Whole Prey Raw Dog Food
GreeneGardens Lanie, a blue merle miniature poodle
I am an avid believer in the "for real" raw feeding methods - real chicken, beef, pork, turkey, rabbits and/or deer and organ meat, meaty bones and the whole enchilada. Fish too if I can find a good and affordable source for it.
Realistically - the benefits are considerably better than "raw out of the bag", as the dogs will get the extra benefit of teeth cleaning and a nice "work-out" while chewing and eating, which they lose when you feed prepared/pre-packaged raw dog food out of the bag. No preservatives at all, no heat/dry treatment - the whole prey method is the "real thing", and I see considerable coat improvements, clean teeth + good breath, and an increased vigor, energy and overall well being, but no hyperness and unlike what many people expect virtually no food fights, aggression or ornery behavior while they are eating, or afterwards for that matter and just for the record - I raw feed app. 30 dogs and 10 cats.
Price-wise - when you source your raw meat and meaty bones well, overall speaking, it comes to right about $1/pound or less - and that is well in line with high-end quality commercial dog food, and considerably less than prepared raw dog food out of the bag.
For us here at GreeneGardens, the whole prey method makes for happy and content dogs, puppies + cats in our home and our small miniature poodle kennel. While I do not exclusively raw feed, as many of our pups get placed in kibble feeding homes and need to be prepared for both ways of feeding, it does give them an ultimate good start in life and makes them very flexible for being fed either way. My adults will ignore any type of kibble - no matter how high-end and expensive, LOL - in favor of real meat and bones!
Sabine from GreeneGardens Poodles
Great post, Sabine, really informative! I learned a lot about the whole prey method and particularly appreciate the pricing comparison info. I have used raw pet food over the years but didn't know very much about this method -- thanks so much for sharing such helpful insights about it. Certainly seems to agree with Lanie--she's precious!