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Old 02-13-2013, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Raw feeders: what is your "backup" food?

What's your shelf-stable food of choice in case your raw supply isn't available? I.e. electricity problems, quality issues, traveling, etc.

(Personally, I was thinking of keeping a bag of my pup's Canidae on hand, but I don't think I'll need to use it very often and don't want it to go rancid. I'm also concerned for how his digestive system would react.)

Do you just use your pre-raw food, or a dehydrated raw product?
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Not dogs, but I have Nature's Variety Instinct on standby for my ferrets in case I procrastinate a trip to the Asian market for too long.
My ferrets don't care for freeze dried raw, but Ozzy thinks it's crack. LOL
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No back up. When I traveled, I packed a cooler. Electricity - have a generator that runs the freezer, some lights, pump and TV.
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well, luckily there is usually a grocery store within an hour drive anywhere we go...so I could get chicken to feed if I was in a fix.
One thing I do keep, just in case is some ground meat from a processor(dog food grind) and that is my go to if I'm running low on other stuff. It is higher in fat and liver, so I try to cut it with other meat when I do feed it.
So far I've not had to tap into it, but am using it some just to rotate/keep it from getting old. I have 20# in my emergency 'fund'~ a few days worth of food for my three dogs.
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Not dogs, but I have Nature's Variety Instinct on standby for my ferrets in case I procrastinate a trip to the Asian market for too long.
My ferrets don't care for freeze dried raw, but Ozzy thinks it's crack. LOL
Haha! Well as long as it gets eaten in the end, right?

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well, luckily there is usually a grocery store within an hour drive anywhere we go...so I could get chicken to feed if I was in a fix.
One thing I do keep, just in case is some ground meat from a processor(dog food grind) and that is my go to if I'm running low on other stuff. It is higher in fat and liver, so I try to cut it with other meat when I do feed it.
So far I've not had to tap into it, but am using it some just to rotate/keep it from getting old. I have 20# in my emergency 'fund'~ a few days worth of food for my three dogs.
That's a good idea - I'll have to look into some of the blends my local suppliers offer (but I'm approaching raw info burnout ).

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No back up. When I traveled, I packed a cooler. Electricity - have a generator that runs the freezer, some lights, pump and TV.
A generator would be the answer to all (or at least most of) my disaster scenarios - that'll be the next thing to research. Especially after Hurricane Sandy...
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We feed 100% raw and don't have any kibble in the house. Like someone else said, if I run out on accident, I'll just go to a grocery store and get some salt-free chicken or some other sale meat that would make a special treat. If we had to go back to kibble, I would just use a combination/mix/blend of what we were using before: Orijen, Acana, Innova EVO and Wellness CORE. They always did well on those 4. I would buy a bag of each and mix them together in a large container, then just scoop out their servings.
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Actually, it is easier for a rawfed dog to stay on their diet vs a dog that is on a specific kibble that you can't get at a grocery store. Example~ the ones counter posted, those are seldom even available at the big box pet stores.
I wouldn't have kibble on hand 'just in case'. Especially when my dogs never eat it.
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Example~ the ones counter posted, those are seldom even available at the big box pet stores.
Petsmart and Petco started carrying Wellness CORE, but you're right, you have to go to a specialty dog food store to find the other 3. Lucky for me, there are a lot of them here in Portland. I mainly frequent Meat For Cats and Dogs, which is 90% a raw/holistic/organic food store with the higher end kibbles always in stock. That's where i get all of my fish oils and supplements too. Gonna miss them when we move away.
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Backup may refer to stores closed, after an emergency. or a run on food. I am gonna get a 12 pack of canned tripe, thatd last a short while.
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