Archive for April 9, 2011
Back in February, we won a Nature’s Logic giveaway from Doggies and Stuff. The prize was a coupon good for either five 13.2 oz. cans of food, one 4.4 lb bag of kibble or one 3 lb. bag of raw.
Soon after, I purchased some Nature’s Logic treats from DoggieFood.com and in the box were some coupons – one was good for a free 4.4 lb bag of Nature’s Logic kibble! JACKPOT! :)
I located a Nature’s Logic retailer close to us and went to redeem our coupons. I intended to have the dogs try the canned food, but the retailer we visited only carried the kibble and raw foods. So in lieu of canned, I picked up a bag of the raw “Natural Chicken Dinner Fare” and a bag of “Lamb Dinner Fare” kibble.
The dogs have yet to try the kibble, but I wanted to give you our thoughts on the raw diet.
First, the bag.
RAW FROZEN ALL-NATURAL CHICKEN DINNER FARE
100% WHOLE FOOD DIET
•Over 90% Meat or Poultry
•Complete Nutritional Diet
•No Synthetic Vitamins or Minerals
•High Chicken Content
The first three ingredients are Chicken,
Chicken Liver, Chicken Heart
•Grain Free – Low Carb
•No Ingredients from China
Natural Antioxidant Rich
Fruit & Veggie Concentrates
The chicken formula contains powdered blueberry, cranberry, apricot, artichoke, avocado, tomato, spinach, apple, broccoli, carrot, and pumpkin.
The feeding guidelines.
According to the bag, both Lu (21 lbs) and Wally (15 lbs)
should eat between 2 and 3.5 patties per day.
To calculate your dog’s feeding amounts,
Nature’s Logic offers this handy calculator.
In the bag.
The patties are about the size of a hockey puck.
There are 15 patties in a 3 lb bag.
Each patty is 245 calories.
A frozen patty.
After being thawed in the
microwave and mashed.
The bag says you can thaw in the microwave or refrigerator.
I did 20 seconds then flipped the patty and did 20 seconds more.
The patty was still partially frozen when I mashed it.
Now, we thaw 3 days worth of patties in the fridge instead of microwaving.
As you can tell from the slurping and burping, the dogs both really loved this food! The end result.. Lu & Wally joined the clean plate club!
The Ingredients. Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Heart, Pumpkin Seed, Montmorillonite Clay, Cottage Cheese, Egg Shell Meal, Whole Eggs, Cod Liver Oil, Parsley, Blueberry Powder, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Cranberry Powder, Almond Powder, Tomato Powder , Apricot Powder, Artichoke Powder, Avocado Powder, Spinach Powder, Apple Powder, Broccoli Powder, Carrot Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Kelp, Chicory Root, Rosemary
I love the ingredients of this product. All natural, nothing synthetic, not made in China.
The Taste. As you can tell from the video, the dogs LOVED the taste. I’ve honestly NEVER seen Lu eat any other dog food that quickly. She’s very picky. Normally at mealtime, she will sniff the bowl, then walk away and wait for Wally to be done. Then an hour later she’ll eat whatever he’s left behind. Not so with this food. She licks the bowl and then waits for him to finish so she can lick HIS bowl, too!
The Digestion. After the first week of eating half raw and half kibble they had no gas, they started sleeping later in the morning before they had to do their business and their stools became smaller and less frequent. They’ve now been eating 50/50 for 3 weeks and are still doing wonderfully!
The cost. Our retailer charges $14.95 for a 3 lb bag which contained 15 patties. If I were to feed 100% raw, each dog would eat 2 patties per day, for a total of 4 patties per day. A 3 lb bag would last us less than 4 days. I calculated that we’d be spending over $120 a month on dog food. Right now, the kibble the dogs are eating costs us $38 for a 15lb bag and that lasts us an entire month. That’s quite a steep cost increase.
Delta Society prohibits therapy dogs from eating raw diets because “sources document that animals fed raw protein diets shed significantly higher amounts of pathogenic bacteria than those fed cooked proteins. Indications are that this may put some people at risk, as compared to pets being fed commercially prepared or cooked, home-made diets.”
Not only do they prohibit raw diets, they also prohibit pigs ears, raw bones, marrow bones, etc. no matter how often a dog is fed these treats. Though they only get them once or twice a month, Lu and Wally LOVE their marrow bones. Unfortunately, because Lu and I are certified with Delta Society as a pet partner team, Lu will not be able to eat any raw diet if we wish to continue our membership. We may have to become certified with a different therapy dog program because of this ruling.
Please note: It is not my intention to debate the risks or benefits of a raw diet or the Delta Society ruling in this review. I am simply stating the facts of our current situation.
I would gladly feed my dogs this diet long-term, if it weren’t such a huge cost increase. They enjoyed eating it and it agreed with their stomachs. Because they seem to love it so much, I plan to continue this diet as a supplement to their current kibble. By splitting 1 patty between them at each meal and reducing their kibble, a 3 lb bag of patties will last us an entire week. It’s still a substantial monthly cost increase, but one I feel is worth it for the benefits we’ve seen over our trial period.
Once the dogs are through with their current bag of kibble, they will be trying the Nature’s Logic Lamb Dinner Fare kibble along with the raw diet. I’ll let you know how it goes! :)
The review above is my own honest opinion based on our experience with the product. I was not asked to write this review. I received the product free, using a coupon I received as a prize in a giveaway. I was not compensated by Nature’s Logic in any way for this review.
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