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Old 11-16-2012, 02:37 AM
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Years ago when we had german shepherds, we fed prey model raw, and our dogs were healthy and thrived. After my last shepherd passed a few years ago, we moved into a much much smaller place, and now have a toddler. Space is super tight at our new place, and Ill be honest, there is literally NOWHERE here to put a deep freezer. We live in a townhouse, and have 5 small dogs. I have one dog who gets very itchy even on premium grain free kibbles, all of my dogs eat poop if fed fromm, our two show dogs get very bad tear stains on ziwipeak and one of them gets severe diarrhea from all varieties of ziwipeak. One also has allergies which seem to be fish related. I need to stay away from a food high in peas, which most grain free foods are loaded with.

I would like to go back to raw, but realistically I dont have enough freezer room for 5 dogs food. We have an apartment sized fridge that I can barely fit my families food into now....

Anyway... There is someone local to me who sells Blue Ridge Beef ground raw. I could fit about a weeks worth in my home freezer, and would be able to pick up new food once a week. Its not premade patties with a bunch of veggies or vitamins mixed in. It comes in a tube like ground meat but is 2lbs. The formula Ingredients are listed below:
Ground Beef, Ground chicken, ground green tripe, ground beef heart, ground beef liver, ground chicken bone.
Its marketed as a complete ground mix that dogs who cant chew bone for whatever reason can have as their sole food. It runs $2.80 per pound, less than I pay for kibble. I do realize that for the maximum benefits and dental benefits of raw, that whole is better than ground, but thats just not possible for us right now due to freezer space, two gulpers, and a rescue senior with very few teeth who even has trouble with dry kibble. Ive looked at primal and natures variety, and honestly, I dont like that they add all the fruits and vegetables into their patties.


Whats your opinion on the Blue Ridge Beef mix I posted above? Its been a while since we fed full raw, I dont want to commit to something thats not balanced enough to feed them.
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anyone have any input?
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I'd like to hear as well because I can get it as well its a little drive for me but I can buy a month or twos worth at a time. I was going with the puppy mix for my little guy who's less than 1lb. I'm just a little worried about how much to feed him.
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I haven't used blue ridge beef, but have heard good things about it. I would add in another organ though.... liver is fine. But the heart and tripe count as meat, not organ. Organs are necessary for vital nutrients, minerals, etc. So if you can get kidney, that would be a great addition. I haven't researched the company, but many of the raw companies do an organ blend that does include liver and kidney. Maybe that would be an option? I am a stickler that if you are feeding raw, you keep it to the prey model standard which is 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ with 5% being liver. I think if you add on some additional organ, it would be fine.
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I tried to look up this brand on dogfoodadvisor.com but it was not on there. I went to Blue Ridge Beef website to look at their guaranteed analysis for their natural mix for dog, which is what I think what you are planning to feed. I compared it to what I am feeding my chis, which is Darwin's Natural Pet Food, which is ranked 5 star on dogfoodadvisor.com.

Blue Ridge Beef Natural Mix for Dogs has a guaranteed analysis of: Crude protein min. 18%, crude fat min. 8%, crude fiber max 1%, moisture max 74%.

I looked Darwin's guaranteed analysis for their beef and vegetable formula and it is: Protein not less than 14%, Fat not less than 7%, fiber not more than .5%, moisture max 74%

As you can see they are fairly comparable. I think it would be considered a 5 star food. The only difference is Darwin's has vegetables added to it, so there are added vitamins and minerals that you will not get with Blue Ridge Beef, so it is up to you to decide if that is something you want in your pets food.

I also wanted to add that when feeding raw it is advised to feed a variety of different meats. Blue Ridge Beef only has only that one mix that has BOTH ORGAN AND BONE. It looks like all the rest are just meat or meat and bone. So that is something to think about. When you feed raw and they have to much bone, it can cause hard white stool, and they may have trouble with bowel movements. So I would suggest a company that has more variety to feed your pets
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Im going to do the puppy mix it says it has liver,heart,and tripe and ground chicken bone.

http://www.blueridgebeef.com/products/Mixes-250w.jpg

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Blue Ridge Beef Natural Mix for Dogs has a guaranteed analysis of: Crude protein min. 18%, crude fat min. 8%, crude fiber max 1%, moisture max 74%.

I looked Darwin's guaranteed analysis for their beef and vegetable formula and it is: Protein not less than 14%, Fat not less than 7%, fiber not more than .5%, moisture max 74%

As you can see they are fairly comparable. I think it would be considered a 5 star food. The only difference is Darwin's has vegetables added to it, so there are added vitamins and minerals that you will not get with Blue Ridge Beef, so it is up to you to decide if that is something you want in your pets food.

I also wanted to add that when feeding raw it is advised to feed a variety of different meats. Blue Ridge Beef only has only that one mix that has BOTH ORGAN AND BONE. It looks like all the rest are just meat or meat and bone. So that is something to think about. When you feed raw and they have to much bone, it can cause hard white stool, and they may have trouble with bowel movements. So I would suggest a company that has more variety to feed your pets
You did better than I to find the guaranteed analysis. The only thing I want to point out is that dogs don't have to have the fruits and vegetables for the vitamins and minerals. Those come mostly from the organ meat in a prey model diet for those that follow that diet. I'm sure not saying don't feed your dog fruits and vegetables or foods with fruits and vegetables, and I do give mine treats of both at home, and their Sojos and Stella & Chewys includes fruits and vegetables. I'm just saying don't think that your dog has to have fruits and vegetables as their only source of vitamins and minerals. ZP doesn't have any fruits and vegetables and there are dog owners that feed a diet of only ZP.

I don't know anything about Blue Ridge beef. I also looked on dogfoodadvisor, the truth about pet food, and another pet food site that analyses pet foods that I am a member of and could find nothing on them.
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Im going to do the puppy mix it says it has liver,heart,and tripe and ground chicken bone.

http://www.blueridgebeef.com/products/Mixes-250w.jpg
Liver is an organ. Heart and tripe are both muscle meats. They don't count as organ. Organ is a secreting organ... such as kidney, thymus, pancreas. Kidney is the easiest to find (in the USA) so most prey model feeders do liver and kidney for their organs. 5% liver and 5% other secreting organ such as kidney.

So if you fed the puppy mix, I would add in another organ such as kidney on the side. It is only 5% of the total diet, 5 cents on the dollar, so not a large amount. But it is essential.

Edit: if you do a google search for blue ridge beef reviews you will find people talking about it. And the main complaint is that their grinds don't include the necessary organ requirement. So if you choose to use it, you will need to add in additional organ.
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