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Benefits of Raw Feeding

Could raw food benefit your dog?

What you feed your dog impacts their health, happiness and everything in-between. The single best thing you could do for your four-legged friend’s well-being is to switch to a fresh, species-specific, raw dog food diet.

What are the benefits of raw dog food?

  • Shiner, healthier coat and improved skin condition
  • Better digestion
  • Bolstered immune system
  • Fresher breath and cleaner teeth
  • Increased vitality in older dogs
  • More stable energy and stamina in all dogs
  • Improved mobility and ease of movement.
  • Easier weight control
  • Athletic physique
  • Reduction in allergy symptoms
  • Smaller, firmer, less smelly stools
  • Less hyperactivity and behavioural issues.

The finest raw dog food delivered to your door

Raw food doesn't need to be complicated and we make delivering your dog a balanced, complete, natural diet easy!

Crafted using the finest, ethically sourced, British ingredients from DEFRA approved local farms, we have created an extensive range of raw dog food recipes. Designed to be convenient and affordable, simply order direct to your doorstep, defrost, pop the lid and scoop a natural meal into your dog's feeding bowl.

What is the effect of feeding raw food to dogs?

Picture in your mind’s eye, your dog, bounding about the park or the garden, with more vitality than you’ve seen before. The grumpy, lethargic canine with the gurgling gut, smelly breath and the strange habit of chewing his paws, replaced with a happy and content tail-wagger, complete with a more athletic physique and glossier coat.

And with this new, natural diet, there are no more bad smells from either end, and they appear to have a new lease for life!

That’s the potential raw food effect!

What exactly is a raw food diet for dogs?

Uncooked meat, bones, offal and vegetables make up
quality, nutritionally balanced raw dog foods.

 

Why do raw dog food diets work?

Dogs are designed to eat the way their ancestors did in the wild, raw and natural. From their teeth, to their gut and digestive system, it is abundantly clear that dogs are carnivores. The optimum diet for them is the one nature intended.

Dogs are best suited to fresh, high-protein prey-based diets. We call this ‘species-appropriate nutrition’ and is what a natural, raw diet seeks to replicate. A quality raw food diet contains all the healthy fats, biologically appropriate proteins and valuable nutrients your canine companion needs to thrive.

Check out our RAWbellion page for more on the crucial importance of species-specific feeding.

Why should you switch to raw dog food?

You may be wondering why you should make the switch to raw food when your dog seems fine eating what you usually put in their bowl.

There’s no doubt the canine species is resilient. Despite eating a diet which isn’t providing the natural components they may actually need, they will adapt and survive for some time. Still, there’s a world of difference between surviving and thriving.

Now this is where a little dog food history lesson comes in...

 

What is the history of raw dog feeding & how did kibble wrongly become the standard?

Kibble (dry dog food) was created during the second world war in response to rationing and the limitation of food. Processed dog food full of grains and other refined carbs was a cheap and easy way to produce a form of feed to give to dogs during this time of austerity. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a great business idea; cheap to manufacture with a significant profit margin. So through very creative marketing, kibble became the standard staple of many dogs' diets from this point right up to current day.

Before this, dogs were often fed on fresh table scraps of meat and bones, and were so much more robust as a result. We believe processed dog food doesn’t even come close to being species-specific. It offers very little natural nutritional value to a dog, often full of low grade, intensively refined and often synthetic ingredients. It can also be detrimental to a dog's health by causing inflammation and putting strain on vital organs, leading, in some cases, to a whole host of serious health conditions.

What do dog owners worry about when switching to raw food?

We know making the shift to raw feeding may feel a little daunting as there are so many myths and misconceptions out there.

Perhaps you’re worried that:

  • Raw feeding is difficult
  • Raw feeding isn’t safe
  • Raw feeding is expensive
  • Your vet doesn’t advocate raw dog food
  • Or, maybe you’re dubious simply because it’s just not what you’re used to.

Common Misconceptions of Raw Feeding

  • Will raw food give my dog worms?

    If you are buying your raw food from a reputable manufacturer that uses human-grade meat then there is absolutely no reason why your dog should contract any sort of parasite from a raw diet. ProDog Raw are DEFRA approved and only use premium quality, human-grade meat.

     

  • Will raw food make my dog aggressive or bloodthirsty?

