Raw food supplies

Discussion dedicated to promoting the well-being of your dog through diet, exercise and general health tips.

Moderators: emmabeth, BoardHost

terry
Posts: 11
Joined: Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:51 am

Raw food supplies

Post by terry » Sat Feb 24, 2007 12:33 pm

I have started our dog on raw food (today!) with some chicken from Tesco however if we continue to use Tesco our dog feeding bill is gunna add up! Where do you raw feeders get your food from?

StaffieMad
Posts: 82
Joined: Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:02 am
Location: Cheshire, UK
Contact:

Post by StaffieMad » Mon Feb 26, 2007 8:37 am

i dont raw feed but i think alot of people go to their local butchers as they will give it to you quite cheep as they dont use chicken necks etc.
[img]http://saynotobsl.richardlindley.co.uk/files/BSL_Banner.jpg[/img]

emmabeth
Posts: 8894
Joined: Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:24 pm
Location: West Midlands
Contact:

Post by emmabeth » Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:44 am

Seek out a 'proper' butchers (think small posh villages rather than bigger towns), one who actually butchers meat rather than just sells pre cut joints etc.

These will have unwanted bones, meaty bones etc and will be cheaper for things like chicken wings.

There are also local meat markets, i buy my chicken wings from one of these as i can buy a case for much cheaper and there is loads more meat on these than tesco/asda ones.

As for other meals, i feed tinned pilchards (Glenryck) which is about as cheap as you will get and in tomato sauce so thats part of the veg element of the diet.

I buy in bulk from Anglian Meat Products, however the min order from them is £50, thats lasts my FOUR dogs for 2 months and takes up a good half of a mid sized chest freezer - does save money t hough!

And veggies i blend (in a great blender i got really cheap in Cash Generator!), and i buy these on the market, mostly leafy greens wiht carrot and apple and celery to sweeten it up and a good dollop of olive oil and garlic for flavour and texture (and garlics good for all sorts of things).

I freeze the veg mush in bags.

You can buy AMP mince from Pets At Home and even then, its not massively expensive.

Em

leigh
Posts: 64
Joined: Sat Oct 07, 2006 1:55 am

Post by leigh » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:26 am

hey Em, with your veges - do you blend them all up raw? I haven't tried blending a bunch of veges like that, but I will give it a shot this week if that's what you do.

My dogs just don't like veges, unless it's straight off my plate when I'm done! Actually, they like sweet potato, and occasionally vege mash - but only when it's cooked and mashed.... and even then they don't eat much of it.

I've changed from canned food and dry biccies to raw bones and they both just LOVE it - my little 1 yo pom x JRT didn't ever really like canned food, and was rather skinny - she's gained a kilo since raw food, and she finally looks like a normal dog, instead of a tiny long scrawny thing! Just have to monitor it now to make sure she doesn't keep gaining!

Anyhow, how often do you feed veges to them? cheers

emmabeth
Posts: 8894
Joined: Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:24 pm
Location: West Midlands
Contact:

Post by emmabeth » Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:37 pm

Yep i blend them raw.

I found at first the trick was to make sure the mush is quite sweet and smooth and a bit oily - so i avoided too much bitter stuff and nothing grainy when blended like broccoli.

Plenty of apple, i find dogs like fresh herbs so i put in basil and garlics good for everything, olive oil, carrots etc should all balance out the bitter green veg such as spring greens and spinach.

I feed a large spoonful every day or so, if i forget to get some out it doesnt matter but i aim for at least twice a week, more if im getting one of them to drop a few lb as i substitute meat for a bit more veg.

Em

terry
Posts: 11
Joined: Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:51 am

Post by terry » Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:29 am

We was trawling the net recently and found this supplier and found this supplier http://www.userfriendly-devon.com/landywoods/index.html

They are very cheap with lots of choice and there's a lot of info on the site about feeding raw.

Has anybody else used them?

emmabeth
Posts: 8894
Joined: Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:24 pm
Location: West Midlands
Contact:

Post by emmabeth » Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:41 am

I havent personally - but i know people who do...

Mixed reports - the food itself is good quality, however there have been more than a few reports of stuff being delivered thawed or partially thawed, not delivered when it was supposed to be etc etc.

Give them a whirl, if they mess you about, try someone else.

