The raw dog food diet is a popular choice among pet parents who want the best for their dogs. Here, we’ll explain what a raw dog food diet is, the associated benefits, how to look for recipes formulated by experts and how to best transition your dog to this way of feeding.
What is a Raw Dog Food Diet?
While it may seem like a new concept, a raw dog food diet has a long history dating back to before domestication. It consists of feeding your dog uncooked, raw ingredients such as meat, bones, fruit and vegetables.
The History of Dog Feeding
Dogs used to be hunters, eating a variety of foods including raw meat, bones, and vegetation. As humans started to keep dogs as pets, they began feeding them leftovers from their own meals.
Eventually, commercial dog food was introduced in the 1860s, which became the standard way of feeding dogs. However, concerns about the quality of commercial dog food have led some people to switch to more natural diets, such as the raw dog food diet.
Complete and Balanced Raw Dog Food
We know dog owners are looking for fresh, balanced, nutritious food for their four-legged family members. That’s why here at Natures Menu, we offer a range of complete and balanced raw recipes for dog of all sizes, from large to small. Using 40 years of expertise, we have carefully formulated our recipes to include a range of nutrients that support dog’s health with a perfect blend of raw meat, vegetables, and fruits.
Benefits of a Raw Dog Food Diet
A raw diet impacts all dogs differently, but our 40 years of experience has enabled us to get a great insight into the many benefits. These have come directly from dogs themselves, via their owners of course. Reported benefits include fresher breath and cleaner teeth. A raw dog food diet is free from sugars, colours and artificial preservatives which are often associated with the tartar build up and plaque deposits that lead to bad breath and dirty teeth. It therefore helps prevent dental problems and keep dogs with a healthy smile.
The essential nutrients can also improve the condition of your dog’s skin and coat. Just the right quantities of naturally sourced fatty acids can give your dog a glossy coat and help improve any skin complaints. Raw dog food also supports your dog’s digestion, which may result in firmer, more manageable poos. Raw food is easier to digest as it is free from any fillers or sugar which are often associated with processed food diets. This means your dog will be able to absorb the more digestible nutrients from their food, resulting in less waste, easier to pick-up poos and an overall healthier digestive system.
Look for Recipes Formulated by Experts
When transitioning your dog to a raw food diet, it is important to choose recipes that are formulated by experts. This will ensure that your dog is getting all the essential nutrients they need to stay healthy. Look for transparent recipes that include a variety of proteins, such as chicken, beef, and fish, and a range of vitamins and minerals in the form of fruit and vegetables. Look for products that have no added artificial nasties.
If you are looking for advice specific to your pet’s needs, we highly recommend seeking advice from your vet.
Other Tips for Transitioning to a Raw Dog Food Diet
Every dog is individual, with some adjusting to a raw food diet more quickly than others. Here are some helpful tips to make the transition as smooth as possible:
Start Slow and Keep it Simple
Start with simple recipes that include just a few ingredients. This will help your dog adjust to the new diet and make it easier for you to prepare their meals.
Begin by introducing small amounts of raw food into your dog's diet and gradually increase the amount over time. This will allow their digestive system to adjust to the new food. When switching your dog’s food keep an eye on your dog's weight, energy levels, and overall health just to check that they are thriving on their new diet.
Practice Good Food Safety
It’s important that raw food is stored and defrosted safely. It can be kept in your home freezer and defrosted either in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for a couple of hours.
Our nuggets and freeflow minces take up to 2 hours at room temperature. By practicing good hygiene when handling the food, you will keep your dog’s food as fresh as your own and help prevent bacteria. Giving your dog raw food in the form of nuggets allows you to easily thaw and serve portions of raw food, as no handling is required.
In conclusion, the raw dog food diet has a long history and growing popularity and many pet parents have recognised its potential benefits. Raw dog food can provide essential nutrients, leading to a shiny coat, improved digestion, and more manageable bowel movements.
To ensure the best results, it is important to choose recipes that are formulated by experts and to practice good food safety when transitioning your dog. By following our tips, you can confidently provide your dog with a healthy and nutritious raw dog food diet.