Saturday, February 28, 2015

Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food

We got to try some brand new freeze dried dog food by Stewart Raw Naturals. And by "we" I mean my gorgeous Boxer, Aegis.

He normally gets grain free kibble only, and no wet food. We feed him organ meats occasionally, along with marrow bones. But since we are giving him pills (glucosamine/chondroitin, fish oil, and an herbal supplement) for his partially torn ACL, we have been giving him a teeny bit of wet food in his bowl (to mask the flavor of his pills, otherwise he won't eat them, the scoundrel!)

For the past month he has been spoiled rotten with his "wet food" for both breakfast and dinner that even my cat comes to see if she can have some.

This was an extra special treat to get some freeze dried raw dog food for him. I opened the box and took a picture of him sniffing the "patties" that I pulled out:

Aegis wants to EAT THEM ALL!
Then, I added some warm water to a patty, and let it soak for a minute or so, and put it in his dish, for this picture below:

Here is a freeze dried raw food patty
I added some kibble and his pills, and mixed it all up. 1 patty is equivalent to 1 cup of kibble in this instance (there are 3 different sizes for small, medium or large dogs. The large size contains 8 patties, and the small one contains 32 patties (1/4 cup each). I believe the medium one contains 16 patties (1/2 cup each). I feed him just under 2 cups of kibble morning and night for a total of about 3 1/2 cups of kibble per day.  On the weekends when I make eggs, I usually make an additional egg for him (see what I mean -- spoiled rotten!) and I give him a quarter cup of raw milk kefir every day for his probiotics.

These freeze dried patties can be used in combination with kibble like I did (you don't even have to get them wet, you can just crumble them in the dish), or you can use them as a whole meal.

Aegis could barely wait and was whining and whining while I prepared his food. He usually waits patiently, but he REALLY wanted to eat the freeze dried raw food patties.

Aegis scarfing down his food... Don't forget to chew!
Stewart Pet Food company is a leader in freeze dried food products and they have an assortment to choose from. Everything is made in the USA with all natural human grade ingredients.

They are from a single source protein (beef or chicken) and are great for dogs who may have an allergy or intolerance to a specific ingredient. They also have some fruits and vegetables in them.

They are grain free and gluten free, and ready to serve -- the moisture is removed, making it shelf stable raw food, the best diet for your dog!

I have to say that I believe any dog would LOVE this food. Aegis is super picky, and he turns his nose up at some treats that the mail carrier brings him. He LOVES the mail carrier and gives her kisses, but refuses her treats. But he LOVED this raw freeze dried food. Yes, even the most picky eaters will like this.

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