I get my stuff direct from Anglian Meat Products, they are not the cheapest, but its good quality (and they have a slightly cheaper range you tend not to see in the shops), its always delivered when they say it will be, always frozen, and now i have had several orders from them i am allowed to do cash on delivery. Their delivery drivers are extremely obliging and if im out they will put the order IN my freezer (its in an outbuilding)!!!!!

Cant get much better than that!

paulinerich
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri May 04, 2007 7:32 am
Location: staffordshire

Raw diet

Post by paulinerich » Fri May 04, 2007 7:47 am

hi

just joined the forum, I feed raw and get mine from landywoods in staffordshire, they get tripe and vary the meat between liver, heart and kidney with veggies and they get a chicken carcass in the evening, since I changed in december their coats are wonderful and their stools as you would expect are much less, great diet they love it

pauline :D
pauline

Spud
Posts: 8
Joined: Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:52 pm
Location: Derbyshire

Post by Spud » Fri May 25, 2007 7:13 pm

It's wonderful to see some raw-feeders on here. Does anybody feed prey-model? When I first began feeding raw, I followed Ian Billinghurst's BARF model, but 6 months or so later changed to Tom Lonsdale's prey-model diet and couldn't be happier.

I purchase meat from my local supermarket or butchers. I tend to only get bones from the butchers if Scamp's had a lot of meaty meals; generally when pork or beef brisket is on sale and I stock up! Otherwise I simply buy chickens and cut them up into portions, and then feed liver/kidney/whatever other organs I can get hold of every 10 days or so. I prefer to buy from the butcher when I can, as the animals have been more humanely raised and undoubtedly fed a better diet, but it is more expensive. I used to buy frozen raw meat from the pet store (I think the supplier was called AMP), which is much cheaper, but there is a huge difference in quality.

Saying that... even the stuff you can source that is made specifically for pets is going to be of better quality than whatever they put in commercial pet foods!

Shop around. Try calling your local abattoir and see if they can supply you large quantities of meat for low quantities of money! Also, if you go to the supermarket try going half an hour or so before they close. That way you have meat that, if they don't sell within that half hour, they have to throw away. Within the two hours or so before closing they'll be reducing the produce like crazy. A friend of mine managed to get a shop assistant to lower some steak from an already heavily reduced £2.99 to £0.49, so it's worth a shot. :lol:

SarahK7
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:09 am

Post by SarahK7 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:01 pm

I use http://www.landywoods.co.uk/

They are great value for money and deliver to your door.

Cava14Una
Posts: 6
Joined: Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:08 am
Location: Scotland

Post by Cava14Una » Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:35 am

I'm part of a group that gets a 6 weekly delivery from Landywoods. They bring it up to Scotland and I've always been perfectly happy with it
Anne plus 2 Beardies and 4 gorgeous ratty gents

iluvpaws
Posts: 9
Joined: Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:35 pm

Post by iluvpaws » Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:58 am

You can go to your local grocers store go to where they sell meat that's where you'd get em

Here's some helpful sites
http://www.raw-dogs.com/

http://www.rawmeatybones.com/

http://search.onlynaturalpet.com/search ... -Food-Dogs

http://www.totallyrawdogfood.com/products.html

lucky_puppy
Posts: 26
Joined: Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:31 pm

Post by lucky_puppy » Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:54 pm

Two more sources for organic raw pet food are Hare Today and WholeFoods4Pets. I use Hare Today for my cat. I first tried the raw diet for her, but it wasn't such a great solution in our situation. I do however home prepare all of her meals (still feeding occasional raw) and these are good sources of rabbit, chicken, turkey, pheasant, duck, goat, beef, etc. They offer all sorts of cuts of muscle meat, organs, green tripe, whole carcasses(with or without fur), bones, etc. The double ground meats are excellent for small dogs and cats. The bone is very fine and organ meats are also included in the mix for added nutrition. The food arrives frozen on my doorstep. My cat loves it and I'll be starting my puppies on it next week.

danabanana
Posts: 203
Joined: Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:21 am
Location: NE England

Post by danabanana » Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:57 am

does anyone know of somewhere in Uk that doesn't have a minimum order? We only have one dog and one freezer!?!

emmabeth
Posts: 8894
Joined: Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:24 pm
Location: West Midlands
Contact:

Post by emmabeth » Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:03 pm

I don't I am afraid, pets at home stores stock AMP meat, the AMP/Prizechoice website will have a list of stockists on it also.

If you know someone else near you (dont know where you are) who feeds raw you could share an order with them.

Post Reply