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  • #101519
    Bobby dog
    Member

    Hi Muttjunky:
    If your dog is inclined to eat the chunks of meat and not the kibble when mixed in try running the chicken (or other meat) through a blender. I do this for my cats making it the consistency similar to baby food. You can even add some water to it and play around with the consistency.

    I would try a different kibble, there’s many good ones out there. Don’t box yourself into one brand. Perhaps he’s trying to tell you Orijen does not agree with him.

    Fresh Pet might be appealing to him as a new food or even as a topper for kibble. They have several different types/forms of recipes in their line-up. I am currently topping my dog’s meals with their Vital Whole Blends toppers:
    https://freshpet.com/our-foods/our-brands/vital/whole-blends/

    Fresh Pet also makes baked kibbles. My dog really liked the chicken recipe; he actually chewed each bite. I think the dried veggies & fruit were appealing to him. I haven’t fed it in a while.
    https://freshpet.com/our-foods/our-brands/fresh-baked/

    Check out Fresh Pet on the review side for more info too:
    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/brand/

    Good luck!

    #100353
    Karyn S
    Member

    Hello,

    Thank you to all who have contributed such a wealth of information to this forum. I will be welcoming a German Shepherd puppy in about a month and have been trying to determine the best dehydrated, freeze-dried or raw diet to start her on. (I do not have the capacity to do an entirely raw diet, but could add raw toppers to a meal.)

    I’ve read through all pages and just when I feel I have a direction, something changes it.

    I started with HDM’s latest list, which includes some Raw and a couple of THC dehydrated options for large breed puppies. Since the list is a bit older, I reached out to a couple of the companies (Stella and Chewy’s and THC) specific to average/maximum calcium and received conflicting information, which leads me to believe formulas have changed since list was compiled.

    I’m also a member of Editor’s choice and there’s only 1 non-dry food option (FreshPet) noted. I have been researching for hours on end and it seems I am nowhere closer to a decision.

    Does anyone have recommendations for a dehydrated, freeze-dried and/or raw option(s) that would be safe for a large breed puppy. I’m trying to avoid feed kibble if at all possible.

    Thank you!

    #98716
    Althea J
    Member

    I have a six month old Keeshond and I supplement whatever kibble she likes or I have at the moment with Freshpet puppy food, scrambled egg ( I use olive oil to cook it) a bit of chicken, lamb, beef ( whatever I have handy) low sodium chicken stock (make sure it has no onion) she also likes a bit of ricotta or goat cheese added to kibble (I tried plain yogurt she did not care for it) a sprinkle of hard cheese, a bit of canned salmon or a cooked sweet potato cut into pieces. So far so good. She is teething right now so she loves ice cubes or a piece of frozen broccoli or carrot. I try to vary what I add to her kibble! I read that olive oil is good for their coats and I use this anyway to cook our food. She likes an occasional piece of apple as a treat as well. I do use bully sticks for chewing pleasure for her. Some days she eats more some days less. I try not to worry too much. Hope that helps🐶

    #94180
    olivia s
    Member

    I have two 9-year-old chihuahua-poodle mix dogs (Joy and Faith) who I want to switch to a raw diet. I’ve heard that raw bones can be great for a dog’s teeth, but both of them have pretty bad teeth already. Joy, however, has worse teeth than Faith. One of her back teeth is severely decaying and much of her teeth has visible plaque. Her breath (before taking recent measures) was foul and much more noticeable than Faith’s.

    Currently, they are eating Freshpet refrigerated dog food and no kibble. About a week ago, I started adding a product called ProDen Plaque Off to their food and I rub ozonated olive oil on Joy’s teeth, which seems to be helping with her plaque and bad breath. Time will tell if the Plaque Off product works. I’m also thinking about brushing their teeth. When my mom took the dogs to the vet, the vet said that they need dental work. If that can’t be avoided, I would at least like to minimize the problem.

    I am weary about feeding bones to my dogs, particularly Joy. Is it safe to give a dog with tooth decay raw bones? Meaning, is there a risk of cracking the tooth? I’m not even sure if they would chew them because of the condition of their teeth.

