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News and Information about Dogs, Cats, and Pet Products

So I feel as if I’ve given you useful information on what I did for my dog. But that’s just it…it’s what I did for my dog. My situation may not apply to you. It is always wise to put your pet on a high-quality grain free diet; however, you may be more the scoop and pour type. Even though reconstituting is as easy as making instant oatmeal to me, you may find that one step too many. And that’s ok. We all have different lifestyles.

That does not mean you cannot incorporate freeze-dried into your pet’s diet. I wanted to show you some other options in the freeze-dried variety.

Why Meg? Why is it so important to you that I know about freeze-dried food?

Well, for starters, if you are like me, I think many of you don’t have a ton of extra freezer space. You probably have more room available in your pantry or cupboard. Also, what do you do when you travel and the person who watches your dog does not understand the ease of feeding raw patties, or the importance of defrosting wisely? I’ve wondered many times what I’m going to do when my guy has to be left behind.

The following freeze-dried options will eliminate that worry for me. These are literally no fuss. Pour and go. Easy peasy lemon squeezey.

They can all be reconstituted…but here’s the beauty…they don’t HAVE to be! They can be fed right out of the container! Now you have the simplicity of kibble, but the nutrition value of a raw diet! How cool is that?

Now, since I have issues with my dog drinking enough water, I did not choose to go this route for his normal feeding schedule. You must be diligent that your dog drinks enough if you choose to use these products. They have roughly the same moisture content as kibble; however, they do carry excellent nutritional value and are, of course, grain-free.

The first up is by Stella & Chewy’s

This is literally their frozen raw patty in freeze-dried form.

The bag has a nifty feeding chart so you know how much to give your dog.

And this is what it looks like on the inside of the patty. They are easy to break apart for feeding.

The next one I want to show you is by Northwest Naturals:


These are, again, literally their frozen product, except freeze dried.

Here is their frozen nugget:

And here is their freeze dried nugget:

Notice the similarity? Thought so. They have a handy feeding chart on their package too, so you will know just how many nuggets to feed your furry friend.

The last one I want to show you is a new product to Two Bostons. It is by Nutrisca.

This is a great product for dogs with allergies. In fact, before I switched Diesel to a strictly raw and freeze-dried diet, I transitioned him from the yucky food he’d been on to the Nutrisca kibble. I wasn’t certain if I could commit to a full raw diet at that point, but I really needed to get his allergies under control. In any case, back to the freeze-dried Nutrisca…

This is what it looks like out of the bag.

And this is what it looks like after you break it apart.

I also wanted to show you what this looks like when you reconstitute it. So I dropped it in a bowl of water for you and put two pieces side by side. On the left, straight out of the bag and on the right, reconstituted with water:

This is what they look like when broken apart:

As you can see, when water is added this turns back into the consitency of an actual raw patty. Pretty cool!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, my “Assistant” was nervous that I wouldn’t get all the information documented correctly, so he stood by me (and I do mean literally stood by me) just in case. You really should thank him for his selfless service to you!



December 2, 2011

Your “assistant” appears to be smiling. I think he really enjoys helping out.

December 2, 2011

Yes, he is 🙂

December 2, 2011

Ooh, didn’t know Nutrisca came out with freeze dried. Suki loves their kibble, so may need to try this too.

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