It’s National Frozen Pet Food Month, and we’re talking all the benefits of making the switch to frozen/raw food!
Most of us have benefited from eating healthier, and we’re not just talking weight loss. We feel better overall! Now imagine if you only ate straight up processed food. You would start to experience skin and hair problems as well as bloating and other digestive discomfort. Your nutrition also greatly affects your overall immune system, including how often you get sick. It influences your allergies and even your breath. The same is true for your pets!
RAW DIET v. OTHER DIETARY OPTIONS
Frozen and freeze-dried raw food actually contains more nutrition, which is vital for your pet’s health. Raw diets contain no preservatives; they also don’t have wheat, gluten, or other “fillers.” In addition, many pet owners find that a raw diet is more palatable for their furry companion, so this feeding method is pet-preferred! Kibble lacks appropriate sufficient nutrition primarily because it contains around 25-45% starch. Starch is okay to feed your pet, but it is definitely not a good source of nutrition for them, and especially not intended to be the main ingredient in their food. The other reason why kibble is not sufficiently nutritious is that its cooking process involves heat. Cooking can actually remove many of the vitamins, enzymes, and beneficial bacteria that are crucial for your dog’s health.
Switching to a more nutritious frozen/raw diet for your pet can bring about these benefits:
- Fewer allergy symptoms
- Healthy skin
- Thicker, shiny fur and less shedding
- Higher energy levels, better focus
- Boosted, regular appetite
- Improved breath, stronger teeth
- Firm, smaller stools and up to 70% less poop
- Overall improved digestive and immune systems
Is a frozen/raw diet more expensive than buying regular kibble or canned dog food? At first glance, yes. Raw diet dog food options are going to be a bit pricier, but here’s the kicker: think of all the other things you have to pay for to make up for your dog’s weak immune system – things like allergy medication and special shampoos and extra teeth cleaning products and digestive support. Your dog will still need vet check-ups and regular teeth cleanings, but changing your dog’s diet to better support his immune system can save you so much more money in the long run. Don’t spend an arm and a leg on this and that trying to relieve symptoms of poor nutrition when you could just invest a bit more in your pet’s diet and solve the root of the problem!
Brookside Barkery and Bath offers many raw dog food diet options, including freeze-dried options (which are widely claimed to be most effective). Check out our options in our online store like Steve’s Real Food, Tucker’s, and O.C. Raw for dogs and cats; if you have further questions, let us know! We’re more than happy to help you find the right diet options for your pet!
Don’t forget to always consult your vet before altering your pet’s diet. Even if a diet change is crucially necessary, it’s most recommended to make the change gradual to avoid a radical upset in your pet’s digestive system.