    If I get dental work done on them, would it be better to give them raw bones after they get that done? Or does anyone have experience healing dog teeth with a raw diet or with any other remedy?

    Thanks

    #89585
    Nancy G
    Member

    I bought this and it was a mistake. Lousy product. Seemed to be a weird consistency to it, crumbly-like. Nothing like FreshPet rolls, this brand isn’t even refrigerated. My dogs wanted nothing to do with it.

    #89369
    Alecka S
    Member

    I’ve got a papillion/chihuahua mix named Coco Bean that is 18 years old (yes, 18 years old), &I was wondering if there is a good food out there for extremely senior pets like mine? It’s got to be something soft, her teeth are bad now and she can’t crunch up hard kibble anymore.

    Right now I have her on FreshPet rolls and cans of Solid Gold (I normally feed her FreshPet but have been transitioning her to Solid Gold to see if she likes it). She’s eating fine any is somewhat active, I don’t have any issues with the food I’ve been giving her but I still wanted to ask and see if there were any brands of dog food that would be better for her since she is as old as she is..

    *NOTE:* Please don’t start to tell me about how hard food is much better for her because it helps clean her teeth etc, etc. I know that, but her teeth are really bad and it wouldn’t be safe to put her under at this point in life to attempt to clean her teeth.

    #88984
    Jo C
    Member

    Yeah my pit has been very good on other food before but always just stuck with pedigree. I’m just hesitant and scared to switch to something that may cause her harm 🙁
    I looked at Whole earth Farms food which everything looks good on her as rate and ingredients but looking at reviews a lot of peoples dogs started getting sick. ugh this is so stressful makes me want to just stick with pedigree cause I know she eats it but I want better food. So far so good with RR Just 6 but rated a 3 I think but I give her Freshpet wet dog food as well which is rated good. I want to stick with fresh pet but trying to figure out a decent dry food with good reviews and good ingredients but affordable..Am I asking for to much lol

    #88976
    Jo C
    Member

    Hi Pitluv-

    Previously I was feeding her and had since she was a pup Pedigree (I know GARBAGE) but currently she is eating Rachael Ray Just 6 and FreshPet wet food both got at Walmart. She looooves both she did however threw up once but nothing else. She is herself and she has no health issues last blood work was good. She did weigh in at 70 pounds though but to me she doesn’t seem fat…hmmm
    she walks slower of course but still loves to play, walk and just get a lot of love nothing major but I want her to live a more healthy longer life. I’m basically new at this natural stuff and portion size for her weight and age. I usually just feed a mug size dry food and 1/4 of wet. I want a good brand with real ingredients but affordable for a decent pound bag. I’m so scared after non stop searching and reading reviews to even try with how many dogs get sick and/or die of certain foods. Do you have any suggestions on brands to look more into? I searched about Authority, Nutro, Wellness Core, Kirkland Mature Dog, and Pure balance.

    #88199

    In reply to: Mold in Freshpet Food

    Yvonne Z
    Participant

    I too fed my dog FreshPet Select Tender Chicken and Vegatables in the tube last week and had to rush her to the vet with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis and acute pancreatitis. She had IV fluids for 3 days. She is home now and recovering slowly. My vet put her on Royal Canin Gastro Intestinal Low Fat kibble and wet food along with several medications. She, however does not like it. I sympathize with anyone who has gone through this with their beloved pet. It is a nightmare! I am now looking for a low fat food that is more palatable for my sweet Coco girl. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. As for FreshPet, I don’t advise anyone to purchase their products.

