their food!~I’m calling them tomorrow to see if they can help with shipping cost unless they hv a Retailer here in N.Tx & I’ll be asking them a few questions re the food so if theres any specific things u would usually ask a owner,feel free to post it here n I’ll ask them! You and Most of the posters here are wonderful,helpful & knowledgeable & have helped me so much over the past year so glad I could assist in finding this new food!Thnx again!

  • Mike Sagman

    I’ve added Nusentia FulLife Dog Food to our To Do list. However, due to our current backlog of products awaiting update and review, it could be a while before Sandy and I get to it. Thanks for taking the time to suggest this product.

  • Denise Matise

    so very sorry Mike here it is~~~~ i am seriously thinking of trying the Turkey to replace the food i’m feeding now(Fromms GF Duck) My 3yr Lab mix seems to b allergic to something in it since hes licking all over incl paws,(though i do like Fromms a lot,n fed the Pork also with almost same reaction)i also hv a senior long hair doxie who isn’t licking at all. So I need to change food Tomorrow, cause i only have a few days left of Fromms which i need to wean him off with) I was going to switch to NV Turkey or Lamb which i hv always liked OR Nutrisca Salmon.Would luv your opinion. Thans bunches

  • Mike Sagman

    It would be helpful if you’d copy the link and post it in your comment. I just Googled the exact name you just mentioned here and got no search results.

  • Denise Matise

    is any1 on here now?? esp Mike, i have a question,doesnt involve this topic though,ill b brief its about a Grain Free food that appears to be new cause Mike hasn’t mentioned it here yet but i’m on the company’s website & i am very interested,they Only make 2 Freeze dried Raw foods & The company is called NUNSENTIA(they make supplements like Dermix n the food is called FULL LIFE. Just curious if ANY1 had tried or heard of it. . Thanx so much! Denise

  • Robin

    Amy, while I understand that there are a lot of dogs in shelters…and I despise the people who do this to an animal, I do think your recommendation for mandatory spay neuter crosses a line. Just because a minority of people are irresponsible doesn’t mean that most of the rest of us are. I will not spay my GSD for at least a couple of years. I have done enough study and have decided with my vets full support to keep her intact. There are enough studies to support that female dogs are much more balanced and mature when left intact or not spayed until after the first heat. The rates of incontinence of early spayed (before sexual maturity) females approaches 30%…I’ll bet this lands a lot of dogs in shelters. Cancer among GSD is higher (except breast) when spayed.
    I have a fence, I take good care of my dog and I choose to make decisions regarding her health in conjunction with my vet…not some government mandate.
    While you worry about the kill rates at shelters I also worry about mutilating puppies as young as six to eight weeks which leaves them in poor health for the rest of their lives.

  • Amy Thurston

    The majority of dogs and cats that go to rendering plants to be turned into pet food are from high-kill animal control shelters, due to the overpopulation of companion animals. The fact that Purina and other companies are putting this in pet food is the least of our problems as a society. The fact that there are millions of homeless animals due to the greed and apathy of humans is a bigger issue. Mandatory spay/neuter is the solution. Too many people turn away from the suffering because they don’t want to know about it. There are many states that still torture and kill dogs/cats in gas chambers and with heart sticks, yet our society does not subject even serial killers to those manners of death. Take action people. Those of us that do are the minority, and while we are doing our best to make changes, we are simply the minority.

    “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything” -Albert Einstein

  • dchassett

    Raw foods are meant to be fed raw. Defrost the amount you plan to feed for the next 3 days. It’s always best to defrost raw in the refrigerator, not on the counter. Food will loose some of the nutrients if you cook the food so you wouldn’t want to do that. Please remember to thaw in a container in your refrigerator and when handling raw food, just as you would with raw proteins for yourself and your family, wash hands, counter and any utensils and containers thoroughly.

  • Freeholdhound

    Will do!

  • neezerfan

    I’d love to know also. Keep me posted!

  • theBCnut

    Dogs were made to eat raw meats. Their natural food looses some of the things they need when it is processed.

  • Freeholdhound

    No. Just thaw and serve. :)

  • Shelley Echtle

    Okay, I am ignorant. If it is raw frozen, does it have to be cooked? Don’t get it!?!?!? Please reply!

  • Freeholdhound

    I will be attending a large weekend long Greyhound gathering at the end of the month & Answers will be vending there. I am hoping I can find info on ANY way to get my hands on this food.

  • Kevin Stockfish

    The prices of Answer’s detailed and straight formulas are very competitive. First, as previously stated, organs are the most nutritious meat source for dogs/cats. Many believe that the best combination should be 60% muscle meat, 30% organ meat and 10% ground bone. Also, it is important to realize that one has to feed significantly less of Answer’s, compared to other brands of frozen raw. For example, my 55lb lab/hound consumes about 10oz of Answer’s raw (supplemented with raw goat’s milk) per day, whereas with other brands, she would need to consume between 16-20oz (Nature’s Logic-16oz, Primal-20oz).

  • Kevin Stockfish

    Have you tried all 3 of the formulas (beef, chicken and pork)?

  • SandyandMila

    The Pet Supplies Plus near me doesn’t sell raw. :(

  • SandyandMila

    I just found it a few days in my town of Fall River, MA at Animal Instinct. I had only used their goat milk before sold at another store 20 mins. away so I was so psyched to find it so close and plan on making a purchase soon. :)

  • Cheri Hughes Seymour

    Thanks for the lead!

  • theBCnut

    Go over to the forum side and look for the thread with people’s homemade raw recipes. Your puppy sound like it is a large breed and they have special calcium requirements. Hound Dog Mom has some recipes that are balanced for LBP. Also if you want to learn more about the special needs of LBP then while you are on the forum, read the thread titles Large and Giant breed Puppy Nutrition. It’s about 66 pages long at this point, but the first few pages have all the info you really need.

  • Cheri Hughes Seymour

    I am moving my puppy (40 lb 4 mo old) from a grain-free kibble diet to a raw diet. I don’t want to use any of the commercially prepared raw frozen or dehydrated brands. I tried the Honest Kitchen Embark just as a topper/transition. He threw up 3 times. I stopped at that! My puppy seems to do poorly with legumes, fruit and potatoes. My question is this, what parts of the chicken -or other meats & fish- should I give him? Is there some site that will give me a blow-by-blow of what I should serve him? I’m a little nervous and though I’ve read a bunch of sites they are not specific enough for me to feel confident. Any advice is welcome and appreciated.

  • Bunker21

    Does anyone have thoughts on in-cooperating raw goat’s milk into a dog’s diet? My dog is currently eating raw for all his meals.

  • Imt

    The groupies chased the good people away the bad people stay

  • Karen Batchelor

    It’s doubtful that you are a qualified medical professional or you would know how to spell pancreatitis.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Glad it worked out!

  • Crazy4cats

    I put two eggs with their kibble last night. They both loved them. They love everything, however! No vomit and great poop so far. Thanks for the help. I’m always open to suggestions for inexpensive healthy toppers as I am feeding much more expensive kibble than I used to. And more importantly… Go Seahawks! Lol!

  • Joe

    The farm-fresh-eggs are usually more nutritious and often grass-fed.The chickens eat the bugs-they often come with omega 3 and 6.

    P.S.Beaglemom and LabsRaw-Thanks for all of your down votes among others.

  • Shawna

    We had access to some organic farm fresh eggs that were serious SUPERIOR to anything we were able to by even at Whole Foods or Trader Joes.. The yolks were so nutrient dense they were actually orange and the shells were HARD. I did some research and from what I could find this indicated the hens were young and well nourished… :) We got em CHEAP too…

  • Joe

    I would not feed my dogs anything but organic eggs.

  • losul

    We have a neighbor that raises organic free-range chickens also, but there is demand for them and can only get them when they are in abundance. He only charges us $2/dozen, says that that is at least what it costs to feed them. On the other hand he also raises some turkeys, and for some reason not many seem to want turkey eggs. I take all I can get, they’re about twice the size of a chicken egg and the same $2/dozen.

