Dogs are famous for being dustbins, happy and willing to eat anything and everything from human
takeaways to their own vomit, and even faeces at times! While this may make dog owners more
relaxed about what they feed their dogs, this should not in fact be the case. Despite significant
superficial differences from the wolf, internally, domesticated dogs have evolved very little from
canine ancestors, and anatomically remain remarkably similar to them. In the natural wild states,
wolves would hunt, kill and eat often whole raw prey. Dogs and wolves are naturally designed and
have evolved to gain the maximum benefits from such a diet. However, this is rarely what modern
dogs are actually fed.
Kibble (dry dog biscuits) is the most common type of food consumed by modern dogs, but is in fact
woefully inadequate for them, and their natural needs. Kibble was introduced during the Second
World War when most foodstuffs were rationed, but generally not grains. As a result, these grains
were used to stretch what dogs would have ordinarily eaten, despite offering little nutritional value.
After the Second World War and into more prosperous times, the commercial value of kibble
became more widely recognised. Dog food manufacturers understood that kibble allowed them to
cheaply manufacture foodstuffs which could subsequently be sold at a high-mark, allowing
maximum profit. Unfortunately, little consideration was given to the health impact this would have
on the dogs that ate it.
Kibble can cause any number of health problems. These include increasing the risk of bladder and
kidney stones (kibble is dry, and increases the concentration of stone-causing minerals within the
urinary system), chronic dehydration, indigestion and twisted gut because of how quickly dogs tend
to eat it, joint inflammation, obesity, allergies and skin and coat problems. An improperly sealed bag
of kibble will likely attract disease carrying pests, and degrade in humid conditions. Processed dog
foods are also legally able to contain substances unhealthy for animals as long as they are not
immediately fatal, and are laden with cheap intensively processed carbohydrates and other
ingredients dogs are unable to effectively process.
Although dried and processed dog foods are common and readily available, a much better
alternative exists: species appropriate raw dog food diets. Natural raw dog food diets offer
carnivorous canines biologically appropriate unprocessed and uncooked foods which have been
scientifically formulated to offer them maximum levels of nutritional benefit. As well as having the
required protein levels to properly support a dogs anatomical needs, raw dog food products also
introduce the compounds and minerals a wolf or dog would be ingesting through the carcass and
organs of prey it had killed itself. This may include bone and offal content which have been
integrated into the meal, and fibre (naturally found in fur) introduced through vegetable ingredients.
ProDog Raw also offers offal free raw dog food options, so that dog owners can reduce their dog’s
risk of purine-related health problems, i.e. bladder and kidney stones, if they have a breed
susceptible to this health issue.
Although raw dog food may appear somewhat intimidating, dog owners should not be deterred
from introducing it to their dog’s diets. ProDog Raw make this a simple ‘defrost and serve’ process
for you, which is just as easy as tipping kibble into a bowl. Raw dog food diets are by far the cleanest
and healthiest, combining nutrient control, naturalness, and high-value food items into every meal.
We welcome you to sample some of our raw dog food recipes, and look forward to supporting you
in your transition to more healthily feeding your dogs.