... or versions of (ie. non-kibble)...
What do you do when you travel??
We have a good cooler that keeps things frozen for a number of days. For Henry I would just package a meal in zip lock bags and keep them frozen take one meal out to thaw ahead of the next meal time.
Kibble. It's easy, convenient, and especially both the above for the person taking care of your dog (or you, especially with limited luggage room). Since I usually feed 50/50 raw and kibble, it's not really an adjustment for him.
We serve cooked food, but it still has to stay cold, that in addition to her allergy shots. My husband found that almost any Redroof Inn (they take pets) is able to provide a room with a fridge for the overnight.
In the car, we just use a cooler with ice.
Morgan with Lya the Itchy
The "other" board has a whole forum devoted to RAW feeding. I heard some people buy the commercial raw diet for their pups if they are leaving them with relatives/friends and don't want to make them "deal" with portioning out normal raw food. Easy for them, and the pups still get the same nutrional stuff... in theory.
Here's the link.
I must admit... I'm a bit curious about the raw thing... I'm not convinced though that I could do it the right way though.
Lindsay... if I can do it, you can do it.
My plan is this: use prepackaged frozen raw! Easy peasy... just thaw and serve. No worries about getting the right amounts of this or that, or supplements, or whichever.
Then, as Henry gets used to it, and I get more comfortable with it, I may delve into "real" raw.
Felicia, what brand are you going to go with? I've been thinking about this too when I switch Lexie off puppy food.
I've decided on PAWS-itively Raw for now... here's the linky:
They're Canadian, right here in the Niagara Peninsula. Where are you?
Urban Carnivore is also Canadian
I also looked at Nature's Variety
and The Honest Kitchen, which is dehydrated raw.
It really came down to ease of getting the food (Welland is only 15 min from our house) and the fact that PAWS-itively Raw is packaged and frozen the day the animal is killed... so uber-fresh. I also have a quirk about preferring to feed and support Canadian businesses. :
I spent a few hours this afternoon with Janice, and she was not only super knowledgeable but extremely helpful and put my mind at ease about feeding raw! I just have to go to the health food store tomorrow and get some digestive enzymes and probiotics to add, and Henery's good to go!
I'm in Northern California.
I still need to do some more research, but Natural Balance has come out with a Raw food that another lab owner was talking to me about.
So probiotics and digestive enzymes are recommended too? I obviously have more reading and research to do on the subject. I was reading some of the links on FallRiver's site, but I haven't gotten through all of the info. Any good sites you can recommend besides product sites?
That is the big problem I am having. We are coming out of Winter and I am trying to sort this before Summer when I am away for 2 weeks. It is a problem if I have to leave Erns over night.
I make home cooked dog cookies. Scouts Mum has just given me a Salmon receipe that I will try this weekend. I also buy or take cans of food and if I am staying with people we cook extra for Ernie.
I think I have found a dry food made here in N.Z. that really is allergy free and natural.