  • beaglemom

    Good suggestion, I will look for the organic cage-free. We also have a friend that has chickens (which is very nice!) but he only shares during the spring-fall months.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I use a mixture. A friend of mine has chickens and I’ll pick some fresh eggs up from her sometimes otherwise I use organic cage-free eggs from the grocery store,

  • beaglemom

    Do you make a point of using farm-fresh eggs vs grocery store? Just curious, I have a hard time convincing myself to feed any meat/eggs from the grocery store raw even though I’m sure it’d be fine…

  • Melissaandcrew

    Give it a try. Some of mine vomit raw egg so I lighy boil them now.

  • Crazy4cats

    Gonna give it a try. Thanks.

  • Crazy4cats

    Thank you. Great article.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    My dogs get a raw egg (no shell) three night a week (with their chicken meals). This month’s issue of Dog’s Naturally just had a great article on eggs that you might want to check out:

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Every commercial raw food I’ve ever fed does have a disclaimer on the package. In fact I have a bag of commercial freeze-dried raw on hand now which reads:

    Safe Handling Instructions: This product contains raw meats. Use the same precautions you would with any other raw meat. Wash hands and surfaces after contact, Keep product away from children. For government information on the safe storage, handling and preparations of raw meats, visit”

    I would argue that a disclaimer should be placed on kibbled dog foods as well in light of the recent string of salmonella recalls.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    I was afraid too but I just cracked one into my dog’s bowl one day on top of his raw food and mixed it in a little. He ate it right up. He loves his eggs now. I don’t feed the eggshell because they are not fresh eggs. I’ve read that the eggs in the grocery store can have stuff sprayed on them to make them look better.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Melissa-
    Do you give your dogs raw eggs? I want to start giving them to my dogs, but a little afraid of raw.

  • Joe

    I don’t find that the grocery store should post a disclaimer on every raw chicken they sell but raw chicken products have usually safe handling instructions written by the manufacturer on the package.

    For instance on the frozen Chef’s choice Cornish game hen it states:

    “Some food products may contain bacteria that could cause illness if the product is mishandled or cooked improperly….”

    While I’m not suggesting that there is a pattern of issues with raw food or not,a disclaimer might be warranted with certain foods or food recommendations IF there is a pattern of issues.

  • Mike Sagman

    You said, “I agree that sometimes the word “Warning” or “Disclaimer” is warranted.

    However, most raw diets are NOT commercial in nature. They are in fact homemade. So, should the grocery store post a warning or disclaimer to pet owners on every raw chicken they sell?

  • Mike Sagman

    Although there are certain risks to dogs and (mostly) their owners associated with raw diets, I’ve never personally been aware of any peer reviewed studies that confirm that raw foods are any more likely to cause pancreatitis than processed foods.

    However, it is commonly believed that diets of any kind (both raw and processed) that are made with excessive fats can contribute to the development of pancreatitis.

    In any case, we see you are posting anonymously. Since you are implying you are a “doctor” and according to our stated rules:

    “In the interest of fairness, those who publicly claim to be veterinary professionals are kindly asked to post using their real names.”

    Dr. Mike Sagman

  • Melissaandcrew

    Hey Dr D-If you are a vet, and are familiar with pancreatitis, then you know ANY change of diet can cause it-not just kibble, not just raw.
    As the owner of many fat sensitive dogs, I can tell you, I had MORE problems when I tended to feed one type/brand of food long term.
    Foods my schnauzers have eaten this week? Acana Grassland, NV Prairie Chicken, Ground chicken thighs, sardines, eggs, beef and pork kidney, lung, veggies, gizzards, hearts, cottage cheese, kefir, liver, marrow bones with marrow scraped out, ground beef , ground pork, blueberries, cantaloupe and strawberries-

  • Joe

    Well-I think ‘Dr.D’ meant that he is not a veterinarian but I’m sure Dr. Sagman is highly respected in his field and is very knowledgeable.

    While veterinarians sometimes are lacking in certain areas their experience in their daily practice and resources they can access should be recognized.

