I chose to post again because I had a few people express their curiosity as to what I would end up feeding as a good alternative to the raw. I am happy to say that I have found plenty of wonderful raw alternatives. They are balanced, grain free, and biologically appropriate. Some have more than one protein in each bag which is great. Variety is strongly recommended by Dr. Becker and most raw feeders too. I went to a local holistic based pet store called All Four Paws today. I looked at all of the foods and asked the store owner about her grain free foods. Freeze dried raw is a very expensive frozen raw alternative but I purchased a small bag to use as treats. It’s great because it comes in freeze dried patties that are easy to break pieces off of. I also got some free samples which I will use as treats but will also gauge palatability. Of course, my crew isn’t all that picky about all things edible. I am going to post a little bit of info and pictures on each of the diets I plan on feeding and rotating. Most of the foods I looked into were actually quite affordable for being grain free and better quality than commercial.
This list is in no particular order by the way:
Canine Caviar is one of the great alternatives because the ingredients are flash steamed for 6 minutes to preserve the integrity of the ingredients. They have single proteins in each bag but use minimal carbohydrates, which I have learned are not necessary even for active dogs. Protein is first, then fat, then carbohydrates. This food is, of course, grain free as well. Canine Caviar also makes 95% canned food. I have seen this a lot lately and wasn’t sure what it meant. It seems to be canned food that is meant to be supplemental to another diet such as raw or kibble. It is usually a protein, organ meat, and water sufficient for processing. Blue Buffalo and a couple of other companies make a 95% food too.
Another brand I liked was Acana. Acana has more than one protein source in each bag- usually 3. They have different categories such as Regional dry. What that seems to be (as far as I have been able to research) is 3 protein sources from the same area of the U.S. I believe it is to mimic a more natural selection of proteins. I love their thinking! This food is also grain free, biologically appropriate, and only uses fresh ingredients from that specific region. And it’s also affordable! About $38 for a 14-ish lb bag.
Two regional diets from Acana: