The past two years have undoubtedly bought us a lot closer to our furry friends, with pets offering a strong sense of companionship throughout the pandemic. Pet parents that strive to offer their dog the very best should first consider their diet.
Dog-parents are gradually becoming more aware of what ingredients are in their dog’s food, and the impact that processed food, high sugar and salt levels can have on their dog’s overall health and wellbeing. Subsequently, many dog-parents are choosing healthier, more natural alternatives.
A raw diet can help your dog to feel and look great both inside and out. With real, natural, and perfectly balanced ingredients, 76 percent of Natures Menu customers reported a noticeable improvement in their dog’s appearance after making the switch from other food formats*. Other benefits include more solid and less smelly poos (82 percent), and a shinier coat (66 percent).
The aim of raw feeding is to give dogs a natural, unprocessed, and complete diet that is appropriate to their digestive system, and as close as possible to what animals would have eaten in the wild. Responsible raw diets are made up of quality cuts of raw meat and fish, offal, and other nutritious ingredients such as fruit, vegetables, and superfoods. The stomach pH in dogs is considerably lower than that of humans, meaning they are able to break down raw meat and bone. A diet that mirrors that of a dog’s ancestral diet and in turn can improve overall health, vitality, energy, and behavioural tendencies.
Raw feeding has been shown to have a positive impact for many dogs’ health and wellbeing on countless occasions, including fresher breath, cleaner, and whiter teeth, more stable energy levels, improved digestion, reduction of allergies and intolerances, and reduction of inflammatory issues, such as joint or skin inflammation, which therefore results in a shinier, healthier coat.
However, one of the most overlooked aspects of raw feeding is the ‘back-end’ benefits it provides for pets. A raw diet can be easier to digest and much lighter on sensitive stomachs, meaning that stools are much firmer, easier to pick up and that are noticeably less smelly within just two to three weeks. Many pets suffering from anal sac issues have found a raw diet can really help to naturally empty their sacs, rather than resulting in an uncomfortable trip to the vet to have them manually expressed.
*Survey of over 1,000 Natures Menu customers, commissioned by Natures Menu in September 2021.FIND OUT MORE