  • Joe

    Are you a veterinarian?You have stated that ‘…we must know how to properly introduce a raw diet or you may cause pancreatitis.’
    Why do you make this comment regarding raw food in particular? What kind of experience or scientific evidence do you have showing that raw food (or this brand) causes pancreatitis if not introduced properly? Are you making reference to the fat content?

    P.S.:I agree that sometimes the word “Warning” or “Disclaimer” is warranted.

  • Shawna

    Hi Dr. D,

    Do you have any scientific data demonstrating “healthy” fats as being a “cause” of pancreatitis? I know that once the pancreas is inflamed dietary fats (coconut oil being a possible exception) should be watched carefully but have yet to find data showing a direct link between healthy fats (even in high amounts) and pancreatitis in an otherwise healthy animal.

    I would liken it to dietary protein not causing kidney disease but once the disease is in process dietary protein restriction can improve symptoms when BUN gets too high.

  • LabsRawesome

    Agree, if he is, in fact, a Doctor, he should know how to spell it. That’s just my twisted sense of humor coming out, in a way that won’t get my comment deleted. Lol. :)

  • InkedMarie

    Maybe….if he’s a doctor, he should know how to spell it. Typo?

  • LabsRawesome

    I think it’s an alternate way of spelling Pancreatitis.

  • LabsRawesome

    Actually, you are incorrect. The author of this article is Dr. Mike Sagman. And the last place I would go for information on diet is a vet.

  • InkedMarie

    What kind of a doctor are you? What is panchriatitis?

  • Dr. D

    I notice the author of this article and many others on this site do not have Dr. before his/her name. WARNING::: You must know how to properly introduce a raw diet or you may cause panchriatitis!! Please do your research and speak to a vet first rather than being misinformed.

  • ShaneC

    I haven’t tried that yet, but I was thinking about warming it by placing the food in a saucer which is sitting on top of a bowl of hot water. (I’ve had success with Nature’s Variety, but I’m thinking that Answers may be an even better food.)

  • Pattyvaughn

    You can gently warm it to bring up the smell or use a little of it as a topper on the NV.

  • ShaneC

    I’m feeding Nature’s Variety but would love to switch over to Answers. (I do purchase their goat milk.) What might I do to persuade my Yorkie to eat Answers? He will not touch it. :(

  • Susan Robinson

    If anyone lives near Fitchburg, Ma. there is a place called Preppy Pets on the John Fitch Highway that sells Answers raw and raw goats milk.

  • Freeholdhound

    I think I remember seeing that. Thanks I will have to check it out again. I just placed a big raw order to fill up my new mini freezer but I like the idea of having this option

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Freeholdhound,

    I was researching Aunt Jeni’s a little while back and although it’s available near me, I was looking at their online store. Apparently they had to take down the online store due to security issues and won’t be putting it back up until they’re certain the security issues are resolved, but you can order their products over the phone. I have no idea how much their shipping would be though.

  • Freeholdhound

    I’ve seen Cutters Mills come up on quite a few searches for various things – I think it’s about 45 min drive. Must be a good place though. I’ve thought I may do a scenic Princeton drive sometime & include that in the road trip. Always a nice place to stroll but the store is on Rt 1 I think & that’s no fun if i recall. :)

    We’re supposed to be getting a Pet Supplies Plus (?) at the Shore and some of their stores carry a selection of raw, but I can’t find a date when it’s supposed to open.

  • beaglemom

    I have a hard time finding both too, which is silly since both are made in this region. I don’t know if this is any help but I have found that this store ( is able to order Aunt Jeni’s… but I think the location in Princeton is the closest to you :

  • Freeholdhound

    I would love to try this and the Aunt Jeni’s but evidently I live in the Bermuda Triangle of frozen raw availability. :(

  • MainerTodd

    My local holistic dog store carries both K-9 Kravings and Answers. According to the info on their packaging and on their websites, their corresponding recipes (e.g. beef vs beef and chicken vs chicken) have roughly the same protein/fat content and roughly the same caloric content. Yet the feeding guidelines for K-9 Kravings are about twice as much as for Answers! Using the calorie calculator on this website, my dogs (roughly 15 lbs, young adults, typically active) should be getting c. 420 calories a day, which corresponds most closely to the higher guidelines offered by K-9 Kravings. Does anyone know why Answers’ feeding guidelines are so low? Do you think they are TOO low? (They recommend only 3-4 ounces a day for a 15-lb dog, which amounts to 180-240 calories.)

