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WHY FEED RAW?

The benefits of switching to raw feeding

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Dogs have no dietary requirement for carbohydrates. 

But what does that mean in practical terms? It means that dry, carbohydrate based foods fill dogs with ingredients that they are unable to utilise, whilst also leaving them wanting for the nutrition they DO need. This commonly leads to overeating, scavenging behaviours and weight gain. Raw foods are protein based- closely mirroring the natural dietary balance dogs would choose for themselves in the wild. So the majority of raw fed dogs will self regulate- eating larger meals to refuel when needed, and fasting or eating less if their activity levels drop. A raw diet also puts you in complete control of what you feed your dog, so you can choose a mix of leaner (or richer) proteins to suit your dog's needs.

Dogs don't have to have foul smelling breath. 

The odours that we commonly accept as "doggy breath" are actually a result of two things. Carbohydrates break down to sugars and, just like in their human counterparts, this causes tooth decay. On top of that, a dog's digestive system is not designed to process carbohydrates, and struggle to digest dry foods. The food sits in the stomach rotting and creating unpleasant gasses. Raw meals contain only ingredients that dogs are naturally able to digest, meaning that their stomachs and organs function better, and the food comfortably passes through the digestive system in around 18 hours.

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Cleaning up after your dog doesn't have to be such a chore. 

It's one of the very first changes you'll see from your dog. Once they have settled into their new digestive routine, their organs start to work more efficiently. While that in itself might not be noticeable straight away, the change in your dog's stool is. Raw fed dogs tend to have compact, dense, less potent stools because their waste is just that- waste.

 

Their systems aren't clogged with unprocessed food and all the available nutrition has been extracted and processed, leaving you to easily clear up what's left.

Because your dog is worth it. 

We've all seen the shampoo adverts, but the truth is whether we're talking about dogs or humans, the best thing you can do for your hair (and skin) is eat well and avoid chemicals. 

 

Omega oils are a great way to boost your dog's coat health, and are commonly found in fish. Salmon, cod, plaice, whitebait- all great additions to your dog's diet and commonly available as treats, supplements, or in raw meals. 

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Nobody wants to go to the vets more than they have to. 

It's stressful for your dog and costly for you. Keeping on top of your dog's dental care at home goes a long way.

Ironically, a lot of dental chews contain high levels of sugars and carbohydrates, so while they may clean off that surface plaque, you're really just perpetuating the cycle. Most raw foods contain bone. It's nutritionally beneficial and also cleans plaque from your dog's teeth without introducing excess sugars to their diet. For a lot of dogs, bone based chews stimulate the primal side of their personalities providing an engaging and playful experience for them. 

Manage allergies easily and effectively.

Some dogs are more sensitive to dietary intolerances than others, and certain breeds are more susceptible. Allergies are particularly common in bull breeds, making them prone to inflammation and yeast infections of the skin. Traditionally these reactions were treated with courses of medication- often repeated throughout a dog's lifetime. But more and more we're learning to address the root causes and remove them from our dog's diets. Most raw manufacturers will offer a "pure" option (100% meat and bone) but reactions such as itching, ear infections or paw chewing can often be managed simply by removing carbohydrates from your dog's diet. Whatever the case, raw feeding allows you to treat your dog as an individual and create a diet that works for them.

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