Raw Rawr Balanced Venison & Salmon

Some time ago, we were fortunate to be given a chance to try out Raw Rawr’s frozen Venison and Salmon! I initially chose only the Salmon, since I don’t feed this raw. But the very nice people at Howlistic Life sent me both! AND some of our favorite Dear Deer treats! How lucky is that bitch! ❤

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Raw Rawr’s diets come in freeze dried and frozen. I’ve previously used their freeze dried as toppers. And to be honest, I personally prefer frozen raw meat as her main meals as opposed to freeze dried. (She tends to drink more water but pee lesser on freeze dried. That’s why I feel that frozen raw is healthier.) So I was really excited to try out these! 😀

Pure & Balanced

Raw Rawr’s frozen diets come in Pure or Balanced. Pure is just the meat bones organs, whereas the Balanced consists of 5% fruits and veggies. As a PMR feeder, I should have taken the Pure, but I was attracted to the green lipped mussel, which I don’t feed. So I chose the balanced.

Ingredients

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Likes: You can see the ingredients are very straightforward. No weird chemical names. I like! The Venison diet also contains a variety, including tripe, heart, kidney (which most commercial diets do not have), and liver. The meat is also free range, grass-fed + grass finished. The Salmon diet includes skin, frames and head, which I definitely do not usually feed. *thumbs up*

Dislikes: Although the Venison diet contains only 5% bone (lower than our average of 15%), her poop turned out rather crumbly (means too much bone). It is a little challenging to adjust the ratios of her usual diet since I don’t feed the RR diets everyday. But then, I suppose those who feed this as their main won’t have to worry about ratios. 😛

Neutral: Not exactly sure what the ‘offals’ in the Venison diet include, but in PMR I suppose that’s okay lol. Also not sure if there’s green lipped mussel in the Salmon diet or not, as it is included in the pamphlet but not on the packaging. *shrugs*

Packaging

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Each pack comes resealable and contains 12 little 90g cups inside. Perfect for us since I feed 90-100g every day. The cups are all individually sealed and tear off easily. Very convenient for thawing and feeding. I was initially worried that I may have to finish each protein before starting on the next one, cos I don’t really like having several open packs. But since they’re individually packed and sealed, I can now alternate the 2 proteins. 🙂

Variety

The frozen diets come in Salmon and Venison, while the freeze dried diets come in Venison, Lamb, and Salmon/Lamb. I do hope that Raw Rawr introduces more protein variety (Rabbit please!), as 2-3 proteins are not exactly sufficient for long-term. Fish should also only be a small part of a dog’s diet. (I rotate 9 staple proteins and go up to 13. The more the better.)

Price

The Balanced Salmon costs $32 per pack while the Balanced Venison costs $40 per pack. That’s gonna cost me approximately $80-100 per month. I’m currently averaging $48 per month so TBH it’s pretty costly for me. 😐 But, considering that the meat is free range, grass-fed + grass finished, I suppose the price is quite reasonable.

Conclusion

Sorry but I personally cannot afford to feed this as her main. 😦 However, I’m considering adding the Balanced Salmon occasionally, since I don’t feed salmon raw. And even if I do, I wouldn’t dare to feed the frame and head either. So this works out pretty good for me. 🙂 For people who are particular about the quality of meat, and people who would pay for quality and convenience, can consider Raw Rawr! 😀

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Hiruscar Anti Acne range

Sponsored Review

I don’t exactly have acne but my breakouts were pretty bad recently due to (too much) KFC and that-time-of-the-month. So I was really hoping these products would be able to help. Introducing the Hiruscar Anti Acne range, consisting of the cleanser, serum, and the hero product – the spot gel.

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Some background info – the Hiruscar Anti Acne range is a dermatological skincare range formulated specially for acne-prone skin. It’s lightweight, quickly absorbed, gentle, and does not dry out the skin. It can even be used under makeup. See acne improvement in 2 days! Reduce pimples and lighten spots without drying the skin. 🙂

Hiruscar Anti Acne Pore Purifying Cleanser

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  • Gentle formulation
  • Deeply cleanses without drying the skin
  • Removes excessive dirt and sebum
  • Balances the skin’s moisture

The ingredients:

  • Salicylic Acid – Sloughs away dead skin cells
  • Aloe Vera – Soothe redness
  • MPS (Mucopolysaccharide polysulphate) – Maintains skin moisture
  • Moringa Seed Extract -Removes impurities & protects skin from pollutants
  • Sebum Controller – A complex of amino acid, vitamin complex, zinc gluconate and caffeine to reduce excess sebum on skin

The pump bottle makes it easy to use and skin feels nice and clean after using. After some time my face also didn’t feel as oily as before.

