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  1. #21
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    Thanks everyone for the great input!



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    Quote Originally Posted by andylover View Post
    Thanks everyone for the great input!
    I just started doing raw the last month. I was feeding Acana but it was giving my Airedale tummy troubles, switched to natures variety which was working quite nicely till they had a recall. Switched to Kirkland and all was well till they too had a recall and my one dog had blood stool.

    Just to expensive to have no piece of mind.
    They really like the raw pre made(small local company) I am using but like anything else only time will tell. So far so good.

    i will saw my little terrier has nice smelling breath now. I wouldn't have thought that possible with the finley ground premade I get but bonus. :-)


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    My dog has severe IBD and is on a rabbit/potato food that ONLY contains rabbit/potato. It's Rx only though (and $$$ - thank goodness she's 14 lbs). Often the foods that claim to be limited ingredients that are not Rx only have other ingredients and she can't have those...



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    I feed raw diet. Right now it's turkey because he had a scare with a bully stick that didn't digest. His tummy is still a bit sensitive.
    He loves this stuff called OC Raw Dog ROX.
    You are what you dare.



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    I spent many years having and rescuing Guinea Pigs and I would not be upset to feed a humanely raised/humanely euthed GP to my animals. I’ve even thought of raising mice for the cats but my kids are not quite ready for that process.

    Most likely, the look from the sales clerk was about you being in a pet food store where the higher quality foods ARE based on meat and dismissing something that could work for your dog because it was cute when alive. Aren’t they all?

    The rabbit is already dead and in the can. Your dilemma should be the quality of the food and how it suits your dog. If he has an issue with pork, though, Instinct Rabbit won’t work anyway. It’s really stupid for these companies to offer novel proteins and then throw in poultry/beef/pork liver as the second ingredient.


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    if you're concerned, FDA DOES actually check up on these companies to make sure they are not lying on their labels. For example, they caught Evanger's mislabelling their products, claiming there were certain kinds of meat in them that wasn't present, and acted to stop the problem:

    From December 2, 2010 through February 10, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an inspection of your low-acid canned food manufacturing facility located at 221 Wheeling Road, Wheeling, Illinois. In addition, on August 19, 2010, FDA received samples of (b)(4) Lamb and Rice Dog Food from the distributor, (b)(4). This letter notifies you of the violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) that we found during our inspection and from the samples we received from the distributor. You can find the FD&C Act and its associated regulations on the Internet through links on FDA’s web page at www.fda.gov1.

    We found that you offered for sale (b)(4) Lamb and Rice Dog Food which was adulterated. Under Section 402(b)(2) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 342(b)(2), a food is deemed to be adulterated if any substance has been substituted wholly or in part therefore. Our analytical sample results of this product revealed that a substance (lamb) was not detected in the product and another ingredient (bovine material) detected in the product was substituted therefore. Furthermore, this product was misbranded. Under Section 403(b) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 343(b), a food is deemed to be misbranded if it is offered for sale under the name of another food. This product was offered for sale under the name of “(b)(4) Lamb and Rice Dog Food.” However, the analytical sample results did not detect the presence of lamb, but detected the presence of bovine material.

    On December 14, 2010, FDA collected samples of your Evanger’s Grain-free Duck Pet Food during the inspection of your facility. We found that the Evanger’s Grain-free Duck Pet Food product was adulterated. Under Section 402(b)(1) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 342(b)(1), a food is deemed to be adulterated if any valuable constituent has been in whole or in part omitted or abstracted therefrom. Our investigation revealed that a valuable constituent (duck) was not detected in the product and had been omitted or abstracted therefrom. Furthermore, this product was misbranded. Under Section 403(a)(1) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 343(a)(1), a food is deemed to be misbranded if its labeling is false or misleading in any particular. The labeling indicates that Evanger’s Grain-free Duck Pet Food contains duck, but the analytical sample results did not detect the presence of duck in the product.



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    I feed raw, so I know EXACTLY what my dogs are eating (chicken backs, ground chicken, beef and turkey), how fatty the meat is, and what I decide to add to it. It is the only way to really know.
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    I feed raw, and I also feed an allegedly high-quality kibble (contrary to what many rawfeeders do - the concern is different rates of digestion but I've never had a problem, and would stop doing it if I did).

    It's worked out really well for my dogs thus far. I like knowing exactly what they are eating at least half the time.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Donella View Post
    "Meat" can mean anything and in many cases actually means euth'ed dogs and cats.
    Maybe 30 years ago but I don't think orijen or natural balance is running around putting euth'ed cats in their food.


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    I know exactly what is in my dogs' food (and cats). Chicken. Just...chicken. Because I make their food. It is cheaper, takes about an hour's work once a week, and I have very healthy cats and dogs, no skin problems, good teeth, and good weight, (except for two, who are air ferns).

    Can't get any easier than that.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat the Horse View Post
    I know exactly what is in my dogs' food (and cats). Chicken. Just...chicken. Because I make their food. It is cheaper, takes about an hour's work once a week, and I have very healthy cats and dogs, no skin problems, good teeth, and good weight, (except for two, who are air ferns).

    Can't get any easier than that.
    If you don't mind me asking, what does your homecooked recipe look like?



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