While some say variety is the spice of life, when it comes to dog food, the number of options available can leave us feeling a bit overwhelmed. We understand that dog owners just want to give their fur babies the best and sometimes finding the best is easier said than done.
Here at Webbox Naturals, we break down everything you need to know about natural dog food so that you can make an informed choice on your next trip to the supermarket.
What exactly is natural dog food?
Over the last few years, we’ve become increasingly more conscious about the way we fuel our bodies and there has been a huge spike in trend towards ‘natural’ foods. The dog food manufacturing industry has responded to this trend and as a result, the pet food aisle is now full of ‘natural’ varieties, each brand claiming to have more health benefits than the next.
Unfortunately what manufacturers consider to be ‘natural’ can vary. The desire to sell more products fuels how dog food is marketed and so what you think might be a healthy dog food with natural ingredients, may actually just be the standard stuff with a few extra ingredients chucked in for good measure.
To us, ‘natural’ dog food should be free from nasties and contain healthy, wholegrain ingredients, as well as having a high meat content to satisfy all your furry pal’s needs. Our Webbox Naturals range also contains a selection of vegetables and carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes and brown rice. If our furry customers could speak, they’d probably tell you that it’s pretty tasty too.
Is natural dog food better?
Yes and no. Many dogs thrive on standard dog food, but it’s important to consider the impact natural food can have on lifelong health. While processed food is fine for most of our canine friends, there could be health implications for more sensitive dogs. For certain breeds, having a more natural, holistic diet can help prevent a wide range of diseases and promote healthier teeth, bones and glossier coats.
For dogs that have sensitive tummies or those that suffer from allergies, natural dog food is more than just beneficial, it’s probably necessary. In these cases, hypoallergenic dog food or grain-free dog food is the way to go.
Why should I feed my dog natural dog food?
When you decide to bring a dog into your home, it immediately becomes your responsibility to make sure they are well cared for. You want to make sure that you offer food that will be gentle on their tummies, contain healthy ingredients and avoid anything that’s packed with artificial chemicals. Dogs came from the wild, and therefore it stands to reason that any ingredients created in a lab, probably aren’t going to do them any favours. You want to feed your dog natural foods that they may have been able to source for themselves years ago.
A more natural diet can also help with weight management as healthier dog foods are often more balanced in fat, protein and carbohydrates. Studies also show that a healthier diet can also go a long way to improve cognitive brain function, which is great news for anyone training their dog to appear on next year’s Britain’s Got Talent.
What labels should I look out for?
We know, we know, navigating food labels can be a bit of a minefield. It’s important that when you buy food for your pooch, you always check the ingredients lists and opt for brands that contain recognisable ingredients. Certain labels tend to indicate quality, these are: vet approved, grain-free, free from nasties, hypoallergenic, etc. Better yet, you can shop Webbox Naturals and we guarantee you’ll be taking home only the highest quality natural dog food.
Where can I buy natural dog food?
Webbox Naturals is available in most major supermarkets, but you can also buy it online if you want to keep things simple. You can shop the full dog food range right here. Our naturals range also caters to your feline friends so you’re sure to make all your fur babies happy when you shop with us.