Price: $14.90 / 100ml

Hiruscar Anti Acne Pore Purifying Serum

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  • Light-weight moisturizer for acne prone skin
  • Reduces excessive sebum which can cause acne formation
  • Tightens pores
  • Light and non-greasy texture

The ingredients:

  • Salicylic Acid – Sloughs away dead skin cells
  • Aloe Vera – Soothe redness
  • MPS (Mucopolysaccharide polysulphate) – Maintains skin moisture
  • Chamomile Extract – Soothe and condition irritated skin
  • Artichoke Extract – Prevents dryness and enhances skin’s moisture
  • Allium Cepa – Antiseptic extract which prevents scar proliferation
  • Larycil – Mushroom extract that has astringent, pore tightening and moisturizing
    effects

Skin feels moisturized and there was just a tiny bit of tight feel. Hopefully it means my pores are tightening lol. The scent is quite pleasant but it lingers for quite a while.

Price: $39.90 / 50g

Hiruscar Anti Acne Spot Gel

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  • Reduces acne problems like blackheads, whiteheads & pimples
  • Salicylic Acid for anti-acne benefits
  • Vitamin C derivative to lighten acne spots and dark marks
  • MPS to maintain skin’s moisture

The ingredients:

  • Salicylic Acid – Sloughs away dead skin cells
  • Aloe Vera – Soothe redness
  • MPS (Mucopolysaccharide polysulphate) – Maintains skin moisture
  • Vitamin C – Lighten dark marks
  • Chamomile Extract – Soothe and condition irritated skin
  • Artichoke Extract – Prevents dryness and enhances skin’s moisture
  • Allium Cepa – Antiseptic extract which prevents scar proliferation
  • Larycil – Mushroom extract that has astringent, pore tightening and moisturizing
    effects

Used it on my bigger pimples and was surprised to find them reduced within 1-2 days! ❤

Price: $19.90 / 10g

The Hiruscar Anti Acne range is retailing at selected Watsons and Guardian stores. Or, you can also sign up for a free Spot Gel sample at Sample Store! Psst, there’s even a free 30-day access to VIU Premium! Hurry! 😀

Petcubes Duck Complete

The very nice Ah Beng Pet Store recently sent us another product to try – Petcubes Duck Complete! It’s not on the website yet as it’s apparently a new item (at time of post).

Tadaa!

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Since I feed raw, this is not something that I would purchase, as it is cooked (albeit ‘gently’). But I don’t mind letting her be a taste tester! 😛 So people who feed HCF (home cooked food), you might want to consider this. 🙂

What it is

Cooked meat, veggies and supplements that come frozen. Just thaw and feed.

Packaging

Each pack is approximately 320g which is further separated into 4 individual cubes of 80g each. It’s convenient for me because the silly girl takes about 100g each day. So I just feed 1 small cube and top up with extra treats. For bigger dogs……just open more lor lol.

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*sniff sniff* 😀  Slightly watery because I added homemade bone broth.

Ingredients

Here’s the full list of ingredients:

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Likes:

  • Contains a variety of duck – breast, liver, gizzard, and heart.
  • Contains (mostly organic) fruits and veggies.
  • Contains salmon and coconut oil.
  • Contains bee pollen, a supplement that I am considering. (Benefits here.)

Dislikes:

  • No bone content, though I suppose that’s what the calcium supplements in there are for.
  • No ‘other’ organ (kidney, spleen etc). Heart and gizzard are not fed as organs. This seems to be really common in commercial foods. I wonder why.
  • Contains shark cartilage. This is personal. I know many people feed it for its benefits, but as I strongly do not encourage eating sharks’ fin, I definitely do not want to feed shark cartilage.
  • Quinoa is a grain, no? Update: Ok quinoa is apparently a seed.

Price

I’m not sure what the retail price will be, but estimating based on the most expensive common complete on the Petcubes website ($38 for 2.25kg), it works out to be about $40-50 per month for the silly girl. For a raw feeder, that’s actually pretty affordable! 😀

Variety

If duck is not your cup of tea, they do have other proteins – beef, salmon, lamb, chicken, pork, and premium kangaroo. P.s. They also have raw. I currently feed their raw kangaroo.

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Oh right, and poop is nice and firm on this. The end! 😉