  • beaglemom

    Boneless cuts of meat do not make a balanced diet. This product (the “detailed”) is complete and balanced, safe for full-time feeding.

  • Cyndi

    Dogs need the organs and the bone. But I agree, that IS expensive. I feed my dog a raw diet, but I’m not paying that much!

  • doedad

    2# bag for $ 11.00 ??? $ 6.00 per pound…. Has anyone ever thought of just buying boneless meat cuts re: ( beef-pork-chicken ) raw frozen from costco. Why not! 50% savings on the cost and no organ meat or ground bone in it. Just a thought.

  • Ryden

    My dog has a lot of food sensitivities and our Vet recommended Answer’s Straight in combination with Answer’s raw goat’s milk to make it a complete food. My dog has a lot more energy and is excited about meal time again. It’s only been two weeks, since we made the switch so, it’s still too early to tell if this is going to help with his coat and skin issues, but we’re hopeful. We made the switch quickly, because of his health issues, and didn’t have any problems. The best price I’ve found on a two pound cartoon is $11.99, and $22.99 for the 4 pounder. The best price on the goat’s milk was $9.99, but prices varied a lot between stores. If you want to try this food, and can’t find it in store near you, call Answers and ask them who their distributor is for your area. Then call your closest Pet store and ask if they order from that distributor. if they do they can order it in for you.

  • InkedMarie

    I contacted a new pet store after I read your other post. It’s an hour away but he’s going to get me some pricing tomorrow. The stor has only been open a fe months, he’s getting in products as people request them & will see how they

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yeah they sell a frozen raw product as well. I’ve never tried the frozen, just the freeze-dried.

  • InkedMarie

    Raw or the freeze dried? I’m not able to get the raw but I have a bag of the other in the breezeway. I’m assuming you mean raw. I should check out ordering raw, I can compare the cost to Darwin’s. Thanks!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Can you get Vital Essentials? It’s a balanced food but only contains meat, organ and bone – none of the vegetables and all that stuff. Something like that may work for Boone.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    The straight would be good for determining a sensitivity, however if you plan on feeding just that for an entire month I’d suggest adding a multivitamin – the straight isn’t a balanced food. Their customer service is wonderful, if you ever call their customer service you should be able to speak directly with Jacqueline.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Go with the straight for now and if you find he needs the veg for regularity, add your own low carb veg. I just made up a batch for mine.

  • InkedMarie

    Let me know!

  • InkedMarie

    I think Boone might do better with something like that, even Hare Today grinds but Steve hated that. Boone and Ginger get one Darwin’s, Steve’s ok with tht but he hates scooping the Hare.

  • beaglemom

    I think I paid almost $20 for a 4 lb carton of detailed. I feel like the store that I got it from is a bit overpriced but maybe that’s around average… not sure.

  • Betsy Greer

    I’ll let you know! I’m waiting for someone to get back to me with prices ~ I had spoken with her previously and she mentioned that her raw prices were really good so I’m eager to hear. Someone here mentioned that it was about $11 for a two pound carton for her, which isn’t cheap, but I also wouldn’t have any shipping charges.

  • beaglemom

    I agree, try the straight first since that eliminates your concerns… if that’s a hit, you can try a small container of the detailed. Very cool that you’ve found it locally :) I got my hands on some of the detailed beef and the dogs loved and did well with it.

  • Betsy Greer

    Thanks, Marie! That’s what I was thinking also. I’ll see how he does and depending how he does on it, maybe I’ll introduce the detailed down the line

  • InkedMarie

    Has gone thru my mind about Boone. If he gets another ear issue, I wonder about the Darwin’s.

