Switching to Natural Dog Food

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You may have seen in the media recently lots of articles about what is actually in dog food. I must admit it’s something that I had never really thought about before but since reading about it I have started to think about it more and more. I’m constantly worried about what I feed my children so why have I never worried about what I’m feeding the dog before?

I’d like to make the switch to natural dog food. I know that switching your dog’s food can sometimes cause issues but I feel this switch will be better for his long term health so I’m willing to give it a go.

Charles the cavachon

Huntland Grain Free Dog Food

The first product we chose was the Huntland Grain Free Dog Food. We got the British grazing lamb with peas & mint leaves. Huntland is 100% natural with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It’s a mix of 50% meat or fish and 50% vegetables.

This is a complete natural dog food so you only need to give your dog this on it’s own.

Ingredients:

  • 50% British Lamb
  • Sweet Potato
  • Peas
  • Pea Protein
  • White Potato
  • Linseed
  • Beet Pulp
  • Omega 3 Supplement
  • Vegetable Stock
  • Mint
  • Naturally Derived Fructooligosaccharide
  • Naturally Derived Mannan Oligosaccharides
  • Vitamins & Minerals

Cost

Currently £12.99 for a 2kg bag.

Huntland Natural Dog Food

Huntland natural dog food

Natures Menu

The next natural dog food we got was from the Natures:Menu selection. We got the Country Hunter 80% rabbit.. This food is grain and gluten free. The ingredients has been gently steamed in the tin to help lock in all of the goodness.

Ingredients: 

  • 80% Rabbit
  • 4% Cranberry
  • 3% Peas
  • 3% Swede
  • 3% Carrots
  • 3% Apples
  • 1.5% Seaweed
  • 1.5% Spinach
  • 1% Sunflower Oil
  • Yucca extract
  • Green Tea
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Yeast Extract

As you can probably tell from the list that’s a very healthy mix of foods.

Cost

A 600g gram tin currently costs £2.25.

Natures menu natural dog food

Natural dog food

Natural dog food natures menu

Pet Munchies

As well as switching Charles’ main food we thought we’d also switch his treats. We opted for the Pet Munchies 100% natural chicken breast fillets. Again they don’t contain any artificial additives, preservatives, colours or flavourings. They are low in fat and high in protein. He loved these! So much so that I didn’t manage to get a picture of the bag before he ate them!

Pet munchies natural dog treats

The Verdict

We are only a couple of days into the switch and Charles really seems to like his new food. So far (touch wood) we haven’t had any issues with the switch in terms of stomach issues.

After doing a bit more investigation into switching my main concern now is the cost. All natural dog food seems to be a lot more expensive than the supermarket brands. I guess it’s now just a case of weighing up the benefits of switching against the additional cost. Ideally I’d like to give him the best possible food we can but without increasing our monthly food shop costs. Over the next couple of months I shall be looking into this in more detail, check back soon to see how I’m getting on.

Charles the Cavachon dog

Gina

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