Trying out Darwin’s Pet food – eating “rare”

July 27, 2013 at 8:25 am 6 comments

We were at the vet again last week. Boogie is now on Cephalexin (antibiotics) and Temaril-P (steroids).  30 days of Cephalexin.

The itchiness has stopped but Boogie’s skin is still splotchy. Hopefully it won’t take too long to heal. One side effect of Temaril-P is increased hunger, so the poor little dog is constantly starving. Walks are frustrating. He has become obsessed with scavenging off the sidewalks (“Leave it” only works 50% of the time) and at home he often sits looking up at me, pleading for treats. He won’t even play fetch or tug. He would rather eat.

The upside is that Boogie is paying no attention to his usual triggers on the street. He is ignoring other dogs and scary humans and concerned ONLY with finding food scraps on the ground.

I told Dr. F that I cook for Boogie, and she mentioned that she orders her dog’s meat from Darwin’s Pet . Knowing that Boogie does not eat raw meat – he has either walked away from it, or eaten it and vomited later –  I at first figured that this wouldn’t be something worth trying out.  But when Dr. F told me that she cooks the meat and that it is ok to do so, I  placed a trial order…


The prices seem really good. I spend about the same amount of money each week at the local market anyway; and the meat from Darwin’s Pet is organic, antibiotic-free and already mixed with organ meats, bone meal, veggies, apple cider vinegar and supplements. In the photo above – our first shipment of 10lbs of food – $15. When the box arrived, my first thought was – there is NO WAY THIS IS GOING TO FIT IN MY FREEZER – but then I realized the contents were mostly dry ice. The meals comes sealed in 1/2 lb packets. They include a fed ex slip for you to send the box back to be recycled.


Left: empty container; Right: that’s 4 x 1/2 lb packets of food (Beef)


Interestingly – the instruction sheet says that if the dog has a compromised immune system, he should not eat raw and it is advisable to cook the meals


Left: raw, sealed food Right: Cooked RARE

This evening I started transitioning Boogie over to Darwin’s Pet food… I sauteed 1lb of food – as you can see in the photo the meat is still red in color – definitely rare – and added 2oz of this to his usual fully-cooked mix of meat and veggies.

I have a question – does “rare” meat keep longer than “raw” in the fridge? This is a transition period so I won’t be feeding all of this rare meat too quickly but I don’t want it to go bad sitting in the fridge for too long… How many days is safe? I suppose I could cook it some more…

Entry filed under: Food, Skin issues, Vet visit.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. thegraceofdog  |  July 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Good luck! I buy raw (frozen) meat for our dog, and cook it for each meal. I keep the bulk of it in the freezer, taking out 5-6 days’ worth at a time, put it in a plastic container in the fridge. It thaws in there as I use it up. My general “rule” is to cook any raw (completely defrosted) meat that’s been in the fridge for more than 3 days. If for some reason you fall behind in cooking it, go ahead and cook the defrosted meat then freeze the cooked meat. I hope Boogie feels lots better (and less hungry, poor guy) soon!

    • 2. lili  |  July 27, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      I have been cooking frozen meat too – I make a 7-day batch of food and divide into 7 small containers, keep these in the freezer, defrosting these portions as I go along each day of the week. This is the first time that I am feeding Boogie partially-cooked meat instead of defrosted cooked meat… Thanks for the tip about “3 days” max in the fridge… I hope I don’t forget…

  • 3. Randi Astrom  |  August 25, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Darwins meat is not organic

    FYI do not cook good with bone 🙂

    • 4. lili  |  August 26, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Hi Randi, the website says no hormones, no anti-biotics, free-range meat… did I get this wrong?
      I only lightly sear the meat so that it smells cooked… It is still served mostly rare/raw. 🙂

  • 5.  |  November 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I just got a boston terrier and I find your blog very interesting.
    My little one is 2 years old and i got her a few days ago.
    I hope to learn interesting things on your blog.

  • 6. Leslie  |  March 1, 2014 at 1:59 am

    I was just reading up on vegan diets for dogs, and while reading testimonials for V-dog vegan dog food, I though of your Boogie. So many people say their dogs allergies/skin issues disappeared with feeding this food/other good vegan diet. Have you tried/thought about it for Boogie? I know it’s worth trying every avenue when your dog is not doing well.


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