    I’ll be anxious to hear what you decide & how it goes!

  • InkedMarie

    IMO, go with the straight. With another ear issue, I’m wondering about the veggies as well. It’s something that

  • Betsy Greer

    I’ve found a local distributor for Answers and am thinking of giving it a shot for a month for my Sam.

    I’m wondering if I should try the “straight” Answers; sample ingredients: Beef, beef heart, beef kidney, ground beef bone, beef liver. Or, if I should try the “detailed” Answers; sample ingredients: Beef, beef heart, beef kidney, ground beef bone, beef liver, chicken eggs, broccoli, carrots, green squash, montmorillonite, fermented decaffeinated green tea, sardine oil, anchovy oil, parsley, vitamin E oil.

    Something is setting him off constantly and he’s working on another ear infection right now. : ( The broccoli, carrots and green squash in the detailed Answers are the only things that somewhat concern me.

    Any thoughts or opinions are appreciated!

  • Sherif Rezkalla

    I’ve been feeding my dog this food for about a month. I actually chop it up into cubes and he eats it right out of the freezer and loves it. I’ve tried other raw foods, but I think he really likes this brand due to the higher meat content. It’s reasonably prices at my local store at about 11 dollars for a 2lb carton.

  • Meredith Ziegler

    Can you order this food online? I can only find where I can order the goat’s milk.

  • Fairway

    Check with them as they may still be able to order if they use the supplier/distributor for other foods but they just don’t care to stock it.

    The problem I am seeing is that people just don’t know about this food and so don’t try it.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I really like this food too – probably my favorite commercial raw. My local farm supply store used to carry their goat’s milk but have since discontinued it – wasn’t a big seller. I wish I knew back then they could also order the food!

  • Fairway

    I am so glad to see the inclusion of this food. I have fed many different raw foods over the years and without a doubt this is my favorite. I have one boy with chronic gastro issues and this, coupled with Reglan have solved the problems. Important to follow their feeding guidelines on their site as you will feed about 30% on average less of this food. The result is that the cost is comparable to other frozen raw foods.

    Do be aware that any store that carries the goat milk can also order the food for you.

  • Michelle

    Thanks. I hadn’t noticed the rice thing elsewhere.

  • Cindy

    OH that is just a general comment (the rice thing) on all reviews. I agree on the fermented foods.

  • Michelle

    Though it was not specifically addressed in the review, the cultured whey is a great ingredient in here. Fermented foods add amazing health benefits. I do not understand the comment about rice associated with this review as there is no rice in it.

  • katalinak-GA

    I wish Answers had more variety. I don’t want to feed chicken and my dogs don’t like raw pork. I do buy their frozen goat’s milk often though!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yeah I wasn’t overly impressed with Steve’s. I liked how it looked on paper – ingredients look good, fat/calorie levels were perfect for my crew – but it just didn’t look too fresh. Luckily I only got 20 lbs. – which only lasted a few days.

  • InkedMarie

    I understand that. I tried one bag of Steve’s and am glad I didn’t order a whole bunch

  • neezerfan

    Susan Thixton likes this too. Glad to see a new review of raw.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I actually order raw from 3 different places, so far, so I’m not worried about that. I just don’t want to order a large amount without having tried it first. I’ve got too much in the freezer right now.

  • beaglemom

    I know what you mean. Raw isn’t something I really want to mail order (except Darwin’s, but that’s different). I did just drive ~45 mins to go find Aunt Jeni’s (HDM’s recommendation!) though, haha. Wasn’t quite expecting the vivid green color but the dogs loved it nonetheless. About Answers – I’ve only seen their raw in one store about 30 mins away but for some reason I’ve found their goat’s milk quarts in a few other places, which is promising (yes I like to explore pet stores!). It’s hard with the smaller companies sometimes…

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’d like to find this too. I have one more place to look, but it is far enough away that I need to find some other reason to go that direction and kill 2 birds with one stone.

  • InkedMarie

    I really wish I could find this locally. One place little over an hour away used to carry it but no more. Maybe someday!

  • Hound Dog Mom