    #87873
    Oceans11
    Participant

    We are feeding the Orijin Puppy kibble because we have a one year old also. Both are Coton de Tulears. They aren’t that active except they do run around and play hard in their area which is quite large. We tried feeding him Fromn Gold Adult kibble along with the can food but they completely ignore it. I am afraid I sound like an idiot but I am exasperated as to what to fed them. The two year old has been a finicky eater. So we keep trying to come up with something he will eat. If he doesn’t like it, he will go two days without eating. We have tried: cooking chicken breasts or thighs which the like but I am concerned they are getting the right mix of nutrients (when I add veggies and blueberries, they pick around and just eat the chicken.). We tried balance It Whole Canine menus w/the supplement and they wouldn’t touch it. We tried Basic Instinct t Raw with no luck. Tried Freshpet – they didn’t eat that after an initial meal. They are eating the Evangers canned chicken thighs supplemented with the Orijin Puppy kibble which we leave out all day. The reason we leave the kibble out all day is they often don’t eat the canned food right away. I think we are making feeding them way harder than it should be.

    #87050

    In reply to: Mold in Freshpet Food

    Rafael C
    Member

    I bought a bag of Freshpet Vital at Petsmart last Saturday and without thinking anything of it, I fed it to my dog. The next day he came down with severe diarrhea and a fever. Took him to the vet and spent $130.00. At that time I did not know that the food had mold.
    The food just looked a little pale and I though that they must have added too much greens (vegetables) at the manufacturing plant where is made. So I proceeded to give him more of the same food when all the sudden a ball of molded food about the size of a baseball felt on the bowl. I was appalled, I called the Veterinarian and the store where I bought it and they told me that there was a press release about mold findings in FreshPet products. I asked why in the hell they keep selling this product if this is happening? They said that is because it hasn’t been recalled yet. Be aware that this is happening and they are not doing anything about it. For my part I am trying to get Petsmart to pay for my Veterinarian bill.

    Hannah Y
    Member

    I have a very persnickety 16 yr old Maltese Poodle mix male with various health issues. So far, he’s been on Orijen, Acana, Blue Buffalo, etc etc. Even if I add boiled chicken or other snacks as toppings he is able to smell the kibbles right out of it and won’t touch the bowl.

    He does like Tiki Dog canned food, but due to his sensitive stomach, he always gets the runs and terrible gas, even after gradually introducing it to him.

    So I decided to give Freshpet Nature’s Fresh rolls and so far, he’s been doing pretty well. I would recommend you pick a few products she likes and mix it up and add some toppers to it. I add crushed lamb lungs which seems to help.

    #85157
    MyFavorite F
    Member

    Does anyone here use FreshPet regularly? I’m looking to hear from people who regularly feed their pets FreshPet — if so, can you please help me out by filling out this survey for a chance to participate in a small closed online dog community. We want to talk to owners about their dog and their dog’s needs for a chance to earn free pet products!

    https://rmrsurveys.com/projects/t1603100

    Thanks for your help!

    My dog LOVES FreshPet foods, I’ve used both vital and select (she does back flips when I take out the food.) I don’t feed it to her regularly only as an occasional treat she doesn’t seem to have a preference between the two and both seem to have good nutrition.

    #85156

    Topic: FreshPet Foods?

    in forum Raw Dog Food
    MyFavorite F
    Member

    I’m looking to hear from people who regularly feed their pets FreshPet — if so, can you please help me out by filling out this survey for a chance to participate in a small closed online dog community. We want to talk to owners about their dog and their dog’s needs for a chance to earn free pet products!

    https://rmrsurveys.com/projects/t1603100

    Thanks for your help!

    My dog LOVES FreshPet foods, I don’t feed it to her regularly only as an occasional treat. She does back flips when I take out the food.

