When it comes to food, things are changing. What we eat is now far more than a stop for fuel – it’s a lifestyle. With our health a top priority across the world, healthy food is the most accessible medicine. There’s also growing awareness as to where our food comes from as well as what goes into it. People are far more interested in how produce is sourced, the type of packaging and what exactly it is that particular brand is doing to help our environment. Healthy food is a hot topic. It’s a global trend that goes beyond our diet alone.
As pioneers of healthy and sustainable dog food, it’s great to see this health-based trend gather momentum in the world of dogs. Owners now want their dogs’ diets to match their own. Where people used to ‘do their bit’ here and there, they are now fully embracing healthy habits – and dogs are benefiting from this. The question is: where to start? If you’re a dog owner that’s looking to make a change to your dog’s diet, then it’s important you buy only the best. So, we’ve identified what you need to look out for when buying healthy dog food.
Grain Free Dog Food
The best grain free dog food is always full of nutritious ingredients. If you’re buying dog food that includes grains, you sadly risk your dog missing out on these. Now, we’re not claiming that all grain-based dog food is a no go zone, but they tend to contain far less nutritious goodness. Grains like wheat, rye, oats, barley and maize can also be incredibly difficult to digest. They are largely used by pet food manufacturers as cheap fillers, with fewer health benefits.
When it comes to healthy puppy food, some things need to be cleared up around grain free options. In the past, dog owners have expressed concerns over whether these are suitable alternatives for younger pups. Rest assured, they are. As puppies have a lot of growing to do, it’s important you get their diet spot on. Grain free food is a fantastic option, just make sure it contains an even balance of nutrients.
Fresh Meat vs. Dry Dog Food
Like all types of food, if it’s fresh you’re on the right track. Unsurprisingly, this applies to dogs too. The issue is a lot of dog food on shelves fails to meet these nutritious fresh standards. Meat meal options – or meat derivatives as they’re also known – are usually cooked at around 400°C. This incredibly high temperature is why meat meals are often dry and much harder to digest. On the other hand, fresh meat dog food is cooked at a much lower temperature (120°C) – locking in the nutritious value and making it much easier to digest.
If you’re looking for healthy food for dogs, then going fresh is a great place to start. Think of it as microwave meals vs. food straight from the ground – there’s only one winner in our eyes.