Answers Detailed Dog Food (Raw Frozen)

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Rating: ★★★★★

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

The Answers Detailed Dog Food 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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis13%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%31%20%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%56%15%

The first ingredient in this dog food includes 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 is chicken eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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

The seventh ingredient is 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, although we find no mention of added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list except for vitamin E, we are reassured to find a detailed list of naturally present nutrients on the company’s website.

Answers Detailed Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Answers Dog Food 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 Dog Food is a meat-based raw product 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.

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Notes and Updates

06/20/2013 Original review
06/20/2013 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • 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.

    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/09/30/neutering-health-risks.aspx

  • 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!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ 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~~~~http://nusentia.com/grain-free-dog-food-treats.html 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

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ 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

    Hey-
    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: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/feeding-your-dog-raw-eggs-good-or-bad/

  • 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 foodsafety.gov.”

    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.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ 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?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ 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 (www.cuttersmillpetstore.com) 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

    Woohoo!