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  • in reply to: New and Looking into feeding Raw #77101 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    We have recently changed the turkey we use, which has resulted in smaller/fewer bone pieces – in the Turkey Formula, we use 1/2 whole birds and 1/2 wings, and in the Beef Formula we now use just turkey wings to ensure the correct bone content. Our 10 lb Chihuahua Lily has no issue with either food (although her fav is definitely the beef!)

    in reply to: New and Looking into feeding Raw #77094 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    Thank you for your feedback Dori – we are looking in to other single source protein foods (our Turkey is currently single source for example) but we have to add turkey to the beef in order to ensure sufficient bone content for the correct calcium/phosphorus ratio. Beef bones are too hard for our machinery, and we will not use pre-ground bone as we can never be sure of the source. We are also currently reviewing our packaging and I appreciate your comments regarding the labeling of the beef – we will certainly look at this again.

    in reply to: New and Looking into feeding Raw #77079 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    Hi Dori, our website http://www.allprovide.com has just undergone some redevelopment and it is possible that when you checked the information you require was not posted. I can however now confirm that all the products should now display full nutritional breakdown. Obviously if you require any more information please feel free to call us or drop by the factory any time.

    in reply to: I noticed the reviews change why? #76640 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    I know that this site was planning to change the way in which certain foods were reviewed/rated which is why some changes may have occurred. I also know they had a huge backlog and were not reviewing any new foods for some considerable time. (You may also wish to note that they do not actually test or try out the food, but carried out the reviews only following a consideration of the ingredients listed on the packaging lifted straight from the pet store shelf….)

    in reply to: Recent raw convert in need of advice #76636 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    You can safely refreeze meat once but I wouldn’t do it any more than that.

    in reply to: Recent raw convert in need of advice #76631 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    You could try putting some of her Allprovide food in the Kong and freezing it (instead of using the kibble) to keep her entertained a bit whilst you’re out? This would ensure that she gets something in her stomach to stop the hunger pukes (my dog Maggie has the same issue in the mornings occasionally) whilst still providing her with some food and something to keep her occupied.

    in reply to: HELP! :) #72934 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    I’ve found through chatting to hundreds of dog owners over the years that many dogs have allergy issues with chicken first of all, closely followed by beef. The reason seems to be that over feeding one protein for a long period of time (some people make the mistake of always just feeding one food because their dog likes it) can cause the body to just suddenly decide it won’t deal with it any more, giving rise to numerous problems and allergic reactions. If this is likely to be the case, a break of a few months is advised before trying that protein again but be aware that it can only take one meal to cause the problems to reoccur, and months to rid the system of those problems! You should also note that just because a reaction has occurred feeding a dried chicken based kibble (for example) does NOT necessarily mean that the dog has an issue with raw chicken – just as an allergy to beef does not always mean that ALL beef is a problem – it may still be possible to feed beef offal for example without any issues. It can be very confusing and frustrating to get to the bottom of such issues, and it may be that the advise of a nutritionist is required as well as an elimination diet for a few months.

    in reply to: HELP! :) #72931 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    Sorry, had no intention to mislead, although reading back I can see what you mean DogFoodie! Am not in the office at present which is why I posted as above… Still, we are ALWAYS happy to talk dog health with anyone, whether they are a customer or not, as we only ever want what is best for our dogs – have been in this business far too long not to appreciate that what we do isn’t for everyone – but we have always been about trying to educate people about what they feed after changing diet saved our dog’s life (our previous lack of knowledge and that of our vet caused Maggie to lose an ear not to mention costing us $$$$!).

    in reply to: HELP! :) #72927 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    Give the guys at Allprovide (www.allprovide.com) a call (678-585-1606) – they had a dog with horrendous skin/yeast issues and switching to a raw diet saved her life. They’re always happy to talk about canine health issues and advise about diet and possible causes of problems. Their food has supplements in it such as coconut oil, salmon oil, turmeric etc all of which are good for coat and skin issues.