    Wrong. A raw diet does not make a dog aggressive. On the contrary, it is full of pure, fresh and natural ingredients that will help your dog achieve a more stable temperament. Many products such as kibble and tinned dog foods are full of intensively processed meat, derivatives and additives that should not be part of a dog’s diet.

     

  • Is the bacteria in raw food harmful to my dog?

    A popular myth when it comes to raw food is that it might contain bacteria that are harmful to dogs. Our food is DEFRA approved, manufactured in a clean and healthy environment and we only use premium quality, human-grade meat. Each batch of food we make is specifically tested for both Salmonella and E.coli as per DEFRA requirements. As long as you defrost our food properly, store in a refrigerator and then use up within 72 hours, you won’t encounter any problems.

     

  • Are raw food diets balanced?

    ProDog Raw is designed to give a dog everything they need for a nutritionally balanced diet. Our “complete” range consists of 80% meat (incl. 10% bone content unless otherwise stipulated) and 20% vegetables. We also include superfoods and flaxseed oil, cod liver oil and virgin coconut oil. We have options with offal, or without, depending on your dog’s requirements. Our “pure” range is a complementary feed for those dog owners who like to tailor their dog’s diet to their own specific needs.

     

  • Is bone harmful to dogs?

    Cooked bone can be harmful if ingested by a dog as it becomes brittle and can splinter. Raw bone, however does not splinter like cooked bones do and is extremely beneficial to dogs as it aids with digestion, promotes a healthy stool and is also fantastic for fresh breath and strong, clean teeth.

     

  • Are raw diets expensive?

    Most manufacturers of kibble recommend feeding your dog an average of around 250-300g per day for a 20kg (medium-sized-adult) dog. The same dog needs roughly 400g – 450g of raw per day. If you work it out on a cost comparison, a raw diet is actually cheaper. You can see our cost comparison here.

     

  • Are dogs too domesticated & too far removed from wolves for a raw diet?

    While dogs have been domesticated this only applies to their behaviour and appearance, not their internal anatomy. Although a dog may have become used to a commercial diet of processed food, it doesn’t mean that they no longer have the enzymes necessary to digest raw food. Once they are removed from a processed diet their body will adapt and engage these enzymes, and your dog’s body will function as it was naturally designed to do.

     

  • What is the conclusion on raw feeding?

    As long as you stick to the feeding guidelines for ProDog Raw you will only see benefits to your dog’s health. Dogs that are already fed ProDog Raw have increased vitality, a more stable temperament, better teeth and gums, noticeably shiny coats, healthy skin and shed less. A huge benefit to feeding raw is a significantly reduced and hardened stool which for any dog owner is a massive plus. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health and whether you should feed them raw, speak to your vet first.

     

  • Our Raw Food Ranges

    Our Complete Formula Range

    Our complete formula raw dog foods form the backbone of our product ranges and include gourmet cuts of raw meat, seasonal veggies and ground bone combined with additional oils and superfoods. As the name suggests, these are complete meals, nutritionally balanced and ready to serve, available in 500g and 1kg pre-prepared frozen tubs.

    The perfect option for you if you’re new to raw feeding, or looking for something quick and convenient.

    Our 80:10:10 Pure Range

    A blend of premium raw muscle meat, offal, ground bone and additional oils for extra joint and coat support. Filled with optimum and complementary ingredients for those dog owners who like to create their own raw menu. Available in 500g or 1kg pre-prepared, frozen tubs.

    Our Puppy Food Range

    Complete meals specially formulated to support growing dogs. Recipes include easy to digest raw muscle meat, offal, ground bone plus some veggies, mixed with extra oils and packed with superfoods. Available in 500g, pre-prepared, frozen tubs.

    Our Raw Food Bundles

    All of our raw food ranges are available to buy in pre-packed, discounted bundles, allowing you to order a varied selection of options and save money with one click. Our bundles are available in both 15kg or 25kg sizes, ensuring you’ll always have a well-stocked freezer of raw food for your furbaby.

    ProDog is here to support your dog's transition to a raw food diet

    We got you!

    We always collaborate with experts. To help alleviate your concerns, answer your questions and support you in making a move to raw we’ve linked arms with a range of the nations best canine experts to help.

    Visit our knowledge centre. Also check out our raw dog food calculator.

    With zero risk and maximum gain, there’s nothing to lose in joining us.

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