Hi has anyone tried this brand or have opinions.? I have heard a couple recommendations for it potentially being a better alternative to acana for small dogs
Whoops I mis-quoted the ingredients - They use turkey in this one - no meal at all.The first ingredient is chicken and then chicken meal. The food has very high quality ingredients and is lower protein than both Orijen and Acana - it is grain free.
Crystal,I have a very limited selection of brands that I chose to bring in and Petcurean's Now! is one that I did bring in. Leslie did a great job telling you about it. The other thing I really like about Petcurean is the meat they use is hormone free and the baking process, if my memory serves, is the kibble is baked at a very low temperature.
I haven't set up a UPS or FedEx account yet and so I don't have the larger bags of food on my site since it would be a ridiculously high price to ship it USPS. But if you are interested in a small bag, I can fit that in a Medium Flat Rate USPS box. You can either PM me or Email me at [email protected] and I can give you any info you are needing.Crystal,
I looked on your site & could not find this listed? Where is it posted please?
Yes, that is my understanding as well. I think what Leslie was inferring is when it's meal vs. fresh meat, it's just one more step away from the product in it's natural state. I've read differing opinions on whether it's better to have a meat listed first in the ingredients or a meal listed first. There are really great foods that the WDJ has on their 'Approved' List and some have the meat listed first and some have meal listed first. I think the most important thing is that they identify the what type of meat it is. I shudder to think what is in a food when it says something like 'poultry by-product meal' or 'Meat and Bone Meal'. :yucky:
From some articles in the WDJ from past years and then doing a quick search, my understanding is, for example chicken meal, is simply chicken that has been baked to remove the moisture. Some arguments that say it's better to have chicken meal listed first vs. chicken. The list of ingredients goes by weight. Chicken has a lot of water in it so once it is cooked it may not technically be the highest content of listed ingredients. So the chicken will be cooked or baked to remove the moisture in one way or another to make it kibble. I'm not sure baking or cooking human grade meat is considered rendering. I have yet to find an actual definition of what rendering is when it's linked with meat.Crystal - have you found info that explains that "meal" is not rendered, i.e. uses a different cooking process?
It sounds right to me. Basically it's what the info that Flint River Ranch stated on their site so to me, that's a good indication. lol I hesitate to use the term 'rendered' when talking about meal because it does have a negative connotation to it. Personally, the conclusion I've come to is whether it is meal or the actual meat listed first does not make the difference as to quality of food. It's the quality of the meat and that the source of meat is identified, not a by-product and that it be listed first. And I love the fact that Petcurean uses hormone free meat. :thumbsup:I just hung up the phone with a lovely representative from Petcurean and she helped me understand this.
Rendering is just a cooking process. Any "meal" was derived by using the rendering cooking process.
Meat meal, poultry meal, by-product meals etc. usually contain the scary stuff.
Turkey Meal for example ONLY contains clean muscle meat and bone. No offal no feathers, beaks, feet etc. Rendering is the cooking process that reduces the meat and bone to the meal form.
You always want to know exactly what kind of meal is included in the food. Unfortunately rendering has become associated with only the processing of the scary parts/waste into a stable usable form.
Hope that makes sense. Crystal let me know if that sounds fishy to you I can always ask more questions.