    in reply to: Situation (really long; I apologize) #72692 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    If you’ve the storage space, Allprovide offer 20% off “bulk buy boxes” of 28lbs – and if you call them and can order 64lbs at a time, that discount becomes 25% – they don’t advertise that on the website though so you will have to ring them to get that saving 🙂

    in reply to: Situation (really long; I apologize) #72643 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    Hi, why not give the guys at http://www.allprovide.com a call – 678-585-1606 – they do a range of raw meals in convenient 1lb pouches, and even have a feeding guide/cost calculator on their website if you’re stuck working out how much to feed. With four dogs, they also offer a number of different discount options which you may find makes the food even more affordable (it includes natural supplements such as coconut oil etc so you don’t have to add anything to the foods, which makes serving very easy and convenient.) They deliver for free to most of the USA and do a Starter Box too if you just want to try a small amount to see how your dogs take to it.

    MaggiesDad
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    Give the guys at http://www.allprovide.com a call – they got in to developing and setting up a raw food business after a change to a raw diet solved their puppy’s problems – which included excessive scratching, feet chewing, and bowel issues. Bad advice from a number of different vets (who prescribed steroids for the rest of her life!) cost their puppy an ear before someone suggested a change in diet. She’s no longer on any steroids, doesn’t scratch and has a new lease of life. They ship for free too!

    in reply to: Best Potato-free food for senior dog? #72199 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    Yeah, they work really well in the warm weather and keep the dogs occupied for ages…
    If anyone wants to give the food a try, Allprovide do a starter box of 8 lbs Chicken complete food for $15.20 with free shipping, but will swap that out for 8 lbs Senior food if you ask 🙂

    in reply to: Best Potato-free food for senior dog? #72197 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    Hi – I can confirm that only the trachea is used, with nothing else attached. The trachea tubes are purchased already sectioned so that only the centre pieces are ever used. We even stuff them with the food and freeze them so our dogs can have them as a meal treat (like stuffing a Kong but completely edible!).

    in reply to: Best Potato-free food for senior dog? #72194 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    You might also want to check out Allprovide’s Senior food: http://www.allprovide.com/senior-blend-with-vegetables-enhanced-formula-complete-senior-dog-food-4lbs/ – the ingredients are listed as:
    INGREDIENTS – Fresh chicken (USDA – Grade A), beef liver, butternut squash, carrot, broccoli, green kale, beef trachea (Natural Source Glucosamine), beef kidney, sprouted organic adzuki bean, sprouted organic mung bean, milled flax seed, milled organic whole brown sesame seed, salmon oil, organic coconut oil, sea kelp powder, oregano leaf, organic turmeric root, wheat germ oil (natural vitamin E)
    They don’t use potato, grains, cereals or other fillers, and the trachea is a great source of glucosamine which can really benefit some senior dogs.

    in reply to: New and Looking into feeding Raw #70775 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    I’m one of the owners of Allprovide, and just wanted to address some of the queries raised about our products!
    Firstly, I should state that I am currently away from the office and so do not have all the necessary information to hand regarding percentages, AAFCO guidelines etc. However, should anyone have any specific questions about these (or anything else) please do call us! We are always happy to talk about raw feeding, why we came in to this business and our experiences.
    Regarding the mixing of proteins, we do intend to eventually bring out more single protein source foods, but as a new company we felt it best to start with a good all round range of various proteins to ensure that any dog is receiving all it needs from the start. Too many people are put off raw feeding by the fear of not providing enough of everything or supplementation, so one reason we use mixed proteins is to take away this concern. The other reason of course is that we have to meet the AAFCO guidelines for “complete” foods, and as we do not use ground bone we use poultry bone in our beef product to ensure sufficient calcium/phosphorus – and beef bones are extremely hard to grind in any event and can damage our machinery!
    We do only use human grade ingredients, and frequently take home for ourselves the chicken we use in the dog food, as well as the vegetables which are restaurant quality. Our meat is all USA raised, and our chickens are hormone free – it is illegal to use hormones in poultry production. The issue of antibiotics is slightly different however. We care for all animals, and the farms we use will only ever give antibiotics to a sick bird, under vet guidance and in strict accordance with regulations. We would not want any animal to suffer illness unnecessarily, and to deprive medical treatment could be seen as inhuman. Any antibiotic is in any event not usually one given to humans, and is out of their system within days so do not make it in to the food chain.
    I know someone posted that is something looks too good to be true, it usually is – but please be assured that we doing everything in our power to produce the best food possible for our dogs. We do not cut corners, use only the best ingredients, and are trying to put the convenience back in to raw feeding to encourage more to give it a go. If you read Maggie’s story on our website, you will see that we care passionately about our dogs (I have four, all shapes and sizes) and we want everyone to see the difference raw can make to their dogs!
    Anyone is more that welcome to come by the factory (based in Norcross, GA) as we have always had an open door policy – we really do have nothing to hide. You can also buy direct from us there.
    If I’ve missed out any concerns, or anyone has more questions please do call us in the office!

