We actually had 2 brands of dog food on hand when I received this free bag of dog food from #crave & #buzzagent.  #GotItFree . That was a good way to test what was their favorite.

april mid2018 030My two fur babies were given Crave dog food as their evening meal.

I was delighted that Crave was grain free with no corn or soy. This is what we choose every time when buying dog food.

Crave also had no Artificial color or flavors -Another thing very important to us.

This was high protein food with 34% protein with chicken being the first ingredient & chicken meal for 2nd ingredient .

From the Crave site: Real meat is highly palatable but lower in protein density than meat meals. Meat meal is concentrated by cooking away water and some of the fat from fresh meat. Meat by-product meal is similar to meat meal, but sometimes contains other animal tissues. Plant protein is made by removing the starch components of certain grains or vegetables.

cravedogfoodIngredients
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Chickpeas, Pea Protein, Split Peas, Dried Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Lamb Meal, Salmon Meal, Natural Flavor, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Sunflower Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid (preservatives), Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Selenium Yeast, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract

 

Our male dog is far more picky than our female dog at meal times. Some days he will leave food for 3-4 hours before eating eat it. Not so with Crave brand. He would give it about 10 minutes then dig in!

Out of Rachel Ray just six & Costco Adult Dog lamb , rice & vegetable formula , The pups liked the Crave brand the best.

Now for what I didn’t like about this food. There are 3 different meat meals in this food. We are trying to get away from rendered boiled down meats.

Why meat meals creep me out. 

Dead animals wind up in your pet’s food is through a process known as rendering. The industry group behind the rendering plants in this country is the National Renderers Association.

According to them, these are the products of the rendering process: meat and bone meal, meat meal, poultry meal, hydrolyzed feather meal, blood meal, fish meal, animal digest, and animal fats. Meal is a product of rendering; once the collection of animal scraps and whole dead animals is collected, the entire mess is heated, has the moisture and fat removed, and what is left is meal. So you can make a meal that is poultry, or fish, bone or blood.

Unfortunately for our pets, nearly all commercially available dog and cat food is made with ingredients considered to be feed-grade instead of human-grade. Feed-grade ingredients are lower quality than human-grade.

Additionally, feed-grade ingredients have allowances for toxins, such as mold-produced mycotoxins, that are acceptable in significantly reduced quantities in human-grade foods. Meat ‘meals’ such as ‘meat and bone meal’ and ‘by-products’ come from the rendering process and can contain “dead animals from farms, ranches, feedlots, marketing barns, animal shelters, and other facilities; and fats, grease, and other food waste from restaurants and stores.” (according to the National Agricultural Law Center).

I prefer to actually KNOW what my dog is eating. 

 Also one must be careful feeding older dogs high protein foods as it wreak havoc on their kidneys.

In conclusion this wouldn’t be something I would purchase just because I’m so picky.