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Primal raw food?

Does anyone use any of the PRIMAL RAW FOOD products? If so, which ones? My puppy is getting older and I'm thinking of switching out of the Wellness Puppy food soon. Any advice about how old they should be for the switch also appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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Does anyone use any of the PRIMAL RAW FOOD products? If so, which ones? My puppy is getting older and I'm thinking of switching out of the Wellness Puppy food soon. Any advice about how old they should be for the switch also appreciated! Thanks in advance!
My name is Nancy, and our dogs look a lot alike! I sing the praises of Primal Raw FROZEN every day. Tux began eating it the day I got him from the breeder who had him on kibble. (I'm not a fan of kibble). I assume that as soon as any wild mother dog quits nursing she has to feed her pups something and I imagine it would be something she caught and NOT processed dog food. Tux eats 4 nuggets a day. One each at 7 AM, 10:30 AM, 4:30 PM, and 8PM based on their calculator chart on their website. I put four nuggets in the fridge to thaw over night. He LOVES it. He has perfectly normal stools once a day (unless I give him a cow tail to chew). No staining of his muzzle, and healthy check-ups. ......Knock on wood.

It comes in a variety of meats: Chicken, Lamb, Beef, Duck, etc. I vary the bags. I would start with whatever is closest in ingredients to what you have been feeding. You could offer a tiny bite as part of Rosie's first meal with Primal and her regular food. Each meal you could increase the Primal and reduce the former food. I went cold turkey with Tux and gave him all Primal right off the bat. He gobbled it up with no ill effects. I also give dessert of a TBSP of raw frozen (but thawed) goat milk 3X a day with his meals. I get both at an organic pet supply. Be aware that Rosie could be sensitive to something too cold. DO NOT heat the food. It reduces the nutrients your dog needs. Just make sure it isn't freezing cold at first.

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frozen raw or freeze dried raw, you can't get much better.

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My sister's name is Nancy! Kosmo gets Primal freeze dried. We travel a lot. He prefers rabbit and lamb. He would not eat duck, which was an expensive shame. In frozen he loves rabbit and chicken. We also sometimes use Brothers Complete venison meal + egg kibble when stool gets too soft. His coat is beautiful and no staining on muzzle. Eye staining is much less than as a new puppy. I mixed with breeder's Bil Jac kibble in the beginning.

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I like to use the "Dog Food Advisor" website and spent a lot of time there when researching food before I adopted my Havanese puppy. It has free recall advisory alerts and I like the breakdown provided for protein, carb, and fat proportions in the long list of dog/puppy foods they report on. It is free to look at their ingredient analysis and the protein/carbs/fats breakdowns. There is a paid option for $14.99/year, which I did sign up for, but most information is available for free and they don't harass you to obtain a paid account.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

It sounds like you have your food already chosen but I just want to mention the site since I found it to be a helpful resource.
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Scarlett is on the duck. Breeder uses chicken formula. She was itchy so the pet store person said try duck. So far so good. Not sure if it was a chicken allergy so I will try it again in a few weeks. She is just under 3 pounds at 14 weeks and eats 2 nuggets per day spread out to three meals. (She was the second smallest of her litter.)
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What size bag do you buy Tux and how long does it last?
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I use Primal Freeze-dried for Leo and Rex. They are active pups. Leo is 4 years old and weighs 11 lbs and Rex is almost 2 and weighs 9.5 lbs. They both eat 3 of the rectangular bricks at breakfast and again at supper. So we go through 12 bricks per day. Each bag last 3-3.5 days and costs $25 - $30 dollars per 14 oz bag at our local pet store depending on sales. Both the pups do really well in this food but it is expensive. I have tried other things but haven't really found anything that I prefer. Rexy want eat fresh or frozen raw. Leo has a somewhat sensitive tummy. So for now it's the food I feed them!
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What size bag do you buy Tux and how long does it last?
There are 48 nuggets in a bag. He eats four a day, so one bag lasts 12 days.

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Thanks! I was at the neighborhood pet store buying another medium size bag of Orijen adult kibble for Bowie and saw the Primal Nuggets in the freeer case. The owner said it's a lot better than kibble and when we did the math it was less expensive too! It took Bowie a day to decide he likes it, now he loves 'em!
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