We’ve told you all about the nutritional benefits of feeding your dog raw food, but today we want to discuss other aspects you may want to think about – such as prep time, expenses and taste.
First up, cost.
Kibble is typically cheaper than raw food, due to cheap ingredients such as cereal, which offers no nutritional value to your furry friends, and soya which is often the main protein source in dog food but can cause allergic reactions to some dogs. Some of these ingredients are known culprits for loose stools, bloating and have even been found to be carcinogens.
On the other hand, a raw diet costs more, but you know exactly what you are feeding your dog as it’s all natural and picked by you. In order to keep up a raw food diet, you also need a freezer to ensure you keep all raw food safe for your dog to consume, to avoid having to throw any out due to risk of illness. This can cost more than simply having a bag of kibble stored away in a cupboard, but we think this is a small price to pay to feed our dogs the best food possible!
Then we have convenience.
As we touched upon above, kibble can simply be bought, scooped and stored – no need to do much research, prepare or defrost. Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, the reason you can store it this way is because the process of making kibble involves cooking it at extremely high temperatures, which in turn takes away from the taste of the food, not so great for your pup!
Raw food requires a little more preparation, but it can benefit your dog to get different meals every night, which is simple to do if you are picking out meals the night before for defrosting.
Finally, there’s nutrition.
As mentioned, kibble is made with extreme heat, meaning that a lot of the natural nutrients, proteins and enzymes are lost in the process. The only option is to add nutrients back in synthetically, but there is no way to add the enzymes and proteins back in, which is detrimental to a dog’s digestion. Although kibble has just enough nutrients to keep a dog fed, it is not ticking all the boxes that dogs need to be healthy and live a long, happy life.
Raw food, on the other hand, contains everything your dog naturally needs. By following the B.A.R.F. diet, your dog will have exactly everything they need – 80% meat, 10% bone, 10% offal. Here at Henley, we focus on providing the highest quality, natural ingredients so you always know exactly what you are getting from us to feed your dog – no fillers, no surprise ingredients!
Ready to make the switch? Treat your best friend today, and save yourself some £££ by using FREESHIPJAN for free shipping on all bundles.