Some time ago we were lucky enough to win a small pack of Primal from B2k‘s V-Day contest. I was very excited because Primal is apparently a very popular raw alternative. We’ve never tried it (as far as I remember) because I always gave away the samples we got to my ex-colleague to try and convert him. As rich as he was, he was feeding kibbles and table scraps. Sheesh.
Anyway, with my odd sleeping/waking hours nowadays, it was hard to feed her breakfast. So I decided to switch her dinner over completely.
I’m not sure if it’s okay so switch here switch there like this but thankfully we got through it with no loose poops! Phew! 😀
Anyway, Primal’s calculator says to feed her 2.9 nuggets a day. So on Day 1 I gave her 3 nuggets. She got a little bloated that night – vomited once and was slightly lethargic. She also pooped twice and it was a bit soft. Therefore the next day I reduced it to 2 nuggets. No problem. So I upped again to 2.5 nuggets on the third day and stuck with it.
I do THINK that it isn’t enough cos she looked extra hungry those few days. I had to give her more treats to make up for it. 😐
Here’s how it looks like in the pack. I had already fed half before I decided to blog this review lol.
It crumbles really easily! This is 2.5 nuggets before adding water.
And this is after adding her usual tea/bone broth and supplements. You supposedly need to add 1 tablespoon of water per nugget but her tea/bone broth were already frozen into cubes so I have no idea how much I added. I noticed she did drink more water though.
I took a closer look at the ingredient list and was glad to find stuff like pumpkin seeds, ACV, coconut oil, and kelp. Plus a whole lot more! So convenient!
- Mega convenient! Just crumble, add water, and feed! No more prepping and defrosting!
- Added nutrients. It comes with added ingredients such as collard greens, squash, celery, cilantro, ginger etc which would otherwise be troublesome to prepare and feed.
- Processed. I love freeze-dried but you gotta admit, it’s still processed. Those little nuggets do not look anything like turkey, turkey necks, sardines, greens, or blueberries. As a full-time housewife I choose to feed real food over convenience.
- Not exactly complete. As a very particular raw feeder, it’s missing the “other organ” part. There’s liver alright, but it needs to include stuff like kidney or spleen or brain. Heart isn’t fed as an organ.
- Price. The cheapest 5.5oz pack I found was $17.60. It lasts about 8 days, which makes that about $70+/- a month. I currently spend $60+/- on her raw meats, and that is high taking into consideration I order from expensive suppliers like Fidelis Meats. I have found a cheaper alternative and that amount is very likely to go down.
While I am not going to switch over permanently, I will definitely consider Primal should I go overseas and need to deposit the silly girl at my mother’s. 🙂
Ps. I kinda like how Primal subtly indicates if the meat is cooling, warming, hot or neutral. It’s used in traditional Chinese medicine and I incorporated it into my raw feeding a couple of years back. The silly girl is a “hot” dog – she tends to pant more and her ears go slightly red after eating warming/hot meats like venison and lamb. So I add more duck (which is a cooling meat) into her meals. The other cooling meat is rabbit, which is wayy too expensive for me. 😛