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October 21, 2014 at 7:29 am in reply to: How much a week do you spend on homemade dog food? #55265 Report Abuse
We are at about $60 per week, but also do rotate in commercial raw.
Hildie, your 55 pound dog eats 3 pounds a day? Mine eats 2 pounds per day, and is a 50 pound puppy at six months of age. Hmm, maybe I’m not feeding enough??
Right now we are doing about 50% Darwins, and the rest a rotation/combination of Reel Raw, Tuckers, Primal Turkey/Sardine., and Genesis. Sometimes I’ll add a Salmon grain free roll from Freshpet ( the one thing that isn’t raw) or a couple cans of sardines in water. As a treat, he will get Answers unpasteurized goat milk every once in a while.
We tried BDN tripe and it was a big hit with the pup, so I was really hoping to try and inform myself as much as possible as to the protein/fat/carb percentages. It really is a mystery to me why a company wouldn’t share their nutritional percentages. I kind of makes my mind wander…..is there something bad going on? I really want to like this food…sigh…why all the secrecy BDN?
Thank you BC! Normally, we feed frozen raw but that is too difficult when traveling, so I was really hoping BDN would officially be our go to food on long car trips. We have tried THK….the pup will eat it, but without much enthusiasm and sometimes leaves leftovers. With it being $60 per small box, it can’t justify the leftovers.
I really wish BDN would just resolve whatever issue is blocking them from being completely forthcoming. I feel they are missing out on potentially having a large customer following if they would just be more transparent.
I received my first order of Reel Raw about two weeks ago, and having starting incorporating it into our raw rotation. Here is my personal review.
The food arrived on time and frozen solid. Apparently, you do not return the coolers to the company, like we do with Darwins each month. (This really makes no difference to me, as the cooler drop off for Darwins is close to where we live.) I had ordered the Ultimate Combo #1, which is 50 pounds of ground, rmbs, and chunked meats. I figured we would try a little of everything.
After two weeks of randomly picking through several of the items, I have found them all to look like they where fresh when frozen. I thawed each one pound pouch on the counter top and it literally looks like meat that I bought from the grocery store. DH almost cooked some accidently mistaking it for our “people” groceries. Our dog really has enjoyed everything we have given him thus far from the Combo #1.
Conclusion…..two big thumbs up! Not sure how long 50 pounds will last us, especially since it will be in rotation with other raw brands we use (Darwins, Tucker’s, Primal, Answers) but I will certainly be ordering from them again.
And there’s my 2 cents worth.
Ok everyone, please help me to read/decipher what these numbers mean and roughly what star rating this product would get. I’ve read the earlier posts about why there isn’t a review of BDN, but my dog really loves this product (in our rotation) and frankly, I just need to know.
Am I right in thinking the formula is about 48% fat to protein? Or do the numbers need to be
converted into some other form? Also, how to I calculate the carbohydrate amount?
Wholesome air dried, green beef tripe, liver, naturally fermented vegetables (sweet potato, carrot, collard greens, kale, broccoli, freeze dried potato, mango, apple, coconut flakes, blueberry, spinach, kelp, parsley.
Crude Protein (min):31% Crude Fat (min):15% Crude Fiber (max):2.5% Moisture (max):12% Ca/P 1.75:1