We’ve told you about the nutritional benefits of feeding your dog raw food, but today we want to discuss other aspects you may want to consider – such as prep time, expenses and taste.
How much does a raw diet cost vs kibble?
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 in some dogs. Some of these ingredients are known culprits for loose stools and 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. To keep up a raw food diet, you also need a freezer to keep all raw food safe for your dog to consume to avoid throwing any out due to the 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!
What is more convenient, raw or kibble?
As we touched upon above, kibble can be bought, scooped and stored – no need to do much research, prepare or defrost. Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, you can keep it this way because making kibble involves cooking it at extremely high temperatures, which takes away from the taste of the food, which could be better 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 if you pick out meals the night before for defrosting.
What has more nutrition, raw or kibble?
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. As mentioned, kibble is made with extreme heat, meaning many natural nutrients, proteins and enzymes are lost. 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.
Following the B.A.R.F. diet, your dog will have exactly everything they need – 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% offal. Raw food, on the other hand, contains everything your dog naturally needs. 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!