The Raw Dog Food Diet

For a while now, I’ve been hearing more and more about raw dog food, also known as BARF or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, which mimics how an animal would consume food in the wild.

If you are like me, you are always looking for the best of the best to give your canine companion. I didn’t jump on the raw food wagon too soon, since I knew I was feeding my dogs a highly rated dog food. But a part of me was very curious if this ‘newish’ type of diet was even better. Few friends that have tried it said they noticed no more allergies or hot spots, clearer eyes and ears. More energy. Softer fuller coat and better health in general.

Photo Credit: Ollie

So, I did what every good dog pawrent would do–I Googled it. Right away, I was completely overwhelmed by all the different brands and their offerings. Delivered to your door, dry frozen, patties, nuggets, organic… the list goes on an on.

I decided to do more extensive research and compare the top brands; and now, I’m sharing my findings with my Dog512 community 💙.

I want to make very clear I am not an expert nutritionist. I’m an ordinary dog mom, who did this research for my own benefit, and decided to share it to inspire others to look for more information. It is always recommended to consult with your veterinarian before switching your dog’s diet.

Photo Credit: Grocery Pup

The top brands I’m comparing are Steve’s Real Food, Chow Hound, Grocery Pup, Primal Pet Food, Ollie and Nom Nom Now.

Here are the things that stand out from each brand:

Steve’s Real Food
🐾 All of Steve’s formulas are pH-balanced, and they use only 100% natural, human-grade, USDA-inspected, free-range meats & unprocessed whole and functional foods.
🐾 The best quality 100% hormone- and antibiotic-free raw meat in the market for high sources of lean protein.
🐾 Fresh, pesticide-free raw fruits and vegetables for natural vitamins and anti-carcinogenic benefits.
🐾 Functional foods like salmon oil, coconut oil, and flaxseed for the important Omega-3, 6, & 9 fatty acids.
🐾 Raw goat milk for boosted nutrients, probiotics, and enzymes.
🐾 They are so proud of the ingredients they use that they will gladly share from whom they buy, so you can have the same level of confidence as they do.

Chow Hound
🐾 Founded with the goal of making raw dog food affordable and convenient for everyone.
🐾 High-quality, local ingredients utilizing key proteins; their raw dog food is fresh, healthy and easy to serve.
🐾 They personally make all of their premium raw dog food, treats and ice cream in-house, utilizing top quality proteins, fruits and vegetables in small batches, which allows their food and treats to be a fresh as possible which your dog will love.
🐾 Serving both the city of Chicago and Austin Metroplex.
🐾 Free Delivery.

Grocery Pup
🐾 Made in Austin TX, y’all!
🐾 Delivered to your door.
🐾 They source their whole food ingredients from farms around the United States that are human-grade, non-GMO, and pesticide free.
🐾 Never ever use by-products, preservatives, artificial flavorings, or fillers, because let’s be honest, who knows what’s really in those things.
🐾 They don’t use feed ingredients or process their ingredients to be shelf-stable. This guarantees your pup gets the most natural nutrients available from fresh whole foods.

Primal Pet Food
🐾 Only use USDA edible-grade ingredients of the highest quality and origin.
🐾 They have secured strong, long-term relationships with all their vendors who humanely raise, sustainably grow and responsibly process all of the proteins, organic fruits and vegetables, and unrefined food-based vitamins and minerals in their products.
🐾 All food is free of grain, gluten, corn, wheat, soy, synthetic vitamins, steroids, hormones, antibiotics.
🐾 Cage-free. No crates (for pork). Grass-fed. Veg fed. Fish wild caught. Beef ethically raised. Manufactured in the USA. Sustainable sourced. Certified organic.
🐾 They are so proud of the quality of their ingredients, they’re 100% transparent about where they come from.

🐾 They customize your dog’s recipes based on their profiles.
🐾 Ingredients like high-quality meat, peas, and carrots arrive every week from their carefully selected vendors.
🐾 They cook them at a low temperature in small batches in kettle cooker, to preserve the high-quality vitamins and minerals naturally found in real food.
🐾 Every batch is tested by third-party labs to ensure its quality and safety before sending it out.
🐾 Portioned into trays customized for your dogs exact serving size needs, the trays are then sealed with modified atmosphere packaging, a common process used for human-grade foods that slows the speed of oxidation, to ensure freshness without the use of preservatives or chemicals.
🐾 Delivered to your door.

Nom Nom Now
🐾 They customize your dog’s plan based on their weight, age, activity level, and health condition.
🐾 They provide free nutrition consultations to ensure your pet’s needs are met.
🐾 Everything is made fresh to order every week, from whole, restaurant-quality ingredients, and never frozen. They inspect every ingredient, and if it doesn’t meet their standard, it doesn’t make it into your pet’s bowl.
🐾 No scooping, no defrosting, no guesswork. Meals are perfectly portioned based on Dr. Shmalberg’s recommendations and are measured and sealed in their own bags.
🐾 Meals are delivered free of charge just days after they were freshly prepared. Store in your fridge or freezer until you’re ready to serve.

Photo Credit: Ollie

In order to compare all ingredients and nutrition facts, I created this table. For this specific comparison, I chose the chicken recipe for all brands (with the exception of Grocery Pup since they don’t have a chicken option I selected Turkey). I also color code all animal protein with red, vegetables with green and fruits with purple to easily identify them.

As you can see, these are all great options. To be honest, I’m inspired to change my own diet. (Ha!) My goal with this post was to make it easier for people looking for more information on a dog’s raw diets. I’m not here to tell you what to feed your dog. But if you were considering a raw diet for your dog, I hope this helps you narrow down your options. 😊

I wish all my followers and all their good dogs a Happy New Year 2019 🐾