    #84722
    Jennifer P
    Member

    I’m checking back with yet another feeding issue and an update. After my problems with trying to get Taffy to eat a kibble food, I gave up and found Freshpet rolled food (refridgerated). He ate it with vigor for about 3 weeks and then decided he didn’t want it anymore. Since I have 2 rolls on my fridge, I started mixing in a little bit of various high quality canned food to try to get him to eat it. He reluctantly eats a bit if I sit on the floor and feed him with a fork. After this has gone on for a week, yesterday I took Taffy to the vet because he just seemed rather down and not as active. The vet did a blood check and looked at all his levels (various but not exactly sure which ones). Vet said his blood work is normal. He also looked at his ears, paws, spine, anal glands, eyes, etc. In general, the vet can’t see any medical reason for the sudden pickiness. He said it was okay to give scrambled eggs (my idea). Taffy ate scrambled eggs twice yesterday, and although I got him to eat a mixture of Freshpet and canned food for breakfast, he wouldn’t touch it for dinner. So I broke down and gave him a scrambled egg tonight. He has actually gained .7 pound in the last 6 weeks, but that was due to finding Freshpet and his prior vigorous eating. Since he only weighs 10 pounds, I’m worried about him not getting enough nutrition as he’s pretty active. Now I’m back to square one on the feeding situation. Any ideas on what to try next? He still won’t eat kibble. I have tried at least 5 types and probably 7-8 types of canned, all high quality. Since he’s so active, loves to go on walks, etc. I assume he doesn’t have any health issues. The vet says his teeth are also great. I’m really worried and frustrated.

    #84102

    In reply to: Mold in Freshpet Food

    Robin C
    Member

    If any of you guys that have had mold in FreshPet foods would contact Cristin Severance at DFW CBS channel 11 with your stories.
    She is doing a story on this and all input is appreciated

    #83874
    Sarah H
    Member

    Well I got the Vital at Petsmart. They did not have the single serving tubs so I got the logs. She LOOOOVED it so much! Doggie crack is right! I mixed it with the Wellness and she managed to pick out all the chunks of Freshpet and leave the Wellness LOL. I had intended on doing the rotation diet but I think she likes this food so much it won’t be necessary. I guess I will rotate between the different flavors, the Grain free and the regular. My only concern now is that she will get chubby because she is eating about three times as much as she has been in the past! I am feeding her the recommended amount, it’s just that she was barely eating her other food the past few weeks! I just fed her and the bowl was literally licked clean within 2 minutes, whereas with the canned Wellness I was throwing most of it out. I was lucky if I could get her to eat one serving a day. She is so happy. She thinks she went to doggy heaven..

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by Sarah H.
    #83784
    Lily B
    Member

    Thanks so much! I found the Freshpet kibble at my local Target.

    #83744
    Cannoli
    Member

    If your dog is bored give her some freshpet from the single serving. It will spice up her life. Or better yet start cooking for her…You can get crazy with all the crazy protein ingredient combos that you can do. Just read up on how to prepare home cooked meals so that you are doing it correctly

    #83740
    Cannoli
    Member

    I have used Freshpet Selects in the past. My issues with them is the longevity and some of their ingredients.

    The Freshpet select and vital has carrageenan which I am not a big fan if you plan to feed this food for years. Here and there is not too big of a deal.

    The other issue I had with this food is that never seemed to last long in my fridge. It was hard to rotate this bag with my dog with other food since as soon as I opened it, it spoiled within 7 days. Since you have a small dog I would start with the small 1lb bag to test out how long this food lasts.

    But the food does taste delicious. I tasted it too. The chicken tasted and smelled like a roast Chicken dinner with a hint of salt. My pup loved it.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by Cannoli.
    • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by Cannoli.
    #83710
    pugmomsandy
    Moderator

    Waggers Tendermoist and Freshpet (Nature’s Fresh line I think) have a soft kibble.

    #83047

    In reply to: Mold in Freshpet Food

    Robin C
    Member

    #freshpet blocked me from commenting on other mold victims posts on their facebook page. Please share the hell out of this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nJfJdtJAoM&feature=youtu.be

    #82852
    Huskypup
    Member

    Thank you all!

    I would have thought it was my refrigerator, too, but I sometimes open as soon as I get home. I considered maybe it is the store fridge being overpacked (up to the next shelf with large rolls.) The company said this shouldn’t be an issue.

    Now I wonder if maybe that individual store fridge is going out? I’m going to town tomorrow to buy from another store. I’ll update then on if it turns out the same. Wish me luck!


