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Just like human food, natural dog food contains a range of healthy ingredients that provide an all-around balanced diet filled with fibre-rich vegetables and legumes, high amounts of protein, essential oils, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.
Depending on the type of food and manufacturer, you may find ingredients such as:
- Raw meat – beef, chicken or kangaroo
- A selection of fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Natural yogurt
- Olive oil
Natural dog food is free from preservatives and additives that could be harmful to your dog’s health and nutrition.
Benefits of buying natural dog food for your pup
Switching your furry friend to a natural dog food diet brings a wide range of benefits. You have a better understanding of what your dog is consuming and can have peace of mind that there are no nasty ingredients, fillers and animal by-products.
While you may not see some of the benefits straight away, the effects can be noticeable after continuous use:
- Improved digestive system
- Reduction in allergies or skin irritations
- Stronger immunity
- Better overall health
- Healthier weight
- Increased longevity
- Improved alertness and sleep
It is likely that you will also find that your dog doesn’t need as much food as they did before, due to the higher levels of nutrition and protein that keeps them fuller for longer.
What to avoid when looking for natural dog food
Certain ingredients are added to a lot of types of dog food to prolong the life of the food, add texture or sweetness, and the use of them may not beneficial to the health of your pooch. Some preservatives and chemical additives are also used as pesticides, hardening agents or are believed to have cancer-causing compounds. Some can be toxic for your pet, causing kidney or bladder issues, allergies, skin problems, or cause ongoing stomach and digestive problems that you may not even notice.
Preservatives and additives that you will not find in genuine natural dog food include:
- Ethoxyquin (this preservative is banned in Australia)
- Butylated hydroxy anisole
- Butylated hydroxytoluene
- Tertiary Butylhydroquinone
- Propylene glycol
- Propyl gallate
Are all preservatives bad?
As our awareness of what is put into our human food grows and many of us look for healthy or organic alternatives, the word preservatives is something that makes us wary.
However, preservatives can be classed as artificial or natural, and it is ok to feed your pup food that has natural preservatives.
Natural preservatives that are considered safe and ok to find on the list of natural dog food ingredients include:
- Tocopherol or ascorbate – preservatives made from Vitamin C or Vitamin E
- Potassium Sorbate
- Rosemary, Thyme, and Oregano
- Green Tea Extract
How can I be sure that natural dog food is really natural?
As there is currently no law in Australia that states that all ingredients must be listed on dog food packaging, it can be hard to know if you are really getting the real deal. While there are some regulations in place, for instance, that sufficient levels of thiamine must be present in dog food containing sulphur dioxide, sulphite or potassium sulphites, it could be a guess as to what else is in the food.
You can get a good idea about whether dog food is natural or not by researching the brand and understanding the company’s commitment to natural and ethical practices. If the brand is not forthcoming with exactly what is in its food, it may not be selling authentic natural dog food.
At PETZYO, we love seeing the hundreds of positive reviews from our happy customers who have switched their pets to our products. If you are ready to start seeing the effects of 100% natural dog food, click ‘Get Started’ at the top of this page.