What's in a meal?

22/07/2016

It’s challenging enough ensuring our own diets are balanced, let alone that of our pets! That’s why at Natures Menu we work to FEDIAF guidelines to ensure each of our raw and natural meals for dogs and cats are complete and balanced, and jam packed with every nutrient your pet needs to thrive.

 

Your pets’ daily meals have a big job to do, which is why we work closely with our vets to ensure we have all bases covered when it comes to your pet’s nutrition. But what’s in a Natures Menu Complete and Balanced Meal and what is it doing for your pet’s body?


cat and dog eating

 

HERE COMES THE SCIENCE BIT…

The main nutritional components of your pet’s meal come from MACRONUTRIENTS

 

These are the big boys of pet nutrition, and include protein, carbohydrates, fats and fibre.

  

  • Protein. This is the bit your dogs and cats go wild for, and who can blame them? Proteins are the building blocks for your pet’s body, essential for muscle growth, organ function and healthy skin and coat to name but a few. In our foods they can get all this lovely protein from real, quality meats such as chicken, turkey, duck, beef, lamb, fish or venison.

  

  •  Carbohydrates. It’s important to keep these in check, as an excess of carbs can be converted to fat, causing pet obesity. That’s why the carbohydrates found in our foods come from natural, non-starchy sources such as fruit and vegetables or in some cases brown rice. For cats who prefer a mostly meat diet, we don’t include any grains or root vegetables at all.

  

  • Fat gets a bad name, but it’s really important your pet gets enough of it! Fat provides essential sources of fatty acids such as Omega 3, and also helps your pet’s body absorb some really important vitamins, such as A, D and E.

  

  • Dietary fibre can be found in the fruit and veg and serves to aid digestion and maintain gut health.

 


That’s the macronutrients covered, now for the small but mighty MICRONUTRIENTS

 

Micronutrients are required in smaller quantities (the clue is in the name!) but play an essential role in your pet’s wellbeing. Micronutrients found in your pet’s food include:

 

  • A bit like nutrients, minerals can be either macro or micro. Macrominerals include calcium for teeth and bone health, magnesium for heart and muscle health, potassium for nerve and muscle function, sodium and chloride for digestion. Microminerals include iron, copper, iodine, selenium and manganese and colbalt. These microminerals help in a variety of areas, including respiration, the bloodstream and metabolism.

  

  • We hear a lot about the importance of vitamins, and for good reason! From eye health to aiding calcium absorbtion (that means healthy skin, teeth and bones) it’s important that each meal contains the correct mix of vitamins in the correct proportions. Too much or too little of one can cause serious health issues including deformities and issues with the immune system.


Raw dog food ingredients

 

So we have macronutrients and micronutrients…anything else?

  

Yep… Water. This one is a no-brainer! Water is essential for maintaining life and generally amazing. Our complete meals and nuggets contain water that is naturally present within the ingredients to help keep your pet well hydrated.

  

Did you know our customer service team are qualified raw advisors and that Natures Menu also have a QUALIFIED VETERINARY division? We are here Monday-Friday to answer your feeding and nutrition questions, so don’t hesitate TO GET IN TOUCH.

 

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Natures Menu

posted on 10/08/2016
Hello Elaine, you are fine to feed the tins when you are away, even if you usually feed raw.

When it comes to feeding other brands such as dentastix and kibble you know your dog best - always monitor and if he is having tummy issues perhaps consider an alternative.

Raw meaty bones are a fantastic alternative and a great natural toothbrush - visit https://www.naturesmenu.co.uk/advice-centre/feeding-raw-bones for more info and a guide to the best bones for new starters.

Generally we suggest to avoid giving kibble and raw in the same meal. If you do mix the two give them in wide intervals and do not mix together if possible. we will be doing a blog soon on this very subject as it is a question that comes up a lot!

Please let us know if you have any further questions :-)



Elaine

posted on 07/08/2016
We are going on holiday and recently transitioned our retriever to your complete raw meals. He has had and likes the natures menu tins too.
Would it be ok to only feed tins for the week we are on holiday ?

Don't want to ask friends to make room in their freezer for the frozen dog food if I can help it.

Elaine

posted on 07/08/2016
Hi,
Just recently changing to raw food.
My golden retriever has always had one dentastix every morning and he looks forward to it.It is safe to still give this to him?
We also give him a handful of high meat content kibble during our walks again - should I stop this or is it safe ,he doesn't seem to show any adverse effects

Natures Menu

posted on 27/07/2016
Hello Laura, you would need to feed around 500g of our wet foods (tins or pouches) for a dog of this size. Our tins come in either 400g (Natures Menu Complete and Balanced) or 600g (Country Hunter Seriously Meaty Meals), View the range of cans and pouches here: https://www.naturesmenu.co.uk/natural-dog-food/shop-by-product/cans-and-pouches

Laura wyatt

posted on 26/07/2016
How many tins a day would i need to feed a 30lb Boxer please? I have previously been feeding raw

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