Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday Reviewsday: Primal Pet Foods

I'm ashamed to admit this... I ran out of raw meat for my dogs last week.  My 24.6 cu.ft. freezer was as empty as Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard. Normally this wouldn't have happened, but our beef supplier is running a bit behind on orders so they asked us to give them another week to get our meat boxed up and ready to go.

Primal Pet Foods to the rescue!  Primal uses human-grade ingredients from USDA farms.  Nothing in their food is imported from China, and their meat is antibiotic-free and steroid-free. The produce that goes into their foods is organic too!  They offer several different feeding options, including frozen ground raw, raw meaty bones, freeze-dried formulas, and treats.  The folks over at Primal sent over a bag of their Freeze-Dried Chicken Formula food and some Freeze-Dried Turkey Liver Munchies, priced at $26.99 and $6.99 respectively.

The freeze-dried chicken formula contained approximately 45 nuggets.  Each nugget was roughly the size of those little "fun sized" candy bars that we all adamantly say we don't eat by the handful. 

To achieve maximum hydration, the nuggets needed to be broken down into smaller pieces.  Squeezing each nugget was all it took for them to crumble. I added the correct amount of water (ack, math!) and waited. 

Talla loved it!

Talla also loved the liver munchies. They were all different shapes and sizes, which is understandable since they're basically just freeze-dried chunks of turkey liver.  They broke apart fairly easily without leaving many crumbs, so they turned out to be a great high-value training treat here.  Since most of them are more stick-shaped than cube-shaped, breaking little pieces off of these liver treats is much easier than other liver treats I've used in the past.

Primal uses great ingredients in their products.  The freeze-dried formulas seem to contain a decent amount of meat, and my dogs found it to be extremely palatable.  However, the Achilles Heel of this food would definitely be price.

Based on the instructions on the bag, Talla would need about 16 nuggets per day.  I did the math, and was alarmed that a $27 bag of this food would only provide about 3 days' worth of meals.  That's $9.00 per day to feed a Tallahassee-sized dog.  One $27 bag would be enough to feed Poison for one day.  Primal is probably a great option for someone with a very small dog and a very big salary, but those of us with large dogs and solid middle-class incomes would be hard-pressed to afford.


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