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Each AM I give my PRECIOUS PICKY EATERS A LITTLE SLICE OF Dick Van Pattons Natural Balance roll cut up in little pieces and they actually love it. Then at night I cook up some raw with added probiontics. Well, I'm getting pretty tired of cooking the raw and I can't imagine traveling and doing that.
At the pet store today the owner told me she ONLY gives her small dog the roll and that it is a complete food. It does contain wheat flour. Does anyone just feed the rolls and should I be worried about the wheat flour?
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I have a friend that just feeds that and some veggies. Her guy is adorable and doing fine.
I grate it over some kibble and use it as bribes

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Merrick also has those little rolls, same flavors as their wet foods. Sometimes they will eat it, and other times not. I used it as a treat.


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Do you think it would be OK as their main food, not just treats?
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I have a friend that uses the turkey as the sole food.

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Carole - the 4-lb roll is equal to one can of dog food according to their website. Unless you have a wheat allergy, it should be okay. But could you try to get some frozen raw and just defrost as needed? I'd be concerned that you wouldn't get the benefit of enough protein long term or the dental help from kibble or bones.


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Lisa, I think the 4 lb roll is equal to like 10 cans of dog food -- and I think it comes in a smaller roll. It is sold at Petco stores. I have a friend that feeds her dogs this and she cuts it into 5 chucks and freezes part of it -- and puts it in fridge to thaw ever few days. I haven't tried it on Cicero, but she said her dogs dearly love it.


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Yes, I think the 4 lbs roll is 10 cans. Lisa, I was also concerned about the teeth but then I was thinking how does that differ from just raw?
I just looked at the turkey roll and the crude protein is 11?. Then I looked at the bag of raw chicken medallions and the crude protein is 13 %.
I have to laugh. As I was holding this huge roll Vinny was trying to break into it. that's how much they love it. Maybe I'll give it a try......???
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I used to feed Red Barn Beef Roll.....Quincy was on it from the breeder(remember he was 16wks.old when I got him) and he really loved it. The breeder recommended a mix of kibble and beef roll. The trouble I had was finding it anywhere around here. I ended up buying and having it shipped,which got to be a hassle,so I finally gave it up. If I could find though locally,I'd buy it in a heart beat. It's good and the dogs loved it!

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I looked at the rolls in the store and noticed they all have Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate. Both of those are preservatives, and since there is meat in them, I'm sure they need it. However, if you are trying to go pure, I wouldn't feed them that full time unless they won't eat anything else. Just my personal preference . . .

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