It can be a confusing time when deciding what food to feed your precious pup. Do I feed him a fresh diet? A raw diet? What is the difference if there even is a difference? We’re here to break it down for you to make sure you’re feeding Fido the best food for his (and your) needs!
A fresh diet uses human-grade ingredients like veggies, proteins, organ meats, legumes, and herbs. A fresh diet is also known as human-grade or homemade dog food. It is made fresh and delivered through a food service for maximum freshness. With some of the fresh diet services, you can add fruits, healthy oils, and even supplements! With human-grade diets, the food will be kept in the fridge until you're ready to pull it out, and feed your dog! No need to heat it up or prep in any way! This is a great option for natural food if you’re an on-the-go person with little time to prepare dog food!
A raw diet typically consists of raw red meat, fish, bones, eggs, fruit and veggies, liver and organ meats, and sometimes dairy. Bones are whole or ground depending on the company and organ meats include liver and kidneys. Raw diets come in many different forms. There are frozen raw diets, fresh raw diets, and freeze-dried raw diets. With a frozen raw diet, you just thaw the food, add some supplements and serve. A fresh raw diet takes a little more time commitment since you handle the raw meat, weight the food, etc. With a freeze-dried raw diet, you add warm water, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and serve. A raw diet has SO many benefits, it'd take too long to count! If you have time to feed your dog raw, it's a fantastic option for a natural diet.
With a dehydrated food, all you do is add water to rehydrate it! You get the benefits of a fresh, raw diet but don’t have to handle the raw meat! Typically the ingredients include a protein, flaxseed, potatoes, beans, fruits and veggies, and herbs. These meals are also human-grade but made specifically for our fur babies. Dehydrated dog foods have vitamins and minerals added for a more balanced diet. This is a great option for natural food when you’re getting ready for the day, just let the hot water sit for 15 minutes, and then you can serve as you’re heading out the door!
We’re believers in a natural diet and there are a few different ways to give your dog those benefits, as listed above. We’ll dive into each of the diets in more detail over the next few months. Comment below if you have any questions, suggestions, or companies you like for natural dog diets!
Note: The Association of American Feed Control Officials defines "natural" as "a feed or ingredient derived solely from plant, animal or mined sources... not having been produced by or subject to a chemically synthetic process and not containing any additives or processing aids that are chemically synthetic except in amounts that might occur unavoidably in good manufacturing practices."
It’s important to have your dog on a healthy and nutritious diet. Don’t forget to add your Primalvore bone broth to your dog’s balanced diet for added health benefits!
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