    @stella5
    , I’m in contact with Freshpet. They’ve been very prompt at answering messages and forwarded my problem to quality control. Thank you, though!

    Also, thank you for the resources! I’ll do a lot more reading on the nutritionist information tonight. It helps a lot to have alternatives!

    #82848
    stella5
    Member

    Hey Huskypup – I actually work @ Freshpet so I thought I’d reach out. The smell you mention isn’t typical. I recommend that you give the pet parent advisors at Freshpet a call. You can reach them at 866.789.3737. They’ll want to look into the recipes you purchased as well the location where you buy them. This will help them figure out what you’re experiencing and they’ll help to give you some answers!

    #82845
    El
    Member

    Hi Ana A

    “Fresh” to me is whole foods either fed raw or lightly cooked. The 2 below are complete diets for Adult Dogs, and because they DON’T contain bone they can be lightly cooked.

    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/freshpet-vital-raw-patties/
    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/freshpet-vital-raw-rolled/

    For transitioning from Kibble or canned to raw, I would lightly cook the raw to eliminate some of the possible bacteria, and to slowly accustom your dog’s digestive system to the new diet. I would also transition very slowly. Start with 10% of lightly cooked raw and go up by 10% every third day. Repeat when transitioning from lightly cooked to fully raw. It’s slow, but it’s worth it. A high potency multi-strain probiotic along with a prebiotic will help in these transitions.

    Once you are feeding fully raw for a couple of months with no problems, you can start looking at ALL raw foods, including those with bones. The transition periods from one raw food to another can usually be done in a couple of days, and some are able to switch raw foods with no transition at all.

    If you would like to learn more about raw feeding along with recipes for preparing food at home, I recommend this book;

    http://www.amazon.com/Beckers-Real-Food-Healthy-Dogs/dp/0982533128/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455056117&sr=8-1&keywords=karen+becker

    Good Luck, and feel free to ask away 😉

    #82831
    Pitlove
    Member

    Hi Huskypup- One thing I can tell you with FreshPet is, if the store you’re purchasing it from is not keeping up with the expiration dates this could be why you’re getting funky smelling rolls. This food does not have a long shelf life and where I work (small family owned pet shop) we check weekly to make sure none of the FreshPet is expired and keep notes on what is expiring soon. Have yet to have any issues of customers saying it smelled funny.

    I would try purchasing it from another store. Sometimes smaller pet shops are able to keep better track of expirations than the big box chain stores.

    #82823
    Huskypup
    Member

    For the past few months I’ve been feeding my new dog (just under 1yr old) Freshpet Select Turkey Rolls. Pup loved it, I loved getting her a higher rated food.

    That’s no longer the case. Starting a couple months ago I started getting rolls that smelled funky. I half wonder if maybe I’m just mentally conditioned to think I smell it now, but then I think back to the first one I got. How instantly I picked up from the smell that something wasn’t right with it. With a faint, barely detectable smell of … vomit. Within a couple days it was so fowl I almost puked. At first I tried taking it back and exchanging it for new rolls. That worked fine the first time, but now it’s a ratio of 4 out of every 5 rolls is funky. They’ll think I’m a crazy paranoid if I keep taking it back. Who knows, maybe I am.

    I’ve considered switching to raw (it’d almost be cheaper) but between the book pedaling and lack of general knowledge it’s hard to find information from a source that seems reliable. The book pedaling makes it nigh-impossible to look up their credentials beyond what is ‘claimed.’ I really wanted to contact a nutritionist and just consult directly but realized they are very hard to find! Does anyone have advice on getting in contact with experts about proper balancing? Raw feed is scary, knowing how badly it can affect your pets if done wrong.

    I also don’t know any good fresh-food alternatives to Freshpet. Here it is the only refrigerated food sold, and I don’t see many canned foods that aren’t chock full of nutritionally useless gravy.

    I’m looking at other stores while I try to sort out my food problem. Maybe it is just this store. Is the fact that their fridge is packed very full a possible culprit of why I have such bad consistency in the food quality? Before it happened in December I never had any problems with their rolls. They were more scarcely packed then. Now they’re stacked up to the next shelf.

