The Benefits of Raw
As more and more raw food brands storm the pet food market, many are left questioning about what makes raw food so great for our pets.
With a large percentage of British households feeding pets either dry or wet food, what is so special about raw and why should we be feeding it to our pets?
Here at the Natural Cornish Pet Shop, our team are strong supporters of raw dog food. With the benefits of raw food beyond measurable, it would be hard to convince us otherwise that raw dog food is anything other than incredible!
Why feed raw?
Raw food (also known as BARF - Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) is a completely natural diet for your pets that is free from processing. Dogs are carnivorous by nature, and have evolved and thrived on raw food throughout history - it is what their digestive systems are designed for.
Often raw feeding is commonly mistaken for a new way to feed your dogs, however it has existed long before the creation of man-made dried biscuits. Many would argue that the domestication of the wolf, which has led to the variety of different dog breeds we have today, has caused dogs to go against their raw meat-eating ancestors.
Despite the different shapes and sizes of our four-legged friends, all dogs have the same basic anatomy that is consistent with carnivorous animals, and thus a raw diet has kept our canine companions healthy and full of life since the dawn of time.
Why is raw so good for them? Well think about us humans, we are consistently told to stay healthy and eat a nutritiously balanced diet with as much fresh food as possible, so why would our dogs be any different? They need natural food to stay healthy too. A raw diet is the best diet, as it contains all the nutrients our pooches love and need.
Why it’s so great
Deriving from their ancestral diet, our canine companions have adapted with carnivorous needs. With dry kibble often providing a smaller amount of meat per bite, raw food ensures our furry friends are getting the meatiest of mouthfuls in every single morsel.
As massive advocates of all things raw, here are some of the fantastic benefits raw dog food can have for your four-legged friend:
Beneficial for Digestion
Raw, natural food can be easier for dogs to digest. When our pet’s food goes through the dry extrusion process to make dry kibble, often vital vitamins and minerals are lost with the intensity of heat that the biscuits are put through.
Raw food is absent of any factory processes that remove those precious nutrients that our four-legged friends need. Often just chunked or minced straight from the animal carcass, raw food is the most natural and beneficial way for your pets to enjoy their meaty favourites in their purest form.
Free from added sugar, bulkers or derivatives found in some pet foods, raw food ensures that each bite is safe for our dogs’ tummies, meaning every mouthful is natural and wholesome – just how we like it.
Yes we said it! Better poo! We all hate the moment our dogs do the deed and the mess is impossible to pick up and smelly beyond belief. Containing only all-natural ingredients, raw food can ensure our dog’s poos are less smelly, firmer and much, much easier to pick up.
Safer on digestion and troublesome tummies, Raw food is fabulous for dog’s who experience flatulence or messy poos from intolerances to certain ingredients. Ensuring their dinner is exactly what it says on the 'tin', raw food is great for tummies.
Shinier Coats and Healthier Skin
Raw food can provide all the nutrients our pets need to keep their fur looking and feeling as fabulous as ever. Without the need for supplements, raw food is a natural way of introducing oils such as Omega 3 and 6 (which are fundamental in skin and coat health) into our pet’s diet, and can save us the hassle of trying to hide supplements (in tablet form) into pieces of treats or food.
Raw food provides a two-pronged attack to our dog’s appearance. Packed with the right amount of fruits, vegetables and proteins (and even superfoods), raw food results in a glossy coat, and can improve a variety of skin itchiness caused by high grain foods.
Optimise Oral Health
There is no better way to clean your dog’s teeth than with daily brushing, however, many of our dogs hate this tedious task!
Raw meaty treats are a great natural way to add to your pet’s routine dental care. A tasty, healthy choice to help clean teeth, provide entertainment and freshen breath.