Sep 27, 2008 - It is perfectly o.k
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I purchased through their site. I spent a lot of time researching companies and a lot of time on the phone with them. Everything is great until there is an issue then everyone clears out. My dog has special GI needs, that is why I spent so much time on the phone with them. My dog’s situation was mentioned to the person who formulates the food. He says, the first meat that I should feed my dog is beef. They are the food company and he is someone important in the company so I took his advice. He is the head formulator after all. After eating a pound of the beef my dog had diarrhea so bad it looked like brown water spraying out followed by blood. She needed to go several time throughout the night, always followed by blood. She vomited the food. She was crying in pain all night long. I emailed the company, I was ignored. After a little research I learned that you should not give Beef to a dog with GI issues because of the high fat content. I called the company hoping to work out a solution, Linda the “Customer service manager” from the beginning of the conversation treated me as though I was in the wrong. All I did was follow their advice. Proceed with caution should you choose to buy from this company. Also note, their #1 goal is to look good on social media. If they can take try to get you to take your comments offline they will.
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Yes, as Crazy4cats already mentioned, raw fish is liable to carry parasites that are very hazardous to canines (not sure about cats), however the freezing process actually KILLS those parasites. I’ve asked several of our raw food reps who’ve encountered that question from concerned customers. I have fed both my dogs and cat freeze-dried and frozen raw salmon and tuna and cisco from various brands. Normally, companies don’t use the entire fish so they have to pair it with other meats/organs in order to make it completely balance. Vital Essentials actually uses the WHOLE fish, organs and all, and therefore they have no need of mixing it with other meats or even adding produce or vit/minerals. I thought that was pretty interesting. But again, any of those parasites will be killed after freezing, thankfully! phew
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You can feed raw meaty bones and whole carcasses partially frozen,totally frozen, or totally thawed. Some dogs prefer their organ meatfrozen as well. Frozen RMBs (raw meaty bones) are good for teethingpuppies, dogs that are learning to chew their food, and dogs that gulptheir food. Feed the RMBs in as large of a piece as you can. If youhave a big dog and you want to feed beef ribs, feed the whole slab ofribs joined together. If you have a little dog and you want to feed achicken leg, feed the whole thing as a big piece (like a chickenquarter), rather than cutting it into smaller pieces. Small piecesencourage choking and do not promote thorough chewing. One commonlyused standard is to feed something bigger than the dog's head. If thedog does not eat all of the food, simply pick up the leftovers,refrigerate or freeze them, and feed it the next day. Or you can letyour dog bury the leftovers so it can eat it when the meat is "ripe."Cats, on the other hand, must have fresh food.This recipe came about after I made a large batch of stock from the remains of a roasted chicken, and it's both easy and economical. It's also pretty versatile, and requires little-to-no cooking (perfect for summer when you don't want to turn on the oven). You can use any type of meat or fish depending on your dog's tastes (see the last paragraph for variations I've tried).For all the people who have made the leap to a homemade, meat-based diet for their dogs, however, there are many more who would like to make the change, but who are intimidated by the challenge of “getting it just right.” Some are afraid of failing to present their dogs with a balanced array of nutrients; others fear bacterial contamination from handling raw meats.One of the reasons people cite for feeding a raw diet is that it is a more “natural” diet for dogs. The theory is that wild canids would eat a diet mainly consisting of raw meat and bones, so people should try and mimic this diet when feeding their pets. However, the pet dogs that live in our homes do not resemble their wild cousins. We have bred dogs to have a range in size from the tiny Papillon to the massive Neapolitan Mastiff, and a variety of builds from the light-framed Whippet to the bulky Bulldog. In addition, there are breeds like the Bedlington Terrier that are prone to specific nutrient deficiencies. With all of these physiological differences between our pets and wild canids, can we be certain that what a wild canid eats is indeed an ideal diet for Rover?