    I guess I’m just looking for any advice on how to proceed. Alternatives to kibble-based or mostly-gravy foods. I’m trying to research but my head is spinning and I haven’t made any progress in hours.

    • This topic was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by Huskypup.
    #82415

    In reply to: Mold in Freshpet Food

    Branden A
    Member
    #80666

    In reply to: Semi-moist??

    C4D
    Member

    Hi Rebecca M,

    Has the dog been to the vet for a dental check and cleaning? This, along with brushing is the best way to help with any dental problems and potential future problems such as liver or kidney disease.

    Freshpet is a very soft food to feed. I don’t know if you want to go this route, but the dehydrated foods that you rehydrate, The Honest Kitchen, Grandma Lucy’s and Sojos all have meat inclusive and premixes that you can add raw or fresh cooked meat. If you use a ground turkey, chicken or beef, it would be very soft to eat.

    #80665

    In reply to: Semi-moist??

    pugmomsandy
    Moderator

    FreshPet Nature’s Fresh refrigerated soft kibble, Core Air Dried Semi Moist and Waggers TenderMoist kibble.

    #80640
    Tiffany B
    Member

    Can anyone recommend a chicken-free food for a large breed puppy?

    My Dogue De Bordeaux appears to be allergic to chicken. I’ve tried several different large breed puppy foods, and she throws up all of the chicken based ones. Right now I’ve got her on Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy because it’s the only large breed puppy food I’ve found that’s based on lamb. However, she doesn’t seem to like it and will only eat it if I mix in some FreshPet roll. She also seems to scratch a lot, so I don’t think it’s agreeing with her skin. (Not to mention she’s been having a lot of gas. . . .)

    All the other large breed puppy foods I’ve found are chicken based. I’m open to putting her on an adult or all life stages food since there are more chicken-free options, but most of them don’t provide the calcium and phosphorous info.

    Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

    Tiffany

    #77955
    Deborah C
    Member

    I have a 1 1/2 year old Cavalier that is such a finicky eater. On her last vet check-up he asked what she was eating and I told him she would not eat dog food. The recipe I used is fresh chicken, sweet potatoes, carrots baked in the oven with olive oil, fresh peas, and brown rice. This take so much time. He then told me he would like to see her eat half what I prepared and half dry dog food. We tried the new Freshpet dry food, currently only available at Target stores 50 miles away. Lo and behold, she gradually started eating the dry food except for the round ball shaped pieces. She would just let the food roll out of her mouth, like she didn’t know how to chew it. We also have a new Cav. puppy that currently eats Hill’s Science diet for puppies and occasionally the older one will eat that food. She’s still inconsistent and we’re hoping she will come around to something she likes. Our vet also said dogs do not variations in their dog food. Unlike humans, the dogs should stay with the same food. If anyone could suggest what they have found works for their finicky eaters, I would appreciate it. Thanks.

    #76328
    pugmomsandy
    Moderator

    Freshpet has a refrigerated kibble. Wellness Core Air Dried is semi soft. There are also dehydrated foods that you add water to and serve wet such as Sojo’s, Grandma Lucy’s, Addiction, The Honest Kitchen, etc.

    #75343
    DogFoodie
    Member

    Aww, poor little girl!

    First thing that I thought of was The Honest Kitchen, so I definitely like your dehydrated idea. Canned foods would be a good choice also. Pure Balance at Wal-Mart is very good quality that’s budget friendly. You could add a bit more water if necessary to thin it out a bit.

    Something else to consider might be FreshPet foods. Mine like the pouch meals and the piece are soft. She should be able to chew those with just her jaw bones.

    My friend had a little, tiny, old terrier with no teeth and a big tongue. The cute thing is that her tongue is always hanging out.

    Good luck with your little girl! I’ll pray that they are adopted together.

