Why natural diet?
Kibble diets are highly processed and have often been heated to high temperatures. This decreases the amount of bio-available nutrients in the food, as well as being harder to digest than natural diets. Over time, a kibble diet can lead to nutrient deficiencies and poor digestion.
Natural diets are often beneficial for animals because they are not processed, meaning they are easier to digest and provide the animal with more beneficial nutrients. Protein and carbs in natural food absorb slower, meaning they can be metabolised properly, which prevents insulin resistance due to glucose spikes. This is also caused by excess carbohydrates in regular pet food due to high amounts of grains. This, over time, can cause problems such as obesity, diabetes and diseases such as fungal infections, as fungi thrive in high glucose environments.
Which natural diet is best for my pet?
The diet which is best for your pet is often completely unique to them and can change throughout their life. For example, older dogs may thrive on a well cooked diet of meat, vegetables and rice. This is because, due to age, their body has less energy to expend digesting raw food. A slow cooked diet is gentle on digestion, reduces risk of food-borne pathogens, and provides them plenty of nutrients. However, other dogs often do well on a raw diet, to ensure they are receiving ample nutrients.
How do I change to a new diet?
Before introducing a new diet, always ask your own vet for advice first, as there may be conditions specific to your pet, that could make the new diet harmful. Also, it’s best to introduce a new diet over the course of a few days, starting with one-quarter of the new food and three-quarters of the old food on the first day. Then half of the new food and half of the old food the second day, and so on.