Why Choose Natural Dog Food
Providing your dog with nutritious and well-balanced meals can have a huge impact on their happiness and health, and so choosing natural dog food is an easy way for you to provide them with premium care when it comes to diet.
Unfortunately, most people still feed their dogs on cheap, supermarket food, which is usually a low-quality source of nutrients for growing pups, containing over-processed additives and artificial ingredients to make up their bulk.
They also commonly contain things like grains, GMO, wheat, soy and a whole host of other ingredients which can exacerbate illnesses and allergies in sensitive dogs.
Feeding a dog a diet free of these nasty additives can often reveal huge improvements in their behaviour and health, from a reduction in skill ailments and digestive issues to a shinier, glossier coat!
Because just like humans dogs are what they eat!
Features To Look Out For
Obviously, the most important thing to check when buying this type of food is whether it’s actually natural or not!
Dog food companies tend to be pretty proud of the fact they’re made of natural ingredients, so if it’s not plastered all over the packaging, it’s likely there’s something nasty hiding away in the long ingredients list.
Free of artificial products
If it says it’s free of artificial colours, preservatives and additives, it’s probably natural. However, be careful, because sometimes it’s only free of one or two!
You’ll likely see a lot of dog food labelled as grain-free, as grains are a highly common cause of upset stomachs and allergies in canines. If your dog regularly suffers from gut issues or allergies, maybe it’s something you need to try?
Omega oils can help reduce inflammation and are a healthy fat which is proven to be beneficial for heart health
Things like yucca and beet pulp can help aid digestion and also change the odour of stools to make them less pungent, which is always a blessing given the usual smell of high-protein poos!
Puppy and Senior options
Sometimes standard adult dog food isn’t suitable for young and old dogs and so if your mutt matches one of these criteria then you’ll need to search for an option that accommodates.
By-products are usually meat derivatives or fillers that have been mashed up along with normal lean meat. Although by-products aren’t usually harmful, they certainly aren’t a quality source of protein and are nearly always poorly digested.
These encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut, aiding digestion
Joint care (Glucosamine & Chondroitin)
These ingredients help boost cartilage in the joints and strengthen bones
A vote of recommendation by a veterinary professional implies the dog food is of a superior quality to a lot of other ‘healthy’ dog foods.
Vitamins & Minerals
Just like humans, dog’s thrive on vitamins A, E and D, so make sure your natural dog food is a good source of them!
The price of dog food can be expensive, especially when it’s natural! If you own a large dog, this can be a real problem, as your pup will eat a higher quantity at a faster rate! You, therefore, need to be aware of how much your willing to spend and how much your dog eats per day!