    in reply to: Wanting to feed raw, best place to start #68945 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    Have a look at http://www.allprovide.com – although a commercial food, it is raw with all natural ingredients and supplements to give your dogs all they need. Its a good place to start whilst you get the hang of DIY 🙂

    in reply to: New and Looking into feeding Raw #68437 Report Abuse
    MaggiesDad
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    Hi, I am one of the owners of Allprovide, and would like to address some of the points made above!
    All our foods meet or exceed the AAFCO guidelines for nutrition, and this is stated on the first page of our site. If you look at each page for our products, we give a full nutritional analysis, on an “as fed” basis. We feel this is a more accurate way to understand what you are feeding your dogs.
    The Guaranteed Analysis for each product is clearly shown on our boxes. I have noted the comments about this being absent from our site and will ensure this is updated! We do however show a full nutritional breakdown for all products.
    We only use human grade, USDA Grade A inspected or Select meats. We never use any intensively farmed animals, and frequently take home the chicken we buy for ourselves! We would never feed our four dogs anything that we wouldn’t eat. Our chicken comes from Koch Foods and Harrison Poultry Inc in case anyone would like to check them out.
    We do offer free two day shipping across over 30 States. Our foods are frozen and shipped in polystyrene boxes inside cardboard boxes for extra insulation, and in the summer months we will also use dry ice where appropriate.
    We include vegetables in our foods because of the excellent nutrients and minerals they supply, not for the carbohydrates. The veg is ground finely to enable the dogs to access all the goodness, as of course just like humans, they find it difficult to process cellulose without some help breaking it down!
    Our products have been developed so that they can be cooked in their 1lb pouches where customers may have concerns about bacteria. The bone pieces are extremely small, and soften during the cooking process, thereby ensuring no hazard. Some people have an issue with the natural pathogens found in raw meat, so even though our food is fully tested to be as safe as possible, we thought this would overcome any concerns someone may have about feeding Allprovide if for example they have to be extra health conscious due to a compromised immune system or having a young family. Personally, here at Allprovide we all believe in the benefits of raw feeding, as opposed to cooked or processed foods, and our dogs won’t eat anything else! (Although our Chihuahua for some reason only known to herself demands that her food is cooked in the morning and raw in the evening!)
    Regarding the cost of our product, we are firm believers that quality does not have to be expensive. We source only the best ingredients but keep our overheads to a minimum to keep our costs down. We also do Bulk Buy packs with minimal packaging to pass the savings to our customers who do not want to be deluged with cardboard to recycle! We also set up our factory in Georgia to be close to the source of our ingredients, because Gainsville is the chicken capital of the USA! We never cut corners, and insist that all our ingredients only come from the human food supply chain.
    We are very proud of our product and what we do, and anyone is more than welcome to tour our new factory in Norcross, GA
    If anyone has any further questions about our products, or ingredients, or simply would like to try some free samples, please feel free to call me, Michael, on 678-585-1606.

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