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Old 02-16-2016, 03:35 PM
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I've had my chihuahua Edie on Stella & Chewy and Primal raw frozen for a few years now. She's done really well on it and I love the concept of raw food. However, I'm moving to a new apartment where I will have two roommates and I don't know if it is feasible to take up that much room in the freezer all the time so I'm looking for something new for her to try. I considered doing the freeze dried food but it is more expensive and she does seem like she's ready to try something new. I've been researching new foods to try her on and came across Acana and Orijen. Any thoughts/experience on these? I know there are so many high quality dog foods out there and it is overwhelming. My main concerns are that I want it to be grain free, high meat content, and overall high quality food. I also have loved how the raw food keeps her poops small and less smelly...so that is also important! Does anyone have any recommendations or suggestions?
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I think Orijen would be a great place to start. It checks off all your boxes and is not an extruded kibble, but cooked more slowly. There are also lots of flavors if you want to rotate.


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Personally i would never feed kibble, even the good ones are far too processed for my liking.
If i absolutely couldn't feed raw i would feed ZiwiPeak, which is air dried, and quality canned foods, or home cook.
You could also look at going DIY with the raw, then you can buy small amounts as needed instead of filling the freezer with premades.
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I feed my four chis Stella chewy mixers and earthborn kibble, which is pricey in Hawaii but thanks to Amazon I have it delivered to my home
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Any chance you can buy a small freezer for the dog food? They sell pretty small deep freezers. We went that way and make our own food, it's a lot cheaper than premade raw and even cheaper than premium kibble.
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Any chance you can buy a small freezer for the dog food? They sell pretty small deep freezers. We went that way and make our own food, it's a lot cheaper than premade raw and even cheaper than premium kibble.
Yes, you can buy fairly small freezers - small enough to keep in your room in the apartment.

I would also never feed kibble. I have had dogs on kibble (when you know better, you do better ) before and now have had dogs on home-made and the difference in their health is astounding.
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I have five Chis, all fully raw fed, and only have a little table top freezer. With just one you could probably get away with just the freezer compartment in the fridge
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These are all good suggestions, thanks everyone. I still have about two weeks until the move and will continue with the raw at first to not scare her in a new environment and new food so once I actually get there I'll be able to see what works. Who knows, maybe my new roomates won't use the freezer that much and there is plenty of space haha. I've considered getting a mini fridge but my room is very small so I'm not sure that is an option. I could also do raw some of the time and just buy the sample size bags that would fit easier. But my main priority is to feed her the best food possible! I guess I will just have to see how everything realistically works once I'm moved in
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