If you’re interested in raw dog food, or have read about it somewhere, one of the first questions you will probably have is this: “Sounds great, but what’s wrong with the dry dog food I’m giving my dog right now?”
Here’s the short answer: Dry dog food, otherwise called kibble, is sort of like the fast food of the dog food industry. It’s easy, convenient and relatively inexpensive. But it’s not the healthiest thing you can feed your dog.
You can find plenty on our site about the benefits of RAWF brand raw dog food. But to answer the question above, here are some facts about kibble you might not have known.
It Can Contain Diseased Animal Material
The federal Food and Drug Administration allows dog food to contain “tissues from diseased animals or from animals that died other than by slaughter.” Apparently, they consider the fact dog food goes through a high heat process designed to kill bacteria as good enough. But we suspect you may not.
It’s Highly Processed
In a way, your dog eating kibble is kind of like you eating crackers from a box every day for dinner. While kibble may consist of meat, vegetables and grain, most of the nutrition can get lost during the high heat and processing of the food. Much like highly processed foods for humans, dry dog food is mostly about convenience, not nutrition.
Check Out The Ingredients
If you feed your dog RAWF dog food, they get 100% grass-fed, pasture-finished beef along with pure vegetables. That’s it. Now check out the ingredients on dry dog food. You might find animal digest that is made by chemical or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean animal tissue. It’s typically sprayed on dog food to improve the taste. Other ingredients you may find include corn syrup, propylene glycol, hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, caramel color and sorbic acid.
It Doesn’t Clean Teeth
Unlike raw dog food, kibble doesn’t clean teeth. It may clean teeth better than canned dog food, but that doesn’t mean it does it well. Consider the fact that most dogs eat kibble, and most dogs have dental issues. The proof that kibble doesn’t help clean teeth will eventually show up in your vet bills for teeth brushes and other dental care.
It Starts Going Bad Right Away
Dry dog food starts going bad from the moment you open the bag. It’s been treated with preservatives to keep it from going rancid right away, but it’s still happening as soon as you give your dog the first meal out of the bag. Over time, dry dog food loses nutritional value. And if the food goes bad, it can lead to health issues.
So, what should your dog eat? A raw dog food diet gives your dog variety, vitamins and minerals that keep them healthy inside and out. It can reduce many of the health problems dogs experience, help them keep off weight and lead to a happier, healthier life.
If you’re here to look into what raw dog food can do for your pet, you’ve come to the right place. We make our own dog food, which means we control the process from beginning to end. We pack every RAWF meal with pure, clean meat and vegetables, all sourced from sustainable farms where chemicals are never used. It’s the right choice for your dog.