ITS A HEALTHY AND NATURAL WAY TO FEED YOUR DOGS
Henley Raw was founded with one clear vision in mind; to enable every owner to provide the best possible nutrition for their pet. A family run business, here at Henley Raw, each and every member of are staff are first and foremost, animal lovers.
We launched in 2017 after taking the time to investigate pet nutrition and understand exactly what we were feeding our dogs. We quickly discovered that raw feeding was not particularly accessible or affordable, so we launched Henley Raw Dog Food.
Our dogs have been thriving on raw for many years now and the change in health and behaviour has been remarkable.
We want all pet owners to feed their animals this natural diet free from additives, preservatives, colours or fillers and we want that transition to be as easy as possible.
Your dog deserves the best. Henley Raw is made with the highest quality ingredients and some of the finest cuts of meats. Our ethos includes a commitment to the environment and animal welfare. That’s why our food is packaged in biodegradable and recyclable packaging and even our carrier bags at our collection point are compostable, although we prefer customers to bring ‘bags for life’. We use locally sourced meats, bones and offal, opting for ethically sourced produce (organic, free range or wild where possible).
Owners and our customers have reported numerous benefits of raw feeding including;
- Increased energy levels and vitality
- Supports healthy guts
- Cleaner teeth with reduced tartar
- Reduced allergies
- Improved weight control
- Glossy coats with reduced odour
- Fresher breath
- Smaller, firmer stools
- Supports healthy joints and reduced inflammation
- Less smelling stools
- Improved anal gland health
- Supports a strong immune system.
- Supports strong healthy muscles.
- Supports optimum internal organ function.
- Reduced flatulence
- Reduced skin irritations and itching
- Improved wellbeing with happier, healthier dogs as a result of endorphins released by chewing raw meat and bones.
Info on kibble v Raw
Most dry commercial pet foods have a lot of grain because the carbohydrates are needed to hold the food together. A dog does not properly digest the amount of unnatural carbohydrates found in such feed. This goes a long way to explaining why dogs on a commercial diet have much bigger stools than those fed on a raw diet. It’s the first thing people notice when they move to raw; smaller, firmer and less smelly stools due to the high digestibility of the natural food.Such dry foods can also have a relatively low percentage of good quality ingredients. And certainly not the ratio of meat proteins usually found in a good raw food diet. And this is where health problems can arise.
Dogs have short digestive tracts, made specifically for processing raw meat. If you look at the anatomy and physiology of a dog, you will see that a dog is designed to eat meat. From the short intestines to the powerful jaw bones to the teeth designed for cutting and ripping flesh. Raw meat contained live enzymes, natural anti-oxidants, fully digestible proteins, health promoting essential fatty acids, organic vitamins and minerals.
When a dog eats a rabbit, it generally gets to eat some meat, bone, and organ meats. The dog will also digest a small amount of green vegetation found in the rabbit digestive tract. It is these components that make up a good raw dog food diet. The vitamins and minerals in these food groups occur naturally. Dogs do need raw meaty bones.
Cooking bones makes them brittle and therefore, more likely to splinter and this is why cooked bones are an issue. Do not feed your dog cooked bones. Dogs and their wild ancestors have been eating raw meaty bones for a very long time with no ill effect. You can see by their teeth that canines are purpose built to eat bones. Chewing on a bone is a very stimulating activity for a dog which also releases endorphins which promote a feeling of well-being. BARF is all about feeding your dog the way nature intended.