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Natural Pet Foods

The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ is a true statement for ourselves and our pets. Creating a healthy, happy dog or cat begins with feeding it the right diet.  To state the obvious: "Feed the right kind of food to suit your dog or cats age, breed, metabolic rate, amount of exercise and state of health."  We've all heard this statement regarding ourselves, it is the same for our pets.

By feeding high quality food with minimal processing these foods may be expensive in the short term however for the health of your pet this will support healthy aging.

By feeding either a Natural, Grain Free or Raw diet you are starting your pet's life off the best way possible.

 

What is Natural

•Natural-based foods use raw materials of natural origin, unless impossible i.e. vitamins and minerals

•Natural foods aim to closely mimic a primitive, ancestral diet; the kind your pet would eat in the wild

•Natural foods are preservative free and only contain natural colours and flavours

 

Features of Natural Pet Food:

1.Grain Free: free from wheat, corn and soy                                                      Meat and Vege

2.High meat: rich in quality meat proteins

3.Freeze-Dried: ultra-high concentration of meat protein

4.Raw: chilled, frozen, or fresh formats

 

Why Grain Free?

•Grain Free is closer to nature

•Grains, especially wheat and corn, are commonly associated with allergies and some Pet owners notice fewer skin irritations and improved digestion (less flatulence and more regular stools) when feeding a grain-free diet

•Grains, especially wheat, corn and rice, are commonly used as ‘fillers’ in lower quality foods for bulk production rather than for nutrition.

 

The Wonders of a Natural, Meaty Diet

Our pets’ bodies were not designed to eat processed, supplemented, filler-loaded one-size-fits-all food – they evolved to eat fresh meat and all the bits and bones in between. So what, and why, are the benefits of feeding your carnivorous pets a natural meaty diet, or ‘BARF’ (‘Biologically Appropriate Raw Food’ or ‘Bones and Raw Food’) diet? It’s easy to recognize once you take a closer look at your pet’s make-up.

Dogs and cats have carnivorous teeth designed for ripping and tearing at prey. Our pets are having increasing problems with dental health because their teeth just aren’t getting the chance to do their job any more – by providing cats and dogs with meaty bones and chewy meat that they can’t simply swallow in a single gulp they are able to naturally work and clean their teeth. Not only this, some animal products (such as tripe) contain juices and enzymes that can help destroy bacteria from pets’ pearly whites.

 

Better nutrient intake means a whole range of benefits – a healthier coat (thus less moulting and/or hairballs), more energy, better inner organ health including heart and urinary health, low stool volume – we couldn’t list them all! By feeding your animals a species-appropriate diet the positive changes will be clear.

 

For animals who are allergy-prone, try feeding a ‘novel’ (or, unique) protein source such as veal or possum. Better nutrition means a boost in the immune system to help counteract issues such as skin problems

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