    #74763
    Bobby dog
    Member

    Looks interesting! I have only fed a few kibble fish recipes to Bobby and he always seems to enjoy them a little more. I smelled the fish in them, it wasn’t overwhelming so I can only imagine it had a different flavor that appealed to him. He also really loves his sardines or any canned food that has fish in it too. I don’t feed too many canned foods with fish because the ones at my pet stores mostly contain larger fish.

    I haven’t really looked at their kibble because I am not in the market (thank goodness) for an LID or Rx food. When I order the Carnivore Blend next month I am going to add some samples of their kibble to my order to try out for both the cats and dogs just to check it out and see if they like it.

    On another note, I got a free bag of the Freshpet baked chicken kibble to try through a marketing promo. I started feeding it on Saturday and Bobby really loves it. He is actually crunching his food. He normally swallows most kibble whole. He even goes back to his bowl to lick it clean several times. I have used three different toppers so I don’t feel it’s that. I am wondering if the vegetable pieces give it some added flavor that he’s grooving on. It looks exactly like the picture on the website.
    http://freshpet.com/

    #73393
    Bobby dog
    Member

    Hi:
    I remember this topic coming up on one of the Freshpet review comment areas. I bookmarked this article from one of the posters that commented on this happening with Freshpet. IDK if there is any validity to it or not:
    http://www.eatyourbooks.com/blog/2013/11/8/why-microwaving-kale,-carrots,-or-other-vegies-can-create-sparks

    Bobby dog
    Member

    Hi susan h:
    I love Vetricyn, excellent all purpose product; I use it on my dog, cats, and horses. I also use Banixx.

    Consider adding fresh foods to her diet. Here’s an article from Dogaware.com on the subject:
    http://www.dogaware.com/diet/freshfoods.html

    This is the menu I follow for adding fresh foods to my dog’s diet. This gives specifics as to what amounts to feed according to your dog’s weight and type of commercial food you feed. All foods in this download can be found at your grocery store:
    http://www.dogwise.com/ItemDetails.cfm?ID=DN330EBK

    Another food to look into is Freshpet. It is available at some pet stores, grocery stores, and other places such as Wal-Mart. They make cooked (slice & serve or kibble shaped), raw, baked kibble, and food in tubs. Check out their cooked and tub recipes that you will find refrigerated in grocery or pet stores. It is rated well on DFA; here’s their site:
    http://freshpet.com/

    #73229
    c-monkey
    Member

    Hi Heather, my Buddy has Osteosarcoma (not Mast Cell). We just found out that the cancer spread to his lungs. He’s on a second round of “chemo”, and believe it or not, he’s feeling better than he was before starting the chemo (chemotherapy is very different for dogs, they seem to tolerate it far better than we do). I feed him FreshPet grain-free slice and serve on top of good dry food which I vary from month to month. I don’t worry as much about the treats (I did at first, but grain-free treats start to get expensive, and many of them he wouldn’t eat).
    I strongly recommend a curcumin supplement. I use Curcuvet, found on Amazon. Buddy was given 1-3 months to live last October after his amputation surgery, and he’s still happy, jumping around and enjoying life today. I also give him “k-9 Immunity plus” treats, about 6 per day (he’s approx. 71lbs after the surgery).
    I understand about being “in his face” too much, LOL! I am forever fretting if Buddy behaves in any way different than usual. Just don’t forget to relax and enjoy your time with him too (that’s what everyone tells me too, sometimes we forget when we are all bunched up with worry).

    Good luck and keep us posted!

    dendad
    Participant

    Thanks to this site, I found a great dog food for my two Chihuahuas. It’s Freshpet Vital Balanced Nutrition (Rolled). We’ve used it for a couple years now and until recently have been very happy with it. Then, the food started looking funny. It was dry and crumbly. I suspected that it had been frozen. I called the Fresh Pet company and they confirmed that this is what happens when their dog food is frozen. The lady says it doesn’t hurt it at all and agreed to send us a coupon to make up for the inconvenience. My question is this. If it doesn’t hurt the food to freeze it, then why is there a warning on the package that says to protect it from freezing? Anyway, I don’t think it’s the store’s fault. I’m thinking it was frozen somewhere between the factory and the delivery to the store. I hope I don’t have to research a new dog food again. Has anyone had this problem? Thanks.

