Freeze-dried raw beef is first ingredient. Contains raw superfoods such as alfalfa, kale, and pumpkin. Made in small batches. Reconstitutes in minutes. Natural enzymes not destroyed by heat. Complete nutritional profile, homemade flavor.
May not provide the total number of rehydrated meals promoted. Minimal meat content.
Can be served separately or mixed with dry kibble. Uses grass-fed, antibiotic-free raw beef. Complete and balanced nutrition. Contains healthy organ meats and bone meal. High in Vitamin C and other antioxidants.
Beef flavor may not appeal to finicky eaters. Pieces can be hard to chew without long re-hydration.
Deboned beef is first ingredient, also contains lamb and rabbit. Gluten-free for easier digestion. Manufacturer uses locally-sourced ingredients. No grains or fillers. Salmon oil provides omega-3, and glucosamine/chondroitin to help with joint flexibility.
Some reports of bloating and overactive bladders after eating. Minimal raw meat content.
Ready-to-eat, does not require reconstitution. Contains both turkey-flavored kibble and freeze-dried raw turkey. Completely grain and gluten-free. Balanced ancestral diet formula.
Some dogs develop gas after consumption. Very low ratio of raw meat. Finicky dogs may not like turkey flavor.
Can be used as freeze-dried treats. Contains lamb organ meats and bone meal. No grains or fillers. Prepackaged for easier portioning. Can be added to dry kibble as a topper or served separately. Affordable retail price point.
Prepackaged portions are small, challenging to reconstitute. Lamb flavor is not universally popular with dogs.
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It has been said that most pet foods are designed for the owner, not the animal. If pet food companies actually used ingredients dogs prefer, owners may not want to handle it. The inclusion of raw food in a dog's diet is one example of this phenomenon. Dogs instinctively prefer raw meats and unprocessed vegetables, but many commercial dog foods use processed grains and meat-flavored fillers instead. A number of dog owners now seek out higher end foods that include raw meats such as turkey, beef, lamb, and pork. Instead of grains and corn, these raw dog food blends also contain minimally processed vegetables and a natural stock. The addition of raw food to a dog's regular diet is believed to have some health benefits. Many dogs with digestive issues do respond well to diets higher in raw food content.
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