    #72012
    crazy4cats
    Participant

    It was when the big debate over Freshpet having too much salt. It did not taste salty to me. I’m pretty sure it was Losul who also ate dog food. I can’t remember what for sure though.

    #71999
    crazy4cats
    Participant

    Oh yes, BDawg, one of them was me! I have tried myself some Freshpet!! It looks much better than it tastes.

    #71837

    In reply to: Mold in Freshpet Food

    Mom2Cavs
    Member

    I have fed FreshPet and Vital to my dogs and cats here and there, mainly to my cat. After reading this I’ve decided to not buy it anymore. Sometimes I’m not too keen on the smell of it (I buy the bagged cat food nuggets). It smells too much like lunch meat to me at times. Also, sometimes my cat isn’t as keen to eat it as others (she’s mildly picky, not too much). I just feel there are other foods that are just as good to feed, like The Honest Kitchen or Stella & Chewy’s.

    #71761

    In reply to: Mold in Freshpet Food

    LabsRawesome
    Member

    Hi Jared, thanks for posting. I would have tried the new Freshpet kibble if the bags weren’t so small. I have 3 dogs, so I need big bags. It should definitely be recalled.

    #71709
    Jared
    Member

    Worth reading this article. Anyone else experiencing these problems? I purchased a bag this weekend at Target that was filled with mold. Very concerning. Looks like I am not the only one.
    http://truthaboutpetfood.com/freshpet-pet-food-having-mold-problems/

    #71708
    Jared
    Member

    Worth reading this article. Anyone else experiencing these problems? I purchased a bag this weekend at Target that was filled with mold. Very concerning. Looks like I am not the only one.

    http://truthaboutpetfood.com/freshpet-pet-food-having-mold-problems/

    #71308

    In reply to: Fresh pet

    DogFoodie
    Member

    I think you’re referring to the FreshPet Select bagged meals that I mentioned previously.

    As I said, I use them and like them. Use, they do have to be refrigerated and used within seven days of opening the bag.

    #71287

    In reply to: Fresh pet

    aquariangt
    Member

    And freshpet is in editor’s choice

    #71284

    In reply to: Fresh pet

    crazy4cats
    Participant

    Hi Weezerweeks-

    Fresh Pet has a new line of food called Fresh Baked Recipes: http://freshpet.com/our-foods/our-brands/fresh-baked/

    Is this what you are talking about? It looks great to me. I have previously fed my dogs a few of the Fresh Pet Select rolled formulas as toppers. Like, DogFoodie, I also think they were great. My dogs both loved it and they had no digestive upset whatsoever. It is a little too expensive for me to feed on a regular basis as I have a small herd of cats and dogs at my house! But, I will definitely buy again and if I had less mouths to feed I would feed it regularly.

    I think you should give it a try and let us know how it goes!

    #71279

    In reply to: Fresh pet

    DogFoodie
    Member

    I’m not sure which FreshPet formula you’re referring to in particular, but in general, I like the product very much. I use it occasionally in my rotation and would use it more frequently if my wouldn’t be so expensive to feed it to my big dog. My dogs like it, and their stool quality is excellent when they eat it. I prefer the Select Grain Free bag meals (as opposed to the chubs) simply for convenience. I’m eager to try their new Vital Raw Patties. I’ll occasionally pick up a big to mix things up a bit for a day.

    #71277

    In reply to: Fresh pet

    zcRiley
    Member

    Here’s 179 so-so reviews on Fresh Pet (link below). If you start with the lowest ratings first, you’ll read things like pets wouldn’t go near it, the food “sparked” in the microwave, and pups vomiting or getting ill. It also contains Carrageenan. I always see their products in open refrigerators (no flaps or doors) and wonder who would buy products from iffy temperatures.

    https://www.influenster.com/reviews/review/freshpet-pet-food/reviews

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